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If you are configuring Azure Media Services for content storage along with their advanced encoding services, VIDIZMO provides an ease to its customers by either automating the configuration process via VIDIZMO Setup Wizard or performing the configuration manually.
Some organizations prefer configuring their Azure storage manually since they may have policy to allow only certain users make changes to their Azure AD or Azure subscription and they may not want an application (an automated process) making changes on their behalf using a service account. If so, you may contact our support for further assistance with the manual setup.
Setup Wizard allows you to initially set up your Portal's Storage Provider and Transcoder for a seamless user experience through out the application usage. It takes you through a series of easily configurable steps to help set up the system.
To learn more about Setup Wizard, see: Understanding Setup Wizard.
By default, VIDIZMO provides six different configurations for Storage and Transcoding Providers via Setup Wizard:
- How to Configure Azure Media Services (AMS) Storage with AMS Standard Encoder
- How to Configure Azure Storage with VIDIZMO On Premise Encoder in VIDIZMO
- How to Configure Azure Storage with VIDIZMO Cloud Encoder in VIDIZMO
- How to Configure VIDIZMO Storage with VIDIZMO On Premise Encoder
- How to Configure VIDIZMO Storage with VIDIZMO Cloud Encoder
- How to Configure Wowza Storage with VIDIZMO On Premise Encoder
Before you start
- You need to be an Administrator or Manager to configure Azure Media Services (AMS) Storage with Azure Media Services (AMS) Encoder using Setup Wizard in a Portal.
- Your previous content will remain intact and will be served from your pre-configured storage provider, unless you choose to migrate data. In case of data migration, old content is copied (not moved) to the new content storage and the copy of the content residing on older storage is purged based on the policy set in the portal.
Azure Portal Configuration
Following are the steps to be performed in Azure Portal before you run the Setup Wizard:
Azure Portal Considerations
1. In your portal, the user whose credentials you use to configure your Azure Media Services storage account should be a Member in your Azure Active Directory, and should have an Owner role in the subscription under which you create your storage account. This will help the application connect with your application through Azure AD and have required access rights to create your storage account and media service associated with it. Here is how you can ensure it:
i. Use this tutorial to navigate to to Users page and check if your UserType is Member and Source is Azure Active Directory. If not, add a new user to your Azure Active Directory using the default Azure AD Tenant domain e.g. <user>@<yourdomainname>.onmicrosoft.com. To learn more about it, see: Azure AD User Properties.
ii. Now using the Member account, go to Azure Subscriptions and check your role and permissions. It should be an Owner.
iii. If not, this is how an administrator can assign you an Owner role in the subscription.
3. Additionally, Multi-Factor Authentication settings against that user should be turned off. Here is how you can do it:
i. Disable MFA from the Azure portal for the specific user whose credentials you will be using for setup.
4. Make sure the name you use to create your Azure Storage is not the same as a recently deleted media service or storage account in your Azure portal.
Get Required Parameters
In order to get Subscription ID of the subscription under which you will create your Azure storage account, go to Azure Subscriptions and copy the ID of your subscription.. This ID will be later used while configuring storage via Setup Wizard.
VIDIZMO Portal Configuration
Following are the steps to be performed in VIDIZMO Portal to execute Setup Wizard:
Run Setup Wizard for AMS Storage and AMS Encoder
1. From the Portal's Homepage
i. Click on the navigation menu on the top left of your screen.
ii. Expand Admin tab.
iii Click on Control Panel.
2. From the Manage Portal navigation pane in Control Panel:
i. Select Setup Wizard.
ii. Click on Run Wizard Again.
Note: VIDIZMO provides a set of default configuration for your Storage and Transcoding Provider which can be overridden via Setup Wizard due to evolving business requirements. Furthermore, apart from the possible configurations, VIDIZMO also offers the flexibility of choosing any other Storage Providers or Transcoders that the organization may want to configure their application with.
3. From the Configuration tab:
i. Select the AMS to configure it as your VIDIZMO Storage for your system, from a list of available options in the drop-down.
ii. Select AMS Standard Encoder to configure it as your Encoder for your system, from a list of available options in the drop-down.
iii. Click Next to proceed to the next tab.
Configuring Azure Media Services (AMS) Storage using Setup Wizard
From the Storage tab:
i. Select Global as Subscription Type. To learn more, see: Azure Government and Azure Global.
ii. Copy the user name with the required permissions and settings mentioned here as your Login ID.
iii. Enter the Password that you use to sign into the portal using above email address.
v. Enter the name that you want to set as Storage Name for your storage account in Azure. This name must be globally unique.
vi. Enter the name that you want to set as Resource Group Name for your resource group in Azure where you will organize your storage and media service together. This name must be unique within your Azure subscription. To learn more about it, see: Resource groups.
vii. Select the physical location for your Azure servers form a list of available options in the drop-down as Location. To know more about which location would suit your needs, see: Azure regions.
viii. Select Standard_GRS as your Replication. Having Geo-Redundant Storage enabled, your data is durable even in the case of a complete regional outage or a disaster in which the primary region isn't recoverable. For more information about available replication options, see Storage replication options.
ix. Select the Standard_Verizon as your CDN SKU Profile configured on your Azure CDN Account with various privileges associated with each account. To learn more about the different options, see: Compare Azure CDN Product Features.
x. Enter the name of Media Service to be configured on your Azure Account as Media Service Name. The name has to be globally unique.
xi. Enter the number of Encoding Units which sets the number of concurrent encoding jobs/processes you wish to run.
xii. Select Standard S2 as Encoding Unit Type which corresponds to certain configuration settings in AMS for encoding. To learn more about it, see: Media Services Pricing.
xiii. Disable Enable DRM. This option enables Digital Rights Management systems such as Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine or Apple FairPlay etc on uploaded media. To learn more about how to enable DRM, see: How to Enable DRM in Portal.
xiv. Click Next to proceed to the next tab.
Configuring Azure Media Services (AMS) Encoder using Setup Wizard
From the Transcoder tab:
i. Enter the description for your Streaming Endpoint.
ii. Add units here to scale your deployment. To learn more about it, see: Scale streaming endpoints.
iii. Check Enable CDN if you want to enable Azure CDN for your storage. To learn more about it, see: Enable Azure CDN integration.
iv. Enter Cache which defines the number of seconds for caching content on edge nodes.
v. Uncheck Migrate Content. It is used to migrate data from one Storage Provider to another.
vi. Click Done.
A notification will appear briefly stating: Setup Wizard Started Successfully.
Note: You can track the progress of the Setup Wizard with respect to Storage Provider and Transcoder configuration via Workflows. To learn more about it, see: How to View Workflows.