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Denodo Platform for GCP 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 Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as bring your own license (BYOL) virtual machine (VM).

The VM contains a Windows Server with the latest version of Denodo Platform, optimized for use with the Google Compute Engine service.

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

Denodo Platform for GCP BYOL Usage Instructions


This offer is based on a bring your own license (BYOL) model under your GCP subscription.

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

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

  1. Use your GCP Subscription to launch the Denodo (BYOL) solution available on the GCP Marketplace.
  2. Connect to the Instance with an Administrative User
  3. Activate the denodo User
  4. Connect to the Instance with 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.

Step 1 - Launch the Denodo Platform VM

You are responsible for operating your own GCP subscription.

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

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

Log on to the GCP Console, go to the GCP Marketplace, search for the Denodo for GCP BYOL listing or use the link below:


And then click the LAUNCH ON COMPUTE ENGINE button.

Then, Select a project or Create a project page could be the next. Enter a project name and select a value from the Organization drop‑down, then click the Create button.

After that the deployment configuration appears where you can select appropriate values for zone, machine type, and so on. Then Click the Deploy button.

Step 2 - Connect to the Instance with an Administrative User

Once the Denodo Platform for GCP BYOL virtual machine is running you have to log in Windows with a user with administrative privileges through a Remote Desktop Connection.

You can create that initial administrative user through the Google Cloud Console setting a Windows password. Detailed instructions are available on https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/instances/windows/creating-passwords-for-windows-instances

Note: you cannot create / log in as Administrator because that user already exists in the instance but blocked; you have to choose another username to log in.

After creating that user you can sign in following detailed instructions on https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/instances/connecting-to-instance#windows

Step 3 - Activate the denodo User

Once connected as the administrative user 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.

Step 4 - Connect to the Instance with the denodo User

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

Step 5 - Install the Denodo Platform License

Logged in as the denodo user through Remote Desktop Connection, you can install the DenodoPlatform license file.

Copy the Denodo Platform license file to the GCP 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.

Step 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 GCP, we recommend that you check out all the available information:

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”.