Upgrade a virtual WAN from Basic to Standard

This article helps you upgrade a Basic WAN to a Standard WAN. A 'Basic' WAN type creates all hubs inside of it as Basic SKU hubs. In a Basic hub, you are limited to site-to-site VPN functionality only. A 'Standard' WAN type creates all the hubs inside of it as Standard SKU hubs. When you use Standard hubs, you can enable ExpressRoute, User (Point-to-site) VPN, a full mesh hub, and VNet-to-VNet transit through the Azure hubs.

The following table shows the configurations available for each WAN type:

Virtual WAN type Hub type Available configurations
Basic Basic Site-to-site VPN only
Standard Standard ExpressRoute
User VPN (P2S)
VPN (site-to-site)
Inter-hub and VNet-to-VNet transiting through the virtual hub
Azure Firewall
NVA in a virtual WAN


You can upgrade from Basic to Standard, but cannot revert from Standard back to Basic.

To change the virtual WAN type

  1. On the page for your virtual WAN, select Configuration to open the Configuration page.

    Screenshot that shows the "Configuration" page with an information text box about upgrading to a Standard-type virtual WAN highlighted on the bottom.

  2. For the Virtual WAN type, select Standard from the drop-down.

    Screenshot that shows the "Virtual WAN type" drop-down menu.

  3. Understand that if you upgrade to a Standard virtual WAN, you cannot revert back to a Basic virtual WAN. Select Confirm if you want to upgrade.

    Screenshot that shows the "upgrade confirmation" dialog.

  4. Once the change has been saved, your virtual WAN page looks similar to this example.

    Virtual WAN diagram

Next steps

To learn more about Virtual WAN, see the Virtual WAN Overview page.