Archive for March, 2016

Quickly Build a Multi-Server SharePoint 2013 Developer Environment (Part 2) – Domain Controller

Welcome to Part 2 of my “Quickly Build a Multi-Server SharePoint 2013 Developer Environment” blog post series. The idea for this series of posts started while I was reading Vlad Catrinescu’s blog about building a single server environment. It’s a great blog post, but I wanted a multi-server installation so decided to write a series of posts to describe the process of accomplishing this. If you’re wanting to build out a multi-server developer environment, the information in this series will help you achieve this..

In Part 1 I outlined the environment, showed you how to create and configure your VMs with PowerShell and walked you through installing Windows Server 2012. Click here to review that post. In this post I am going to show you how to configure your Domain Controller and Active Directory environment.

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Quickly Build a Multi-Server SharePoint 2013 Developer Environment (Part 1) – Provisioning VMs

The other day I was taking a look at Vlad Catrinescu’s blog on quickly creating a SharePoint 2013 dev farm. It’s a great blog and provides some good information on creating a dev environment much faster than you could ever do it manually.  I like to develop in an environment as similar to the production environment as possible and I also have the hardware to do it. With this in mind I wanted to come up with a way to quickly build a multi-server SharePoint 2013 developer environment. The problem is that for a single server install you could be looking at hours to install and configure, a multi-server environment could take even longer. I set out to build scripts that would not only deploy the SharePoint environments but would also create the VMs, deploy Active Directory and SQL Server, and configure the network. In addition, I wanted to be able to do this more than once (as different environments are sometimes needed at different times).

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Quickly Build a Multi-Server SharePoint 2013 Developer Environment (Part 5) – AutoSPInstaller Answer File

In part five of my building a multi-server SharePoint dev environment series we are going to install SharePoint 2013.  But first I am going to cover how to create the AutoSPInstaller Answer File. We will do this using the AutoSPInstaller online tool.  There isn’t a lot of information out there on it (that I could find) so I hope it is helpful.  I am going to go through each area in pretty decent detail, but to make things easier for you, I will also provide my answer file that you can easily modify for your needs.  Once we have finished creating the answer file I will show you how to kick off the install of SharePoint.

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