Tutorial: Configure networking for your VMware private cloud in Azure

An Azure VMware Solution private cloud requires an Azure Virtual Network. Because Azure VMware Solution doesn't support your on-premises vCenter, additional steps for integration with your on-premises environment are needed. Setting up an ExpressRoute circuit and a virtual network gateway are also required.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Create a virtual network
  • Create a virtual network gateway
  • Connect your ExpressRoute circuit to the gateway
  • Locate the URLs for vCenter and NSX Manager

Prerequisites

A virtual network that you created an Azure VMware Solution private cloud.

Create a virtual network

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Navigate to the resource group you created in the create a private cloud tutorial and select + Add to define a new resource.

  3. In the Search the Marketplace text box, type Virtual Network. Find the Virtual Network resource and select it.

  4. On the Virtual Network page, select Create to set up your virtual network for your private cloud.

  5. On the Create Virtual Network page, enter the details for your virtual network.

  6. On the Basics tab, enter a name for the virtual network and select the appropriate region and select Next : IP Addresses.

  7. On the IP Addresses tab, under IPv4 address space, enter the address space you created in the previous tutorial.

    Important

    You must use an address space that does not overlap with the address space you used when you created your private cloud in the preceding tutorial.

  8. Select + Add subnet, and on the Add subnet page, give the subnet a name and appropriate address range. When complete, select Add.

  9. Select Review + create.

    Select Review + create.

  10. Verify the information and select Create. Once the deployment is complete, you'll see your virtual network in the resource group.

Create a virtual network gateway

Now that you've created a virtual network, you'll create a virtual network gateway.

  1. In your resource group, select + Add to add a new resource.

  2. In the Search the Marketplace text box type, Virtual network gateway. Find the Virtual Network resource and select it.

  3. On the Virtual Network gateway page, select Create.

  4. On the Basics tab of the Create virtual network gateway page, provide values for the fields, and then select Review + create.

    Field Value
    Subscription Pre-populated value with the Subscription to which the resource group belongs.
    Resource group Pre-populated value for the current resource group. Value should be the resource group you created in a previous test.
    Name Enter a unique name for the virtual network gateway.
    Region Select the geographical location of the virtual network gateway.
    Gateway type Select ExpressRoute.
    SKU Leave the default value: standard.
    Virtual network Select the virtual network you created previously. If you don't see the virtual network, make sure the region of the gateway matches the region of your virtual network.
    Gateway subnet address range This value is populated when you select the virtual network. Don't change the default value.
    Public IP address Select Create new.

    Provide values for the fields and then select Review + create.

  5. Verify that the details are correct, and select Create to start the deployment of your virtual network gateway.

  6. Once the deployment completes, move to the next section to connect your ExpressRoute connection to the virtual network gateway containing your Azure VMware Solution private cloud.

Connect ExpressRoute to the virtual network gateway

Now that you've deployed a virtual network gateway, you'll add a connection between it and your Azure VMware Solution private cloud.

  1. Navigate to the private cloud you created in the previous tutorial and select Connectivity under Manage, select the ExpressRoute tab.

  2. Copy the authorization key. If there isn't an authorization key, you need to create one, select + Request an authorization key.

    Copy the authorization key. If there isn't an authorization key, you need to create one, select + Request an authorization key.

  3. Navigate to the Virtual Network Gateway you created in the previous step and under Settings, select Connections. On the Connections page, select + Add.

  4. On the Add connection page, provide values for the fields, and select OK.

    Field Value
    Name Enter a name for the connection.
    Connection type Select ExpressRoute.
    Redeem authorization Ensure this box is selected.
    Virtual network gateway The Virtual Network gateway you created previously.
    Authorization key Copy and paste the authorization key from the ExpressRoute tab for your Resource Group.
    Peer circuit URI Copy and paste the ExpressRoute ID from the ExpressRoute tab for your Resource Group.

    On the Add connection page, provide values for the fields, and select OK.

The connection between your ExpressRoute circuit and your Virtual Network is created.

Locate the URLs for vCenter and NSX Manager

To sign in to vCenter and NSX manager you'll need the URLs to the vCenter web client and the NSX-T manager site.

Navigate to your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, under Manage, select Identity, here you'll find the information needed.

Navigate to your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, under Manage, select Identity, here you'll find the information needed.

Next steps

In this tutorial you learned how to:

  • Create a virtual network
  • Create a virtual network gateway
  • Connect your ExpressRoute circuit to the gateway
  • Locate the URLs for vCenter and NSX Manager

Continue to the next tutorial to learn how to create the NSX-T network segments that are used for VMs in vCenter.