Implementing Azure ExpressRoute
Implementing Azure ExpressRoute - Introduction

As dependency on cloud services grows, so does the need for a reliable, low-latency network connection to the cloud. Also, some organizations and government agencies require a dedicated connection that does not pass network traffic over the public internet. Azure ExpressRoute provides a dedicated, redundant connection to Azure cloud services.  

In this course, we examine Azure ExpressRoute. Azure ExpressRoute creates a reliable, dedicated connection between an organization's on-premises environment and Microsoft Azure. We cover design considerations when planning for ExpressRoute, requirements for installing ExpressRoute, and management and troubleshooting tasks. The learning objectives for this course map to the Azure AZ-700: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions exam.

Learning Objectives

  • Choose between provider and direct model (ExpressRoute Direct)
  • Design and implement Azure cross-region connectivity between multiple ExpressRoute locations
  • Select an appropriate ExpressRoute SKU and tier
  • Design and implement ExpressRoute Global Reach and ExpressRoute FastPath 
  • Choose between private peering only, Microsoft peering only, or both
  • Configure private peering and Microsoft peering
  • Create and configure an ExpressRoute gateway
  • Connect a virtual network to an ExpressRoute circuit
  • Recommend a route advertisement configuration
  • Configure encryption over ExpressRoute
  • Implement Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
  • Diagnose and resolve ExpressRoute connection issues

Intended Audience

  • System or network administrators with responsibilities for connecting an on-premises network to Azure
  • Anyone preparing for the Azure AZ-700: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions exam


  • A basic understanding of networking, routing, and VPN concepts

Welcome to the course on Implementing Azure ExpressRoute. My name is Travis Roberts. I'm an Azure Solutions Architect Expert, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and Microsoft MVP with over 20 years of experience with Microsoft Infrastructure. I'm excited to get started on this journey to learn about Azure ExpressRoute.

The objectives of this course include: choose between provider and direct model; design and implement cross-region connectivity between multiple ExpressRoute locations; select an appropriate ExpressRoute SKU and tier; design and implement ExpressRoute Global Reach; design and implement ExpressRoute FastPath; choose between private peering only, Microsoft peering only, or both; configure private peering; configure Microsoft peering; create and configure an ExpressRoute gateway; connect a Microsoft network to an ExpressRoute circuit; recommend a route advertisement configuration; configure encryption over ExpressRoute; implement Bidirectional Forwarding Detection; and Diagnose and resolve ExpressRoute connectivity issues.

Coming up, we'll get started with an overview of what ExpressRoute is. Then, we'll review considerations when designing an ExpressRoute Solution. After that, we'll examine the tasks required to install ExpressRoute. Unlike some Azure Services that we can deploy and remove in the lab with little or no charge, ExpressRoute requires provisioning circuits that typically require a multi-year contract.

This course is designed with that in mind. We highlight steps to implement and manage an ExpressRoute circuit without the need to be hands-on in the lab. Please don't forget to rate this course when you're finished. I look forward to seeing you in the next lecture to get started!

About the Author

Travis Roberts is a Cloud Infrastructure Architect at a Minneapolis consulting firm, a Microsoft MVP, MCT, and author. Travis has 20 years of IT experience in the legal, pharmaceutical, and marketing industries and has worked with IT hardware manufacturers and managed service providers. In addition, Travis has held numerous technical certifications throughout his career from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and Cisco.