Ozeki 10 SMS Gateway

How to send SMS messages from your Ozeki NG installed in Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's public cloud platform. It provides a lot of cloud services. Azure supports the broadest selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.

In this installation guide you will get detailed instructions on how to send SMS messages with the help of Ozeki NG SMS Gateway from your virtual machine created in Microsoft Azure. Please follow the instructions and check video tutorials and configuration screenshots, as well.

How this solution works

To be able to send SMS messages from Azure, first you need to create a virtual machine in your own resource in Microsoft Azure. If you have already create a virtual machine, you only need to install Ozeki NG SMS Gateway software on that virtual machine. Then you need to connect it to an IP based service provider connection (Figure 1).


Figure 1 - How to send SMS message from your virtual machine installed in Microsoft Azure

In the first part of the guide you can see how to create a new resource and a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine. Then you will see how to install Ozeki NG SMS Gateway and send SMS messages with the GUI of the gateway.

Configuration of Microsoft Azure SMS solution

First you need to sign in to the Azure portal (Figure 2).


Figure 2 - Dashboard of Azure

On the Hub menu, click New > Virtual Machines > Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter (Figure 3).


Figure 3 - List of available virtual machines

On the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter page, under Select a deployment model, verify that Resource Manager is selected. Click on Create button (Figure 4).


Figure 4 - Selected virtual machine

On the Basics section, you need to perform the followings (Figure 5):

  • Enter a Name for the virtual machine.
  • Enter a User name, and a strong Password that will be used to create a local account on the VM. The local account is used to log on to and manage the VM.
  • Select an existing Resource group or type the name for a new one.
  • Type an Azure datacenter Location such as West US.
  • When you are done, click on OK button to continue to the next section.


Figure 5 - Basic settings

Choose a VM size and then click on Select button to continue (Figure 6).


Figure 6 - Available Windows Server 2012 versions

On the Settings section, you can change the storage and networking options. When you are done making changes, click on OK button (Figure 7).


Figure 7 - Optional features

On the Summary page you can verify the settings that you have previously chosen. If everything is alright, click on OK button (Figure 8).


Figure 8 - Summary page

Now you need to wait until azure finishes the deploying of the virtual machine. It may take up to 5-10 minutes (Figure 9).


Figure 9 - Dashboard of Azure 1

If your VM is created successfully, you can see it is running (Figure 10).


Figure 10 - Dashboard of Azure 2

If you click on it, its administration page will be loaded. Clicking Connect button creates and downloads a Remote Desktop Protocol file (.rdp file) (Figure 11).


Figure 11 - Admininstration page of the installed VM

If the RDP file is downloaded, click on it, and your VM will be opened automatically (Figure 12).


Figure 12 - Download RDP file

You will get a warning that the .rdp is from an unknown publisher. This is normal. In the Remote Desktop window, click on Connect button to continue (Figure 13).


Figure 13 - Remote desktop connection

On the next window you need to provide the authentication data that you have given during the process when you created the VM (Figure 14).


Figure 14 - Logging in

If the username and password are correct, the desktop of the installed VM will be opened (Figure 15).


Figure 15 - Desktop of the installed VM

Open the webpage of Ozeki NG SMS Gateway (http://www.ozekisms.com), click on Download menu, and give your e-mail address (Figure 16).


Figure 16 - Download page of ozekisms.com 1

On the next page click on the Download link to start your download. Unzip the downloaded file, and click on the installed file (Figure 17).


Figure 17 - Download page of ozekisms.com 2

During the installation process, follow the steps and at the end of the installation, your Ozeki NG SMS Gateway will be opened automatically (Figure 18).


Figure 18 - During the installation

Login with the admin username and password that you have provided during the installation (Figure 19).


Figure 19 - Login page of the Ozeki NG SMS Gateway

The administration page of the gateway will be loaded where you can install service provider connections, users and make other settings (Figure 20).


Figure 20 - Management page of the admin user

In this guide, an HTTP Server service provider connection is added (Figure 21).

Note: HTTP Server is not suitable for sending SMS messages. It is only for testing purposes!


Figure 21 - Installed service provider

If you click on Compose button, it is possible to send SMS messages from the GUI of Ozeki NG SMS Gateway (Figure 22).


Figure 22 - Compose menu

If you have clicked on Ok button, you can see whether the SMS messages were sent out successfully or not (Figure 23).


Figure 23 - Log entries

Thank you for reading this guide!

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