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I'm interested in developing SharePoint Visual Web Parts in Visual Studio but don't have an instance of SharePoint Server running anywhere. Visual Studio points me to this page, which suggests a Microsoft Azure VM.

My question is what is the minimum specs I need to run a SharePoint server and Visual Studio for development? Prices vary widely:

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    And remember you can de-allocate the VM when it's not in use so the actual expense could be a somewhat less than the published monthly estimate. If you use it 40 hours a week all month you're going to pay about a quarter of that estimate (provided you remember to de-allocate it every time). – Derek Gusoff Feb 12 '18 at 18:51
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The D4S_V3 would what I would consider the minimum specifications for a development VM.

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