Guest operating systems supported on Azure Stack

Applies to: Azure Stack integrated systems and Azure Stack Development Kit


Azure Stack supports the Windows guest operating systems listed in the following table:

Operating system Description Available in Marketplace
Windows Server, version 1709 64-bit Core with Containers
Windows Server 2016 64-bit Datacenter, Datacenter Core, Datacenter with Containers
Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 64-bit Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 64-bit Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 SP2 64-bit Bring your own image
Windows 10 (see note 1) 64-bit, Pro, and Enterprise Bring your own image


To deploy Windows 10 client operating systems on Azure Stack, you must have Windows per User Licensing or purchase through a Qualified Multitenant Hoster (QMTH).

Marketplace images are available for Pay-as-you-use or BYOL (EA/SPLA) licensing. Use of both on a single Azure Stack instance isn't supported. During deployment, Azure Stack injects a suitable version of the guest agent into the image.

Datacenter editions are available in the marketplace for downloading; customers can bring their own server images including other editions. Windows client images are not available in the Marketplace.


Linux distributions listed as available in the Marketplace include the necessary Windows Azure Linux Agent (WALA). If you bring your own image to Azure Stack, follow the guidelines in Add Linux images to Azure Stack.


Custom images should be built with the latest public WALA version (on 1903 azure stack build and above or with 1901/1902 hotfix) or with version 2.2.20. Versions before 2.2.20 and between 2.2.20 and 2.2.35 (exclusive) may not function properly on Azure Stack.

cloud-init is not supported on Azure Stack at this time.

Distribution Description Publisher Marketplace
CentOS-based 6.9 64-bit Rogue Wave Yes
CentOS-based 7.4 64-bit Rogue Wave Yes
ClearLinux 64-bit Yes
Container Linux 64-bit CoreOS Stable
Debian 8 "Jessie" 64-bit credativ Yes
Debian 9 "Stretch" 64-bit credativ Yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 (and later) 64-bit Red Hat Bring your own image
SLES 11SP4 64-bit SUSE Yes
SLES 12SP3 64-bit SUSE Yes
Ubuntu 14.04-LTS 64-bit Canonical Yes
Ubuntu 16.04-LTS 64-bit Canonical Yes
Ubuntu 18.04-LTS 64-bit Canonical Yes

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux support information, see Red Hat and Azure Stack: Frequently Asked Questions.

Next steps

For more information about the Azure Stack Marketplace, see the following articles: