Virtualize SharePoint 2013 learning roadmap

SharePoint 2013

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Applies to: Microsoft Azure, SharePoint Server 2013, Windows Server

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-16

Summary: Use this learning roadmap to build expertise about how to install and configure SharePoint 2013 in a Microsoft virtual environment.

SharePoint 2013 makes it easy for people to work together. SharePoint 2013 enables you and your employees to set up web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make informed decisions. You can deploy SharePoint products on any virtualization solution certified by the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). This learning roadmap provides information about how to virtualize SharePoint 2013 in a Hyper-V environment or on Azure.

If you are new to virtualization in SharePoint 2013, this article can help you identify what you need to learn before you deploy a SharePoint farm in a virtual environment. It includes prerequisite articles that explain various Microsoft virtualization fundamentals. You must understand the prerequisite technologies first, because virtualization in SharePoint 2013 builds upon them and assumes an understanding of them. Afterwards, you can begin to learn about virtualization in SharePoint 2013 planning and deployment with the resources in the Level 100 (introductory), 200 (intermediate), and 300 (advanced) sections.

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This section contains links to various resources that provide background about the virtualization technologies that SharePoint 2013 supports.

The following resources contain introductory information about how to deploy SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment.

  • Step 1: Learn about SharePoint logical architecture and topologies.

    When you deploy SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment, you first create architecture for the environment. You must be familiar with the supported logical components of a SharePoint farm, such as web applications, service applications, and site collections. You must also be familiar with physical components, such as web servers and database servers so that you can determine the appropriate architecture for your SharePoint environment. See Plan logical architectures for SharePoint 2013, the Topologies for SharePoint Server 2013 model, the Services model, and the Architecture design for SharePoint 2013 IT Pros Resource Center.

    Your goal is to understand the pieces of the logical and physical architecture of SharePoint 2013, so that you understand what level of the architecture you need to work in to deploy SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment.

  • Step 2: Learn about farm virtualization and supported architectures.

    After you design the topology to support the farm, you have to understand farm virtualization and the supported virtual architectures. See Overview of farm virtualization and architectures for SharePoint 2013.

    Your goal is to understand how a SharePoint 2013 logical and physical architecture maps to a virtual environment.

The following resources contain intermediate information about how to deploy SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment.

The following resources contain advanced information about how to deploy SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment.

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