This article illustrates how to easily evaluate and explore Bizagi Studio and all of its features using our offering published in Azure Market Place.
Start using Bizagi Studio without having to download nor carry out any installation or configuration steps.
The option presented in this article is designed to help you get started with Bizagi Studio in particular, by getting your own virtual machine with a ready-to-use development environment.
By using Bizagi's offer in Azure Marketplace, you will have an Azure virtual machine, with Bizagi Studio already installed and pre-configured. Bizagi Studio by itself, bundles the runtime environment, or Work Portal, that allows to test and run your processes implementation in real time. You can carry out quick prototyping and verify how your end users would use Bizagi Engine on a final production environment.
The offering includes a sample project to execute the Work Portal so you can quickly test-drive how Bizagi works without any development.
Addditionally you can use the pre-created blank project to start building your business processes. We recommend following My First Process guide to get you started.
Though you may choose to use virtual machines for a production environment of Bizagi, this specific virtual machine template is for evaluation purposes only. it is not designed for a production environment.
You need an active Azure subscription.
If you do not have an active Azure subscription, note that you may get a free one-month trial: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/
When subscribing to a free trial, Azure requires credit card information. You will not be charged and the free trial end will not be automatically moved to a charged plan when expired (though you may verify settings regarding this).
For further information, refer to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.
Through this approach, you create an instance of a virtual machine bound to your Azure subscription with minimal configuration (i.e, a full deployment of a virtual machine directly in your Azure deployment).
This means that once this is set, you will manage and configure further settings of this virtual machine (such as the world-wide region where this is stored).
Using Bizagi in Azure Marketplace
Once your Azure subscription is active, follow these steps to install the virtual machine:
1. Sign in to Microsoft Azure.
Login at https://login.live.com/.
2. Locate the template for Bizagi in Azure Marketplace.
Access the Marketplace and locate Bizagi's virtual machine template at https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/bizagi.bizagibpms.
3. Create the instance for the Virtual Machine.
Click on GET IT NOW:
Then confirm this by clicking Create:
4. Configure basic settings.
Give a Name of your machine, a User name and password. Also include the Resource group information.
5. Choose the hardware sizing for your machine.
Note you may use an D2s_v3 which meets with minimum requirements for Bizagi Studio.
Click on D2s_v3 and on Select.
6. Configure additional settings.
Note that this step is entirely optional and the default Standard disk type meets with minimum requirements for Bizagi Studio.
7. Confirm the creation of your virtual machine.
You will see the progress of the creation of the VM (it may take up some minutes):
Once the process is finished, the virtual machine is provisioned and you will be able to see it listed under your Virtual machines menu option.
You will identify this machine by the Name given in the initial steps:
Using/connecting to the Bizagi virtual machine in Azure
Once the Bizagi virtual machine has been provisioned, connect to it by locating the virtual machine and clicking on it.
Then click on Connect:
Click on Download RDP file. This action starts automatically a download the Remote Desktop Connection link.
When done, double-click on this RDP file and click on Connect:
Enter the authorized credentials, as configured when setting up the virtual machine and click Ok:
Once in the machine, you will find a shortcut icon to start up Bizagi Studio and open the project of your choice:
This virtual machine has Internet Explorer 11 as default browser. It is strongly recommended to change this browser to the Google Chrome installed by default.
For next steps and to learn how to use Bizagi Studio, refer these useful links for tutorials and additional information:
•Product documentation: This online help which presents how-to articles and describes features. Find the product documentation at http://help.bizagi.com/bpm-suite/en/.
•Process documentation: This document features the description of the process in SampleProject, which is already available in the virtual machine.
•eLearning site: Free self-paced courses available online, which walk you through a learning journey on how to model and automate business processes.
•Forum: Features Bizagi Studio Community Forum so that you can get the most out of your experience with Bizagi. Share experiences and post questions at http://feedback.bizagi.com/en.
If you need to use SQL Server Management Studio (e.g, to create or restore database backups), use the following credentials:
What does this virtual machine include?
Once you install this featured virtual machine, you will notice it includes:
•.NET framework (version 4.0).
•IIS web server (as provided by the Windows 2012 R2 OS).
•SQL Server database (version 2008) and its management tools.
In Bizagi Studio, you will find 2 projects already configured:
1.BlankProject: A ready-to-use blank project for you to start your own implementation from scratch.
2.SampleProject: A sample project using the "Vacation Request" as an example on how to implement processes.
This virtual machine template is not configured to allow teamwork collaboration (this may require further configuration in your specific Azure subscription and infrastructure services).
Recall that it is designed for single users who want to evaluate Bizagi.
At any time you may restore the state and progress of the Bizagi project in this virtual machine, into a different machine of your choice (be it at the cloud or not), by creating a database backup of this Bizagi project and restoring it accordingly into your other machine with a similar setup.
The offering relies on Azure services (computing services that host virtual machines, as described at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-machines/).