SharePoint 2016 Installation In Azure With Active Directory - Part One

Future Of SharePoint conference has announced the general availability of SharePoint 2016 for public use. One of the key take aways from Future Of SharePoint Conference is the introduction of SharePoint Framework for client side development and the news that SharePoint 2016 is not the last version of On Premise, something which had been a topic of speculation among most of the developers.

There is also an RTM version available which has a free license for 6 months which will help you get hands-on with SharePoint 2016. Let’s see how we can set up SharePoint 2016 with an Active directory in Azure.

SharePoint 2016 installation in Azure can be done in a standalone VM. However if we intend to use SharePoint Search we have to make sure that the VM is part of a Virtual Network that has Active Directory configured. If Active Directory is not configured we will not be able to configure search application as the configuration will be timed out due to the below error.


If the primary purpose of SharePoint installation does not involve Search Requirements you are free to install SharePoint even in a VM that does not have Active Directory configured.

Let’s see how to install SharePoint in a VM that has AD role configured. This article is part of a 3 part article series which involves:

  • Part 1: Configure a Virtual Network
  • Part 2: Create a VM with SQL Server Instance and configure Active Directory
  • Part 3: Install SharePoint 2016 in Azure VM

We will cover part 1 in this article.

Create Virtual Network for Adding SharePoint VM and Active Directory,

  • From the Azure management Portal select Virtual Networks.


  • Click on Create Virtual Network.


  • You can either configure DNS for name resolution or leave it blank as it is optional.


  • Next we have the option to manage the address space.


  • Clicking on OK will proceed with creation operation.


  • Virtual network is now created.


In the next article we will see how to create a VM with Active Directory and add it to this Virtual Network.