Quick Connect to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Create new ExpressRoute connections from your Equinix Fabric port easily and quickly using Quick Connect, our improved provisioning flow.

Quick Connect for Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute


Before creating a connection to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, you must have:

  • An Azure account with Microsoft.

  • An ExpressRoute Service Key which is configured in the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) portal. For more information on how to create an ExpressRoute Service Key, see Quickstart: Create and modify an ExpressRoute circuit.

  • An Equinix Fabric account.

Create a Connection Using Quick Connect

  1. Sign in to the Equinix Fabric portal.

  2. If the Identity and Access Management (IAM) feature is enabled for your account, make sure to switch to the intended Project Name/ID to access the correct project and its assets.

  3. From the Connections menu, select Create Connection.

  4. In the A Service Provider card, click Connect to a Service Provider.

  5. Locate the Microsoft Azure card and click Select Service.

  6. On the Azure ExpressRoute card, click Quick Connect.

  7. In the Microsoft Azure Configuration section, enter your Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Service Key. This will pre-populate the speed and peering metro of the ExpressRoute connection.

  8. Click Verify.

    Note: If the service key is already in use for a primary or secondary connection you may be able to add additional connections using the same key. A banner will display indicating which connection and peering types are still available for a key already in use.
  9. In the Equinix Configuration section, select Port as the Origin Asset Type.

  10. In the Primary Connection section:

    • Port – Select your primary port from the drop-down. A primary port is required.
    • Connection Name – Enter a unique name for the primary connection.

    • VLAN ID – Enter a VLAN ID for the primary connection. (This is the S-tag VLAN value.)

  11. In the Secondary Connection section:

    Note: By default, a Secondary Connection is selected. If you uncheck this box and elect for the option to create a single connection, no Service Level Agreement (SLA) is provided by Azure.
    • Port – Select your secondary port from the drop-down. Only ports that match the metro and encapsulation type (dot1.Q or QinQ) of the primary port will appear in the drop-down list.
    • Connection Name – Enter a unique name for the secondary connection.

    • VLAN ID – Enter a VLAN ID for the secondary connection. (This is the S-tag VLAN value.)

  12. Select the ExpressRoute Peering Type.

    You are not required to use both services (Private and Microsoft).

    A single service key will support four virtual connections on dot1.Q ports (a primary and secondary connection for each peering type). However each of the four connections must have unique ExpressRoute peering VLAN IDs. Two virtual connections can be created with a service key on QinQ ports.

  13. Enter a VLAN Seller C-tag.

    If you enter a C-tagged VLAN value here, it must match the C-tag value entered in the Azure portal for the Peering Type selected. This optional value allows for the ExpressRoute circuit to move to a provisioned state. This is helpful for Fabric reseller users or for users that have to manage multiple Azure subscriptions for different business units where they are only provided an ExpressRoute Service Key for provisioning and do not have access to ExpressRoute Peering configuration.

  14. Click Next.

  15. In the Contact Information section, review the email address used for notifications. This address can be changed if necessary.

  16. Enter a Purchase Order Number and a Purchase Reference ID.

  17. Click Create Connection. A confirmation page displays a success message and the overview of your new connection.

  18. Click View this Connection in your Fabric Inventory to see the connection in you inventory.