Install Intel® Parallel Studio XE on Azure* Windows* VMs

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Updated 12/31/2018
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This article covers the installation steps with troubleshooting and tips for Intel® Parallel Studio XE on Microsoft* Azure* VMs. Note, some of the tools may have functional restrictions due to the cloud environment.  For system requirements, please see Release Notes for details. For further Intel related support, visit

Getting Started with Microsoft Azure

This article assumes you are familiar with the Azure environment. To learn more about working with Azure see:

Specifically, this article assumes:

  • You have an Azure account
  • You are familiar with creating VMs within the Azure environment.
  • To learn more about creating a Windows* VM see the documentation for creating a VM.
  • For maximum VM communication, create all your VMs within the same virtual network (VNet).

Creating a Windows VM

IE Security Settings

Security settings in your IE browser may interfere with product download and installation. To ensure they are turned off do the following:

  1. Close any IE browser you may have open
  2. Run Server Manager
  3. Click on Local Server
  4. Click on the link next to the IE Enhanced Security Configuration
  5. In the popup dialog select the Off option for both Administrators and Users and click OK
  6. Launch IE and click Don’t use recommended settings

Note: Best practices suggest reverting to more secure settings after completing setup and installation.

Installing Intel® Software Development Products

Once your Windows VM is up and running you can proceed with the product installation.

If you received an Intel email for the software product you acquired, follow the instructions in the email to register your Serial Number and create an Intel Registration Center account (if you don’t already have one).

Installing Microsoft* Visual Studio

Intel® Parallel Studio XE requires an existing installation of Microsoft* Visual Studio (MSVS). If you have a license for a full MSVS product please install it at this time. If you don’t have a license, you may get the latest MSVS community license and install it in the VM prior to the installation of the Intel Product.

Important: MSVS must be installed prior to the installation of Intel Parallel Studio XE to enable integration. Make sure MSVS is preinstalled on the VM where Intel Parallel Studio XE will be installed. MSVS is not required for the installation of Intel Software License Manager.


To download the product:

  • Open the registration email and click on the Download link.
  • OR go to Intel Registration Center and log into your account. In the product tab locate your software product and download it

When downloading you have a choice between using the online installer and an offline package.

  • Online Installer – You can choose to customize and install the product now OR
    You can choose to create and download a customized package for a later installation
  • Offline Package – This package includes all the components in the product and as such is larger than the customized package

Installing with a Named-User License

During installation it is recommended to use the serial number to install the product. For alternative activation methods see the Installation Guide and the Product Licensing FAQ.

A named-user license is limited to n simultaneous activations as defined in our Software EULA.

Installing with a Floating License

Floating license installation has two parts: License Server installation and Product installation.

License Server Installation

The license server manager can be installed on either an Azure VM or an on-premise server. If installing to a VM, please contact support and request a VM-configured license file. Otherwise changes to the VM may invalidate your license, requiring you to frequently reactivate it.

If installing on-premise, you must have ExpressRoute enabled to communicate from the VMs running your product. You do not necessarily need a VM-configured license in this case. For license manager installation details, please see the Intel Software License Manager User’s Guide

Product Installation

  • Use the link in the registration email or log into Intel Registration Center to download the product. See detailed information about downloading options in the Download section above.
  • In the activation screen choose the ‘I have a serial number and I want to activate my product’ option. Enter the serial number for your floating license and proceed with the installation. For information on using Intel Parallel Studio XE please refer to our getting started guide (

Intel® VTune™ Amplifier

You will only be able to use Intel® VTune™ Amplifier in basic hotspots and Locks & Waits. This is due to running the tool in a virtual environment. For more information see User Reference Guide.

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