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Overview

Statseeker can be deployed to the Microsoft Azure platform. This document details the process of creating an Azure Statseeker deployment from a Statseeker VHD provided by Statseeker Sales/Support.

For details on an Azure deployment using the Statseeker listing available in the Azure Marketplace, see Microsoft Azure Installation – Azure Marketplace Listing.

Note:

  • Any screenshots presented, and processes described were accurate at the time of writing this document but may become out-of-date due to changes made to the Azure platform

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Requirements

This process requires that you have:

  • An Azure subscription with previously configured Azure Resource Groups and Storage Accounts
  • An Azure account for that subscription with access to the Azure portal and permission to create:
    • Storage Containers
    • Disks
    • Virtual Machines
  • A Statseeker v5.5.4(+) VHD image
  • A valid Statseeker license

For access to Statseeker files/licenses suitable for your needs, please contact:

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Uploading the Statseeker VHD

  • Login to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com)
  • From the list of Azure services, select Storage Account and select the Storage account that will be used to house your uploaded Statseeker.vhd
  • Select Storage Explorer (preview) from the left-hand menu
  • Select the Blob Container to house your uploaded Statseeker.vhd, or right-click BLOB CONTAINERS to create a new container

  • Click Upload
  • Select your previously downloaded Statseeker VHD
  • Expand the Advanced section and set Blob type to Page Blob
  • Click Upload

When the upload process is complete, the Statseeker VHD is available in your Azure portal.

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Creating a Disk from the VHD

To create an Azure Disk from your uploaded Statseeker VHD:

  • Login to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com)
  • From the list of Azure services, select Disks and click Create Disk

  • Select the Subscription and Resource Group that will contain the disk
  • Specify a Name for this disk, this will be referenced when configuring your Statseeker VM
  • Update the default Region if needed, the region needs to be the same as that housing the VHD
  • Set Storage type to Storage blob
  • Set Subscription and Source blob to specify your uploaded Statseeker VHD
  • Set OS = Linux
  • Set VM generation = Gen 1
  • Specify the desired size for your Statseeker server disk, refer for System Requirements for a guide
  • Click Review and Create, review your configuration and click Create when ready

Your Statseeker disk will be deployed.

  • Click Go to resource when the disk deployment is complete


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Creating a Virtual Machine in Azure

To create your Statseeker VM:

  • Login to the azure portal (https://portal.azure.com)
  • From the list of Azure services, select Disks
  • Select your Statseeker disk and click Create VM

  • Select a Subscription and Resource Group to house your Statseeker VM
  • Name the VM
  • Image should already be set to your Statseeker disk, update if needed
  • Public Inbound Ports – SSH is needed to manage your Statseeker server, HTTPS is needed for the Statseeker web UI
  • All subsequent settings (located in other tabs) are optional, assign as required for your environment but it is recommended that you leave Boot Diagnostics enabled
  • Click Review + create
  • Review your configuration and click Create when ready

The progress of the creation process is logged on screen, when complete click Go to resource.

This will take you to the VM page for your new Statseeker server. The VM is built and the server has been booted, allow up to 10mins for the boot process to complete. To check on this process:

  • Select Support + troubleshooting > Boot diagnostics
  • Once you see a login prompt on the CLI, your server is ready

  • Use your browser to hit the public IP (https) of the server


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Server Licensing

By default, the Statseeker web server will use HTTPS in conjunction with a self-signed certificate. Modern browsers will view self-signed certificates as potentially suspect and post an alert prior to loading the Statseeker interface for the first time. To suppress any future alerts for that specific certificate:browser combination:

  • Follow the browser prompts to acknowledge the risk and add an exception for the certificate

For details on how to upload and use alternative SSL certificates, or configure the server to use HTTP instead, see Web Server Configuration.

You will then be prompted with a login screen.

  • User Nameadmin
  • Passwordstatseeker

Once logged in to the web interface you will be prompted with the Statseeker License configuration screen.

  • Enter your Server ID and select Download a new Key
Note: to obtain a Server ID, contact your Regional Sales Manager.

It may take a minute or two to obtain your license key.

  • Select the checkbox to accept the Statseeker license
  • Select Save to activate the license key

The screen will update to display the license details.

  • Click Next
Multi-Disk Servers

If your Statseeker server has multiple disks you will be given the option to assign another disk as the repository for Statseeker data. This screen will only be displayed if Statseeker detects more than one disk.

Prepare Secondary Disk for Statseeker Data

Optionally, you can store all Statseeker data on another disk on the server. Assigning a disk as the repository for Statseeker data will delete all current content on the disk.

To store Statseeker data on a second disk:

  • Select the disk that will act as the Statseeker data repository – all existing data on this drive will be erased
  • Click Save and Continue, then confirm the decision when prompted

You may need to re-authenticate with the server once this process has been completed.


You will now be presented with the Server Summary screen, containing a range of details pertinent to your Statseeker installation.


Edit Server Date/Time and NTP Configuration

To edit the server date/time settings:

  • Click the associated Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Use the calendar control to edit the date and/or time
  • Use the drop-down to modify the timezone for the server
  • Click Save when done

Note: adjusting the server date or time will require a server restart to apply the changes. On clicking the Save button you will be prompted to confirm your action. Clicking Yes in the confirmation modal will restart your Statseeker server.

The configuration changes will be saved, and the server will be restarted to apply those changes.

Once the changes have been applied you will be returned to the Date/Time/NTP Configuration screen (in Display mode) to confirm that the changes have been applied correctly.

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Edit NTP Configuration

To edit the NTP server settings:

  • Click the associated Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Enter the address of the NTP server to use
  • Click the associated Delete button to remove unwanted NTP server entries
  • Click Save when done

When you click Save Statseeker will attempt to contact the specified NTP servers and:

  • Inform you if it is unable to receive a response from the NTP server, no changes have been applied at this point
  • If it receives a valid response from the NTP server, apply the changes and return the Date/Time/NTP Configuration screen (in Display mode), enabling a Test button that can be used to confirm the validity of the current configuration.

  • Click Finish Setup

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Update Default Passwords

The installation process creates the following administrative system accounts:

  • admin – the web user administrator account
  • statseeker – the system user account used by the Statseeker application
  • root – the superuser account in the backend operating system

You will need to update the passwords assigned to these accounts. To do this:

  • Select Admin Tool > Statseeker Administration > OS Configuration
  • Click Edit (top-right)
  • Update the passwords for the root, statseeker, and admin accounts

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Run Network Discovery

Statseeker’s network discovery process is used to add networked devices, interfaces, and other SNMP enabled components on your network to Statseeker. Statseeker can then collect configuration information and timeseries data from those devices to be used for polling, reporting, and alerting purposes. There are several methods that can be used to direct the discovery process towards the devices on your network that you want Statseeker to report on:

Determine the discovery method that best fits your needs and follow the instructions in the associated discovery guide, see Statseeker Network Discovery for details on the discovery process.

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