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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Configuring App Domain in Cloudshare environment


CloudShare is giving pre-configured SharePoint 2013 environment for trial purpose for 14 days. But the environment does not have app domain configuration. It does have VS 2012 installed. For developer especially if you are interested to develop SharePoint 2013 apps, you need to have an environment where you can develop and test.

I am using CloudShare environment to develop and test SharePoint 2013 apps. I want to share the steps I used to configure the environment and also for myself for future reference. Below are the steps: 

1.       Create A record to your DNS as shown below

a.       Open DNS Manager 

                                                               i.      Right click on Forward Lookup Zones shown below

                                                             ii.      Select Primary Zone

                                                            iii.      To all DNS Servers running on domain controller in this domain

                                                           iv.      Enter Zone name. Such as mmasood.com

                                                             v.      Click Finish

b.      Create Host (A) record

                                                               i.      Select newly created Zone from left pane and on right pane right click and select New Host (A) record

                                                             ii.      Provide IP address of your SharePoint Server

                                                            iii.      Create CNAME as shown below

2.       Open command prompt or powershell window and ping abc.apps.mmasood.com as we have configured *.apps.mmasood so just try replace any character or with any word.


 

3.       Now you have configured DNS for the server

4.       Browse Central Admin > Manage Service Applications

5.       Create App Management Service application and provide SPFarm account when creating app pool for this service app.

6.       Run below powershell command

$sa = Get-SPServiceApplication | where-object { $_.displayname -eq "App Management Service" }

$subsservice = New-SPSubscriptionSettingsServiceApplication –ApplicationPool $sa.ApplicationPool –Name "Subscription Settings Service" –DatabaseName "SubscriptionSettingsDB"

$proxySubscriptionService = New-SPSubscriptionSettingsServiceApplicationProxy –ServiceApplication $subsservice

Get-SPServiceInstance | Where-Object { $_.typename -eq "App Management Service" } | Start-SPServiceInstance

Get-SPServiceInstance | Where-Object { $_.typename -eq "Subscription Settings Service" } | Start-SPServiceInstance

Set-SPAppDomain "apps.mmasood.com"

Set-SPAppSiteSubscriptionName -Name "app" -Confirm:$false

7.       Now create SharePoint 2013 App project and deploy it.
 
8. When you deploy you might see “Installing …” in visual studio 2012 like shown below


Let the VS deploy your app.      
9. You should see similar result

 

You can see the url of the app with app-prefix and app domain configured above. Hope this will help and save your time.