PowerShell Deployment Toolkit: Windows Azure Pack install fails

I am a big fan of PDT

but I have been trying to install Windows Azure Pack and the complete system center using PowerShell Deployment Toolkit

Using the newest version (currently version 2.64.2611) it fails installing the Windows Azure Pack components!

Luckily i found the error:

Use a password for the installer user that follows the rules for Windows Azure Pack

  • Minimum 8 chars
  • Include at least one upper case letter and one lower case.
  • include at least one number
  • Include at least one non-alphanumeric. (In my case i was missing this! .. so added a ! to the password)


This should do the trick!



PDT will use your installer service account password as passphrase for WAP unless other is stated.

It is possible to explicitly set the passphrase by adding the line in bold below in the component of WAP i variable.xml:

<Component Name="Windows Azure Pack 2013">
  <Variable name="WindowsAzurePack2013AdminGroup" Value="CORETECH\WAP-Admins" />
  <Variable name="WindowsAzurePack2013ConfigStorePassphrase" Value="MyPass2014!" />



Happy Deployments!

By | 2014-09-23T14:16:47+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Powershell, Windows Azure Pack (WAP)|2 Comments

About the Author:

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Twitter: @JakobGSvendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen is a Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP (http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx), Working as Global Lead Developer, Senior Consultant and Trainer at CTGlobal, where he is one of the driving forces in keeping CTGlobal a System Center Gold Partner and member of the System Center Alliance.

Since he started at Coretech in 2007, he has focused on Scripting and Development, primarily developing tools, extensions and scripts for the System Center Suite. His main area is Automation (including OMS/Azure Automation, Service Management Automation, PowerShell and Orchestrator). Another area is Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack, where he does implementation, development, workshops and presentations. He is a world-wide renowned voice in the Automation field.

He is passionately devoted to the community, to which he contributes by being a moderator at TechNet and sharing his knowledge at https://blog.ctglobalservices.com/jgs

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  • Orchestrator
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack


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  1. Alberto October 14, 2014 at 10:35 - Reply

    Hi Jakob,

    Thanks for sharing with us this issue, the thing is that in the new version PDT2.64.2611.zip there is an issue downloading the prerequisites. Could you tell us what thing is happening.


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