I'm not in the neighboring star system, (4.3 Light Years, for Alpha C.) I'm right here in Queens New York. But I've been doing this since the Secret Labs days. Did you try and use VS2015 .first? It happens that the release I'm using is the exact same one described on the site. Originally Secret Labs wanted people to use VS2010 or VS2012 or VS2013, depending on what versions of Windows they were running. I started with Win7SP1 and VS2010, and was successful at it. Tried 8.0 and 8.1, and got slow responses, but it worked with VS2012 and started with a late release of VS2013 here. Then it became clear that VS2015 was the way to go. There are efforts to convince or confuse Microsoft to make the right things available for VS2017, but so far it took an outside consultant to seemingly make it work, it does not here. Now what we need are the tools to do all this heavy lifting which are callable from Visual Studio Code.
"Oh not again!"