An easier way to install Logic App Prereqs

Recently I have been doing some teaching work on Logic Apps. The sessions have been focused on basic “beginning” but also how to use Visual Studio for development. The ALM functionality in VS is preferred at this point in time.

There were some on the installation though so I thought I would post a more to-the-point solution here.

The official instructions can be found here.

If you find anything wrong with this guide, please provide feedback using my e-mail or by commenting below.

Install Visual Studio 2015

The software can be found here, or using your MSDN subscription.

Install Azure SDK and so on

The easier way is to simply get the Web Platform Installer (WebPI).

Using that you can simply check the things you need, start installation and go have a coffee.

Finding Azure PowerShell

Search for “azure powershell”, and add it. Use the latest version.

Finding Azure SDK

Then do a search for “azure sdk”. Find the one highlighted in the picture, and add it. If the version number is higher than the one in the picture, use that version.

The downside of screen grabs is that they do not update by themselves.


Now simply click Install and have yourself a well-deserved break.

Installing the Logic Apps Extension

Open Visual Studio 2015 and choose Tools/Extensions and Updates…

Select “Online” in the menu to the left.

Search for logic apps

Select “Azure Logic Apps Tools for Visual Studio” and choose install. If you miss any prereqs the installer will point that out and you will not be able to install.

Further reading and testing it out

To make sure you have everything you need and start flexing your developer skills, you can follow this handy guide: “Build and Deploy Logic Apps in Visual Studio


InvalidTemplateDeployment in Azure RM

Using scripting when deploying Logic Apps, and the surrounding bits is very useful. If you have set something up it is very easy to just script it and save it locally or under your templates.

I stored mine locally and got the error above when deploying. My thoughts where “An error in the template? The template that was generated for me? This is not good”.

I tried opening the template file and found some minor upper and lower case errors but that did not do it.

The solution was to get more information! You need to access your subscription’s activity logs. You can find it in the left side menu or by searching for “Activity Log” in the expanded menu.

The starting query should return your failed validation of the template.

Click on the row of the failed validation (it is not a link strangely) and choose to show the info as JSON.

Scroll down to the end of the message. Under the tag “properties/statusMessage” you will find the full story. In my case (I am ashamed to say) the name of the storageaccount was invalid.



I got this error when deploying a Logic App. Since I could not find anything on it I just thought I would do a quick post about it.

If you Google it, you get zero hits and instead you get pointed to a page on keeping parameters secret. Not a bad idea but it did not solve anything for me.

The real error was easy to fix. I simply had input two parameters with the same name but with different cases. This was then interpreted as me trying to use case-sensitive names in my deployment. That is not how it’s done. Keep variable names case-insensitive.