How to Create a Virtual Network Using Microsoft Azure
Creating a virtual network using Microsoft Azure, is faster, and easier, than you might think. This cloud-based, virtual representation of your network is customizable, giving you full control over DNS settings, IP address blocks, route tables, and more.
Connect your Microsoft Azure virtual network to your on-site network with any of the secure, cross-premises connectivity options, including ExpressRoute, Point-to-Site, or Site-to-Site.
Before you begin creating your network, you’ll need to decide whether you want to work with Azure classic portal or Resource Manager, as there are some important differences between the two.
Resource Manager is recommended by Microsoft for all new resources, and where possible, to re-deploy existing resources.
Steps to Create a Virtual Network Using Microsoft Azure
To create a virtual network using Microsoft Azure, be sure to gather the following information prior to starting:
- IP addresses and subnet range of your on-premises network.
- IP addresses and subnet range of planned for your Azure network.
- External IP address for the virtual private network (VPN) device.
Next, follow these steps to design your virtual network and link to your existing on-premises network.
- Sign in to the Azure portal, using your Microsoft credentials.
- On the management portal, select Networks, and click “New.”
- Enter your information on the Virtual Network Details page, creating a unique name for your network, and choose the appropriate region before continuing to the next page.
- On the DNS Servers and VPN Connectivity page, choose Point-to-Site, or Site-to-Site configuration; you can enter the DNS name and IP address later, or Azure will, by default assign you some DNS servers to choose from. Site-to-Site connectivity connects your on-premises network to Azure.
- Upon choosing Site-to-Site configuration, proceed to the next page.
- Enter a name for the VPN device, and an external IP address.
- Enter the IP address and subnet range of your on-premises network, and proceed to the Virtual Network Address Spaces page.
- Once there, enter the IP address and subnet range of the new network, add the requisite subnets, and a gateway subnet.
- Click Create, to configure you network (this should only take a few minutes).
- Once your new Virtual Network appears, click on it, and explore, to make any necessary or desired edits.
Benefits of a Microsoft Azure Virtual Network
Azure provides a safe, reliable platform for virtual machines and applications, while allowing you to use private IP addresses, DNS servers, and more.
Additional benefits include:
- Flexibility and scalability. Combine infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to build services and apps.
- Access to the cloud. Extend your onsite IT environment to the cloud and choose from a number of connectivity options.
- Greater control. Run virtual appliances, and create sophisticated network topologies with Azure, with more control over the design of your network.
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