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Azure SQL Managed Instance Support

Overview

Azure SQL Managed Instance is a scalable cloud database service that allows managing SQL databases of more than one DWP instance using a single SQL Server instance thus reducing the licensing costs while keeping the complete isolation of customer data. 

Azure SQL Managed Instance is a SQL Server hosted in the Azure Cloud by Microsoft. Additionally, SQL Managed Instance automatically handles automated backups and has high availability solution which drastically reduces management overhead.

Use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio to connect to the Azure SQL Managed Instance for managing SQL infrastructure.

Analysis Services and Reporting Services are not a part of the Azure SQL Managed Instance and are configured separately.

Prerequisites

  • DWP v.11.0.1 or higher

Installation particularities

For DWP installation with Azure SQL Managed Instance perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure SQL Managed Instance: for more details see Microsoft Azure SQL Managed Instance documentation.
  2. Security settings and SQL Server Authentication configuration: to host different customer databases in one database system, on SQL Server, create SQL Server login and password for each customer. Using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, in the Object Explorer of the connected Azure SQL Managed Instance, proceed to the Security section → Logins.

    DWP does not support Integrated Security on Azure SQL Managed Instance.

  3. Create empty databases for a standard set of DWP databases, which consist of Production-DB, History DB, Data Warehouse DB (see the list of databases in the Matrix42.ProductInstall.config file).
  4. Assign user role to the login account for the created databases: using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, in the Object Explorer of the connected Azure SQL Managed Instance, proceed to the Databases → database name → Security → Users → user account Properties → Membership page → assign db_owner role:
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  5. Configure Analysis Server: on a dedicated server/Application Server or according to your infrastructure setup create empty database for the Analysis Server
  6. Security settings for Analysis Server: using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, in the Object Explorer of the connected Microsoft Analysis Services, in the Analysis Services for the configured DWP instance proceed to Roles  → right-click to add a New Role → provide a Role Name and assign Full control (Administrator) permissions to the role:
    analysis_server_user_role.png
  7. On the Membership page add an Installation Account as a member:
    analysis_services_membership.png
  8. Configure Reporting Services: create an empty folder for the Reporting Services of the configured instance.
  9. Security settings for Reporting Services: Reporting Services for several DWP instances can be hosted on the same reporting server in a separate dedicated folder. 
    reporting_services_folders.png
    On the folder for the currently configured DWP instance click more options → Manage the folder:
    reporting_Services_manage.png
    In the Security section, assign the Content Manager Role to the Service Account and Installation Account on the Application Server (integrated security account login):
    reporting_services_role.png
  10. To install the DWP with PowerShell script configure the options of the script that are available in the configuration file, located at root\Matrix42\Matrix42 Workplace Management\bin\Matrix42.ProductInstall.config

    While configuring the file, pay attention to the following properties:
    • set theUseExistingDatabases value to true
    • set the ConnectionString value to the managed instance 
    • for Persistence and Monitoring databases use the same value as for the Production database
    • if you have a separate dedicated folder for the Reporting Services in your installation, specify the folder name in the ReportServerFolder key, otherwise the default M42 folder will be used
  11. Install the DWP with PowerShell script located at 

    root\Matrix42\Matrix42 Workplace Management\bin\Matrix42.ProductInstall.ps1 

Use this flow for each customer's managed instance.

 Update particularities

For an update of a DWP with Azure SQL Managed Instance perform the following steps:

  1. Configure the options of the PowerShell script that are available in the configuration file, located at root\Matrix42\Matrix42 Workplace Management\bin\Matrix42.ProductUpdate.config
    While configuring the file, pay attention to the following properties:
     
    • set theSkipDatabaseBackupvalue to true
  2. Run the product update script located at

    root\Matrix42\Matrix42 Workplace Management\bin\Matrix42.ProductUpdate.ps1

For more details see Update with PowerShell script page.

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