DH2i DxEnterprise 20.0 Software: Azure Marketplace Image for Windows Quick Start Guide

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Azure Marketplace Images for Windows

This quick start guide describes how to configure DH2i’s bring-your-own-license (BYOL) and pay-as-you-go DxEnterprise Windows images available on Azure. Using this guide, the user will configure DxEnterprise on two servers (nodes) and join the second node into a cluster.


The following prerequisites must be met before continuing:

  • An Azure Virtual Machine (VM) with DxEnterprise pre-installed. To create a DxEnterprise VM using a Marketplace Image, visit the Azure Marketplace and search for “DxEnterprise.”
  • A second VM is required for joining two nodes into a cluster.

Configure Server

  1. Ensure the VM is up-to-date using Windows Update or sconfig.
  2. Ensure the server hostname is set and unique.
  3. Run the DxEnterprise Setup shortcut on the desktop to start DxEnterprise services.

Configure DxEnterprise Using DxConfiguration Manager

DxConfiguration Manager is DH2i’s client software that is used to configure first-time installs on Windows servers running DxEnterprise. Once the configuration has been completed administrators will be able to access DxEnterprise for purposes of administration and management duties.

Only complete step 2 if the user has their own license (BYOL). Pay-as-you-go users do not need to manually activate and may skip step 2.

  1. Start DxConfiguration Manger by double-clicking desktop shortcut.
  2. (BYOL images only) At the main screen, click Activate License.

    1. In the “License Management” window, enter the DxEnterprise license key (including dashes) in the license code box, check the Accept EULA box, and click Activate.
    2. After the server successfully activates, close the “License Management” window to return to the main menu.
  3. Click Set Passkey to open the “Passkey Management” window.

    1. Enter a passkey for the cluster and click Submit.
    2. After the passkey is successfully set, select OK to return to the main menu.
  4. OPTIONAL: DxEnterprise can utilize NAT matchmaking to easily connect servers across the internet. Click Manage OTPK to set a One-Time PassKey for the cluster that can be used by other nodes to join the cluster via NAT.

    NOTE: To use this feature, the license must have NAT enabled; pay-as-you-go Marketplace images come with NAT. For BYOL users wanting to inquire about license status, visit DH2i’s Client Portal.

    1. Click New and a window will appear for setting the expiration time of the OTPK.
    2. Choose a time and date for expiration, then click Select to generate the OTPK and close the window.
    3. Save the OTPK for later so it can be used to join the second node into the cluster.

Setup Second Node and Join to Cluster

  1. Complete all steps in the Configure Server section for the second node.
  2. Complete step one (and step two for BYOL users) of Configure DxEnterprise Using DxConfiguration Manager for the second node.
  3. At the DxConfiguration Manager menu, click Join Membership.

    1. NAT join only: If NAT matchmaking was selected in the previous steps, check the Join via NAT Match Agent box and skip step b.
    2. In the “Target Member” field, enter the IP address or hostname of the first node.
    3. In the “Pass Key” field, type or paste the cluster passkey or OTPK if joining via NAT match agent.
    4. Click OK to join the second node to the cluster.
  4. Close the DxConfiguration Manager window.
  5. To further configure the cluster, reference some of the following docs:


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