Quickstart: Direct web traffic with Azure Application Gateway using Azure PowerShell

This quickstart shows you how to use Azure PowerShell to quickly create an application gateway. After creating the application gateway, you then test it to make sure it's working correctly. With Azure Application Gateway, you direct your application web traffic to specific resources by assigning listeners to ports, creating rules, and adding resources to a backend pool. For the sake of simplicity, this article uses a simple setup with a public front-end IP, a basic listener to host a single site on this application gateway, two virtual machines used for the backend pool, and a basic request routing rule.

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This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. You can use either Bash or PowerShell with Cloud Shell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell preinstalled commands to run the code in this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To start Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to https://shell.azure.com, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the top-right menu bar in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session by selecting Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux or by selecting Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Select Enter to run the code.


Azure PowerShell module

If you choose to install and use Azure PowerShell locally, this tutorial requires the Azure PowerShell module version 1.0.0 or later.

  1. To find the version, run Get-Module -ListAvailable Az. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module.
  2. To create a connection with Azure, run Login-AzAccount.

Resource group

In Azure, you allocate related resources to a resource group. You can either use an existing resource group or create a new one. In this example, you'll create a new resource group by using the New-AzResourceGroup cmdlet as follows:

New-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroupAG -Location eastus

Required network resources

For Azure to communicate between the resources that you create, it needs a virtual network. The application gateway subnet can contain only application gateways. No other resources are allowed. You can either create a new subnet for Application Gateway or use an existing one. In this example, you create two subnets in this example: one for the application gateway, and another for the backend servers. You can configure the Frontend IP of the Application Gateway to be Public or Private as per your use case. In this example, you'll choose a Public Frontend IP.

  1. Create the subnet configurations by calling New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig.
  2. Create the virtual network with the subnet configurations by calling New-AzVirtualNetwork.
  3. Create the public IP address by calling New-AzPublicIpAddress.
$agSubnetConfig = New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig `
  -Name myAGSubnet `
$backendSubnetConfig = New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig `
  -Name myBackendSubnet `
New-AzVirtualNetwork `
  -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG `
  -Location eastus `
  -Name myVNet `
  -AddressPrefix `
  -Subnet $agSubnetConfig, $backendSubnetConfig
New-AzPublicIpAddress `
  -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG `
  -Location eastus `
  -Name myAGPublicIPAddress `
  -AllocationMethod Static `
  -Sku Standard

Create an application gateway

Create the IP configurations and frontend port

  1. Use New-AzApplicationGatewayIPConfiguration to create the configuration that associates the subnet you created with the application gateway.
  2. Use New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendIPConfig to create the configuration that assigns the public IP address that you previously created to the application gateway.
  3. Use New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendPort to assign port 80 to access the application gateway.
$vnet   = Get-AzVirtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myVNet
$subnet = Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -VirtualNetwork $vnet -Name myAGSubnet
$pip    = Get-AzPublicIPAddress -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myAGPublicIPAddress 
$gipconfig = New-AzApplicationGatewayIPConfiguration `
  -Name myAGIPConfig `
  -Subnet $subnet
$fipconfig = New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendIPConfig `
  -Name myAGFrontendIPConfig `
  -PublicIPAddress $pip
$frontendport = New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendPort `
  -Name myFrontendPort `
  -Port 80

Create the backend pool

  1. Use New-AzApplicationGatewayBackendAddressPool to create the backend pool for the application gateway. The backend pool will be empty for now and while you create the backend server NICs in the next section, you will add them to the backend pool.
  2. Configure the settings for the backend pool with New-AzApplicationGatewayBackendHttpSetting.
$address1 = Get-AzNetworkInterface -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myNic1
$address2 = Get-AzNetworkInterface -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myNic2
$backendPool = New-AzApplicationGatewayBackendAddressPool `
  -Name myAGBackendPool
$poolSettings = New-AzApplicationGatewayBackendHttpSetting `
  -Name myPoolSettings `
  -Port 80 `
  -Protocol Http `
  -CookieBasedAffinity Enabled `
  -RequestTimeout 30

Create the listener and add a rule

Azure requires a listener to enable the application gateway for routing traffic appropriately to the backend pool. Azure also requires a rule for the listener to know which backend pool to use for incoming traffic.

  1. Create a listener by using New-AzApplicationGatewayHttpListener with the frontend configuration and frontend port that you previously created.
  2. Use New-AzApplicationGatewayRequestRoutingRule to create a rule named rule1.
$defaultlistener = New-AzApplicationGatewayHttpListener `
  -Name myAGListener `
  -Protocol Http `
  -FrontendIPConfiguration $fipconfig `
  -FrontendPort $frontendport
$frontendRule = New-AzApplicationGatewayRequestRoutingRule `
  -Name rule1 `
  -RuleType Basic `
  -HttpListener $defaultlistener `
  -BackendAddressPool $backendPool `
  -BackendHttpSettings $poolSettings

Create the application gateway

Now that you've created the necessary supporting resources, create the application gateway:

  1. Use New-AzApplicationGatewaySku to specify parameters for the application gateway.
  2. Use New-AzApplicationGateway to create the application gateway.
$sku = New-AzApplicationGatewaySku `
  -Name Standard_v2 `
  -Tier Standard_v2 `
  -Capacity 2
New-AzApplicationGateway `
  -Name myAppGateway `
  -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG `
  -Location eastus `
  -BackendAddressPools $backendPool `
  -BackendHttpSettingsCollection $poolSettings `
  -FrontendIpConfigurations $fipconfig `
  -GatewayIpConfigurations $gipconfig `
  -FrontendPorts $frontendport `
  -HttpListeners $defaultlistener `
  -RequestRoutingRules $frontendRule `
  -Sku $sku

Backend servers

Now that you have created the Application Gateway, create the backend virtual machines which will host the websites. Backend can be composed of NICs, virtual machine scale sets, public IPs, internal IPs, fully qualified domain names (FQDN), and multi-tenant back-ends like Azure App Service. In this example, you create two virtual machines for Azure to use as backend servers for the application gateway. You also install IIS on the virtual machines to verify that Azure successfully created the application gateway.

Create two virtual machines

  1. Get the recently created Application Gateway backend pool configuration with Get-AzApplicationGatewayBackendAddressPool
  2. Create a network interface with New-AzNetworkInterface.
  3. Create a virtual machine configuration with New-AzVMConfig.
  4. Create the virtual machine with New-AzVM.

When you run the following code sample to create the virtual machines, Azure prompts you for credentials. Enter azureuser for the user name and Azure123456! for the password: ‚Äč

$appgw = Get-AzApplicationGateway -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myAppGateway
$backendPool = Get-AzApplicationGatewayBackendAddressPool -Name myAGBackendPool -ApplicationGateway $appgw
$vnet   = Get-AzVirtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myVNet
$subnet = Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -VirtualNetwork $vnet -Name myBackendSubnet
$cred = Get-Credential
for ($i=1; $i -le 2; $i++)
  $nic = New-AzNetworkInterface `
    -Name myNic$i `
    -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG `
    -Location EastUS `
    -Subnet $subnet `
    -ApplicationGatewayBackendAddressPool $backendpool
  $vm = New-AzVMConfig `
    -VMName myVM$i `
    -VMSize Standard_DS2_v2
  Set-AzVMOperatingSystem `
    -VM $vm `
    -Windows `
    -ComputerName myVM$i `
    -Credential $cred
  Set-AzVMSourceImage `
    -VM $vm `
    -PublisherName MicrosoftWindowsServer `
    -Offer WindowsServer `
    -Skus 2016-Datacenter `
    -Version latest
  Add-AzVMNetworkInterface `
    -VM $vm `
    -Id $nic.Id
  Set-AzVMBootDiagnostic `
    -VM $vm `
  New-AzVM -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Location EastUS -VM $vm
  Set-AzVMExtension `
    -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG `
    -ExtensionName IIS `
    -VMName myVM$i `
    -Publisher Microsoft.Compute `
    -ExtensionType CustomScriptExtension `
    -TypeHandlerVersion 1.4 `
    -SettingString '{"commandToExecute":"powershell Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server; powershell Add-Content -Path \"C:\\inetpub\\wwwroot\\Default.htm\" -Value $($env:computername)"}' `
    -Location EastUS

Test the application gateway

Although IIS isn't required to create the application gateway, you installed it in this quickstart to verify whether Azure successfully created the application gateway. Use IIS to test the application gateway:

  1. Run Get-AzPublicIPAddress to get the public IP address of the application gateway.
  2. Copy and paste the public IP address into the address bar of your browser. When you refresh the browser, you should see the name of the virtual machine. A valid response verifies that the application gateway was successfully created and it can successfully connect with the backend.
Get-AzPublicIPAddress -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroupAG -Name myAGPublicIPAddress

Test application gateway

Clean up resources

When you no longer need the resources that you created with the application gateway, remove the resource group. By removing the resource group, you also remove the application gateway and all its related resources.

To remove the resource group, call the Remove-AzResourceGroup cmdlet as follows:

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroupAG

Next steps