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Service Administrator Account

Before adding block storage, it is important to note that you will require a properly configured service administrator account in order to connect storage from within the UI. Without these credentials, the storage accounts you require will not be available.

To create an administrative Server account

  1. To ensure you have a valid service administrator account, log into the classic Azure Management Portal with administrative credentials: manage.windowsazure.com
     
  2. Once logged in, select Active Directory from the left-side menu.



  3. Find Default Directory (or the directory you are using) and select it as shown below.



  4. From Default Directory, select Users.



  5. Find Add User at the bottom of the screen. Select it.



  6. A wizard will open. Enter your desired email and click the Next Arrow.In the User Profile screen of the wizard, do the following:
    1. Enter your name and a display name.
    2. Specify the role of the user. Select Service Admin.
    3. Click the Next Arrow.




  7. Click Create.




  8. Copy the temporary password, and click the check mark.
     
  9. Log out of the administrative account, then log back in with the new user and temporary password. You'll be prompted to create your own password. Sign in to establish the new password as shown below.





  10. As you can see, you will need a subscription added to your new account. Sign out, then sign in once more with your original administrative account.




  11. Once logged back in, go to Settings from the left-side menu.



  12. Select Administrators, and click Add.



  13. Type the email address. This will call up the account. Ensure the subscriptions you will need are checked off, and click Next.



  14. Now that we know we have a service account properly configured, we can now access the storage accounts needed to add block storage from within the SoftNAS UI.