The Future of SharePoint in AZURE/LINUX

The Future of SharePoint in AZURE/LINUX


Today we live in a world of of “Services”, The real deal is have focus on a Service and integrate our products. Microsoft AZURE It’s a really example of this new way of making global deals, innovate, learn and execute..

What is a “Servicizing”?

“Servicizing” is a transaction through which value is provided by a combination of products and services in which the satisfaction of customer needs is achieved either by selling the function of the product rather than the product itself, or by increasing the service component of a product offer. The concept is based on the idea that what customers want from products is not necessarily ownership, but rather the function that the product provides or the service the product can deliver. This means that the provider of “servicizing solutions” may get paid by the unit-of-service (or product function) delivered, as opposed to the (more traditional) unit-of-products sold…

Credit: Wikipedia

When Microsoft decide to open SPFx, vscode, and now SQL Server for Linux and Windows as “open source”, a light came out to me right away.

This means, in terms of  PROFICT & LOST PROJECTIONS a major step to Corporations realize that the CLOUD is Important, and have to be demystified. I remember a few years ago, I didn’t see any constructive brainstorm with “Open Source” and “Microsoft”, you simple give your opinion and 20 people reply as you were a “virus” or someone from another world.

My Azure VM is a Standard F2 (2 cores, 4 GB memory) = ~1,51€ day (8h) West Europe, so 1,51×22 = ~33,22€ month. A Corporation with 100 SP Developers = ~3,322 month based on 1 month ~90€ (Azure Calculator)

PS: Using 1 SSD 32GB + 1 HDD disk with 1TB


  1. Benefits of using Linux VM’s in Azure in order to improve profits, keeping in mind the future of SharePoint.
  2. Know how prepare and configure environments for SPFx,
  3. POC your SPFx WebParts.


  1. Profits vs benefit
  2. Azure templates
  3. Linux configuration/connection
  4. SPFx WebParts on Linux, configuration and POCs

1. Profits vs benefit

  1. Mindset on Open Source Technologies (Projection of Azure VM’s – less is more) , more profit;
  2. Open Source Challenge for newly graduates, interns and students, more opportunities, more profit;
  3. Open mind Multidisciplinary Teams – more know-how, more value, more qualification, more profit.

As a consequence you can choose more assertively what’s best for your business and have more flexibility for AZURE budget.

2. Azure templates

  1. .Variety of Linux Templates (Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat, CentoOS, openSUSE, …)
  2. Open Source Tools like azure-cli the Source, and AzureRM PowerShell on Linux and Open Source, the Source

3. Linux configuration/connection

You can use azure-cli or create a VM from several templates on Microsoft AZURE

You can connect using puTTY. My opinion goes to Debian, in this case (8 Jessie) latest stable.

After Login via puTTY run the commands bellow


I’m using MATE DESKTOP and installing GParted to manage my 1 TB HDD disk

sudo passwd root
sudo usermod -G admin spfx

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
#sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install xrdp
sudo apt-get update 
echo mate-session >~/.xsession
sudo service xrdp restart

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gparted



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