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Denodo Platform for Azure 7.0 Free Trial BYOL - Quick Start Guide

Denodo Platform, the data virtualization leader for unifying enterprise data and delivering data services for the business, is available on Azure as bring your own license virtual machine (VM).

The VM contains a Windows Server with the latest version of Denodo Platform, optimized for use with the Azure Virtual Machines service.

Thank you for your confidence in Denodo and choosing the Denodo Platform for Azure as your data virtualization technology!

This quick start guide will give you an overview of  the Denodo Platform and how to quickly start building data virtualization solutions on Azure.

Denodo Platform for Azure Architecture Overview

The Denodo Platform for Azure is derived from our enterprise-class product, the Denodo Platform, and they share the same building blocks.

  • Virtual DataPort (VDP): this is the main data virtualization product, that allows to connect to a variety of data sources, combine their data and publish the results for client applications to consume. It’s composed of:

  • the VDP server or VQL server;
  • the VDP Administration Tool, a desktop client that you will use for both administration of the server and development of data virtualization solutions;
  • and the Data Catalog, a browser-based tool that allows end users to easily consume data services.

  • Scheduler (SCHED): this is our batch processing tool, that connects to data sources and the VDP server and allows to regularly run data exports, refresh and/or invalidate caches, etc. It is composed of the Scheduler server and the Scheduler Administration Tool (a web application).

  • ITPilot (ITP): this is the semi-structured information module. It is normally used for web automation, mainly for accessing web pages and extracting information from them.

You can find more detailed information on the Denodo Platform documentation available on https://community.denodo.com/docs/html/browse/7.0/ 

Denodo Platform for Azure Free Trial BYOL Usage Instructions


This free trial is based on a Bring Your Own License model under your Azure subscription.

Therefore it is expected that you already have an Azure subscription that you can use to logon to the Azure Marketplace in order to create and launch the Denodo Platform Free Trial BYOL virtual machine through the Azure console.

The high level list of steps needed to provision and configuring your Denodo Platform Free Trial BYOL on Azure is the following:

  1. Register for Denodo Platform Free Trial
  2. Use your Azure Subscription to start the Denodo Free Trial (BYOL) solution app available on the Azure Marketplace.
  3. Deploy the Denodo Platform virtual machine (Windows Server based)  through your Azure console.
  4. Activate the denodo User
  5. Install the Denodo Platform License
  6. Start Denodo Platform Services

All the process can take an approximate time of 15 to 20 minutes.

1-Register for Denodo Platform Free Trial

You can obtain your 14 days free trial license registering through the following page clicking on the START FREE TRIAL button for the Free Trial using your Azure account option.


After the registration a 14 day Denodo Platform license will be available for you.

2-Get the Azure Solution App

You are responsible for operating your own Azure subscription.

You can create and launch your Denodo Platform for Azure BYOL solution app using your Azure subscription.

The Azure offering includes a Windows Server Virtual Machine with Denodo Platform 7.0 installed.

Log on to the Azure Marketplace, search for the Denodo Free Trial for Azure listing or use the link below:


3-Virtual Machine Deployment

After selecting the Denodo Platform for Azure BYOL solution app available through the Azure Marketplace you have to complete some few configuration steps in order to launch the Denodo Platform virtual machine through the Azure console.

Basic Deployment Settings

After clicking the Create button for the Denodo Platform 7.0 14 day Free Trial (BYOL) solution you will get a similar page like the one below to configure the basic deployment settings:

  • Virtual Machine name. You have to choose a name for your Denodo Platform virtual machine.
  • Administrator Username. You have to enter a username for the virtual machine administrator. That username cannot be denodo because that is an already provisioned username in the virtual machine.
  • Administrator password.
  • Associated Azure Subscription.
  • Resource Group. A resource group represents a group of resources that share the same lifecycle, policies, and permissions. You can create a new one for all resources associated to this Denodo Platform virtual machine deployment or choose to include then in an existing but empty resource group in your Azure subscription (by default, Azure does not support to deploy managed application to resource group with resources).
  • Location for the deployment.

Additional Deployment Settings

In the next page you can review or update Virtual Machine settings like:

  • Virtual machine size. You can leave the recommended one or choose another.
  • Diagnostic storage account. You can leave the proposed value or choose other.
  • Public IP address. You can leave the proposed value or choose other.
  • DNS prefix. You can leave the proposed value or choose other.
  • Virtual network. You can leave the default value.
  • Subnets. Click on the Subnets tab to review and accept the default values or choose another values.

Summary of Deployment

The summary page provides you the final overview for reviewing the configuration settings before creating the virtual machine.

Deployment Creation

Finally you have to agree Azure Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and launching the creation of the virtual machine.


4- Activate the denodo User

Once the Denodo Platform for Azure BYOL virtual machine is running you have to log in Windows with your Administrator Account username through a Remote Desktop Connection. Detailed instructions are available on https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/connect-logon

Once connected as the administrator username for the VM you have to complete the following tasks:

  1. Launch Computer Management on the Windows BYOL virtual machine.
  2. Select Local Users and Groups > Users.
  3. Right-click the denodo user.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. If it is not already, clear the Account is disabled checkbox.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Right-click the denodo user.
  8. Select Set Password.
  9. Enter and confirm your new password.

After completing these steps for activating the denodo user, then you can log out and use Remote Desktop Connection to log in to the Windows virtual machine using the denodo user and the password you set.

5- Install the Denodo Platform License

Once you have a Denodo Platform license file, log in the Denodo Platform for Azure BYOL virtual machine through Remote Desktop Connection with the denodo user.

Copy the Denodo Platform license file to the Azure VM, rename it as denodo.lic, and save it in the C:\Denodo\DenodoPlatform7.0\conf directory. The appropriate license is checked out after starting the Denodo Platform Control Center. If you had the Denodo Platform Control Center open you can click the License information link to force the licence validation.

6- Start Denodo Platform Services

Logged in as the denodo user through Remote Desktop Connection and once a Denodo Platform license is installed you can start enjoying Denodo Platform.

You have to launch the Denodo Platform Control Center that allows starting and stopping all Denodo Platform servers and tools, as well as a group of additional functions.

You can find more information on https://community.denodo.com/docs/html/browse/7.0/platform/installation/denodo_platform_control_center/denodo_platform_control_center

Through the Denodo Platform Control Center you can start the Virtual DataPort (VDP) server and then launch the Virtual DataPort Administration Tool to connect to VDP server.

Denodo VDP default administrator user is admin with admin as default password. You should change the administrator password as soon as possible to ensure that you are operating under a secure environment.

You can find more information on https://community.denodo.com/docs/html/browse/7.0/vdp/administration/index

Further Recommended Steps

Once you are all set to start building your data virtualization solutions on Azure, we recommend that you check out all the available information:

Technical Assistance During the Free Trial Period

Denodo is committed to helping you succeed with the Denodo Platform through our comprehensive network of technical support and services. Technical assistance during the Free Trial will be facilitated via the Denodo Community.

You can always post your question directly on the Q&A section, a moderated forum on our Community Site, where the Denodo Team plus data virtualization professionals and enthusiasts will assist you. Our community is knowledgeable and tenacious and there's no question without a valid answer. Technical resources such as product documentation, Knowledge Base articles, step-by-step tutorials, and how-to videos are also available.

If you want to chat with one of our Cloud specialists, you can send and email to cloud.solutions@denodo.com with subject “Cloud advisor meeting request”.

If you plan to leverage the Free Trial as a means to POC/extended validation, a Denodo engineer will work with your team to outline the success criteria and testing scenarios to get you further ahead on your path to data driven simplification, then you can send an email to
cloud.solutions@denodo.com with subject "Cloud advisor POC request".

Customer will use commercially reasonable efforts to resolve issues before escalating them to Denodo. Denodo will make a commercially reasonable effort to provide support to customer and reserves the right to refuse providing Maintenance and Support Services for customers who do not reach a minimum commercially reasonable level of monthly usage of any of the Denodo Platform for Azure products.


What is Azure Marketplace?

Microsoft Azure Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare, and immediately start using the software and services that run on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform that they need to build products and run their businesses.  Visitors to the marketplace can use Azure Marketplace to quickly launch pre-configured software and pay only for what they use, by the hour. Azure handles billing and payments, and software charges appear on customers’ Azure bill.  

Who is the intended customer base for the Denodo Platform for Azure? 

Literally any organization of any size can use and benefit from the Denodo Platform for Azure.

What are the possible scenarios?

Denodo Platform for Azure can be used the same as other enterprise-class Denodo Platform versions: production workloads for analytics, logical data warehouse, cloud integration, data as a service... and also staging, development, disaster recovery, proof of concept...

What do I need to buy the Denodo Platform for Azure on Azure Marketplace? 

Any customer eligible to use Azure products is also able to shop on Azure Marketplace. Customers must have a Microsoft Azure subscription.

What happens when Denodo updates their product?

Denodo will deliver updates for the Denodo Platform for Azure in two ways:

  • Publishing an updated Denodo Platform for Azure virtual machine. When Denodo publishes a virtual machine image with an update to a Denodo Platform for Azure you are subscribed to, you should receive a notification email from Azure Marketplace that contains information about the update and provides migration instructions.
  • Publishing a Denodo Platform update in the Denodo Support Site. If you are registered for Denodo Support, Denodo Platform updates will be available from the Denodo Support Site. You can download updates to be applied to a Denodo Platform for Azure virtual machine of which you are subscribed to, without the need to migrate between your current virtual machine and an updated one.

How am I billed for the Denodo Platform for Azure?

If you are using a Denodo Platform for Azure virtual machine product that has a pay per use fee, you will be billed by Azure for your use of this software. You will receive a bill for the software at the same time that you receive your Azure subscription bill.