Windows Azure Pack system requirements overview


Updated: September 28, 2016

Applies To: Windows Azure Pack

To determine the system requirements for your Windows Azure Pack deployment, you must first decide what type of environment you are going to deploy. Use the table below to evaluate the requirements for both types of deployments: express and distributed.

Deployment typeDescription# physical/ virtual machinesCPUs/ machineRAM/machineDisk space/ machine
ExpressTest a proof-of-concept on a single physical or virtual machine.118 GB (don't use dynamic memory)40 GB
DistributedInstall on several physical or virtual machines for production environments.828 GB (don't use dynamic memory)40 GB

Before you install any of the Windows Azure Pack components for either express or distributed deployments, you must install the following software as described in Installing Windows Azure Pack software prerequisites.

  • Windows Server® 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (see Windows Server 2012 compatibility for information on which version is best for you)

  • Microsoft Web Platform Installer 4.6

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack (SP) 1

  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 8 (built in component of Windows Server® 2012) or IIS 8.5 (built in component of Windows Server 2012 R2

  • .NET Framework 4.5 Extended, with ASP.NET for Windows 8

After complying with these requirements, you can install an express deployment or a distributed deployment.

Learn about Windows Azure Pack machine naming conventions before installing.

Microsoft SQL Server versions supported in a Windows Azure Pack deployment.

Learn about required firewall ports.

If you want to install Windows Azure Pack on an offline machine, see Install Windows Azure Pack offline to accommodate a firewall