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With the Microsoft Azure preview portal marketplace, you can quickly create pre-configured SharePoint Server 2013 farms. This can save you a lot of time when you need a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm for a development and testing environment or if you are evaluating SharePoint Server 2013 as a collaboration solution for your organization.
The SharePoint Server Farm item in the Azure Marketplace of the Azure preview portal has been removed.
The basic SharePoint farm consists of three virtual machines in this configuration.
You can use this farm configuration for a simplified setup for SharePoint app development or your first-time evaluation of SharePoint 2013.
To create the basic (three-server) SharePoint farm:
The high-availability SharePoint farm consists of nine virtual machines in this configuration.
You can use this farm configuration to test higher client loads, high availability of the external SharePoint site, and SQL Server AlwaysOn for a SharePoint farm. You can also use this configuration for SharePoint app development in a high-availability environment.
To create the high-availability (nine-server) SharePoint farm:
Microsoft has released the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview. To make this preview easy to install and test, you can use an Azure virtual machine gallery image with SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and its prerequisites pre-installed. For more information, see Test the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview in Azure.
You can administer the servers of these farms through Remote Desktop connections. For more information, see Log on to the virtual machine.
From the Central Administration SharePoint site, you can configure My sites, SharePoint applications, and other functionality. For more information, see Configure SharePoint 2013.
The Azure preview portal creates both of these farms in a cloud-only virtual network with an Internet-facing web presence. There is no site-to-site VPN or ExpressRoute connection back to your organization network.