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 (BYOL) virtual machine (VM). The VMs contain the latest versions of Denodo Solution Manager, 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.
Once the Denodo Solution Manager is deployed, it allows you to create and manage the Denodo Platform environments on Azure.
This offering provides:
The offering includes a limited Denodo Solution Manager license:
As this is a BYOL offering you can replace that limited Denodo Solution Manager License that is included by another Denodo Solution Manager license you obtain from Denodo Technologies or resellers. If you currently do not hold a license agreement for Denodo Platform, and you are interested in, please contact Denodo directly to pursue a license to use the software.
The high level list of steps needed to provision and configuring your Denodo Platform Solution Manager (BYOL) on Azure is the following:
All the process can take an approximate time of 30 to 50 minutes.
You are responsible for operating your own Azure subscription.
You can create and launch your Denodo Platform Solution Manager for Azure BYOL VM using your Azure subscription.
The Azure offering includes a Windows Server Virtual Machine with Denodo Platform Solution Manager8.0 installed.
Log on to the Azure Marketplace and search for the Denodo 8.0 for Azure listing.
After selecting the Denodo Solution Manager 8.0 BYOL on Windows Server available through the Azure Marketplace you have to complete some few configuration steps in order to launch the Denodo Platform Solution Manager virtual machine through the Azure console.
NOTE: you will be requested to choose the username for the Administrator Account; don’t use denodo as the username for the Administrator Account as denodo is a local user already created in the VM.
NOTE: see Denodo Platform Solution Manager Hardware Requirements before choosing the VM Size.
The Denodo services require a Denodo license to start.
Once the Denodo Platform Solution Manager BYOL VM is running you have to log in Windows with your Administrator Account username through a Remote Desktop Connection. Detailed instructions are available on Connect to a Windows Virtual Machine.
Then copy your previously obtained Denodo Platform Solution Manager license file to the Azure VM, rename the file as denodo.lic, and save it in the C:\Denodo\DenodoSolutionManager8.0\conf directory.
NOTE: the appropriate license is checked out after starting the Denodo Platform Control Center. If you already have the Denodo Platform Control Center open you can click the License information link to force the licence validation.
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 Denodo Platform Solution Manager is a component to help you manage Denodo deployments.
Once you logged in, the Denodo Solution Manager Administration Tool provides a single point of entry to all the web applications of the Denodo deployment.
Check first the list of Supported Browsers for Denodo Solution Manager Administration Tool.
Then use a supported browser to point to the URL to access Denodo Solution Manager Administration Tool with the following pattern:
Where <sm_ip> is the IP address or DNS name for the Denodo Platform Solution Manager virtual machine in the stack deployed.
NOTE: the application may take some time to start so you may need to wait for a couple of minutes before the link works correctly. You may get a connection error or a ‘404 Not Found’ error if you try to access it before the service has completely started.
The user is admin and the password by default is admin so the recommendation is to change the default password first thing:
Then logout and sign in again with admin as username and the new password.
A Denodo Environment is defined as a set of servers, of the same or different type, working together for a common purpose. For example, Production, Development or Staging environments.
For creating a new Standard Mode Environment from the Denodo Solution Manager Administration Web Tool:
Repeat above steps for all environments and clusters you want to set up.
With the environment and cluster created everything is ready to add Denodo servers like VDP or Scheduler.
Last step is registering deployed Denodo servers (like VDP or Schedulers) in created clusters.
Instructions on how to deploy a Denodo VDP Virtual Machine are available in a chapter below in this guide.
For adding a new Denodo server to a cluster from the Denodo Solution Manager Administration Web Tool:
Repeat above steps for all deployed Denodo servers.
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 <sm_ip> is the IP address or DNS name for the Solution Manager virtual machine in the stack deployed.
In the Solution Manager Web Tool homepage you have links to the Design Studio and Scheduler Web Tools: select the Environment and then click on the Open link for going to the homepage of the Design Studio preloaded with the connection data to the cluster in that environment.
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 by graphical way only by using the Virtual Dataport Administration tool (desktop based).
There are a couple of 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 Platform Solution Manager 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 Solution Manager default ports to review which ones are needed for operating your environment.
When the Denodo Platform Solution Manager for Azure BYOL virtual machine is deployed it creates by default a new security group. This group contains an inbound port rule for RDP (for server administration). The default values specify that this port can be reached from any IP addresses - our strong recommendation is to modify the group so it 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 can find details about how to secure with SSL the connections between the Solution Manager servers, the administration tools and their clients in Enable SSL in the Denodo Platform Solution Manager.
Denodo Platform Solution Manager requires privileged connections to manage the Denodo VDP servers. It uses a temporary system token with the necessary permissions to perform administrative tasks and therefore, the Denodo VDP server must be configured with Denodo Security Token authentication in order to validate these tokens.
See Enable Denodo Security Token for details.
Once you are all set to start building your data virtualization solutions on Azure, we recommend that you check out all the available information: