Splunk Cluster setup – 1: Setup Azure VM

As a follow up to previous post on how to install and setup Linux Ubuntu under VMWare, I went ahead and created Azure VM as well. Once Azure VM is set up, the Splunk Cluster setup is identical.

For this instructions I would assume you have already set up Azure Subscription. If not, go ahead and create one month Free account with $200 to spend on Azure services.



Setup Azure CloudService and Ubuntu Linux VM

  1. Start by creating new Cloud Service for HighAvailability and scalability of VMsCreate New Azure Cloud Service
  2. Make sure that you give you Azure Cloud Service descriptive enough name and choose your Azure region (more info)Set Name and region for Cloud Service
  3. That’s it, let’s create our first VM under this Cloud ServiceCreate New Virtual Machine
  4. We will choose Ubuntu 14.04 as our baseChoose Ubuntu installation Image
  5. As the first VM will act as a Splunk Master, let’s give it distinct name and set up size, user name and passwordVirtual Machine Configuration - name, size and password,
  6. Next step allows us to attach this VM to the Cloud Service we created under Step 2 and setup endpoints to your VM. You can set them up now or later. Make sure you enable: SSH, Splunk’s default web port 8000, 8089 for management and 8080 for replicationVirtual Machine Configuration - cloud service, region and endpoints
  7. That’s it! That was easy. Now just wait about 5 minutes for your new VM to be fully provisioned. We are now ready to log in to our Azure VM.Virtual Machine Configuration complete
  8. Linux on Azure is installed without GUI, so the only way to login is through SSH. Use Terminal on Mac or any SSH client on Windows to connect to your machine. You will see your VM’s IP (public virtual IP, VIP) address on the right hand side of the Dashboard panelVirtual Machine Dashboard
  9. SSH into your VM:
    $ ssh admin_user@19ipaddress.19
  10. For some reason Azure does not set default root password, so let’s fix that:
    $ sudo passwd root

    You now can sudo your commands.

Optional: enable Desktop environment and Remote Desktop Connection

  1. If you want to access your VM using Remote Desktop you must install Ubuntu’s Desktop and enable rdp:
    $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    $ sudo apt-get install xrdp

    Also, I recommend running update after each install

    $ sudo apt-get update
  2. Make sure you add RDP endpoint using port 3889 (TCP public/private) by selecting Remote Desktop from the list of endpoints
    1. Navigate to VM’s dashboard
    2. Click on Endpoints menu on the top
    3. Click on + (plus) icon
  3. We now can RDP into our VM.

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