Download and extract the ASDK

After ensuring that your development kit host computer meets the basic requirements for installing the Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK), the next step is to download and extract the ASDK deployment package to get the Cloudbuilder.vhdx.

Download the ASDK

  1. Before you start the download, make sure that your computer meets the following prerequisites:

    • Your computer must have at least 60 GB of free disk space available on four separate and identical logical hard drives in addition to the operating system disk.
    • .NET Framework 4.6 (or a later version) must be installed.
  2. Review the ASDK requirements and prerequisites.

  3. Download the ASDK, and then start deploying.

  4. Download and run the Deployment Checker for ASDK prerequisite checker script. This standalone script goes through the prerequisite checks done by the setup for ASDK. It provides a way to confirm you're meeting the hardware and software requirements before downloading the larger package for ASDK.

  5. Under Download the software, click Azure Stack Development Kit.


    The ASDK download (AzureStackDevelopmentKit.exe) is approximately 30.0 GB (ASDK version 1.2108.0.29).

Extract the ASDK

  1. After the download completes, click Run to launch the ASDK self-extractor (AzureStackDevelopmentKit.exe).
  2. Review and accept the displayed license agreement from the License Agreement page of the Self-Extractor Wizard and then click Next.
  3. Review the privacy statement info displayed on the Important Notice page of the Self-Extractor Wizard and then click Next.
  4. Select the location for Azure Stack setup files to be extracted to on the Select Destination Location page of the Self-Extractor Wizard and then click Next. The default location is current folder\Azure Stack Development Kit.
  5. Review the destination location summary on the Ready to Extract page of the Self-Extractor Wizard, and then click Extract to extract the CloudBuilder.vhdx (approximately 70.0 GB) and ThirdPartyLicenses.rtf files. This process takes some time to complete.
  6. Copy or move the CloudBuilder.vhdx file to the root of the C:\ drive (C:\CloudBuilder.vhdx) on the ASDK host computer.


After you extract the files, you can delete the .EXE and .BIN files to recover hard disk space. Or, you can back up these files so that you don't need to download the files again if you need to redeploy the ASDK.

Next steps

Prepare the ASDK host computer