Azure Stack deployment planning considerations

Before you deploy the Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK), make sure your development kit host computer meets the requirements described in this article.


Component Minimum Recommended
Disk drives: Operating System 1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD) 1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)
Disk drives: General development kit data* 4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 140 GB of capacity (SSD or HDD). All available disks are used. 4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 250 GB of capacity (SSD or HDD). All available disks are used.
Compute: CPU Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores (total) Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores (total)
Compute: Memory 96 GB RAM 128 GB RAM (This is the minimum to support PaaS resource providers.)
Compute: BIOS Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support) Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)
Network: NIC Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required
HW logo certification Certified for Windows Server 2012 R2 Certified for Windows Server 2016

* You need more than this recommended capacity if you plan on adding many of the marketplace items from Azure.

Data disk drive configuration: All data drives must be of the same type (all SAS, all SATA, or all NVMe) and capacity. If SAS disk drives are used, the disk drives must be attached via a single path (no MPIO, multi-path support is provided).

HBA configuration options

  • (Preferred) Simple HBA
  • RAID HBA – Adapter must be configured in “pass through” mode
  • RAID HBA – Disks should be configured as Single-Disk, RAID-0

Supported bus and media type combinations

  • RAID SSD (If the media type is unspecified/unknown*)
  • NVMe

* RAID controllers without pass-through capability can’t recognize the media type. Such controllers mark both HDD and SSD as Unspecified. In that case, the SSD is used as persistent storage instead of caching devices. Therefore, you can deploy the development kit on those SSDs.

Example HBAs: LSI 9207-8i, LSI-9300-8i, or LSI-9265-8i in pass-through mode

Sample OEM configurations are available.

Operating system

OS Version Windows Server 2016 or later. The operating system version isn’t critical before the deployment starts, as you'll boot the host computer into the VHD that's included in the Azure Stack installation. The operating system and all required patches are already integrated into the image. Don’t use any keys to activate any Windows Server instances used in the development kit.


After installing the operating system, you can use the Deployment Checker for Azure Stack to confirm that your hardware meets all the requirements.

Account requirements

Typically, you deploy the development kit with internet connectivity, where you can connect to Microsoft Azure. In this case, you must configure an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account to deploy the development kit.

If your environment is not connected to the internet, or you don't want to use Azure AD, you can deploy Azure Stack by using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). The development kit includes its own AD FS and Active Directory Domain Services instances. If you deploy by using this option, you don't have to set up accounts ahead of time.


If you deploy by using the AD FS option, you must redeploy Azure Stack to switch to Azure AD.

Azure Active Directory accounts

To deploy Azure Stack by using an Azure AD account, you must prepare an Azure AD account before you run the deployment PowerShell script. This account becomes the Global Admin for the Azure AD tenant. It's used to provision and delegate applications and service principals for all Azure Stack services that interact with Azure Active Directory and Graph API. It's also used as the owner of the default provider subscription (which you can later change). You can log in to your Azure Stack system’s administrator portal by using this account.

  1. Create an Azure AD account that is the directory administrator for at least one Azure AD. If you already have one, you can use that. Otherwise, you can create one for free at (in China, visit instead). If you plan to later register Azure Stack with Azure, you must also have a subscription in this newly created account.

    Save these credentials for use as the service administrator. This account can configure and manage resource clouds, user accounts, tenant plans, quotas, and pricing. In the portal, they can create website clouds, virtual machine private clouds, create plans, and manage user subscriptions.

  2. Create at least one test user account in your Azure AD so that you can sign in to the development kit as a tenant.

    Azure Active Directory account Supported?
    Work or school account with valid Public Azure Subscription Yes
    Microsoft Account with valid Public Azure Subscription Yes
    Work or school account with valid China Azure Subscription Yes
    Work or school account with valid US Government Azure Subscription Yes

After deployment, Azure Active Directory global administrator permission is not required. However, some operations may require the global administrator credential. For example, a resource provider installer script or a new feature requiring a permission to be granted. You can either temporarily re-instate the account’s global administrator permissions or use a separate global administrator account that is an owner of the default provider subscription.



One available port on a switch for the development kit machine.

The development kit machine supports connecting to a switch access port or trunk port. No specialized features are required on the switch. If you are using a trunk port or if you need to configure a VLAN ID, you have to provide the VLAN ID as a deployment parameter.


Do not connect the development kit machine to the following subnets:


These subnets are reserved for the internal networks within the development kit environment.


Only IPv4 is supported. You cannot create IPv6 networks.


Make sure there is a DHCP server available on the network that the NIC connects to. If DHCP is not available, you must prepare an additional static IPv4 network besides the one used by host. You must provide that IP address and gateway as a deployment parameter.

Internet access

Azure Stack requires access to the Internet, either directly or through a transparent proxy. Azure Stack does not support the configuration of a web proxy to enable Internet access. Both the host IP and the new IP assigned to the MAS-BGPNAT01 (by DHCP or static IP) must be able to access Internet. Ports 80 and 443 are used under the and domains.

Next steps

Download the ASDK deployment package