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WPC 2014 – One-click deployment of SharePoint Farm on Azure

At WPC 2014, Scott Gu announced several new capabilities in Azure and one such new capability is the templates available for ready deployment. Scott demonstrated creation of a SharePoint 2013 farm that can be highly available and demonstrated that we can customize the SQL and other settings. This is a great feature and I couldn’t wait to try this. Here is a quick overview. TL;DR This is a great step towards demonstrating the platform capabilities. I am really excited to see this capability. I can expect many more Microsoft teams and partners creating such templates for faster deployment of multi-tier applications. For all the virtual machines, we can customize host name prefixes and pricing tiers. Each VM tier has a different set of pricing options you can select from. When it comes to customizing the farm configuration, there are limited set of options here. Domain Controllers: You cannot specify an existing AD forest. You can select the size of the DC VMs. There are not many settings you can customize here. SQL Servers: You can …

PoshUtils: Downloading SharePoint 2013 prerequisites for offline install

Okay, this is yet another post on downloading the SharePoint 2013 prerequisites for offline install. I am sure you have seen many and everyone has their own way. But I think none of those posts/scripts – at least the ones I read – don’t give you a unified way to download the prerequisites for all combinations of Windows Server OS and SQL Server versions. So, here is my take. The idea of this script is to use the features of PowerShell 3.0 such as Out-GridView and default parameter values to reduce the amount of code required. Note: The list of prerequisites I compiled here is what I¬†perceived¬†looking at technet documentation. Do let me know if I missed out anything or need to change something here. Let us see the code first.

In the above code, I am using a CSV file I compiled with all the SharePoint 2013 prerequisite information. This is the key here. You can download the CSV file here. Instead of a hash, I preferred to use a CSV file as …