SharePoint 2013 Development Environment on Azure VM RRS feed

  • Question

  • According to the instructions I've seen, I should be able to create a VS 2013 Azure VM which has the necessary scripts to configure SharePoint 2013 on the same machine which is running Server 2012 OS. Basically, this would provide me with a SharePoint 2013 dev environment.

    1. I do get the machine created and when I remote in to it I do see a "Configure Developer Desktop" folder that contains a "Scripts" folder which contains 3 scripts:

    A. ConfigureSharePointFarm

            B. ConfigureSharePointFarmInDomain

            C. ConfigureSQLServer

    Which of these scripts do I run?

    A. Do I run them in PowerShell or the SharePoint Management Shell?

    2. I want a single stand alone dev machine but -

    A. the SharePoint Config Wizard  will not let me create a new farm saying that this option requires a domain account  instead of the local admin account I created when spinning up the machine.

      B. I cannot join an existing farm because the SQL Server does not contain a config database

    It looks like the instructions I'm following are either out of date or incomplete, can anyone point me to a set of instructions for creating a SharePoint 2013 dev box on an Azure VM? 


    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7:09 PM


All replies

  • Hi,

    I suggest you follow this documentation to setup a SharePoint 2013 Development environment in Azure:

    In the Configure Developer Desktop shortcut, there should be two scripts. If you want to provision a standalone configuration of SharePoint, then please execute the “CreateSharePointDeveloperMachine.ps1” in Windows PowerShell.

    More information about how to execute this script:


    Patrick Liang

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    Thursday, October 22, 2015 3:34 AM
  • I tried that, but thanks anyhow.

    I ended up having the network guys just give me a VM on our network and I was able to create a SharePoint 2013 dev environment without any problems. I don't know why it's so difficult in Azure, you'd think that Microsoft would make that a push button operation.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:14 AM