Create a Broker VM Azure Image

Learn how to create a Microsoft Azure image file of your Cortex XDR broker virtual machine (VM).
After you download your
Cortex
XDR
Broker
VHD (Azure)
image, you need to upload it to Azure as a storage blob.
To create the image:
  1. Decompress the downloaded VHD (Azure) image. Make sure you decompress the zipped hard disk file on a server that has more then 512GB of free space.
    Decompression can take up to a few hours.
  2. Create a new storage blob on your Azure account by uploading the VHD file. You can use to upload either from Microsoft Windows or Ubuntu.
    Uploading from Microsoft Windows.
    1. Verify you have:
      • Windows PowerShell version 5.1 or later.
      • .NET Framework 4.7.2 or later.
    2. Open PowerShell and execute
      Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted
      .
      • [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
      • Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -MinimumVersion 2.8.5.201-Force
    3. Install azure cmdlets.
      Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber
    4. Connect to your Azure account.
      Connect-AzAccount
    5. Start the upload.
      az storage blob upload -f
      <vhd to upload>
      -n
      <vhd name>
      -c
      <container name>
      --account-name
      <account name>
      .
      Upload can take up to a few hours.
    Uploading from Ubuntu 18.04
    1. Install Azure util.
      curl -sL https://aka.ms/InstallAzureCLIDeb | sudo bash
    2. Connect to Azure.
      az login
    3. Start the upload.
      az storage blob upload -f
      <vhd to upload>
      -n
      <vhd name>
      -c
      <container name>
      --account-name
      <account name>
  3. In the Azure home page, navigate to
    Azure services
    Disks
    and
    +Add
    a new disk.
  4. In the
    Create a managed disk
    Basics
    page define the following information:
    Project details
    • Resource group
      —Select your resource group.
    Disk details
    • Disk name
      —Enter a name for the disk object.
    • Region
      —Select your preferred region.
    • Source type
      —Select
      Storage Blob
      . Additional field are displayed, define as follows:
      • Source blob
        —Select
        Browse
        . You are directed to the
        Storage accounts
        page. From the navigation panel, select the bucket and then container to which you uploaded the
        Cortex
        XDR
        VHD image.
        In the
        Container
        page,
        Select
        your VHD image.
      • OS type
        —Select
        Linux
      • VM generation
        —Select
        Gen 1
    Review + create
    to check you settings.
  5. Create
    your broker VM disk.
    After deployment is complete
    Go to resource
    .
  6. In your created
    Disks
    page,
    Create VM
    .
  7. In the
    Create a virtual machine
    page, define the following:
    Instance details
    • (
      Optional
      )
      Virtual machine name
      —Enter the same name as the disk name you defined.
    • Size
      —Select the size according to your company guidelines.
      Select
      Next
      to navigate to the
      Networking
      tab.
    Network interface
    • NIC network security group
      —Select
      Advanced
      .
    • Configure network security group
      —Select HTTPS to be able to access the Broker VM Web UI, and SSH to allow for remote access when troubleshooting. Make sure to allow these connection to the broker from secure networks only.
    Review + create
    to check your settings.
  8. Create
    your VM.
    After deployment is complete
    Go to resource
    . You are directed to your VM page.
    Creating the VM can take up to 15 minutes. The broker VM Web UI is not accessible during this time.

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