I have a Windows Azure subscription. I have to create VMs with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 OS. I need to create multiple VMs so that, I can install SharePoint in one of them, SQL Server in another, Domain Controller in the 3rd one and so on. I heard that, we cannot mount ISO images into the VMs in Azure. Also, I cannot purchase pre-built VMs, due to some licensing issues. Can anyone please guide how to install OS and softwares like SharePoint, SQL Server and so on in those VMs? I heard there is an option to create a VM in Hyper-V and then upload this VM to Azure. But the issue with this is, how do we manage the IPs / Host Name / Domain. Without the domain properly setup, we cannot install SharePoint or SQL Server. So, I am confused. I am not able to find much help. Can anyone please provide some articles / links / blogs / Tutorials, explaining everything in detail?

  • This question is very vaguely connected to SharePoint. It should probably be asked elsewhere (like the main Stackoverflow site or for example the ITPro network on Yammer) Oct 28, 2015 at 7:47
  • When you run a Microsoft Azure VM the licensing charge is included in the running of the VM (azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/licensing-faq). Why make life difficult for yourself?
    – Bunzab
    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:05
  • As far as I am concerned, it is related to SharePoint, since, it involves installing SharePoint on an Azure environment.
    – Ven
    Oct 29, 2015 at 5:27

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In your situation, you have to use a 3 tier Server farm installation instead of standalone. -VM-1 -Application server -VM-2 -Database server -VM 3 -web server

Please take look on this article https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-sharepoint-farm-azure-preview/

this article might give you an Idea about structure of installation SharePoint. BTW this question is vaguely related to SharePoint.

  • I have already looked at it. It doesn't seem to help much in my case.
    – Ven
    Oct 29, 2015 at 5:27

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