Azure VMware Solution networking voodoo

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

ExpressRoute Global Reach under the covers

After some questions in my previous blog post CLI-based analysis of an ExpressRoute private peering I decided to write an addition that includes what Expressroute Global Reach looks like for the CLI lover. In essence, Global Reach allows to use Microsoft’s backbone network for onprem-to-onprem communication. But how does it do it exactly? I have … Continue reading ExpressRoute Global Reach under the covers

Multi-region design with Azure Route Server without an overlay

Some time ago I posted a blog commenting on a possible design for interconnecting multiple Azure regions by means of Network Virtual Appliances (NVAs) and the Azure Route Server (ARS), where I used an overlay tunnel between the NVAs with VXLAN as encap protocol. I have received multiple questions to whether it would be possible … Continue reading Multi-region design with Azure Route Server without an overlay

CLI-based analysis of an ExpressRoute private peering

Quite frequently I see Azure connectivity diagrams that do not reflect accurately the topology of Azure Virtual Networks connnected to on-premises data centers via ExpressRoute. Additionally, I got the question last week of how to do some basic BGP troubleshooting in the involved networking devices in a way which is understandable by network administrators (read … Continue reading CLI-based analysis of an ExpressRoute private peering

Deploying ExpressRoute with Megaport in 1 hour

I have heard some organizations complaining that deploying a fully functional ExpressRoute circuit takes too long: days, or even weeks. Does this always have to be like that? I recently got access to Megaport‘s service portal: Megaport is one of Azure ExpressRoute providers, and they can provision virtual routers dynamically and connect them to Azure … Continue reading Deploying ExpressRoute with Megaport in 1 hour

Listen to the Whispers of BGP

An old Cherokee proverb says: “Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams”. Routing problems are hard: Hard to uncover, because sometimes they will not become apparent until something happens. For example, when your backup routes disappear, and you only notice when the primary routes are gone too. And hard in … Continue reading Listen to the Whispers of BGP

Using Route Server to firewall onprem traffic with an NVA

In a previous blog we had a setup with a Network Virtual Appliance (NVA) for Internet egress and hybrid connectivity based on Azure Virtual Network Gateways. There is another fairly typical use case with regards to traffic between on-premises an Azure: firewalling it with an NVA: In some situations customers will combine the role of … Continue reading Using Route Server to firewall onprem traffic with an NVA

Azure as Internet breakout from on-premises with Route Server

This is not a topology I would define as “best practice”, or one that I see in every Azure deployment out there, but I would certainly not describe it as exotic either. In this design, organizations want to leverage Azure as Internet breakout for their on-premises systems. Potentially because they do not have a good … Continue reading Azure as Internet breakout from on-premises with Route Server

BGP Azure Lab Maker

Lately I have been working in creating lab environments to train on some aspects of Azure networking, such as Network Virtual Appliances, VPN or ExpressRoute. I started creating scripts to deploy each of those, but then I realized that those scripts had a lot in common. Would it be possible to generalize them into one … Continue reading BGP Azure Lab Maker