Tutorial: Create an application gateway that improves web application access

If you're an IT admin concerned with improving web application access, you can optimize your application gateway to scale based on customer demand and span multiple availability zones. This tutorial helps you configure Azure Application Gateway features that do that: autoscaling, zone redundancy, and reserved VIPs (static IP). You'll use Azure PowerShell cmdlets and the Azure Resource Manager deployment model to solve the problem.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Create a self-signed certificate
  • Create an autoscale virtual network
  • Create a reserved public IP
  • Set up your application gateway infrastructure
  • Specify autoscale
  • Create the application gateway
  • Test the application gateway

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.



This article uses the Azure Az PowerShell module, which is the recommended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure. To get started with the Az PowerShell module, see Install Azure PowerShell. To learn how to migrate to the Az PowerShell module, see Migrate Azure PowerShell from AzureRM to Az.

This tutorial requires that you run an administrative Azure PowerShell session locally. You must have Azure PowerShell module version 1.0.0 or later installed. Run Get-Module -ListAvailable Az to find the version. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module. After you verify the PowerShell version, run Connect-AzAccount to create a connection with Azure.

Sign in to Azure

Select-AzSubscription -Subscription "<sub name>"

Create a resource group

Create a resource group in one of the available locations.

$location = "East US 2"
$rg = "AppGW-rg"

#Create a new Resource Group
New-AzResourceGroup -Name $rg -Location $location

Create a self-signed certificate

For production use, you should import a valid certificate signed by trusted provider. For this tutorial, you create a self-signed certificate using New-SelfSignedCertificate. You can use Export-PfxCertificate with the Thumbprint that was returned to export a pfx file from the certificate.

New-SelfSignedCertificate `
  -certstorelocation cert:\localmachine\my `
  -dnsname www.contoso.com

You should see something like this result:

PSParentPath: Microsoft.PowerShell.Security\Certificate::LocalMachine\my

Thumbprint                                Subject
----------                                -------
E1E81C23B3AD33F9B4D1717B20AB65DBB91AC630  CN=www.contoso.com

Use the thumbprint to create the pfx file. Replace <password> with a password of your choice:

$pwd = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "<password>" -Force -AsPlainText

Export-PfxCertificate `
  -cert cert:\localMachine\my\E1E81C23B3AD33F9B4D1717B20AB65DBB91AC630 `
  -FilePath c:\appgwcert.pfx `
  -Password $pwd

Create a virtual network

Create a virtual network with one dedicated subnet for an autoscaling application gateway. Currently only one autoscaling application gateway can be deployed in each dedicated subnet.

#Create VNet with two subnets
$sub1 = New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name "AppGwSubnet" -AddressPrefix ""
$sub2 = New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name "BackendSubnet" -AddressPrefix ""
$vnet = New-AzvirtualNetwork -Name "AutoscaleVNet" -ResourceGroupName $rg `
       -Location $location -AddressPrefix "" -Subnet $sub1, $sub2

Create a reserved public IP

Specify the allocation method of PublicIPAddress as Static. An autoscaling application gateway VIP can only be static. Dynamic IPs are not supported. Only the standard PublicIpAddress SKU is supported.

#Create static public IP
$pip = New-AzPublicIpAddress -ResourceGroupName $rg -name "AppGwVIP" `
       -location $location -AllocationMethod Static -Sku Standard -Zone 1,2,3

Retrieve details

Retrieve details of the resource group, subnet, and IP in a local object to create the IP configuration details for the application gateway.

$publicip = Get-AzPublicIpAddress -ResourceGroupName $rg -name "AppGwVIP"
$vnet = Get-AzvirtualNetwork -Name "AutoscaleVNet" -ResourceGroupName $rg
$gwSubnet = Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name "AppGwSubnet" -VirtualNetwork $vnet

Create web apps

Configure two web apps for the backend pool. Replace <site1-name> and <site-2-name> with unique names in the azurewebsites.net domain.

New-AzAppServicePlan -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name "ASP-01"  -Location $location -Tier Basic `
   -NumberofWorkers 2 -WorkerSize Small
New-AzWebApp -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name <site1-name> -Location $location -AppServicePlan ASP-01
New-AzWebApp -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name <site2-name> -Location $location -AppServicePlan ASP-01

Configure the infrastructure

Configure the IP config, front-end IP config, back-end pool, HTTP settings, certificate, port, listener, and rule in an identical format to the existing Standard application gateway. The new SKU follows the same object model as the Standard SKU.

Replace your two web app FQDNs (for example: mywebapp.azurewebsites.net) in the $pool variable definition.

$ipconfig = New-AzApplicationGatewayIPConfiguration -Name "IPConfig" -Subnet $gwSubnet
$fip = New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendIPConfig -Name "FrontendIPCOnfig" -PublicIPAddress $publicip
$pool = New-AzApplicationGatewayBackendAddressPool -Name "Pool1" `
       -BackendIPAddresses <your first web app FQDN>, <your second web app FQDN>
$fp01 = New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendPort -Name "SSLPort" -Port 443
$fp02 = New-AzApplicationGatewayFrontendPort -Name "HTTPPort" -Port 80

$securepfxpwd = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "Azure123456!" -AsPlainText -Force
$sslCert01 = New-AzApplicationGatewaySslCertificate -Name "SSLCert" -Password $securepfxpwd `
            -CertificateFile "c:\appgwcert.pfx"
$listener01 = New-AzApplicationGatewayHttpListener -Name "SSLListener" `
             -Protocol Https -FrontendIPConfiguration $fip -FrontendPort $fp01 -SslCertificate $sslCert01
$listener02 = New-AzApplicationGatewayHttpListener -Name "HTTPListener" `
             -Protocol Http -FrontendIPConfiguration $fip -FrontendPort $fp02

$setting = New-AzApplicationGatewayBackendHttpSettings -Name "BackendHttpSetting1" `
          -Port 80 -Protocol Http -CookieBasedAffinity Disabled -PickHostNameFromBackendAddress
$rule01 = New-AzApplicationGatewayRequestRoutingRule -Name "Rule1" -RuleType basic `
         -BackendHttpSettings $setting -HttpListener $listener01 -BackendAddressPool $pool
$rule02 = New-AzApplicationGatewayRequestRoutingRule -Name "Rule2" -RuleType basic `
         -BackendHttpSettings $setting -HttpListener $listener02 -BackendAddressPool $pool

Specify autoscale

Now you can specify the autoscale configuration for the application gateway.

$autoscaleConfig = New-AzApplicationGatewayAutoscaleConfiguration -MinCapacity 2
$sku = New-AzApplicationGatewaySku -Name Standard_v2 -Tier Standard_v2

In this mode, the application gateway autoscales based on the application traffic pattern.

Create the application gateway

Create the application gateway and include redundancy zones and the autoscale configuration.

$appgw = New-AzApplicationGateway -Name "AutoscalingAppGw" -Zone 1,2,3 `
  -ResourceGroupName $rg -Location $location -BackendAddressPools $pool `
  -BackendHttpSettingsCollection $setting -GatewayIpConfigurations $ipconfig `
  -FrontendIpConfigurations $fip -FrontendPorts $fp01, $fp02 `
  -HttpListeners $listener01, $listener02 -RequestRoutingRules $rule01, $rule02 `
  -Sku $sku -sslCertificates $sslCert01 -AutoscaleConfiguration $autoscaleConfig

Test the application gateway

Use Get-AzPublicIPAddress to get the public IP address of the application gateway. Copy the public IP address or DNS name, and then paste it into the address bar of your browser.

$pip = Get-AzPublicIPAddress -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name AppGwVIP

Clean up resources

First explore the resources that were created with the application gateway. Then, when they're no longer needed, you can use the Remove-AzResourceGroup command to remove the resource group, application gateway, and all related resources.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name $rg

Next steps