Creating Environments

Note

Only global administrators and Solution Manager administrators can create new environments. More information is available in the Authorization section.

The first step to populate the catalog of the Solution Manager with a model of your infrastructure is to create an environment. To do this, click the root node of the catalog tree sm_node and click new-environment-text-btn on the emerging menu.

The Automated Cloud Mode types are Automated Cloud Mode (AWS) and Automated Cloud Mode (Azure). Select the desired one in the Select Environment Type dialog.


Automated Cloud Mode (AWS)

Form to create a new Automated Cloud Mode (AWS) environment

Form to create a new Automated Cloud Mode (AWS) environment

Provide the following information:

  • Name: Name of the environment. You cannot change the name of an environment after creating it.

  • Description: Description of the environment.

  • License scenario: From the available scenarios of the current license installed in the Solution Manager, which one is assigned to this environment. This parameter will affect the capacities of the servers that belong to the environment. More information is available in the License Management section.

  • Recommended update: Minimum update of the Denodo platform, expressed with the format yyyymmdd (e.g. 20181231), that will be required to any Virtual DataPort Administration Tool that connects to a Virtual DataPort Server from this environment.

  • URL of the recommended update: URL where the recommended update is available to download. In case a Virtual DataPort Administration Tool does not fulfill the minimum update required by the field Recommended update, a message will suggest this URL so the user can download it.

  • Recommended update is mandatory in the Administration Tool: When this field is checked, any Virtual DataPort Administration Tool that does not have the recommended update installed will not be able to connect to the server. Otherwise, it will only be notified.

  • Access Key ID: The access key ID used to create all the resource. This is an optional field that overrides the global AWS authentication.

  • Secret access key: The secret access key used to create all the resource. This is an optional field that overrides the global AWS authentication.

    Important

    Please check IAM and Security best practices in IAM for more information about credentials management.

    Note

    AWS secret access key is stored encrypted.

  • AWS Region: The AWS region where all the resources will be created. Please check AWS regions for further details.

    When the Solution Manager is running in an EC2 instance, only the regions it belongs to are listed.

  • VPC: Virtual Private Cloud to use for this environment, this is the virtual network that will be used for the resources. You can always choose an existing VPC. Additionally, when the Solution Manager is running in an EC2 instance, you can create a new VPC specifying the CIDR block and the name. Please check AWS VPCs for further details.

    When you create a new VPC or select an existing VPC different from the VPC where the Solution Manager instance is running, Solution Manager will automatically configure a VPC peering connection to ensure connectivity between the new VPC and the Solution Manager VPC. Please check VPC peering for further details.

    Note

    If you want to use another option to connect the Solution Manager VPC and the servers VPC when they are in different VPCs, you can disable the automatic VPC peering connection creation and configuration. In order to do this, add the following property to the Solution Manager server configuration file (located in SM_HOME/conf/solution-manager/SMConfigurationParameters.properties) and restart the Solution Manager server: com.denodo.solutionmanager.cloud.aws.vpcPeeringConnectionEnabled=false


Automated Cloud Mode (Azure)

Form to create a new Automated Cloud Mode (Azure) environment

Form to create a new Automated Cloud Mode (Azure) environment

Provide the following information:

  • Name: Name of the environment. You cannot change the name of an environment after creating it.

  • Description: Description of the environment.

  • License scenario: From the available scenarios of the current license installed in the Solution Manager, which one is assigned to this environment. This parameter will affect the capacities of the servers that belong to the environment. More information is available in the License Management section.

  • Recommended update: Minimum update of the Denodo platform, expressed with the format yyyymmdd (e.g. 20181231), that will be required to any Virtual DataPort Administration Tool that connects to a Virtual DataPort Server from this environment.

  • URL of the recommended update: URL where the recommended update is available to download. In case a Virtual DataPort Administration Tool does not fulfill the minimum update required by the field Recommended update, a message will suggest this URL so the user can download it.

  • Recommended update is mandatory in the Administration Tool: When this field is checked, any Virtual DataPort Administration Tool that does not have the recommended update installed will not be able to connect to the server. Otherwise, it will only be notified.

  • Azure Credentials: The values that identifies the Azure Credentials used to create all the resource. These fields are optional and override the global configuration:

    • Subscription id

    • Client id

    • Tenant id

    • Secret

    Please check Understanding Azure Active Directory application and service principal to access resources for further details.

    Note

    Secret value is stored encrypted.

  • Azure region: The Azure region where all the resources will be created. Please check Azure geographies for further details.

  • Resource group: The resource group where all the resources will be created. Please check What is a resource group for further details.

  • Virtual network: The Virtual Network to use for this environment. It will be used for all the resources. You can always choose an existing Virtual Network. Additionally, when the Solution Manager is running in an Azure Virtual Machine, you can create a new Virtual Network specifying the CIDR block and the name. Please check Azure Virtual Network documentation for further details.

    When the Solution Manager is running in an Azure Virtual Machine and you create a new Virtual Network or select an existing one different from the Virtual Network where the Solution Manager is running, Solution Manager will automatically configure a peering to ensure connectivity between both Virtual Networks. Please check Virtual Network peering for further details.

    Note

    If you want to use another option to connect the Solution Manager Virtual Network and the servers Virtual Network when they are different, you can disable the automatic peering connection creation and configuration. In order to do this, add the following property to the Solution Manager server configuration file (located in SM_HOME/conf/solution-manager/SMConfigurationParameters.properties) and restart the Solution Manager server: com.denodo.solutionmanager.cloud.azure.virtualNetworkPeeringConnectionEnabled=false