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Before you begin

Before you can create an elastic cluster, verify that you have the requirements to set up an environment on your cloud platform.
Verify the following items:

Verify privileges in your organization

Verify that you are assigned the correct privileges for elastic configurations in your organization.
Privileges for elastic configurations provide you varying access levels to the Elastic Clusters page in Administrator as well as Monitor.
You must have at least the read privilege to view the elastic configurations and to monitor the elastic clusters.

Verify Microsoft Azure products

Verify that you have the necessary Microsoft Azure products to create an elastic cluster in an Azure environment.
You must have the following products on your Azure account:
Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
Staging data and log files for an elastic cluster and elastic jobs are stored using Blob Storage.
Linux Virtual Machines
A Linux virtual machine hosts the Secure Agent.
Virtual Network (VNet)
An elastic cluster is created in a VNet. You can specify an existing VNet, or the Secure Agent can create a VNet based on the region that you provide.
Key Vault
If you create a service principal to perform cluster operations, a key vault stores the service principal credentials. The Secure Agent accesses the key vault to retrieve the credentials.
Load Balancer
A load balancer accepts incoming elastic jobs from a Secure Agent and provides an entry point for the jobs to an elastic cluster.

Verify connections

Verify that you have configured at least one of the following connection types:
For more information about each connection, see the help for the appropriate connector.
Note: You cannot process a data source from different cloud platform. For example, you cannot process an Amazon S3 data source on an elastic cluster in an Azure environment.