Azure Networking is not like your on-onprem network

I often get asked about the differences between Azure Networking and a traditional, on-premises network. I have been hit with a flu the last few days, so I had some time to think about this, and I decided to start writing whatever thoughts were not actually the result of the fever. In this post I … Continue reading Azure Networking is not like your on-onprem network

Filtering AKS egress traffic with Virtual WAN

If you are reading my blog you probably know what Virtual WAN and Azure Kubernetes Service are. You probably know as well that you can configure AKS so that egress traffic is sent through an Azure Firewall by using Azure routing as described in the article Control Egress Traffic in AKS. That article explains how … Continue reading Filtering AKS egress traffic with Virtual WAN

VRFs and Virtual WAN

Some organizations use Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) tables in their networks to segment traffic at the routing level. Transporting that concept to Azure can be challenging, since virtualizing an Azure network is not easy. If you think about it, your Azure network is already its own VRF in a way, it is a slice … Continue reading VRFs and Virtual WAN

Azure Hub And Spoke 2.0

I have recently had a couple of recent conversations that have made me reconsider the way we traditionally implement the hub and spoke Virtual Network design in Azure, which has some limitations. The idea is to introduce a relatively simple but powerful modification to the design that achieves these objectives: TL,DR: The main modification introduced … Continue reading Azure Hub And Spoke 2.0

Overlapping IP addresses in a hub-and-spoke network (feat. AVNM & ARS)

I have had some questions around a common theme asked by some large Azure customers. These refrains might sound familiar to you: “I have run out of IPv4 addresses“, “My network team can only allocate so many IPs for Azure“, “How can I reuse IP space in Azure?“. If they do, I have a hack … Continue reading Overlapping IP addresses in a hub-and-spoke network (feat. AVNM & ARS)

Azure DNS Private Resolver without VNet Peerings

As you might already know, Azure DNS Private Resolver is an Azure service that support DNS forwarding between Azure and on-premises DNS servers. It is very useful to provide Azure DNS resolution to on-premises clients (for example to access private endpoints), or to provide on-premises DNS resolution to Azure clients (to access on-prem resources). Last … Continue reading Azure DNS Private Resolver without VNet Peerings

Yet Another Demo App

I often need to learn how certain platforms work, and to achieve that there is no better way than deploying a sample workload and run some tests with it: for example for the “A day in the life of a packet on AKS” series that I wrote some years ago when AKS was something new … Continue reading Yet Another Demo App

Combining Azure Firewall and Flow Log analysis

As you might already know, there are a couple of ways of filtering traffic in Azure Virtual Networks: Network Security Groups (NSGs) and Azure Firewall. NSGs offer unlimited performance for Layer 4 filtering, while Azure Firewall is more powerful with features like deep packet inspection or application-level intelligence. However, even if these solutions follow a … Continue reading Combining Azure Firewall and Flow Log analysis

Azure Bastion routing in Virtual WAN

As you might know, Azure Bastion enables management connectivity to virtual machines without having to assign them public IP addresses, and without having to maintain jump hosts in your Virtual Network. Up to recently, the virtual machines needed to be immediately peered to the VNet where Azure Bastion was deployed, but with IP-based connections Azure … Continue reading Azure Bastion routing in Virtual WAN

Importing Palo Alto policies to Azure Firewall

I recently had a project where we had the chance to convert a Palo Alto ruleset to an Azure Firewall Policy. I had recently created a script to generate a Firewall Policy for Microsoft 365 endpoints, so the challenge was using that work as a basis to generate an Azure Firewall Policy out of the … Continue reading Importing Palo Alto policies to Azure Firewall