Azure Marketplace Template: TimeXtender with Azure SQL Managed Instance and Data Lake


This guide will cover how to deploy and configure your environment using the Azure Marketplace App: Discovery Hub with Azure Data Lake and SQL MI

The deployment of the Azure resources will vary depending on Azure resource availability. Deploying Azure SQL Database Managed Instance generally takes 3-6 hours. Configuring your Discovery Hub environment generally takes ~20 minutes.

Complete the following steps to configure TimeXtender with Azure SQL Managed Instance and Data Lake:

  1. Deploy TimeXtender with Azure Data Lake, SQL MI
  2. Configure Accounts and Permissions
  3. Register Application
  4. Find the server names
  5. Connect to the virtual machine
  6. Configure the TimeXtender Environment
  7. Configure the ODX Server

1. Deploy TimeXtender with Azure Data Lake and Managed Instance and Azure Analysis Services

  1. Go to
  2. If you are not signed in to your account, sign in now
  3. In the Azure Marketplace, perform a search for TimeXtender
  4. Select the deployment option from the search results.
  5. Scroll down and select Get it Now and then select Continue. You will be redirected to a page that contains a wizard for creating your resources.
  6. In Step 1 of the wizard, configure basic settings, and then click OK.




Default Value


Virtual Machine Name

The name of the virtual machine


Must be between 3 and 79 characters long and contain letters, numbers and hyphens only.

Managed Instance Name

The name of the managed instance


Must be between 3 and 63 characters and contain lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens only.

Analysis Services Name Prefix

Prefix for the Azure Analysis Services


A randomly generated suffix will be applied. Must be between 3 and 24 characters long (with suffix) and only contain lowercase letters.


The subscription to place the resources in



Resource Group

The resources group that will contain all deployment items


Must be an empty resource group


Location of the resource group




 7. In Step 2 of the wizard, configure the Analysis Services resources and settings, and then click OK.




Default Value


Data Lake Location

Location of the data lake store



Enable Encryption

Select whether to enable or disable encryption




8. In Step 3 of the wizard, configure the virtual machine’s resources and settings, and then click OK.




Default Value


Virtual machine password

Administrator username for the virtual machine


Cannot be the name “Administrator”

Administrator’s password

Password for the virtual machine administrator


The password must contain at least 12 characters, with at least 1 letter and 1 number

Confirm Password



Must contain at least 12 characters, with at least 1 letter and 1 number

Virtual Machine Size

Size of the virtual machine



Diagnostic storage account

Select an existing storage account or create a new one.

<virtual machine name>-randomly generated number

Must be unique

Public IP Address for the VM

Select an existing IP address or create a new one

<virtual machine name>-ip


DNS Prefix for the public IP Address

DNS prefix for the public IP address

<virtual machine name>-randomly generated number

Must be unique

Virtual Network

Select an existing virtual network or create a new one



Virtual Network Address Space

Address space for the virtual network

See networking requirements below

Managed Instance Subnet name

Name of the subnet that will contain the managed instance



Managed Instance Subnet Address Prefix



See networking requirements below

Management Subnet Name

Name of the subnet for the managed instance subnet



Management Subnet Address Prefix

Address range for the management subnet

See networking requirements below

Networking Requirements

When designing the Managed Instance network, keep the following in mind:

  • When choosing an existing virtual network, Azure will “grey out” any network that does not satisfy the requirements.
  • The subnet that the Managed Instance is deployed to must be empty
  • If more instances, resources or connections are needed then adequate space is needed for them.
  • When deciding on the virtual network address space, keep in mind that Azure requires the following IP addresses for the Managed Instance subnet:
    • Five addresses for its own needs
    • Each General Purpose instance needs an additional 2 addresses
    • Each Business Critical instance needs an additional 4 addresses
  • The virtual network address space needs a minimum of 64 addresses (/26 prefix)
  • While Azure only requires a subnet size with a minimum of 16 IP addresses, we follow their recommendations and therefore require the managed instance to have at least a /27 prefix (32 addresses).
  • The management subnet has a minimum of a /29 prefix (8 address, 3 usable). Keep in mind that Azure reserves the first 3 possible addresses for its own use.
  1. In Step 4 of the Wizard, configure the managed instance resources and settings and click Ok.


  1. In Step 5 of the Wizard, confirm the summary settings by clicking OK.
  2. In Step 6 of the wizard, review the terms of the agreements and click Create to initialize the deployment to the resource group you chose.

*Please note that deployment will vary depending on Azure resource availability. Select the Notifications icon at the top to view the status of your deployment

2. Configure Accounts and Permissions

Ensure the users, user groups, and service accounts have the necessary access and rights to the new server. Refer to Configure User Accounts & Permissions to view the requirements.

3. Register Application

1. In order to access the data lake resources from Discovery Hub, you will need to register an application. Click on Azure Active Directory in the left column.

2. Click on App Registrations in the menu bar on the left.

3. Click New Application Registration


4. Choose a new for your application, and select Web app/ API as its Type. The value of Sign-on URL is the URL at which your application is hosted. Click OK. 

5. Go to Settings > Required Permissions > Add > Select an API


6. Find Azure Data Lake and select it. Next, under Select Permission check the box that says Have full access to the Azure Data Lake Service.


7. Click Done to save your changes and go back Settings > Keys to create a new customer key. This key is encrypted after save so the application key needs to be documented somewhere safe. The key value will appear after you click


8. Go back to the resource group and select the Data Lake Analytics resource. In the menu bar on the left select Access Control (IAM) and add a role assignment. Make the app you just created an owner of the resource. Repeat this step for Data Lake Storage Gen 1 in the resource group as well.


4. Find the Server Names

1. Once your items have been deployed to your resource group, navigate to the resource group in Azure that contains all of the deployment items. This was assigned when configuring basic settings.

2. While viewing the Resource Group that contains all of your deployment items, find the SQL Managed Instance and click on it.

3. While viewing your managed instance, there will be a field called Host that contains your server name. Save this name somewhere safe because it will be needed for your configuring Discovery Hub®


5. Connect to the Virtual Machine

1. In order to activate and configure Discovery Hub, connect to the application server deployed on Azure. Navigate to the resource group in Azure that contains all of the deployment items. 

2. Locate the Virtual Machine in the resource group and click on it.

3. While viewing the page for the virtual machine, click Connect and download the RDP

4. Open the RDP file once it has downloaded and click Connect

5. Enter in the credentials to connect to the virtual machine that you created earlier and click Ok to connect.


6. Configure the TimeXtender Environment

Once you are connected to the Virtual Machine, activate your Discovery Hub instance following the instructions in this article: First Time Set-Up of TimeXtender.

7. Configuring the ODX Server

Please see the article, Configure and Manage the ODX Server, for configuring the ODX Server using Azure Data Lake for data storage.

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