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Denodo Platform for AWS 7.0 BYOL Quick Start Guide

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Denodo Platform, the data virtualization leader for unifying enterprise data and delivering data services for the business, is available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as bring your own license (BYOL) virtual machine (VM) for trial purposes.

The VM image contains a Windows Server with the latest version of Denodo VDP, optimized for use with the AWS EC2.

Thank you for your confidence in Denodo and choosing the Denodo Platform for AWS 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 AWS.

Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL Usage Instructions

Overview

The BYOL listing offers the flexibility of instantiating the Denodo AMI under your AWS account. Therefore it is expected that you already have an AWS account that you can use to logon to the AWS Marketplace.

You will need a Denodo Solution Manager or Denodo Platform Standalone license to be able to start and use the Denodo Platform servers like Virtual Dataport (VDP) and Scheduler included in the deployment.


Thereafter, you can search, create and launch the Denodo BYOL instance through the EC2 console.

You are responsible for operating your own AWS account. You can create and launch your Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL instance using that AWS Account.

Log on to the AWS Marketplace, search for the Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL listing, and launch the instance through the EC2 Console.

After launching the instance the following activities must be performed in the instance:

  1. Activate the denodo user.
  2. Install a Denodo Platform license or Configure a Denodo Solution Manager
  3. Start Denodo Platform services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

1- Activate the denodo User

Once the Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL instance is running you have to log in Windows  as Administrator user through a Remote Desktop Connection. Detailed instructions are available on https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/connecting_to_windows_instance.html

Once connected as administrator user you have to complete the following tasks:

  1. Launch Computer Management on the Windows BYOL instance.
  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 as Administrator and use Remote Desktop Connection to log in to the Windows instance using the denodo user and the password you set.

2- Install a Denodo Platform License or Configure a Solution Manager

The Denodo services require a Denodo license to start.

Log in the Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL instance through Remote Desktop Connection with the denodo user.

Then you can provide the license to Denodo through one of the following different ways:

  1. Installing a Denodo Standalone license file
  2. Registering the Denodo server in a Denodo License Manager

2.1 - Installing a Denodo Standalone license file in the server

This is typically used for trial and evaluation scenarios.

  1. Copy a Denodo Standalone license file to the AWS instance.
  2. Rename it as denodo.lic
  3. Save it in the C:\Denodo\DenodoPlatform7.0\conf directory.
  4. The appropriate license is checked out after starting the Denodo Platform Control Center. If you have the Denodo Platform Control Center open you can click the License information link to force the licence validation.

2.2 - Registering the server in a Denodo License Manager

This is typically used for production, staging and development scenarios.

You need a Denodo Solution Manager installed and running, and accessible from the Denodo VDP for AWS instance. The Denodo servers need to be previously registered in the Denodo Solution Manager in one of the clusters for an environment. You can find more detailed information on the Denodo official documentation on how to create a server in the Solution Manager. Be sure of declaring the correct hostname of the Denodo server. You can register the following Denodo servers in the Denodo Solution Manager: VDP Server; Scheduler Server; Data Catalog Server.

Then, in the Denodo AWS BYOL instance logged as denodo  user:

  1. Launch the Denodo Platform 7.0 Control Center double clicking on the icon you can find in the Desktop.
  2. Click on the Configure link on the right side.
  3. Select Connect to a License Manager.
  4. Introduce the Denodo License Manager IP or DNS name. Be sure of using the IP or DNS accessible to the Denodo server.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click Help on the right side.
  7. Click on License information to check that the instance has connected with the Denodo Solution Manager and has got the licenses for services like VDP Server and Scheduler Server.

3- 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 the 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 AWS, we recommend that you check out all the available information: