This article lists Azure Virtual Machine requirements that are necessary to install and configure SysKit Point in an Azure environment.

Create Azure Virtual Machine

Here are the instructions for your Azure team to create and configure a dedicated Azure Virtual Machine in the Azure portal which will host SysKit Point.

Prepare for Installation & Configuration

First you have to create a new Virtual Machine in the Azure portal. During creation, you need to select an appropriate Windows Server image and set the size according to our minimum hardware requirements.

After you create an Azure Virtual Machine, ensure the following configuration is set:

  • A Network Security Group is assigned to the Azure Virtual Machine
    • RDP connection (port 3389) that allows access to the Azure Virtual Machine is enabled
    • HTTPS connection (TCP port 443) that allows access to Point web application is enabled
  • A DNS name is set for the Azure Virtual Machine
    • A Public IP address (static) is set for the Azure Virtual Machine
  • A Premium (SSD) Disk is attached to the Azure Virtual Machine

Please note!

  • For increased security after the SysKit Point configuration is completed, the inbound rule allowing RDP connections can be removed.

Network Security Group

To allow inbound traffic for the Network Security Group associated with the Azure Virtual Machine, follow these steps:

  • Open the Azure portal
  • Navigate to your Azure Virtual Machine
  • Click Networking in the Settings section
  • To enable RDP connection, click Add inbound port rule button (1) to add a rule for the TCP protocol with destination port 3389 (2) or edit an existing rule if it exists
  • To enable HTTPS connection, click Add inbound port rule button (1) to add a rule for the TCP protocol with destination port 443 (2)

Azure - Adding inbound port rule

Configure a DNS Name

You need to configure a DNS name in the Azure Portal which will be used for RDP connection or as a hostname for the Point web application. To do so:

  • Open the Azure portal
  • Navigate to your Azure Virtual Machine
  • Click Configure (1) next to the DNS name label on the Overview screen
  • Set the IP Assignment to Static
  • Define the DNS name label (2)
  • Save your changes (3)

Azure - DNS Name configuration

Attach Premium (SSD) Data Disk

  • While creating your Azure VM data disk, please make sure that you calculate your storage requirements based on the number of users on your tenants multiplied by the number of months you want to keep audit logs. You can find more details on the minimum hardware requirements page.
  • When attaching a data disk to your VM, make sure that you select Premium (SSD) (1) disk type.
  • After the disk is attached, to achieve the best performance, switch your data disk Host caching to Read Only (2)

Azure - Storage type and Host caching

Output

When your Azure team finishes the above steps, they need to provide you with the following information for the next steps in the installation process:

  • A RDP connection file so you can connect to the new Azure Virtual Machine
  • A User account with Local Administrator rights on the Azure Virtual Machine used for RDP connection and the SysKit Point installation
  • A Static IP address value needed to allow access to Azure SQL database and a custom DNS setup if you decide to configure it
  • The DNS name of the Azure Virtual Machine
    • This will be in the format {DNSNameLabel}.{DataCenter}.cloudapp.azure.com as visible during the Configure a DNS Name step
    • Example point.eastus.cloudapp.azure.com

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