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Azure Stack Development Kit (PoC)

Azure Stack Development Kit (PoC)

Azure Stack, for a production deployment, will only be available on Integrated Systems as described here. However, there is an option for you to install Azure Stack on a single server to “kick the tyres” … This is the Azure Stack PoC (PoC), soon to be renamed to Azure Stack Development Kit.

This server does not need to have all the required hardware that a production deployment would require, for example you do not have to have SSDs and HDDs in the server, you need a minimum of 5 disks in the server for the PoC installation, 1 for the Boot OS and 4 for use by Azure Stack to create a Storage Space. For the exact specifications of the hardware please check this website: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-stack/azure-stack-deploy.

If you are planning to test the AppService, SQL, MySQL and Azure Functions PaaS services then you will need more than 128GB RAM, ideally 256GB RAM and I would recommend the fastest possible drives you can get!

If you are planning to test the AppService, SQL, MySQL and Azure Functions PaaS services then you will need more than 128GB RAM, ideally 256GB RAM and I would recommend the fastest possible drives you can get!

The PoC environment is just that, it’s not a production environment, it’s purely for you to test and evaluate Azure Stack. What you can do with this version of Azure Stack is dig into the underlying technology of Azure Stack and see how it is put together. Be warned though, you break it you fix it! If you break the PoC environment then you will, typically, need to reinstall from scratch.

Also, do not shutdown the PoC VMs/host as this is not supported now (remember, the software is still in Technical Preview).

One other point of note, do not apply ANY Windows Updates to the Hyper-V host or the Azure Stack infrastructure VMs, if you do – it will break!

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