VM-Series and Azure Application Gateway Template
The VM-Series and Azure Application Gateway template launches an Azure Application Gateway (Layer 7 load balancer) and an Azure (Layer 4) load balancer. Nested between the Application gateway and the load balancer are a pair of VM-Series firewalls in an Availability Set, and a pair of sample web servers running Apache2 on Ubuntu in another Availability Set. The Availability Sets provide protection from planned and unplanned outages. The following topology diagram shows the resources that the template deploys:
You can use a new or an existing storage account and resource group in which to deploy all the resources for this solution within an Azure location. It does not provide default values for the resource group name and storage account name, you must enter a name for them. While you can create a new or use an existing VNet, the template creates a default VNet named
vnet-FWwith the CIDR block 192.168.0.0/16, and allocates five subnets (192.168.1.0/24 - 192.168.5.0/24) for deploying the Azure Application Gateway, the VM-Series firewalls, the Azure load balancer and the web servers. Each VM-Series firewall is deployed with three network interfaces—ethernet0/1 in Mgmt subnet (192.168.0.0/24), ethernet1/1 in Untrust subnet (192.168.1.0/24), and ethernet1/2 in the Trust subnet (192.168.2.0/24).
The template creates a Network Security Group (NSG) that allows inbound traffic from any source IP address on ports 80,443, and 22. It also deploys the pair of VM-Series firewalls and the web server pair in their respective Availability Sets to ensure that at least one instance of each is available during a planned or unplanned maintenance window. Each Availability Set is configured to use three fault domains and five update domains.
The Azure Application Gateway acts as a reverse-proxy service, which terminates a client connection and forwards the requests to back-end web servers. The Azure Application Gateway is set up with an HTTP listener and uses a default health probe to test that the VM-Series firewall IP address (for ethernet1/1) is healthy and can receive traffic.
The VM-Series firewalls are not configured to receive and secure web traffic destined to the web servers. Therefore, at a minimum, you must configure the firewall with a static route to send traffic from the VM-Series firewalls to the default router, configure destination NAT policy to send traffic back to the IP address of the load balancer, and configure Security policy rules. The NAT policy rule is also required for the firewall to send responses back to the health probes from the HTTP listener on the Azure Application Gateway. To assist you with a basic firewall configuration, the GitHub repository includes a sample configuration file called
appgw-sample.xmlthat you can use to get started.
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