Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM In MS Azure

Overview

 
SharePoint 2019 is generally available and it is the latest On-Premise version of SharePoint. SharePoint 2019 is more focused on team collaboration, consistent user experience across various devices, bringing in cloud features to the on-premise scenario. SharePoint 2019 is built on the same core platform as of SharePoint 2016, however, it brings in a new modern experience to users.
 
In this article, we will explore how we can setup SharePoint 2019 developer VM in MS Azure.
 

Hardware and Software Requirements

 
In order to set up the developer environment (single server role), below are the hardware and software requirements.
 
Hardware Requirements
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Processor: 64-bit, 4 cores
  • Hard disk space: 80 GB (System drive), 100 GB (Second drive) 
Software Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows Server 2016 / 2019 Standard or Datacenter
  • Database: Microsoft SQL Server 2016 / 2017 RTM Standard or Enterprise Edition

Microsoft Azure VM Setup Options

 
There are multiple options available to set up SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure.
 
Option 1: Plain Vanilla Installation
  1. Create VM with the image of Windows Server 2016 / 2019 Standard or Datacenter.
  2. Install Microsoft SQL Server 2016 / 2017 RTM Standard or Enterprise Edition database.
  3. Install and configure SharePoint 2019.
Option 2: Extend Database Server VM
  1. Create VM with the image of Microsoft SQL Server 2016 / 2017 RTM Standard or Enterprise Edition database.
  2. Install and configure SharePoint 2019.
Option 3: SharePoint Server 2019 Trial VM
  1. Create VM with the image of SharePoint 2019 Trial.
  2. Setup SQL Server 2016 / 2017 in above created VM or connect to already existing SQL server.
  3. Convert the trial to licensed version (if you have the license key).
You may any of the above option based on your choice of customizations, control and time to set up the environment. However, to set up a Developer environment, option 2 or 3 might be a better option. In this article, we will explore option 3 by setting up SharePoint Server 2019 trial VM.
 

Setup Server 2019 Trial VM in MS Azure

  • Open Azure Portal (https://portal.azure.com).
  • From the left menu, click “Create a resource”.
  • Type and search “SharePoint Server” in “Search the Marketplace” search box.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure 
  • Select the option “SharePoint Server 2019 Trial”.
  • Select a deployment model.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure 
  • Click Create.
  • Select subscription. Specify resource group, Virtual machine name, region, size and other information on the wizard.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click “Next : Disks >”
  • Select the disk option. “Standard SSD” should be fine to select.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure 
  • Click “Next : Networking >”
  • Specify the networking configurations
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click “Next: Management >”
  • Specify the monitoring options
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click “next : Guest config >”
  • Optionally select any extensions to install
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click “Next : Tags >”
  • Specify any tags to categorize your resources.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click “Next : Review + create >”
  • Review the VM creation information. For any corrections, click the corresponding tab on the top to make the corrections.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click Create.
  • Once complete, the VM is ready to connect.
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure
  • Click “Go to resource”.
  • Click “Connect”
Setup SharePoint 2019 Developer VM in MS Azure 
  • Click “Download RDP File”.
  • Double click the downloaded RDP file and log in using the username and password provided during VM creation wizard.

Summary

 
There are multiple options available to setup SharePoint 2019 farm in MS Azure. SharePoint Server 2019 Trial VM might be a good option to start building your own SharePoint Development VM in MS Azure.