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Best way to connect to Azure Server

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Best way to connect to Azure Server

I see 4 options to be able to communicate from On Prem to Azure. 


  1. VPN Tunnel from On Prem to Azure
    1. Convoluted and not actually supported by Azure
  2. Startup Script on Azure VM that logs into Client VPN, with new user credentials
    1. Works well, but depends on startup script to automatically connect to VPN
  3. Setup a vMX100 in Azure and use it as a Spoke VPN with On Prem MX.
    1. Cost implications of running the vMX.
  4. Port forward outside ports on both sides to allow communication
    1. Don't like this method at all, but could be an option. 


What would be the best option to have network connectivity from On Prem to Azure servers?



A model citizen

Re: Best way to connect to Azure Server

I would lean toward the vMX in Azure. I think that will be the easiest to set up and maintain. The troubleshooting will be a lot easier should you have any communication issues and being able to easily see uptime and VPN connectivity will make your life a lot easier.

Kind of a big deal

Re: Best way to connect to Azure Server

We tend to use Strongswan on Ubuntu in Azure for this (when there are only a small number of MX's and they have static IP addresses).  It is rock solid reliable.

Getting noticed

Re: Best way to connect to Azure Server

We want Meraki MX to have IKE V2.


Meraki still listed as "Not compatible".

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