Install Visual Studio and connect to Azure Stack Hub

You can use Visual Studio to write and deploy Azure Resource Manager templates to Azure Stack Hub. The steps in this article describe how to install Visual Studio on Azure Stack Hub or on an external computer if you plan to use Azure Stack Hub through VPN.

Install Visual Studio

  1. Install Visual Studio Community 2019, or one of the trial versions.

  2. Uninstall the Microsoft Azure PowerShell that's installed as part of the Azure SDK.

    Screenshot of WebPI install steps

  3. Install PowerShell for Azure Stack Hub.

  4. Restart the computer after the installation completes.

Connect to Azure Stack Hub with Azure AD


While Azure Stack Hub supports both Visual Studio 2019 and 2022, Cloud Explorer has been deprecated from Visual Studio 2022. Therefore, although both Visual Studio 2019 and 2022 work if you're using Azure AD, if you are using AD FS with Azure Stack Hub (as described in the next section), you must use Visual Studio 2019 or earlier.

  1. Launch Visual Studio.

  2. From the View menu, select Cloud Explorer.

  3. Select Manage Accounts, then in the new pane, sign in with your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) credentials.

    Screenshot thas shows Cloud Explorer once logged in and connected to Azure Stack Hub

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

Connect to Azure Stack Hub with AD FS

  1. Launch Visual Studio.

  2. From Tools, select Options.

  3. Expand Environment in the navigation pane and select Accounts.

  4. Select Add, and enter the user Azure Resource Manger endpoint. For the Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK), the URL is: https://management.local.azurestack/external. For Azure Stack Hub integrated systems, the URL is: https://management.[Region}.[External FQDN].

    Add new Azure Cloud discovery endpoint

  5. Select Add. Visual Studio calls Azure Resource Manger and discovers the endpoints, including the authentication endpoint, for Azure Directory Federated Services (AD FS). Azure Stack Hub now appears in the list of registered clouds.

  6. Select Cloud Explorer from the View menu.

  7. Select Manage Accounts and sign in with your AD FS credentials.

    Sign in to Visual Studio in Cloud Explorer

    Cloud Explorer queries the available subscriptions. You can select an available subscription to manage.

    Select subscriptions to manage in Cloud Explorer

  8. Browse your existing resources, resource groups, or deploy templates.

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