Create an ExpressRoute Connection

PacketFabric Cloud Connectivity follows Microsoft’s Any-to-any (IPVPN) Connection model. If you would like to set up a Point-to-point Ethernet Connection, you can use our point-to-point service instead.

Prerequisites

  • An ExpressRoute service key (s-key) from Microsoft. This is generated when you create the ExpressRoute circuit and is available from the Overview page for that circuit. For more information, see Create and modify a circuit with ExpressRoute - Microsoft.

    IMPORTANT: Service keys are highly specific. Encoded within each service key is the information you provide as you create the ExpressRoute circuit (location, provider, bandwidth, etc.). For this reason, you cannot reuse a service key you created for another circuit.
    Microsoft begins charging you as soon as the service key is created, regardless of whether you have provisioned your PacketFabric connection.

  • An existing PacketFabric interface. You need this to provision your Azure connection. For more information, see Create a Port.

Create a Connection

  1. Log in to the PacketFabric portal. From the Home page, click Cloud Connectivity:

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  2. Select Hosted Cloud Connectivity.

  3. Select Azure.

NOTE: If you want to include both primary and secondary ExpressRoute circuit links, you need to set up a separate service for each.

The first time you use your Microsoft service key to set up a connection, PacketFabric automatically provisions your primary circuit link.

If you set up another connection using the same service key, PacketFabric provisions the secondary circuit link.

Complete the following fields:

Azure Service Key

Enter your Azure service key. This is generated when you create an ExpressRoute circuit.

Select From

Select the source interface. The source interface is the PacketFabric interface directly connected to your network.

You must have at least one interface before continuing. If there is nothing to select, you need to create a new interface.

Select Destination Region & Speed
Select Destination Region
This is the physical on-ramp location you are using. This cannot be changed after it is provisioned.
Select Speed
This is the speed/capacity you are setting for your ExpressRoute circuit.
Product Confirmation
Product Description
Enter a description for the connection.
Billing
Select the appropriate billing account to associate with this service.
Configuration
  • Private Peering VLAN: The VLAN ID you are using for private peering. The VLAN ID must be unique within the circuit (not used for any other peerings). For more information, see Create and modify peering for an ExpressRoute circuit - Microsoft.

    You can manually enter the ID or click Next Available. If you click Next Available, we will find the highest in-use VLAN ID and increment by one. For example, if the highest in-use ID is 15, this field autopopulates with 16.

  • Microsoft Peering VLAN: The VLAN ID you are using for Microsoft Peering. The VLAN ID must be unique within the circuit (not used for any other peerings). For more information, see Create and modify peering for an ExpressRoute circuit - Microsoft.

Review your information. When everything is correct, click Place Order.

Next Steps

Return to the Microsoft Azure portal and ensure that the Provider status has been updated to Provisioned.

From there, you must finish configuring your ExpressRoute circuits. See the following Microsoft tutorials: