Create a SharePoint 2013 Development VM

In this article we can explore how to quickly acquire a SharePoint 2013 Development Virtual Machine.

Software Requirements

Following are the software requirements for a SharePoint Development VM:

1. Windows Server 2012

2. SQL Server 2012

3. Visual Studio 2013

4. SharePoint Server 2013

Azure VM

I am suggesting Azure VM for a Trial period of 30 days. Click on the link below to start with:

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/account/

You can use your personal email for registration. Click on MY ACCOUNT link on the top. You will get the page displayed below.

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Click on the Management Portal from the left side bottom. You will get the portal shown below.

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Here you can create & manage websites, virtual machines etc. Click on the VIRTUAL MACHINES item from the left pane. Then on the CREATE VIRTUAL MACHINE link.

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In the appearing pane choose the COMPUTE > VIRTUAL MACHINE > FROM GALLERY option. Here you can select from pre-created templates. Using templates would save our time.

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In the appearing page choose the following template.

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The template Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Update 4 on Windows Server 2012 is required as this installation will be having a PowerShell script on the desktop which will do the SharePoint 2013 installation.

We are first installing Visual Studio 2013 & then proceeding with SharePoint 2013 installation.

Click the Next button to continue.

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Enter the machine, user information to continue.

On Page 3 you can choose the REGION closer to your location.

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Select the default options in Page 4.

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Click the TIK button for the installation to start. You will get the status shown below.

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Once you see the status changed as Running (shown below)

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Click on the CONNECT button from bottom row.

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You should be getting a .RDP file. Open the file for Remote Desktop connectivity into the VM we created.

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You can use the username & password given during VM creation. You will get the machine as shown below.

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You are ready with th VM. For installing SharePoint 2013, we have to travel a bit more.

Run PowerShell scrip in the folder ConfigureDeveloperDesktop > Scripts > ConfigureSharePointForm.ps1 as shown below.

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The script will install SQL Server & SharePoint. When prompted you have to respond with following:

1. Choose Yes for the policy prompt

2. Enter your username and password for Service Account prompt

It might take an hour for the operations to complete.

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To ensure you are optimizing your credit usage, you need to SHUTDOWN the machine after use.

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Summary

In this article we have explored how to create a SharePoint 2013 Virtual Machine with Development Tools ready.

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