Introduction to Azure Networking


In this lesson, I’ll start with an overview of Azure Virtual Networks (or VNets), which are at the heart of Azure networking. Then I’ll go over some of the different ways to connect a VNet to other networks, including on-premises networks. Finally, I’ll explain private endpoints, which allow you to connect a virtual network to various Azure services in a private and secure manner.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the purpose of Azure Virtual Networks 
  • Describe Azure virtual subnets, VNet peering, Azure DNS, Azure VPN Gateway, and Azure ExpressRoute
  • Describe public and private endpoints

Intended Audience

  • People who want to understand the basics of Azure networking
  • People preparing to take the Azure Fundamentals exam


  • Basic knowledge of Azure (or take our Overview of Azure Services lesson)
  • Some knowledge of basic networking concepts, such as IP addresses

About the Author
Guy Hummel, opens in a new tab
Azure and Google Cloud Content Lead
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Guy launched his first training website in 1995 and he's been helping people learn IT technologies ever since. He has been a sysadmin, instructor, sales engineer, IT manager, and entrepreneur. In his most recent venture, he founded and led a cloud-based training infrastructure company that provided virtual labs for some of the largest software vendors in the world. Guy’s passion is making complex technology easy to understand. His activities outside of work have included riding an elephant and skydiving (although not at the same time).

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