Always ask the questions which you know the expected the answer to. Example: Can you give me access to the production server? If they can’t provide a favorable environment to develop in, then ask them to suggest a favorable environment. If they won’t then keep reminding them that the work cannot begin without a favorable environment has been suggested, or provided.
The rule of thumb is: Don’t think of solutions if others cannot help you with implementing it. Always ask for solutions in such cases.