Create an Entire SharePoint Farm on Azure in less than an Hour!

Azure has always provided a gallery for servers that you can provision as virtual machines.  The new Azure portal provides now the ability to provision collections of servers all provisioned to work together and are ready to go quickly.

A good example where this is really helpful is provisioning a high available SharePoint farm.  In Azure, you had to create each server, network configuration, etc. manually through a series of steps.  This article is a good example that describes all the steps to create a basic SharePoint farm in Azure.  It’s quite a lengthy process.

Microsoft has now released a new template that will provision an entire highly available SharePoint farm for you through the gallery wizard.

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The new SharePoint Farm wizard creates all the required servers including your AD, SQL, and SharePoint servers all preconfigured and ready to go for a high availability farm!