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Microsoft Azure IoT solution accelerators

You can deploy Azure IoT solution accelerators that implement common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios to Microsoft Azure using your Azure subscription. You can use solution accelerators:

  • as a starting point for your own IoT solution.
  • to learn about the most common patterns in IoT solution design and development.

Each solution accelerator implements a common IoT scenario and is a complete, end-to-end implementation. You can deploy the Azure IoT solution accelerator Connected Factory solution accelerator from, following the guidance outlined in Quickstart: Try a cloud-based solution to manage my industrial IoT devices. In addition, you can download the complete source code from this repository to customize and extend the solution to meet your specific requirements.

Connected Factory solution accelerator

The Connected Factory solution accelerator illustrates how you can get started with your Industry 4.0 digital transformation. It brings together key Azure IoT services to enable the following features: OPC UA data ingestion, OPC UA server management, rules and actions and Azure Time Series Insights.

Release Notes

Deployment Names

When using the build.ps1 script for deployment, it is recommended that you use a new deployment name each time you deploy the connected factory solution.

Connected Factory deployment Time

It takes approximately 14 minutes to complete the deployment.

Connected Factory telemetry Flow

After you have successfully deployed the solution and the web application launches the first time it takes approximately 3 minutes for data to show in the solution dashboard.

Azure Maps

Connected Factory supports the Azure Maps API to show factory locations in the dashboard. Please check the Connected Factory FAQ for more details.

Configure Connected Factory

The configuration of the Connected Factory solution accelerator is handled in more detail here.

Deploy an edge gateway for the Connected Factory

If you want to add a new gateway to the Connected Factory, please follow the instructions on this page.

Simulation VM security

To upload and start the simulation in the VM, we are adding a public IP interface before we upload the VM scripts and executables. This interface is removed after the operation is completed. The network interface of the VM is protected by a network security group, which allows only outgoing connections on ports 5671 (AMPQS), 8883 (MQTTS) and 443 (TLS). For the upload operation, the rule is extended to also allow incoming connections on port 22 (SSH). In the directory Simulation/Factory, you will find several PowerShell scripts, which allow you to add/remove public IP address or enable/disable the SSH allow rule for the VM. If you need to change the configuration of the production line VM to allow inbound connections, e.g. to login via SSH, please make sure you are running a vulnerability check on the VM first and also install the latest patches by following the instructions on the Ubuntu website.


Visual Studio Solution

  • Connectedfactory: contains the source code for the complete solution accelerator, including the solution portal web app and the simulated factories.


  1. Install from here. Release notes can be found here.
  • Choose your edition
  • Any of these editions will work
  • Whatever edition you choose to install please ensure that you have selected:
    • ASP.NET and web development and Azure development workloads in the Web and Cloud section of the Visual Studio installer
    • .NET Core cross-platform development component in the Other Toolsets section of the Visual Studio installer
  1. Install dotnet Core for Visual Studio 2017 from here.
  • Choose the SDK Installer
  1. Install the latest Azure Command Line tools for PowerShell from here.
  • Scroll down the page to the command line tools section, in the PowerShell section choose Windows install
  1. Install additional PowerShell cmdlets:
  • Search for Windows PowerShell in Start
  • Right click on result Windows PowerShell and choose Run as Administrator
  • In PowerShell (Administrator mode)
    • Install PSCX PowerShell cmdlets V3.3.1 on your system by "Install-Module PSCX -MaximumVersion 3.3.1 -AllowClobber"
      • Choose Y to message "install from Powershell gallery if prompted"
    • Install Posh-SSH V2.0.2 on your system by "Install-Module Posh-SSH -MaximumVersion 2.0.2 -AllowClobber"
      • Choose Y to message "install from Powershell gallery if prompted"
  1. Update your PowerShell profile or session environemnt
  • To build PCS MSBuild.exe must be in the path.
  • For releases prior to v1.0.1706.0 change the $env:PATH variable:
    • $env:PATH=$env:PATH+";C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\14.0\Bin;"
  • For releases starting with v1.0.1706.0 change the $env:PATH variable depending on the Visual Studio edition as these samples show for Enterprise and Community edition:
    • Enterprise
      • $env:path = $env:path + ";C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\MSBuild\15.0\Bin;"
      • $env:VisualStudioVersion="15.0"
      • $env:VSToolsPath="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v15.0"
    • Community
      • $env:path = $env:path + ";C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\MSBuild\15.0\Bin;"
      • $env:VisualStudioVersion="15.0"
      • $env:VSToolsPath="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v15.0"

Verify the prerequisites

Open a PowerShell Windows and check they environment variable settings are correct for:

  • $env:path
  • $env:VisualStudioVersion
  • $env:VSToolsPath

Verify then that the required PowerShell modules are installed the following PowerShell commands:

  • Get-InstalledModule PSCX
  • Get-InstalledModule Posh-SSH
  • Find-Module AzureRm.

If one of these commands does report nothing back, something went wrong in your preparation.

Run the build script

  1. Search for Windows PowerShell in Start
  2. The Connected Factory repository is here.
  3. Ensure that you have cloned the latest version of this repository before building via the build script by verifying that the content of VERSION.txt in your local clone of the repository is the same as the content of this file.
  4. To build and deploy the solution into the cloud:
  • Run the following script from the root of your cloned repository: ./build.ps1 cloud -DeploymentName <your deployment name> -Configuration [release | debug ]
  • Deployment naming rules - Length 4 to 64, Case insensitive, supports alphanumeric, underscore and hypens are all valid characters
  • More detailed help on the build script is available by typing get-help .\build.ps1 -detailed
  • Sign in with your Azure account credentials when prompted
  • Select the Azure Subscription to use
    • All your subscription will be shown in a list
    • Enter the number of the subscription you wish to use
    • If you only have one subscription it will be automatically selected
  • Choose Azure Location to use
    • List of available locations will be displayed to you
    • Enter the number of the location you wish to use
    • Location will be stored for future use
  • Select an Active Directory to use
    • List of available Active Directories will be provided to you
    • Enter the number of the Active Directory you wish to use
  • When script completes successfully it will open a browser tab with the web app launched

Additional build script help

There are more parameters available in the build.ps1 script. Please use get-help .\build.ps1 -detailed to get more information on them

Delete the deployment

  1. Open a PowerShell command prompt
  2. Log in to your Azure Account and select the subscription the solution was deployed to by:Select-AzureRmSubscription -SubscriptionName <subscription name the solution was deployed to>
  3. Change to the root directory of the cloned repository
  4. Run the following script from the root of your cloned repository: .\build.ps1 delete -DeploymentName <your deployment name>
  5. This will delete all Azure resources of your deployment as well as the local configuration files

Known Issues

Execution Policy Not Set

  1. If you receive a message in PowerShell on execution policy not being set, do the following:
  2. Search for Windows PowerShell in Start
  3. Right click on result Windows PowerShell and choose Run as Administrator
  4. In PowerShell (Administrator) run: Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force

Security Warning

  1. If you see a message in PowerShell Security warning Run only scripts that you trust. While scripts from the internet can be useful, this script can potentially harm your computer. If you trust this script, use the Unblock-File cmdlet to allow the script to run without this warning message. Do you want to run C:\MyConnectedFactoryClone\build.ps1? [D] Do not run [R] Run once [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "D"): Do you want to run this script?
  2. Choose R

Sign in Issue

  1. On first run if sign in does not work, please try it again

Authorization_RequestDenied Message

If you see an message Invoke-RestMethod : {"odata.error":{"code":"Authorization_RequestDenied","message":{"lang":"en","value":"Insufficient privileges to complete the operation."}}} This can be ignored, it is displayed when the user doesn't have administrator privileges to the Active Directory, the Script will continue to execute


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Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

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