One of the most common and yet complex networking designs in Azure is interconnecting Azure IaaS workloads deployed in a Virtual Network, vSphere virtual machines in an Azure VMware Solution private cloud, and on-premises networks. My esteemed colleague Robin Heringa kindly gave me access to an AVS cluster, so armed with the fantastic possibilities that … Continue reading Azure VMware Solution networking voodoo
This post is going to be a bit different than the rest, because I have no complex network designs with many boxes and IP addresses. Instead, I have been confronted with a different challenge: how can you configure Azure Firewall to allow traffic to Office 365 endpoints? Why would you want to do that? There … Continue reading Azure Firewall rules for Office 365
Azure Firewall is a fantastic product: oversimplifying, an architecture that scales out great, provides traffic forwarding and security in Azure, and is very easy to integrate in a network. Some times you need to manipulate the default routing of Azure VNets, and Azure Route Server offers an invaluable tool for that. However, Azure Route Server … Continue reading Azure Firewall’s sidekick to join the BGP superheroes
You might have read my previous intro post to the AAD Application Proxy, where I went over a quick intro to this service and a comparison with other reverse proxies available in the Azure portfolio. I finished that post with a very generic diagram describing how to combine multiple proxies to get different capabilities, for … Continue reading AAD Application Proxy: Where is my WAF?
I see more and more organizations deploying workloads across different clouds, and some times those workloads need to communicate between each other. There are multiple options to connect clouds together, the cheapest being an encrypted network tunnel over the public Internet, also known as IPsec VPN. All clouds support deploying your favorite network vendor as … Continue reading Tunnels Between Clouds
You might have come across a post from my good friend Adam on SDWAN Design options in Azure, where he details seven design alternatives when incorporating SDWAN to an Azure network. While I was reading Adam’s great summary, I was wondering whether I could summarize his design options and recommendations using the 3-tier cloud netowrk … Continue reading Where do I put my SDWAN?
One of the best kept secrets in Azure is Azure Active Directory (AAD) Application Proxy. When exposing web applications running in Azure or on-premises, we all tend to look at services such as Azure Front Door or Azure Application Gateway, but this little gem can make the life of a network administrator so much simpler. … Continue reading Where does AAD App Proxy fit with other Azure reverse proxies?
Today I came across a concept while not being too new in Azure, I had not met before: Private Link Scopes. This is something that specific services do, more concretely Azure Arc and Azure Monitor (see here for the official docs on how to configure this for Azure Monitor). In the case of the latter, … Continue reading Private Link and Azure Monitor: what is an AMPLS?
Azure Route Server is a very powerful tool that thas been recently brought to the Azure Networking toolset: it offers a BGP API so that virtual machines can communicate with a VNet to learn and advertise routes. I have written some articles about Route Server in the past on how to achieve certain scenarios, but … Continue reading Azure Route Server: to encap or not to encap, that is the question
I have the privilege of working in a team in Microsoft with very talented individuals, where we help Microsoft customers to overcome technical challenges with their Azure deployments. One of the most common engagements that we do for organizations using Azure is helping them to verify that their Azure designs fulfill their functional and non-functional … Continue reading “You are doing your design reviews wrong”