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Azure Relay Hybrid Connection

The Server Manager service enables administrators to manage and users to push logs from remote installations. Azure Relay enables you to install the service on an internal server that is not publicly accessible then accept connections from remote installations such as WFH users. Each remote installation simply needs to specify the Azure Relay connection settings to connect. The relay runs on port 443 so users do not need to open any ports on their local firewall.

To configure an Azure Relay you will need an Azure subscription. If you do not have one, create a free one before you begin.

To configure Azure Relay through Microsoft's Azure Portal:

To configure the service to use Azure Relay:

  • Configuration is implemented through the cbsmsrv.exe.config file located in the installation directory. The default location is:
    C:\Program Files\Corner Bowl\Server Manager 2022\cbsmsrv.exe.config
  • Open the file in a text editor then find the <server> section.
  • Set 'value' to true.
  • Set 'relayNamespace' to the Hybrid Connection Url. For example: https://corner-bowl.servicebus.windows.net/log-manager
  • Set 'connectionName' to the Hybrid Connection name. For example: log-manager
  • Set 'keyName' to name of the Shared Access Policy key name. For example: RootManageSharedAccessKey
  • Set 'key' to either the primary or secondary key found when you select the Shared Access Policy key name.
  • Save your changes and restart the Corner Bowl Server Manager service.
    <server>
        <host value="0.0.0.0" />
        <port value="21843" />
        <tls value="false"
                certificate="issuedTo"
                requireRemoteCertificate="false"
                allowSelfSignedCertificate="false"
                checkCertificateRevocation="true"
                allowCertificateChainErrors="false" />
        <azure 
            value="false" 
            relayNamespace="" 
            connectionName="" 
            keyName="" 
            key="" />
    </server>
                

To configure the management console to use Azure Relay:

  • Start the management console.
  • From the login screen, set the Connection type to Azure Relay Hybrid Connection.
  • Set the values to the same values you set to configure the server connection above.
  • Specify your administrator username, password and domain as you normally would within your network.
  • Click Login

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