[ #SharePoint in @Azure ] My farm in only a few clics (first part) !

imageStep 1 : You need a subscription !

You can use an existing sbuscription or use a free trial (you get 150 € or $200 windows Azure credit to spend freely in one month)

Step 2 : You should go to the new portal https://portal.azure.com (this is a new fonctionnality of this portal still in preview)


Step 3 : clic on “+ new” on the bottom left



Step 4 : choose all parameters for your farm by filling the form (I found it very well designed) :


We can then define :

  • a ressources group : in order to (as the name states it) group the farm ressources
  • a domain account which will be used to manage the farm
  • an availability level (high or not) for the farm


  • the farm components configuration. By default, the wizard gives the following options :
    • 1 domain controler (VM size A1 standard) for the domain “contoso.com”


    • 1 SQL server (VM size A5 standard), default service account sqlservice


    • 1 SharePoint server (VM size A2 standard).


Doigts croisés It should be noticed that with 2 cores and 3.5 GB we are well under the prerequisites for SharePoint 2013 (cf. Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013) which are 4 cores and 12 GB of memory. First VM sizes meeting this criterias are A4 and A6 which are then over sized. A good compromise could be to chose VM size A3 (very close to the prerequisites):


image It should also be noticed that we can also specify the following parameters :

  • host name prefix (by default it’s the 10 first caracters of the ressource group name)
  • the default installation account for SharePoint (by default sp_setup@contoso.com)
  • the farm account (by default sp_farm@contoso.com)
  • Farm passphrase : by default (as the other passwords), it’s the global administrator password



  • there are other parameters like:
    • network and storage




    • Azure subscription
    • the Azure Datacenter


We launch the creation by clicking on “create

image image

It tooks for me :

  • 1 hour 04 for a simple famr and
  • 2 hours 39 minutes for a high availability farm.


The only noticable problem was an instanciation error :


which I corrected by releasing old ressources and opening the portal in Chrome rather than IE11.

Sources :



A french version of this post is available here : Une ferme #SharePoint 2013 dans @Azure en quelques clics (1ère partie) ! flag_of_france[1]


5 thoughts on “[ #SharePoint in @Azure ] My farm in only a few clics (first part) !

  1. Pingback: [ #SharePoint in @Azure ] Which VM for my farms ? (part 2) | yOS 365

  2. Congrats!! This article looks really nice. I have a question about hardware. I´ve noticed you chose a VM under Official Sharepoint Hardware Prerrequisites as you say. What I want to know is, would it be enough to choose VM size A3 standard in production environment or is it only for development and test? I’d like to know if I could use this hardware in a small production farm with a good performance although it is said we need higher hardware specification.

    Thank you!!!


    • Hi José,
      Thanks for your message.
      As you know performance feeling is very related to how quickly the pages on your SharePoint site will display. I don’t think A3 can be great for production env. and is obviously under prerequsites. So I wouldn’t go under A6 for a SQL VM in a prod env.

      By the way, even with this sizing reco., it can be challenging running SP in Azure. You should carefully plan for IOs too.



  3. Hi again,
    I’ve just wanted to be sure about this. I have read about A2 or A3 to deploy small sharepoint farms in Azure in several blog and I was doubting if could be useful to select one of this plans in production environment. In your answer you talk about SQL VM but what about WFE or applications server role? I think we are in the same situation, aren’t we?.

    Sorry to ask again, but as you can imagine, it’s important to get some expertise opinion about this in order to estimate costs properly.

    Really thank you,


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