Prepare the ASDK host computer

Prepare the development kit host computer

  1. Sign in as a Local Administrator to your development kit host computer.
  2. Ensure that the CloudBuilder.vhdx file has been moved to the root of the C:\ drive (C:\CloudBuilder.vhdx).
  3. Run the following script to download the development kit installer file (asdk-installer.ps1) from the Azure Stack GitHub tools repository to the C:\AzureStack_Installer folder on your development kit host computer:
  4. Be sure to download the asdk-installer.ps1 file each time you install the ASDK using the below script.

# Variables
$Uri = ‘
$LocalPath = ‘C:\AzureStack_Installer’
# Create folder
New-Item $LocalPath -Type directory
# Enforce usage of TLSv1.2 to download from GitHub
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
# Download file
Invoke-WebRequest $uri -OutFile ($LocalPath + ‘\’ + ‘asdk-installer.ps1’)

5. From an elevated PowerShell console, start the C:\AzureStack_Installer\asdk-installer.ps1 script, and then click Prepare Environment.

6. On the Select Cloudbuilder vhdx page of the installer, browse to and select the cloudbuilder.vhdx file that you downloaded and extracted in the previous steps. On this page, you can also, optionally, enable the Add drivers check box if you need to add additional drivers to the development kit host computer. Click Next.

7. On the Optional settings page, provide the local administrator account information for the development kit host computer and then click Next.
If you don’t provide the local administrator credentials in this step, you’ll need direct or KVM access to the host after the computer restarts as part of setting up the development kit.

You can also provide values for the following optional settings:

  • Computername: This option sets the name for the development kit host. The name must comply with FQDN requirements and must be 15 characters or less in length. The default is a random computer name generated by Windows.
  • Static IP configuration: Sets your deployment to use a static IP address. Otherwise, when the installer reboots into the cloudbuilder.vhdx, the network interfaces are configured with DHCP. If you choose to use a static IP configuration, additional options are displayed where you must also:
    • Select a network adapter. Make sure you can connect to the adapter before you click Next.
    • Make sure that the displayed IP address, Gateway, and DNS values are correct and then click Next.

8. Click Next to start the preparation process.

9. When the preparation indicates Completed, click Next.

10. Click Reboot now to boot the development kit host computer into the cloudbuilder.vhdx and continue the deployment process.

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