Microsoft Azure gateway objects give the ability to configure site-to-site or device-to-site VPN (virtual private network) connections. With a site-to-site VPN, your physical network will be connected to your Azure hosted virtual network. This is an easy way to create a hybrid cloud environment, where some of your servers are on your local network, and some hosted as Azure Virtual Machines. Setting up a site-to-site network will allow these servers to communicate with each other, and allow client workstations to communicate with the Azure hosted Virtual Machines as if they were locally on your LAN.
NOTE ON SECURITY: Before attempting this, you should really plan out your security rules to make sure only required traffic is allowed between the two networks.
How to Get Started
- Microsoft TechNet has several guides to help you through the process of setting up either static or dynamic site-to-site VPNs.
- If you want to make this process as easy as possible, make sure your gateway router/firewall is on Microsoft’s list of compatible devices. Microsoft has published an updated list of supported VPN devices on their Azure post “About VPN devices for Site-to-Site VPN Gateway connections“.