Azure Firewall’s sidekick to join the BGP superheroes

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

AAD Application Proxy: Where is my WAF?

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?

Where do I put my SDWAN?

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?

Azure Route Server: to encap or not to encap, that is the question

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

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

Sending Internet Traffic from P2S Clients Through an NVA

Azure can be used to offer Point-To-Site (P2S) connectivity for individual users, that by leveraging a VPN client on their systems (Windows, Linux or Mac) can get connectivity to Azure resources. This P2S connectivity is often limited to Azure resources, but by leveraging the Azure Route Server, additional access is offered. For example, if an … Continue reading Sending Internet Traffic from P2S Clients Through an NVA

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 Route Server: super powers for your Network Virtual Appliance

Amongst the many Ignite announcements this year, my favourite is the new Azure Route Server, in public preview now, since it has the potential to dramatically change how networks are built in Azure. If you are thinking “here he comes with his BGP thing again”… You are right! Let me explain: In public cloud there … Continue reading Azure Route Server: super powers for your Network Virtual Appliance

Azure RedHat Openshift and Hybrid Networking

Hey there! As you might have read, some time ago I wrote a pretty detailed “A day in the life of a packet” post series on how networking works in detail in Azure RedHat Openshift (ARO). Some of the feedback around those blog posts was that they are far too technical, and hard to read … Continue reading Azure RedHat Openshift and Hybrid Networking