Implementing an Azure Virtual WAN

Organizations use site-to-site VPNs and ExpressRoute to connect on-premises networks to Azure. As an organization grows, so does the complexity of implementing and managing connectivity between the cloud and on-premises locations.

In this course, we review Azure Virtual Wide Area Network (WAN). Azure Virtual WAN creates a hub-and-spoke topology that provides a single interface for managing branch connectivity, user access, and connectivity between VNets. We also cover how Azure Virtual WAN hubs connect with other network resources to create a full mesh topology that serves as a backbone of a hybrid network.

Learning Objectives

  • Design an Azure Virtual WAN architecture
  • Understand the SKUs and related features of a Virtual WAN
  • Create a Virtual WAN hub
  • Create a network virtual appliance (NVA) in a virtual hub
  • Configure virtual hub routing
  • Understand connection units and scale units

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
  • An Azure subscription (sign up for a free trial at if you don’t have a subscription)

Welcome to the course on designing and implementing an Azure Virtual WAN. 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 the journey to learn about Azure virtual WAN.

The objectives of this course map to the skills measured on the AZ-700 designing and implementing Microsoft Azure networking solutions exam. These skills include: design an Azure virtual WAN architect, including selecting SKUs and services, connect a VNet gateway to an Azure virtual WAN, create a hub in a virtual WAN, create a network virtual appliance or NVA in a virtual hub, configure virtual hub routing, and create a connection unit.

Coming up, we'll get started with an overview of what a virtual WAN is, then move on to services and the types or SKUs of virtual WANs. After that, we'll create a virtual WAN and connect a Vnet as well as a site-to-site VPN. Next, we'll create an integrated appliance, called a network virtual appliance. Then examine routing tables in an Azure virtual WAN. Finally, we'll review connection units and scale units, and how they factor into virtual WAN pricing. Please don't forget to rate this course once 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.