Microsoft adds new features to IPv6 support for Azure VNets

Posted on Thursday, 18 July 2019

IPv6 for Azure VNETs enables you to expand into the growing mobile and IoT markets with your Azure-based applications and to address IPv4 depletion in your own networks. These dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 Virtual Networks allow you to bring your private IPv6 space into Azure and enables connectivity over IPv6 within your Virtual Networks. IPv6 connectivity to the Internet, protected by your own Network Security Group rules, provides safe access to IPv6 clients on the Internet. 

In addition to the preview capabilities announced on April 23, IPv6 for Azure VNET public preview now includes:  

  • Standard IPv6 Public Load Balancer support to create resilient, scalable applications which includes: 
    • IPv6 health probe to determine which backend pool instances are healthy and thus can receive new connections. 
    • Outbound Rules provide full declarative control over outbound connectivity to precisely tune your network for scale and resiliency.
    • Multiple Front-end Configurations enable a single load balancer to use multiple IPv6 Public IP addresses - the same frontend protocol and port can be reused across frontend addresses.
  • Instance-level Public IP provides IPv6 Internet connectivity directly to Individual VM’s
  • Azure Portal support for the preview now includes interactive create/edit/delete of dual stack (IPv4/IPv6) Virtual Networks and subnets, IPv6 Network Security Group Rules, IPv6 User defined routes, and IPv6 Public IP’s. 

As with the original preview announcement, these new IPv6 features are available globally in all Azure Public cloud regions, so you can try it out in a region that is convenient for you. 

Read the overview to learn more.

  • Virtual Network
  • Services