November, Syncfusion’s Aaron Melamed led participants through the webinar
“Maximizing Flexibility with Azure and Syncfusion’s
Dashboard and Big Data Platforms.”
This blog post is a walk-through of part of the webinar showing viewers how
to set up the Dashboard Server for the first time.
When you first deploy the Syncfusion Dashboard Server, the
server itself is not running; although, the virtual machine is. In order to get
the Dashboard Server to run, you simply need to double-click the Start Syncfusion Dashboard Server link
that is already included on the desktop.
Start Syncfusion Dashboard Server link
Once it spins up, you'll see that it brings up your default internet
browser. And once that comes up, we'll then be able to go through the
first-time setup process for the Dashboard Server. We will not use recommended
settings when the browser pop-up asks us.
The first thing the Dashboard Server asks of us is to select
or create a database for the Dashboard Server. The dashboard server includes
features such as user management; it allows you to store dashboards; it allows
you to save data sources for those dashboards; you'll have configuration
settings; and so on.
You'll need a database in order to have the Dashboard Server
function correctly. You have a couple of options. You can connect to an
existing SQL Server database. If you choose SQL Server, for example, you can
create a new database altogether or choose an existing one, and then you can
choose your prefixes for the tables that will be created later on. The same
thing applies to Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. We have support for all of these
out of the box. And again, you can use an existing database or create a new
database on your current database server.
For the purposes of this demo, we’ll use the default
setting, the Embedded SQL CE, as this will also provide us with sample data that
we can look at. Click Proceed.
The Dashboard server will automatically install sample
dashboards, sample data sources, as well as sample widgets. Now, the next step
will ask us to choose our storage system for the dashboard files. Stick with
standard file storage (but Syncfusion does also support Azure blob storage). Then
Finally, it's asking you to create a default administrator user for the
The first field, the username field, does support spaces. When
you click Proceed at this step, it
will go through and create all the database tables that are necessary. In our
case, because we chose the sample database, it will also populate it with the
sample dashboards and data sources and so on.
When the configuration is complete, we’ll enter our username and password and
As you can see on the right side of the previous screenshot,
we do also support Windows Authentication, as well as Azure Active Directory,
so you can set up multiple login providers.
Now, whenever you download or set up the Syncfusion
Dashboard Server on Azure, there are other components to the Dashboard Platform
that you can access, such as the Syncfusion Dashboard Designer, that are not
part of the Azure deployment by default. We’ll talk about that in another post.
This is a complete dashboard solution, essentially ready to go out of the box.
So there's really nothing else you need to do in order to make this a usable or
With a click, we can easily deploy the dashboard of our
choice now. And once you've deployed it, you have a complete dashboard server
solution that's ready to be used in production, essentially.
The only thing you might want to do to make it production-ready is to, for example,
remove or change the Syncfusion branding. That, too, will be discussed in a
Stay tuned to the Syncfusion
blog and social media for more helpful takeaways from this and other webinars.
To view the recorded webinar for this post, go to our YouTube page,
or watch it here:
To read the extended Q&A portion of the webinar, visit
For a more thorough look into the processes described in
this blog, read our documentation
page. For more information about how Syncfusion works with Azure, download
our white paper “Achieve
Agile Analytics at Scale with Syncfusion and Azure.”