Install Visual Studio and connect to Azure Stack

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

Use Visual Studio to author and deploy Azure Resource Manager templates in Azure Stack. You can use the steps described in this article to install Visual Studio either from Azure Stack Development Kit, or from a Windows-based external client if you are connected through VPN. These steps perform a new installation of Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition. Read more about coexistence between other Visual Studio versions.

Install Visual Studio

  1. Download and run the Web Platform Installer.
  2. Search for Visual Studio Community 2015 with Microsoft Azure SDK - 2.9.6, click Add, and Install.

    Screenshot of WebPI install steps

  3. Uninstall the Microsoft Azure PowerShell that is installed as part of the Azure SDK.

    Screenshot of add/remove programs interface for Azure PowerShell

  4. Install PowerShell for Azure Stack

  5. Restart the operating system after the installation completes.

Connect to Azure Stack

  1. Launch Visual Studio.

  2. From the View menu, select Cloud Explorer.

  3. In the new pane, select Add Account and sign in with your Azure Active Directory credentials.
    Screenshot of Cloud Explorer once logged in and connected to Azure Stack

Once logged in, you can deploy templates or browse available resource types and resource groups to create your own templates.

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