The recent announcement about the general availability of Windows Azure IaaS comes with the following key enhancements:
- Remote PowerShell is enabled by default when deploying Virtual Machine using PowerShell.
- Availability of trial images such as SharePoint in the image gallery.
These enhancements make it easy to deploy a SharePoint Farm in an automated manner using PowerShell scripts.
The goal of this blog post is to walk you through such a script.
All of the sample code discussed in this article is available here. (Please note that this is a sample script, provided as-is without any warranties.)
We are going to assume the following SharePoint topology (although you can modify the scripts based on your needs):
- Windows gallery image hosted on a small VM instance, serving as the Active directory machine.
- SQL Server 2012 Standard gallery image hosted on a large VM instance, serving as the database server.
- Two SharePoint 2013 trial gallery images hosted on a medium VM instance, serving as SharePoint Web Ends.
We decided to leverage PowerShell workflow, and as a result you need to have PowerShell version 3 installed to run the script.
We choose to use workflow for the following reasons:
- Ability to resume a workflow from a previous state using checkpoints. (More information here.)
- Ability to extend the script to run tasks in parallel.
Steps to execute the script are listed below:
- Download and install the latest Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets.
- Enable delegation of credentials on the local machine where this script will run.
- Enable-WSManCredSSP -Role Client -DelegateComputer *.cloudapp.net -Force
- Open gpedit.msc and browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Credentials Delegation.Double-click “Allow delegating fresh credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication.”Enable the setting and add the build server to the server list as *.cloudapp.netDouble-click “Allow delegating fresh credentials.”
Enable the setting and add the build server to the server list as *.cloudapp.net
- Create a Virtual Network with a Subnet by following these steps.
- Download the script from github repo
- Change the Subscription, Network and Affinity group values in the script ( you will find these settings towards the end of file SPWF.ps1)
- Execute the script SPWF.ps1.
Note: In order to avoid Azure CloudService DNS name conflicts, we have a very simple scheme to append the name with a randomly generated five-letter string. You can replace this logic with something that best meets your needs.
At a high level, the script is designed to execute the following steps:
- Create a Windows 2012 VM, using loopback address as DNS address, and wait for its boot using –WaitForBoot parameter in the scripts.
- Retrieve the certificate from the VM and install it on client computer for executing the commands using WinRM overhttps.
- Once the VM is up, it installs the AD and promotes it as the DNS.
- Adds required service accounts and domain users.
- Once the above steps are complete, it provisions the following machines in parallel, with “domain join” arguments. This way the machines are joined to the AD upon boot up.
- SQL Server 2010 standard (1 VM)
- SharePoint trial (2 VMs)
- Change the service account of SQL Server to use domain service accounts.
- Set the max degree of parallelism to 1 for the SQL server.
- On SharePoint server 1, create a new farm using configuration scripts.
- On SharePoint server 2, run a script to join the already provisioned farm.
- Installs remaining services and central administration on SharePoint server 1.
Please tell us about your experience and we hope this helps!