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Manual Chapter: Configuring Cloud Interconnection for Azure
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Create an ExpressRoute circuit in the Azure portal

Equinix requires that you create an ExpressRoute circuit in order to set up connections in the Equinix portal.
  1. Log in to the Azure portal (
  2. Click More Services > ExpressRoute circuits.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Complete the fields.
    Note: Metered is a more cost-efficient billing model for a proof of concept.
  5. Click Create.
  6. Now view the gateway properties and note the service key; you will need it when you create a connection in the Equinix portal.

Create connections for Azure in the Equinix portal

You must create virtual circuits over the dedicated links that are directly connected to the BIG-IP® systems.
  1. In the Equinix Cloud Exchange Portal, on the top toolbar, click Create Connection.
  2. Complete the fields in the Primary Buyer-side Information area.
    Option Description
    Metro The colo location where the BIG-IP systems will physically be located.
    Service Azure ExpressRoute
    Primary Service Name A name, for example azure_pri for the primary BIG-IP system in Azure.
    Primary Buyer-side Port The primary BIG-IP port.
    Primary Buyer-side VLAN ID A tag you will use in BIG-IP system configuration. In this example, 3011.
  3. Complete the fields in the Secondary Buyer-side Information area.
    Option Description
    Secondary Service Name A name, for example azure_sec for the secondary BIG-IP system in Azure.
    Secondary Buyer-side Port The secondary BIG-IP port.
    Secondary Buyer-side VLAN ID This is populated for you and should match the Primary Buyer-side VLAN ID.
  4. In the Seller-side Information area, add the Azure service key.
    This key is listed in the Azure portal on the ExpressRoute you created.
  5. In the Email Address field, type an email address for notifications from Equinix.
  6. Click Create Virtual Circuit.
Within a few minutes, the state of the connection in Azure changes to Provisioned.

Create a connection and peering in the Azure portal

In the Azure portal, open the ExpressRoute and confirm that the Circuit status is Enabled and Provider status is Provisioned.

Azure requires you to configure peering and connections that the ExpressRoute will terminate on.

  1. Select the ExpressRoute you created.
  2. Click Connections and create one.
  3. Click Peerings and create a private peering.
    Option Description
    Peer ASN For example, 22317.
    Primary subnet For example,
    Secondary subnet For example,
    VLAN ID For example, 3011.
    Shared key For example, gf43jsd92ksa-djkakf.
  4. Click Save.
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