Install an express deployment of Windows Azure Pack


Applies To: Windows Azure Pack

You can use an express deployment to test and evaluate Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server on a non-production, single machine. After deploying, you'll be able to test the admin and tenant APIs, portals, and authentication sites.

Do not use an express deployment in a production environment.

To install Windows Azure Pack Express

  1. Log on to the machine on which you want to install your express deployment (WAPPortal, for example).

  2. Before you install the Windows Azure Pack Express, ensure that you have complied with the Windows Azure Pack system requirements overview, including installing the Web Platform Installer.

  3. Start the Web Platform Installer.

  4. Type Windows Azure Pack in the search box. Click Add next to Windows Azure Pack: Portal and API Express, and then click Install.

    The Web Platform Installer for Windows Azure Pack

  5. Accept the terms and conditions on the Prerequisites page.

    Indicate whether you want to use Microsoft Update to keep Windows Azure Pack up to date. We recommend that you do use Microsoft Update. This ensures that any fixes we need to create are automatically installed.

    The installation begins.

    Your machine might restart during the installation.

  6. When the installation is completed, ensure that all Internet Explorer windows are closed, and then click Continue to start the Service Management Configuration site.

  7. The Configuration site https://localhost:30101/ opens in Internet Explorer. If the Internet Explorer security certificate warning page is displayed, click Continue to this website.

    Certificate warning for Windows Azure Pack


    If you need to restart Internet Explorer, be sure to use the Run as administrator option.

  8. On the Database Server Setup page, enter the name of the database server or instance of Microsoft SQL Server. For single machine express deployments, this is the same machine you're currently installing to (WAPPortal, for example).

    Database setup for Windows Azure Pack

  9. Select the mode of authentication that you want to use, SQL Server Authentication or Windows Authentication. For guidance on which mode to use, see Choosing an Authentication Mode.

    If you select SQL Server Authentication, enter the database server administrator user name and password.

  10. Enter a passphrase that is to be used to encrypt and to decrypt data in the Configuration Store. Enter the passphrase again to confirm it, and then click the next arrow.


    Ensure that you write down the passphrase. If you forget or lose this passphrase, there is no way to recover it.

  11. The features that are to be installed are listed on the Features Setup page.

    After the features are successfully configured, click the check mark in the bottom right corner of the Features Setup.

  12. To go to the management portal for administrators, open an internet browser and go to https://localhost:30091/#Workspaces/WebSystemAdminExtension/quickStart.


    You might have to log out of your system and log back on before you can access the management portal for administrators. This requirement is due to Windows Authentication and the requirement to add the security group to your security token.

    If you continue to get an "Access denied" error message, even after you log back on, close all Internet Explorer windows. Run Internet Explorer as an administrator.

  13. To go to the management portal for tenants, open an internet browser and go to HYPERLINK "https://localhost:30081/" \l "Workspaces/WebSystemAdminExtension/quickStart" https://localhost:30081/#Workspaces/All/dashboard. The management portal for tenants allows tenants to subscribe to plans and add-ons, upload certificates, manage their accounts, and more.

    The first time that you log on to either the management portal for administrators or the management portal for tenants, a tour of the portal is displayed. Click through the pages in the tour for an introduction to the management portal.

    If you can't access the portal pages, see Get the error message "This page cannot be displayed." when I try to access the management portals or Access the Admin portal without redirecting the NetBIOS name

Next steps

  • At this point, you have installed the required components of your Windows Azure Pack Express deployment. However, without provisioning at least one of the optional services, there is not much you can do. Therefore, you should add services, such as Windows Azure Pack: Web Sites or Virtual Machine Clouds, to your deployment. You will have to install them on different machines. For more information, see Provision and configure services in Windows Azure Pack.