Azure – Initial Configuration:
- If you don’t have an Azure account, create a free account. Non-Profits may be eligible for $5000 in yearly Azure credits through Techsoup. Apply here.
- Log in to the Azure portal. https://portal.azure.com.
- Click on Create a resource. In the Search the Marketplace field search for TrueStack.
- Choose between TrueStack Direct Connect Unlimited, 10 or 25 device connections.
- Click on Create to deploy through the Resource Manager.
- Under the Basics tab, create a name for your virtual machine. Remember this because this is also the initial logon password (see below).
- Create a username and password or use an SSH public key. This username/password will only be used if you need to ssh into the Virtual Machine to reset the default password for the console.
- Create a new resource group and give it a name.
- Choose the location and click Ok. Be aware that some locations do not allow static IPs. We recommend using a static IP (see below). As of this writing, these locations do not allow static IPs: North Central US, West US, Korea South, Korea Central, France Central, East US 2, East US, East Asia, Canada East. We recommend choosing a different location.
- Choose a Virtual Machine size. We recommend starting with D1_V2 for 50 connected devices or less. You can increase your VM size if needed later. Click Ok.
- On the Settings page, we recommend SSD drives, don’t use managed disks. Change boot diagnostics to disabled. Leave rest of the default settings. Click Ok.
- Enter a preferred email address and phone number. This is required. A TrueStack representative will reach out to you to see if you have any questions or need any support.
- Click Create.
Create a Route Table:
A route table will allow you to access connected devices from a Windows or other server in your Azure account. This is required for Windows group policies and DNS to work correctly.
- First you’ll need the local IP of your virtual machine. Click on Virtual Machines on the left panel. Find and notate the private IP of your TrueStack Direct Connect Virtual Machine. It may be something like this. 10.0.0.4. Also notate the Public IP. It might be similar to this 22.214.171.124. You’ll need it later.
- From the dashboard click on Create a resource.
- Type route table in the Search the Marketplace field. Click enter.
- The result should look like this. Click on Route Table and click Create.
- Give it a name and use the resource group that you created earlier. Be sure that the location is the same location you chose earlier. Leave BPG route propagation disabled. Click Create.
- On the left panel, click on Resource Groups and open the resource group you created earlier. Click on the Route table that you created.
- Click on Routes on the left side.
- Click Add at the top, to add a route.
- Type in a route name.
- In the Address Prefix type 126.96.36.199/20
- In the Next hop type choose Virtual Appliance from the drop down.
- For the next hop address type the IP of the TrueStack Direct Connect virtual machine that you notated earlier. Something like 10.0.0.4. Click Ok.
- On the left panel of the route table click on Subnets.
- Click Associate at the top.
- Click on 1 Virtual Network and choose the virtual network for the resource group you created.
- Click on 2 Subnet and choose the default subnet for that virtual network.
- Make sure both check marks are green and click Ok.
Change from a dynamic to a Static IP
A static IP is a public IP that doesn’t change. This is a good idea because without a static IP, whenever you restart your virtual machine you will receive a new public IP. Although you’re connected devices use DNS to find the server, since the DNS IP will have changed after the restart the devices may take a long time to get the updated route. To avoid this, set a static IP.
Be aware that some locations don’t allow static IPs. As of this writing those are:
North Central US
East US 2
East US 2
- From the left panel click on virtual machines. Click on the TrueStack Direct Connect virtual machine
- Click on the IP address under Public IP Address.
- Change the assignment from Dynamic to Static and click save.
- This may reboot your virtual machine.
Accessing the Console
- To access the console open a browser. We recommend using Google Chrome.
- Type in the public (static) IP address in the address bar. It will redirect to a TrueStack https address. Something like jmwp.truestack318a.net. Save this DNS address. You can use it to access the console at anytime in the future.
- On the console logon page, accept the Eula and type in your TrueStack Direct Connect Virtual Machine name for the password. This is the one you created earlier in the password field. If you do not know it, in the Azure Portal click on Virtual Machines on the left panel to find the TrueStack Direct Connect virtual machine name.
- We recommend changing this default password on the settings tab after you logon.