If you aren't aware of the Pantheon hosting solution for Drupal sites and its great web UI a dev -> test -> live workflow, you should check it out. It's free to try and the CiviCRM Starter Kit is now one of the distributions you can select when starting a new Drupal site. It's a great way to spin up a new Drupal/CiviCRM site.
It should only take you 2-3 minutes to create the Pantheon instance and another 5-6 minutes to do the initial Drupal and CiviCRM installs. Left in SFTP mode, users can add Drupal modules and themes and CiviCRM extensions using the web interface. The kit includes several modules used on most Drupal/CiviCRM sites including Views, WebForm and WYSIWYG. We're also including modules that make running CiviCRM on Pantheon much easier like CiviCRM Cron.
Introducing new users to Drupal and CiviCRM has never been easier!