Tutorial: Prepare to deploy Azure Data Box Edge

This is the first tutorial in the series of deployment tutorials that are required to completely deploy Azure Data Box Edge. This tutorial describes how to prepare the Azure portal to deploy a Data Box Edge resource.

You need administrator privileges to complete the setup and configuration process. The portal preparation takes less than 10 minutes.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Create a new resource
  • Get the activation key

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Get started

To deploy Data Box Edge, refer to the following tutorials in the prescribed sequence.

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1. Prepare the Azure portal for Data Box Edge Create and configure your Data Box Edge resource before you install a Data Box Edge physical device.
2. Install Data Box Edge Unpack, rack, and cable the Data Box Edge physical device.
3. Connect, set up, and activate Data Box Edge Connect to the local web UI, complete the device setup, and activate the device. The device is ready to set up SMB or NFS shares.
4. Transfer data with Data Box Edge Add shares and connect to shares via SMB or NFS.
5. Transform data with Data Box Edge Configure compute modules on the device to transform the data as it moves to Azure.

You can now begin to set up the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

Following are the configuration prerequisites for your Data Box Edge resource, your Data Box Edge device, and the datacenter network.

For the Data Box Edge resource

Before you begin, make sure that:

  • Your Microsoft Azure subscription is enabled for a Data Box Edge resource. Pay-as-you-go subscriptions are not supported.

  • You have owner or contributor access at resource group level for the Data Box Edge/Data Box Gateway, IoT Hub, and Azure Storage resources.

    • To create any Data Box Edge/ Data Box Gateway resource, you should have permissions as a contributor (or higher) scoped at resource group level. You also need to make sure that the Microsoft.DataBoxEdge provider is registered. For information on how to register, go to Register resource provider.
    • To create any IoT Hub resource, make sure that Microsoft.Devices provider is registered. For information on how to register, go to Register resource provider.
    • To create a Storage account resource, again you need contributor or higher access scoped at the resource group level. Azure Storage is by default a registered resource provider.
  • You have admin or user access to Azure Active Directory Graph API. For more information, see Azure Active Directory Graph API.

  • You have your Microsoft Azure storage account with access credentials.

For the Data Box Edge device

Before you deploy a physical device, make sure that:

  • You've reviewed the safety information that was included in the shipment package.
  • You have a 1U slot available in a standard 19” rack in your datacenter for rack mounting the device.
  • You have access to a flat, stable, and level work surface where the device can rest safely.
  • The site where you intend to set up the device has standard AC power from an independent source or a rack power distribution unit (PDU) with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
  • You have access to a physical device.

For the datacenter network

Before you begin, make sure that:

  • The network in your datacenter is configured per the networking requirements for your Data Box Edge device. For more information, see Data Box Edge System Requirements.

  • For normal operating conditions of your Data Box Edge, you have:

    • A minimum of 10-Mbps download bandwidth to ensure the device stays updated.
    • A minimum of 20-Mbps dedicated upload and download bandwidth to transfer files.

Create a new resource

If you have an existing Data Box Edge resource to manage your physical device, skip this step and go to Get the activation key.

To create a Data Box Edge resource, take the following steps in the Azure portal.

  1. Use your Microsoft Azure credentials to sign in to

  2. In the left-pane, select + Create a resource. Search for Data Box Edge / Data Box Gateway. Select Data Box Edge / Data Box Gateway. Select Create.

  3. Pick the subscription that you want to use for the Data Box Edge device. Select the region where you want to deploy the Data Box Edge resource. For this release, East US, South East Asia, and West Europe are available.

    Choose a location closest to the geographical region where you want to deploy your device. The region stores only the metadata for device management. The actual data can be stored in any storage account.

    In the Data Box Edge option, select Create.

    Search Data Box Edge service

  4. On the Basics tab, enter or select the following Project details.

    Setting Value
    Subscription This is automatically populated based on the earlier selection. Subscription is linked to your billing account.
    Resource group Select an existing group or create a new group.
    Learn more about Azure Resource Groups.
  5. Enter or select the following Instance details.

    Setting Value
    Name A friendly name to identify the resource.
    The name has between 2 and 50 characters containing letter, numbers, and hyphens.
    Name starts and ends with a letter or a number.
    Region For this release, East US, South East Asia, and West Europe are available to deploy your resource. If using Azure Government, all the government regions are available as shown in the Azure regions.
    Choose a location closest to the geographical region where you want to deploy your device.

    Project and instance details

  6. Select Next: Shipping address.

    • If you already have a device, select the combo box for I have a Data Box Edge device.
    • If this is the new device that you are ordering, enter the contact name, company, address to ship the device, and contact information.

    Shipping address for new device

  7. Select Next: Review + create.

  8. On the Review + create tab, review the Pricing details, Terms of use, and the details for your resource. Select the combo box for I have reviewed the privacy terms.

    Review Data Box Edge resource details and privacy terms

  9. Select Create.

The resource creation takes a few minutes. After the resource is successfully created and deployed, you're notified. Select Go to resource.

Go to the Data Box Edge resource

After the order is placed, Microsoft reviews the order and reaches out to you (via email) with shipping details.

Notification for review of the Data Box Edge order

Get the activation key

After the Data Box Edge resource is up and running, you'll need to get the activation key. This key is used to activate and connect your Data Box Edge device with the resource. You can get this key now while you are in the Azure portal.

  1. Select the resource that you created. Select Overview and then select Device setup.

    Select Device setup

  2. On the Activate tile, select Generate key to create an activation key. Select the copy icon to copy the key and save it for later use.

    Get activation key

Important

  • The activation key expires three days after it is generated.
  • If the key has expired, generate a new key. The older key is not valid.

Next steps

In this tutorial, you learned about Data Box Edge topics such as:

  • Create a new resource
  • Get the activation key

Advance to the next tutorial to learn how to install Data Box Edge.