Last modified on: 17 Mar 2022
Denodo Platform, the data virtualization leader for unifying enterprise data and delivering data services for the business, is available on Azure as a pay as you go (PAYG) virtual machine (VM).
Thank you for your confidence in Denodo and for choosing the Denodo Platform for Azure as your data virtualization technology!
This quick start guide will give you an overview of Denodo and how to quickly start building data virtualization solutions on Azure.
The Denodo Professional for Azure VM is based on a pay as you go (PAYG) model under your Azure account.
Therefore it is expected that you already have an Azure subscription with an associated Billing Account that you can use to logon to the Azure Marketplace in order to subscribe, create and launch the Denodo virtual machine through the Azure Portal.
The Denodo Professional offer on Windows Server consists of:
In the sections below you can find more information on how to deploy.
NOTE: this offering does not require a Denodo Solution Manager with a Denodo License Server to run the VDP services in the VM.
You must have an Azure subscription with a valid payment method. You are responsible for operating your own Azure subscription. You can create and launch your Denodo Professional for Azure PAYG VM using that Azure subscription.
As a summary of the instructions you will need to complete the following steps:
Note: The Azure Portal interface is subject to change and the exact options you see may change depending on your Azure account profile.
You are responsible for operating your own Azure subscription.
You can create and launch your Denodo Professional for Azure solution app using your Azure subscription.
Log on to the Azure Marketplace, search for the Denodo Professional for Azure (Hourly) offer and click on the Get It Now button.
Then you will go to Azure Portal
We recommend that for an initial evaluation or testing you follow the “Start with a pre-set configuration” path. Next chapters will be based on that option.
You have to complete some few configuration steps in order to launch the Denodo VM through the Azure console.
Select Dev/Test and General Purpose. Then “Continue to create a VM”.
Parameters you will need to introduce:
Then click “Review + Create”
If all validations pass, then click “Create”.
In around 10 minutes your VM will be ready.
The Design Studio provides a web interface to the developers to create data sources, base views, derived views, publish web services, etc.
Check first the list of Supported Browsers for the Design Studio tool.
Then use a supported browser to point to the following URL of the Design Studio Web Tool following the pattern:
Where <server_ip> is the IP address or DNS name for the Denodo VM that you can find in the information about the VM in the Azure Portal. The default user is admin and the default password is the resource group.
Services require some time to start, meanwhile you could get a 404, in that case wait some minutes and try again.
Refer to Main Areas of the Design Studio for more information.
Note that certain administrative tasks like cache configuration, setting-up the authentication, user management, etc can be done graphically only by using the Virtual Dataport Administration tool (desktop based).
The Scheduler Admin provides a web interface to administrators to create jobs.
Where <vm_ip> is the IP address or DNS name for the Denodo VM. The default user is admin and the default password is the name of the Resource Group.
Refer to Denodo Scheduler Administration Guide for more information.
Denodo is committed to helping you succeed with the Denodo Platform through our comprehensive network of technical support and services.
Denodo Standard Support is available for all subscribers. To access this service, you must first register on our website. After you have signed-up, you will have access to the Denodo Support Site where you can get web-based support, software updates and DenodoConnects, which will improve your data virtualization experience. Denodo version upgrades are not available as version upgrades require migration between Azure instances.
You can always post your question directly on the Q&A section, a moderated forum on our Community Site, where data virtualization professionals and enthusiasts will assist you. Our community is knowledgeable and tenacious and there is 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.
There are some optional steps that we recommend you to take in order to improve the security of your Azure deployment.
As the first step of the configuration of your new Denodo virtual machine you should change the default administrator password. It is extremely important that you change this default password to ensure that you are operating under a secure environment.
Please, check first the list of Denodo Platform default ports to review which ones are needed for operating your environment.
When a new virtual image is started Azure creates by default a new security group. This group contains all TCP ports that the Denodo Platform may need to use plus the RDP (for server administration). The default configuration specifies that all those ports can be reached from any IP addresses - our strong recommendation is to modify the groups so they can only be accessed from the range of authorized IP addresses that you control instead of being publicly accessible.
To do this, follow the steps in the Azure guide located at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-manage-nsg-arm-portal
You have to configure the Virtual DataPort server in order to receive connections from external clients to the VM.
The default ports for the Denodo Platform based on the connection protocol are:
VM must be configured to allow the connections to ports enumerated above according to the connection protocol needed:
As a side note, take into account that by default an ephemeral external IP address is assigned to the VM instance. If you require a static external IP address, you may promote the address to static. Be sure that the VDP server is set correctly for accepting connections through that IP by changing the Host Name in the VDP server.
Logged in with your Administrator Account user through Remote Desktop Connection and once a Denodo license is installed you can start enjoying Denodo software.
The same way, you can stop the Denodo services.
If you wish to migrate data from an existing Denodo installation to a new VM, proceed with the steps below. Note that each existing environment should be migrated to a different instance.
Start by exporting the metadata from the existing Virtual DataPort and importing it in the new one. The steps are detailed in the Virtual DataPort metadata export and import guide.
A similar approach is to be taken to migrate Scheduler metadata. The steps are detailed in the Scheduler metadata export and import guide.
This is optional and may be needed if you are planning to use SSO configuration with Denodo webtools (Design Studio, Scheduler Admin...) using a third party IDP such as Okta.
You need to sign-up for Denodo Support and request a license key for the Denodo Solution Manager. Later, you can use the license key with the Solution Manager BYOL instance on the Marketplace.
Once you are all set to start building your data virtualization solutions on Azure, we recommend that you check out all the available Denodo information:
If you want to move on to professionally guided training you can always check our course offerings on our training site.
To get up and running on the Denodo Platform for Azure in the quickest time, we recommend that you take advantage of Denodo Professional Services.