What is Azure Route Server?

Azure Route Server simplifies dynamic routing between your network virtual appliance (NVA) and your virtual network. It allows you to exchange routing information directly through Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing protocol between any NVA that supports the BGP routing protocol and the Azure Software Defined Network (SDN) in the Azure Virtual Network (VNET) without the need to manually configure or maintain route tables. Azure Route Server is a fully managed service and is configured with high availability.

Important

If you have an Azure Route Server created before September 1st and it doesn't have a public IP address asssociated, you'll need to recreate the Route Server so it can obtain an IP address for management purpose.

How does it work?

The following diagram illustrates how Azure Route Server works with an SDWAN NVA and a security NVA in a virtual network. Once you’ve established the BGP peering, Azure Route Server will receive an on-premises route (10.250.0.0/16) from the SDWAN appliance and a default route (0.0.0.0/0) from the firewall. These routes are then automatically configured on the VMs in the virtual network. As a result, all traffic destined to the on-premises network will be sent to the SDWAN appliance. While all Internet-bound traffic will be sent to the firewall. In the opposite direction, Azure Route Server will send the virtual network address (10.1.0.0/16) to both NVAs. The SDWAN appliance can propagate it further to the on-premises network.

Diagram showing Azure Route Server configured in a virtual network.

Key benefits

Azure Route Server simplifies configuration, management, and deployment of your NVA in your virtual network.

  • You no longer need to manually update the routing table on your NVA whenever your virtual network addresses are updated.

  • You no longer need to update User-Defined Routes manually whenever your NVA announces new routes or withdraw old ones.

  • You can peer multiple instances of your NVA with Azure Route Server. You can configure the BGP attributes in your NVA and, depending on your design (e.g., active-active for performance or active-passive for resiliency), let Azure Route Server know which NVA instance is active or which one is passive.

  • The interface between NVA and Azure Route Server is based on a common standard protocol. As long as your NVA supports BGP, you can peer it with Azure Route Server. For more information, see Route Server supported routing protocols.

  • You can deploy Azure Route Server in any of your new or existing virtual network.

FAQ

For frequently asked questions about Azure Route Server, see Azure Route Server FAQ.

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