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After you’ve determined your configuration options, you must setup your virtual machines (VMs) using a ThoughtSpot image for Azure.

About the ThoughtSpot image

To provision a ThoughtSpot image in the Azure portal, you’ll need to access the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine in the Azure Marketplace.

The ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine comes provisioned with the custom ThoughtSpot image to make hosting simple. A virtual machine is a preconfigured template that provides the information required to launch an instance of ThoughtSpot. It includes the following:

  • A template for the root volume for the instance (for example, an operating system, an appliance server, and applications).

The ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine has the ThoughtSpot software installed and configured, on an CentOS base image. Check with your ThoughtSpot contact to learn about the latest version of the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine.

Due to security restrictions, the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine does not have default passwords for the administrator users. When you are ready to obtain the password, contact ThoughtSpot Support.

Set up ThoughtSpot on Azure

Follow these steps to provision and set up the VMs and launch ThoughtSpot.


Complete these steps before launching your ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine:

  1. Obtain an Azure login account.
  2. Set up usage payment details with Microsoft Azure.
  3. Set up a Resource Group.

Create an instance

To get started, you need to log in to the Azure portal, create a resource group, get the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine on the Azure Marketplace, create a resource based on the VM, and complete initial setup. You can either start at the Marketplace or from within the resource group you just created, as described here.

  1. Log in to the Azure portal.

    In a browser, go to, and log in to your Azure account.

  2. Create a Resource Group.

  3. Next, create a resource based on the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine.

    a. Click Create a resource, search the Marketplace for the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine, and choose the ThoughtSpot Search & AI-driven Analytics (BYOL) image.

    b. On the ThoughtSpot Virtual Machine page, click Get it now.

Configure basic settings

  1. Provide a name and password for your new virtual machine.

  2. Choose a disk type.

    See Standard SSD Disks for Virtual Machine workloads for more on SSD disks.

  3. Provide a Resource Group, by clicking existing and selecting one.

  4. Select a location.

  5. Click OK to save the Basics, which should look similar to the example below.

Choose a machine size

Refer to Azure configuration options to choose a size for your VM that works for your cluster needs.

Configure network settings, storage, and other options

Prerequisite: Get the details needed for setting up the Virtual Network, Subnet, and Network Security Group from your Azure support team.

  1. For storage, select Yes to use managed disks.

  2. Under Network, select Virtual network, then Subnet, then Public IP addresses, and set those names, addresses, and ranges approriately for your network.

  3. Open the necessary Inbound and Outbound ports to ensure that the ThoughtSpot processes do not get blocked.

    These are the minimum ports required for operations and debugging:

    Port Protocol Service
    22 SSH Secure Shell access
    443 HTTPS Secure Web access
    12345 TCP ODBC and JDBC drivers access
  4. Leave other configurations such as auto shutdown and monitoring on their default settings.

  5. Click OK.

    Azure will do the final validation check.

Review the Summary

Verify that the validation check succeeded and that summary of information shown is correct. If you find errors, reconfigure as needed.

When you are satisfied with the virtual machine setup, click Create.

Prepare for starting up ThoughtSpot

Prerequisite: To log in to the VM, you will need the private key that is available in the image. You can obtain this from your ThoughtSpot contact.

  1. Obtain the VM’s public and private IP addresses.

    • To see the public IP, click on the VM name link. This will show the public IP of the VM.
    • To see the private IP click on Networking (below SETTINGS on the left side of the screen).
  2. Connect to the VM via SSH, using the private key provided for the admin user.

  3. Update the password for both the admin and the thoughtspot users.

    $ sudo passwd admin Changing password for user admin
    $ sudo passwd thoughtspot Changing password for user thoughtspot
  4. Update the file /etc/hosts with all the node IP addresses for the other VMs that will be part of the ThoughtSpot cluster.

Add Storage Disks

  1. Go back to the VM and click on it.
  2. Add 2 SSD disks of 1TB each.
  3. Click Add data disk and choose Create disk from the menu.
  4. Create one mode data disk (demo-disk2) and save them both.
  5. Click Save to add the disks to the VM.
  6. Verify that the disks were added by issuing this command in the shell on the VM:

    $ lsblk

    Which returns results like:

    fd0       2:0    1    4K  0 disk
    sda       8:0    0  200G  0 disk
    ├─sda1    8:1    0    1G  0 part /mntboot
    ├─sda2    8:2    0   20G  0 part /
    ├─sda3    8:3    0   20G  0 part /update
    └─sda4    8:4    0  159G  0 part /export
    sdb       8:16   0    1T  0 disk
    └─sb1     8:17   0    1T  0 part /mnt/resource
    sdc       8:32   0    1T  0 disk
    sdd       8:48   0    1T  0 disk
    sr0      11:0    1  628K  0 rom
  7. Unmount the temporary disk by issuing:

    $ sudo umount /mnt/resource
  8. Prepare the disks /dev/sdc and /dev/sdd for ThoughtSpot by issuing the command:

    $ sudo /usr/local/scaligent/bin/ /dev/sdc /dev/sdd
  9. Check the disks status by issuing:

    $ df -h
  10. Repeat the steps in this section for each node in your cluster.

Make network support settings

  1. Update hostnames for all the nodes by issuing:

    $ sudo hostnamectl set-hostname <HOSTNAME>

    If you are using a static name, you can issue:

    sudo hostnamectl set-hostname <HOSTNAME> --static
  2. Update /etc/hosts with the IP and hostname:

    $ sudo vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
  3. Do not reboot any of the nodes, until these changes are made to each node:

    a. Open the grub file /update/etc/default/grub in an editor:

       $ sudo vi /update/etc/default/grub

    b. Change the line:

       GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty0 console=ttyS1,115200n8"


       GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty0 console=ttyS1,115200n8 net.ifnames=0"

    c. Save your changes.

  4. Issue these commands:

    $ sudo cp /update/etc/default/grub /etc/default/
    $ rm /usr/local/scaligent/bin/
  5. Reboot the nodes.

Additional resources

As you develop your expertise in Azure VM creation, we recommend the following ThoughtSpot U course:

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ThoughtSpot U