I have a guy on my team who's is an admin that seems to believe that you can create a complete SharePoint installation template including SQL Instances and Windows Server to deploy to future servers.

  • You doubt a fellow team member? Installation by a human is all key-presses.. so yes, all that can be automated. You have to calculate the ROI – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Apr 19 '17 at 12:30
  • Its more of a bet sort of thing, so you can build a single instance template with a complete SharePoint 2013 Installation setup ? – Mattamus86 Apr 19 '17 at 12:46
  • Sure have a look at the template that is used in Azure to build a SharePoint farm. One click and you have a full fault tolerant farm. If you roll it yourself you can use PowerShell to deploy all the servers and DSC/PowerShell to deploy everything you need. – Bunzab Apr 19 '17 at 13:29
  • Thank you, will that work also not having internet access and having to use ISO's ? – Mattamus86 Apr 19 '17 at 15:35

Yes it is possible. As we know in Azure we can install a SharePoint farm with a template. But their is a catch that you have to run the configuration wizard to configure SharePoint farm.

  • I think, best option is to use the Auto SPinstaller. For AutoSP installer you can customized it according to their need ( what configuration, what service application etc) then save that for future use. Good thing about it you dont need to run the config wizard after words. http://autospinstaller.codeplex.com/
  • Another thing, i am thinking creating the VM snapshot.
  • Thanks for your help. I'm going to do some more research on this, Since I work with the DoD and were having to deploy SharePoint Farms onto classified networks there's more factors involved when Setting up the Farm. I hope It can be that simple. – Mattamus86 Apr 19 '17 at 15:39
  • i am sure it will be, but my question is how often you install the SharePoint in that envirnment? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Apr 19 '17 at 15:52
  • Depends on which customer/ Organization needs it. Average 2 Farms a month. not including testing and Dev enviornments – Mattamus86 Apr 19 '17 at 16:03
  • I think in this case use autospinstaller as starting point as you have to customized it as per you envir – Waqas Sarwar MVP Apr 19 '17 at 16:16

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