This article describes what additional configuration is necesary on the Azure Virtual Machine before SysKit Point can be installed on it.
Additional Azure Virtual Machine Configuration
After the Virtual Machine has been created by your Azure team some additional configuration steps are needed before you install SysKit Point to that machine. Connect to the virtual machine using a RDP connection and perform the following steps:
- Prepare a Service Account - a Windows account to run the SysKit Point Windows service
- Configure Windows Firewall - needed to allow access to the SysKit Point web application
- Configure Internet Options - required to enable logging in to Microsoft 365 from the Point Configuration Wizard
- Install a Compatible Browser - needed after the Point setup to access the Point web application
A Service account is a Windows Account used to run the SysKit Point Windows service. This Windows service will host the Point web application.
We recommend you use one of the following options for the service account:
- Create a dedicated domain account:
- Create a local computer account:
- Use your own account (the same one you use for RDP connection):
- Please note each time your password expires, the SysKit Point Windows service will stop until you update it in the SysKit Point Configuration Wizard
The only privileges this Service account needs to have is the Local Administrator role on the Azure Virtual Machine. Please note:
- This account is not used to authenticate against Microsoft 365 and does not need any Microsoft 365 roles.
- This account is not used to authenticate against the Azure SQL Database and does not need any permissions on the SQL Server (if using SQL authentication per our recommendations).
Configure Windows Firewall
To be able to use the SysKit Point web application from outside the local virtual machine you need to be able to reach the page where the Point web application is hosted.
To allow inbound traffic on the Azure Virtual Machine, follow these steps:
- Use RDP connection to connect to Azure Virtual Machine
- Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
- Select Inbound Rules (1)
- Click New Rule action (2)
- A new Inbound Rule Wizard opens that enables you to create an inbound rule for TCP protocol on port 443.
Configure Internet Explorer Settings
SysKit Point uses modern authentication to enable single sign-on with your Microsoft 365 account to the Point web application. During the SysKit Point configuration process, a Global administrator will be asked to log in and provide consent. For this login experience, Point uses an integrated version of the Internet Explorer browser. Additional configuration of Internet Explorer is needed in order to be able to sign in to Office.com.
Enable access to Microsoft pages
Server versions of Windows (Internet Explorer) use enhanced security settings and, in order to be able to use single sign-on authentication, it is necessary to enable access to the Microsoft login page.
We recommend configuring IE settings the following way:
Open Internet Explorer
Select Tools > Internet Options > Security tab
Select the Trusted sites icon > Sites button
Add the following Microsoft addresses to the trusted sites list:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select Tools > Internet Options > Security tab (1)
- Click the Custom Level... button (2)
- Scroll down and change the Active Scripting setting > select the Enable option (3)
- Confirm the change
- Close Internet Options
Install a Compatible Browser
We are always trying to give our users the best security and visual experience while using our application and in order to provide that we are not compatible with Internet Explorer and you should install a compatible browser to be able to use SysKit Point. After configuration, SysKit Point users will be able to access the SysKit Point interface from any supported internet browser through the specified web application URL.
When you finish the above steps, you will need the following information for the next steps in the installation process:
- A Service account to run the SysKit Point Windows service
- Overview - Install SysKit Point on an Azure Virtual Machine
- Hardware and Software Requirements
- Create Azure Virtual Machine
- Install SysKit Point on an Azure VM
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us.