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Having clicked Create and made the selection of your SoftNAS Edition from the Marketplace, you are brought to the Azure portal, where you can create and configure your virtual machine.

Create the SoftNAS VM


  1. Upon clicking Create, you are brought to the product page within the Azure portal.  Select the software plan that bests fits the projected needs of your use case from the dropdown, and click Create.



  2. Upon clicking Create, the Create Virtual Machine blade will open. Here you can configure your virtual machine. 


    1. Select the subscription you wish your virtual machine to be placed under, if you have more than one. 
    2. Select the resource group you wish your virtual machine to reside in, if you have created more than one. If you do not have an extra resource group to place a new virtual machine in, you can create it here by selecting 'Create new'.

    3.  Provide a unique name for your virtual machine.
    4.  Select the region in which you wish to place your virtual machine. This should be the region geographically nearest to the majority of your users. 
    5.  Under Availability options, choose the level of redundancy you wish for your virtual machine. By default, the "No infrastructure redundancy required" option is selected.  If you are planning on deploying a pair of highly available instances using SnapReplicate™ and SNAP HA™, you will want to select an existing or create an Availability Set

      For more information on availability zones and availability sets, see Availability Sets and Availability Zones.  You can select from 3 availability zones in any given region it is available, or you can select an existing availability set or create one.

      If creating a new Availability Set, which is a best practice recommendation for highly available deployments, click 'Create new'.  Provide a name for the Availability Set, and set the number of fault domains and update domains you wish to establish.




    6. The image is essentially the edition of SoftNAS you wish to deploy. When making your selection in the Azure Marketplace, you are selecting your image, and it is this image which will be set as default here. If you believe you made the wrong initial choice, you can change the image selected here. If you wish to make a change, simply select 'Browse all public and private images'.  Search for SoftNAS, and select the image you wish to deploy. 





    7. A default size will be selected based on the image selected from the Azure Marketplace.  If you anticipate that this default will not meet your needs, this can be changed here. SoftNAS offers a sizing tool to help you determine the right size for your deployment.  Use this sizing tool and compare it to the default selection provided for best results. To change the default size selection, click 'Change size'. Select the desired size from the available list, and click Select

    8. Finally, we will need to set up the administrator account with an authentication type, either with an SSH key, or with a password. The most secure option is the creation of an SSH public key, which is the default selection.  See Generating SSH Keys for more information on creating the SSH key. If you select the password option, the wizard will change as follows: 



      Simply provide a password meeting the minimum requirements as provided by Azure, then confirm it.



  3. Because you can add and manage storage within your SoftNAS virtual machine, the optional steps provided by selecting Next: Disks, are unnecessary. You can simply click Review + Create.



  4. Azure will run a validation to ensure that all requirements to create your virtual machine have been met. If the validation succeeds, simply click Create to complete the creation of your virtual machine. 

    Note:
     As of version 3.4.8 SoftNAS does not support launching SoftNAS VMs on the classic portal. The Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the only supported platform. 


A new SoftNAS instance will launch into Microsoft Azure.



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