Connecting your Azure cloud


The BigAnimal CLI commands used for connecting your cloud to BigAnimal register an application with Azure AD and create a service principal to delegate identity and access management functions to Azure Active Directory (AD). For more information, see for Azure EDB cloud utilities in GitHub.


Before connecting to your cloud, make sure that you're assigned either the Global Administrator role or the Privileged Role Administrator role in Azure AD and that you have the Owner role for your BigAnimal Azure subscription.

Connecting your cloud


If you're using Cloud Shell, add the ./ prefix to the biganimal command (./biganimal).

To connect your cloud:

  1. Open the Azure Cloud Shell in your browser.

  2. Create a BigAnimal CLI credential:

    biganimal credential create --name <cred> 
  3. To set up your cloud provider, run the cloud-provider setup command:

    biganimal cloud-provider setup 

    The command checks for cloud account readiness and displays the results.

  4. If the following readiness checks aren't met, see Configure your Azure subscription to manually configure your cloud:

    • Are the necessary Azure resource providers registered for your subscription?

    • Is there a restriction on SKUs for the standard Esv3 family and standard D2_v4 VM size?

    • Is the limit on the number of vCPU and public IP addresses in your region enough for your clusters?

    If the cloud readiness checks pass, your cloud account is successfully set up.


    At this point, you can't change the Azure subscription, as you have already provided the Azure subscription ID.

  5. Connect your cloud account to BigAnimal:

    biganimal cloud-provider connect --provider azure --project <project-name>

After your cloud account is successfully connected to BigAnimal, you and other users with the correct permissions can create clusters.