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Hands-on Lab: Build a SharePoint Dev-Test Farm in the Cloud using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (Part 0 – Introduction)

Windows Azure Infrastructure Services provides cloud-based storage, virtual networks and virtual machines that can be provisioned on-demand to support lab, pilot or production application workloads. In this multi-part Step-By-Step hands on lab format we will walk you through the entire process.  The introduction and index post can be found at: Hands-on Lab: Build a SharePoint Dev-Test Farm in the Cloud using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (Part 0 – Introduction) 

In this Hands-on Lab, you’ll build a functional Dev/Test lab environment for SharePoint Server 2013 that consists of three virtual machines on a common virtual network running in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

In this Step-By-Step Hand on Lab Guide, you will learn how to:

1.      Get Started with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

2.      Register a DNS Server in Windows Azure

3.      Define a Virtual Network in Windows Azure

4.      Configure Windows Server Active Directory in a Windows Azure VM

5.      Configure SQL Server 2012 in a Windows Azure VM

6.      Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Windows Azure VM

7.      Wrap up and SAVE SOME TIME & MONEY!!!

8.      Challenge Exercise: Scripted Provisioning with Windows PowerShell [Coming Soon!]

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour, 45 minutes  You can download the .Docx version of the lab guide here

You’ll be leveraging our Windows Azure FREE Trial Subscription program to build a free cloud-based lab environment for SharePoint Server 2013. 

Lab Requirements

The following components are required to successfully complete this Hands-on Lab:

·        A modern web-browser with HTML5 and Javascript enabled

·        Remote Desktop Client connection software

·        Internet connectivity

In addition, this hands-on lab guide assumes that lab participants are comfortable with performing the steps involved in implementing Windows Server 2012 and Active Directory in an on-premises datacenter environment.  But, if you have questions along the way, feel free to ask today’s presenter for assistance!

Lab Conventions

In this lab, we’ll be using a naming convention of XXXlabYYY01, where XXX will be replaced with your unique initials and YYY will be replaced with an abbreviation representing the function of a virtual machine or Windows Azure configuration component (ad, db or app).

Next Step: Get Started with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

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About Dan Stolts ITProGuru

Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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