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Phase 4: Configure SharePoint Servers

Updated: April 2, 2014

[This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change in future releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.]

This is the fourth phase of deploying SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn in Azure, which includes configuring the SharePoint server computers. You must complete this phase before moving on to Phase 5.

For the previous phase, see Phase 3: Configure SQL Server Infrastructure.

For the next phase, see Phase 5: Configure AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

For all of the phases of this deployment, see Deploying SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn in Azure.

This deployment of SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn is designed to accompany the SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn Infographic and incorporate the latest recommendations.

Configuring the SharePoint VM

For guidance on configuring SharePoint web and application servers, see Install and configure SharePoint 2013.

The procedure here is used to configure the SharePoint application. For more guidance, refer to Deploying SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn in Azure.

  1. Log on to the SharePoint virtual machine using the <MachineName>.cloudapp.net\<UserName> format. (See Connecting to a VM after its creation.)

  2. Join the VM to the domain. (See Joining a Virtual Machine to a domain.)

  3. After the VM restarts, from the Management Portal, connect to the machine using the <DomainName>.com\sp_farm_db user name. The user must have permission to log on to the SQL Server database machine. (See Connecting to a VM that is Joined to a Domain.)

  4. After connecting to the Virtual Machine, navigate to the desktop.

  5. Double-click SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard. When asked to allow the program to make changes to the computer, click Yes

  6. The Welcome to SharePoint Products dialog appears. As stated in the dialog, you must have the SQL database server name, as well as the username and password for to access the database. Click Next.

  7. A SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard dialog appear warning that services (such as IIS) will be restarted or reset. Click the Yes button.

  8. The Connect to a server farm dialog appears. Select the appropriate option: either connect to an existing farm, or create a server farm. The first time you run the wizard, select the option to create a server farm. If you have already created a farm, then click the option to connect to an existing farm. Then click Next.

  9. In the Specify Configuration Database Settings dialog, enter the name of the primary VM that hosts SQL Server. In the Username box type <domainName>.com\sp_farm_db (a user account that is a sysadmin on the database server). In the Password box type the password.

  10. Click the Next button.

  11. In the Specify Farm Security Settings page, type a passphrase, and confirm it. Then click Next.

  12. The Configure SharePoint Central Administration Web Application page appears. Accept the defaults and click Next.

  13. The Completing the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard page appears. Accept the defaults and click Next.

  14. The Configuring SharePoint Products page appears. Wait until the configuration process completes, about 8 minutes.

  15. After the farm is successfully configured, click the Finish button. The new administration website starts.

  16. To start configuring the SharePoint farm, click Start the Wizard.

After concluding the initial setup, more configuration options will be available. Use the documentation found in SharePoint 2013 on Azure Infrastructure to proceed.

To create more instances of the Virtual Machine to add to the SharePoint farm, repeat the process of creating a Virtual Machine using the gallery image. Run the Configuration Wizard again, but select the option to connect to an existing SharePoint farm. For more information, see Configure SharePoint 2013.

Next Steps

For the next phase of the deployment, see Phase 5: Configure AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

For all of the phases of this deployment, see Deploying SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn in Azure.

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