Windows Azure is a foundation for running applications and storing data in the cloud. So if we Running applications and storing data on machines in an Internet-accessible data center it can offer plenty of advantages. The goal of Windows Azure is to provide this. So if we want to reduce the time investment for building Production environments and windows azure e-learning Labs on the Windows Azure cloud platform . I will introduce one of the daily scenarios that we need to complete e-learning lab or learning the new technology about the windows azure cloud platform. we can see building SharePoint 2013 lab environment. This article will be a start and you should complete the series to have a complete background.
SharePoint 2013 lab environment can be easily built in the cloud for studying, testing, demos and/or performing a proof-of-concept. You could certainly build this lab environment on your own hardware, but due to the level of SharePoint 2013 hardware requirements, a lot of us may not have sufficient spare hardware to implement an on-premise lab environment.
Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
We can configure a SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Azure by doing the following steps:
1-Register a DNS Server in Windows Azure.
2-Define a Virtual Network in Windows Azure.
3-Configure Windows Server Active Directory in a Windows Azure VM.
4-Configure SQL Server 2012 in a Windows Azure VM.
5-Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Windows Azure VM.
and then we can connect to each VM through the remote desktop console.
Windows Azure has changed the way i am studding, Learning new technologies, Implementing real world scenarios and it make me doesn't thinking about hardware requirements not only but also the spending time to configure a large environments.