Tutorial: Setup SharePoint 2016 on Azure

Follow this tutorial to setup a development environment for 2016 on Azure.  The setup is essentially the same as it was for 2013 with the exception of Min-Roles (we will discuss this later).  Assuming its the first time for you using Azure, the steps are:

  1. Setup virtual network and DNS
  2. Create a new Cloud Service
  3. Create three VMs
    1. Domain Controller
    2. SQL
    3. SharePoint
  4. Create new AD forest on DC VM and domain join the VMs
  5. Create farm, setup and services accounts and add to SQL server logins and add as Administrators on SharePoint VM
  6. Install SharePoint

 

Setup virtual network and DNS

Login to your Azure portal at manage.windowsazure.com then click Networks and New:

new network

Create a new virtual network with the following settings. As for Location I’ve selected West Europe, choose whatever works for you. Note we have selected to create a new DNS server, if you’ve already got one you can use that.

newvnet

Once created go to Configure and create 3 subnets for AD, SQL and SharePoint and press Save.

subnets

 

Create Cloud Service

For information on cloud services see link.

On the left hand navigation select Cloud Services > New > Quick  create.   Enter a unique url. Ive gone with isharepoint16.cloudapp.net

 

Create three VMs

Go to virtual machines section in azure portal and select New > From gallery.  Create the virtual machines with the following settings:

Domain controller:
OS: Windows Server 2012
VM name: Whatever you like, I chose DC1
Hardware: Standard tier, 2 cores 3.5 GB (A2)
Cloud service: Choose the one created earlier
Virtual network: Choose the one created earlier
Subnet: Choose the AD Subnet

server

SQL:
Machine: SQL Server 2014 SP1 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012 R2
VM name: Whatever you like, I chose sql1
Hardware: Standard tier, 4 cores 7 GB (A3)
Cloud service: Choose the one created earlier
Virtual network: Choose the one created earlier
Subnet: Choose the SQL Subnet

sqlserver

SharePoint 2016:
Machine: SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview
VM name: Whatever you like, I chose sp1
Hardware: Standard tier, 4 cores  16 GB
Cloud service: Choose the one created earlier
Virtual network: Choose the one created earlier
Subnet: Choose the SharePoint Subnet

spserver

 

Create new AD forest on Domain Controller VM and domain join the VMs

Remote connect to the Domain controller VM, add AD DS features. After it installs promote create new forest and promote machine to domain controller.

Once done create AD accounts as SPFarm, SPSetup, SPServices

 

Add to SQL server logins

Connect to SQL server VM and open SQL management studio. Once open expand logins and add the 3 accounts above with Sysadmin role.

 

Install SharePoint

Connect to the SharePoint VM and add the 3 accounts as administrators on the machine.

Log off and log back in as the setup account.

Run the sharepoint configuration wizard just the same as you would for SP2013, with exception of Min-Roles. We will create single server farm with all the roles however in production environment you would need to select Custom and choose the roles that work for you.

Once complete you have SharePoint 2016 ready to go.  Access it using your cloud service url.