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FEDSPUG July 10th Meeting w/Mario Brandan (Chevy Chase)

Title: Setting up a SharePoint Dev Farm on Azure IaaS

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Summary: Nothing beats your own dev farm when you want to be able to go crazy exploring new features. Problem is that VM’s are sooo 20th century…. Most of us don’t have the high-powered machines that you need to set up an n-tier dev environment and those of us that do have to deal with having snapshots of the farm, differencing vhd’s, sysprepped images that are out of date when a new SP for SQL, Windows or SharePoint is released, etc.
This presentation will take you through the step by step instructions on how to set up a 3-tier SharePoint dev farm using Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). We will show a script that automates the deployment so that you can quickly spin up a farm for testing purposes. We will also touch on the basics of Azure IaaS so that you have an understanding of the common differences between it and Hyper-V on your laptop.

Bio: Mario Brandan is a Regional Architect with Microsoft. He has over 16 years experience in the IT field and has at times been a developer, infrastructure engineer, architect, and DBA. He is currently focused on SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and Enterprise Social. In his spare time he enjoys playing music with bands, doing production work, exercise and travel.

Twitter: @mbrandan


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  • Rima R.

    You can stream Mario's video online as well through our Vimeo channel:

    July 28, 2014

  • Mario B.

    Update 7/22/2014: Some of you reached out and let me know there was a problem with the last link that I posted. I've re-uploaded to a OneDrive folder that's shared with everyone. If you have problems accessing the link just reach out to me here or at @mbrandan

    The deck from my presentation "SharePoint 2013 on Azure IaaS" is posted on the FedSpug OneDrive at

    Also I've uploaded a 2-hour run of the script running from beginning to end. I narrate in the video via Notepad text. See you folks next time!

    July 22, 2014

  • Mario B.

    Thanks to everybody that attended last night's demo. I'll be posting the deck and a full video run of the script I presented soon.

    July 12, 2014

  • Gaurav

    Hey guys! Sorry I intended to join at least the webcast but missed it too. Not sure if it was recorded and if the recording can be made available?

    July 10, 2014

  • Rob H.

    Mario showed some really cool stuff.

    July 10, 2014

  • Mario B.

    Looking forward to seeing everybody tonight at Chevy Chase!

    July 10, 2014

  • Rob H.

    Hey Mack - Hope you can dedicate a few minutes to the solution you (and others) came up with for securing OneDrive For Business docs (

    July 10, 2014

  • Mack S.

    I just added the Webcast info

    July 8, 2014

  • Nikkia T. C.

    DANGIT! Conflict with SUGDC. :(

    June 30, 2014

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