Azure Account Credential Setup

1. Overview

Aviatrix Controller uses Azure APIs extensively to launch Aviatrix gateways, configure encrypted peering and other features.

In order to use Azure API, you need to first create an Aviatrix Access Account on the Aviatrix Controller. This access account corresponds to a valid Azure subscription with API credentials. You need to create an access account for each subscription.

This document describes, for a given subscription, how to set up your Azure account credentials and onboard this Azure account to your Aviatrix Controller. Then, your Aviatrix Controller can execute APIs on that subscription.

2. API and Permission Setup

Setting up Azure permission for Aviatrix involves the following steps.

  1. Registering Aviatrix Controller Application with Azure Active Directory
  2. Assigning a role to the Aviatrix Controller Application
  3. Creating a Secret Identifier
  4. Setting API Permissions for the Aviatrix Controller Application
  5. Onboarding Your Azure Access Account in the Aviatrix Controller

As you complete the first four steps, find and save these four values: your Azure Subscription ID, Directory ID, Application ID, and Application Key value (from your Client secret) to complete the last step, onboarding your Azure Access Account in the Aviatrix Controller.

Important: Complete the following steps in order.

Registering Your Aviatrix Controller Application

  1. Log into the Azure portal and click All services. Search for “Azure Active Directory” and click on “Azure Active Directory.”
  2. Click App registrations on the left (not App registrations (Legacy)). Click + New registration near the top of the page.

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  1. Enter a clear and memorable name for your Aviatrix Controller application, select Accounts in this organizational directory only, and then click Register at the bottom of the page. The page displays details of your Aviatrix Controller application registration.
  2. Copy the Application ID and Directory ID into a Notepad file and save the file. You will use the name of your Aviatrix Controller application and these ID values later to onboard your Azure access account in the Aviatrix Controller.

Assigning a Role to the Aviatrix Application

After registering your Aviatrix Controller as an app, assign this app a role to set up the connection between your Azure account and your Aviatrix Controller.

  1. Log in to the Azure portal, click All services in the top left, and search for “Subscriptions.”
  2. Copy the Subscription ID to the Notepad file where you saved the Application ID and Directory ID.

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  1. Click the Subscription ID to open the subscription.
  2. On the Subscriptions page, select Access control (IAM) on the left.
  3. On the Access control (IAM) page, click + Add.
  4. Under Add role assignment, select the Contributor role for this app. If the Contributor role is too broad, you can later replace it with a custom role with specific permissions. Refer to Use Azure IAM Custom Role for instructions.
  5. On the right, under Select members, in the Select search field, enter “aviatrix” into the field provided to search for the Aviatrix Controller app that you registered in the Registering Your Aviatrix Controller Application section. Your app should appear in the list below. Select your Aviatrix Controller app and click Select towards to the bottom.

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  1. On the Add role assignment page, click Review + assign in the bottom left.

Your Aviatrix Controller app is now assigned a Contributor role for this Azure subscription.

As an alternative to steps 3-8 above, you can run the following PowerShell commands from your Azure AZ PowerShell module, or Azure Cloud Shell, to set up the Contributor role:

az ad sp create-for-rbac --name "name you want to use here" --role="Contributor" --scopes=/subscriptions/xxxx-xx-xxxx-xxxx (replace Xs with subscription id)
az ad sp list --show-mine  --output table

Creating a Secret Identifier

After registering your Aviatrix Controller as an app and assigning it the Contributor role, create a Secret identifier. Azure Active Directory uses this Secret identifier to authenticate the Aviatrix Controller application.

  1. Navigate back to All services > Azure Active Directory > App registrations and seleect Certificates & secrets on the left. Then, click +New client secret.
  2. On the right, under Add a client secret, enter:
  • Description - Aviatrix
  • Expires - Never
  1. Click Add towards the bottom.
  2. The page displays your new Client secret. Copy the secret Value to the Notepad file where you saved your Account ID, Directory ID, and Subscription ID. These four values are necessary to onboard this Azure account in the Aviatrix Controller.

Setting API Permissions for the Aviatrix Controller Application

The API permission provides the Aviatrix Controller application permission to access Azure APIs.

  1. Navigate back to All services > Azure Active Directory > App registrations.
  2. Click on the Aviatrix Controller application link.
  3. From the left sidebar, select API permissions; then click + Add a permission.
  4. Under Request API permissions, click Azure Service Management.
  5. On the Request API permissions for Azure Service Management page, under Permissions, select user_impersonation.

You can now use the four values you saved to onboard your Azure account in your Aviatrix Controller.

Access Account Setup Input Field Value
Subscription ID From the “Assigning a Role to the Aviatrix Application” section
Directory ID From the “Registering Your Aviatrix Controller Application” section
Application ID From From the “Registering Your Aviatrix Controller Application” section
Client Secret Value From the “Creating a Secret Identifier” section

Onboarding Your Azure Access Account in the Aviatrix Controller

  1. Open your Aviatrix Controller. From the left sidebar, select ONBOARDING.
  2. Select Microsoft Azure from the list of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). Make sure to select Microsoft Azure, not Azure Government.
  3. Enter an Account Name for this Azure subscription. This name labels the account in the Aviatrix Controller and does not need to be a specific value from your Azure account.
  4. In the fields provided, enter the four values you saved in a Notepad file: the ARM Subscription ID, Directory ID, Application ID, and Application Key. Then, click CREATE.

Your Primary Access Account for Azure should be successfully onboarded. To troubleshoot onboarding issues, see the Aviatrix support website or contact Aviatrix Support.

Additional References

If you need additional information, refer to How to: Use the portal to create an Azure AD application and service principal that can access resources on Azure documentation.

Azure China notes

Deploying the Aviatrix Gateway in the Azure China Cloud

Prerequisites:

You must already have a Microsoft Azure China account and Aviatrix Controller in AWS China to deploy an Aviatrix Gateway in the Azure China Cloud.

  1. Create the Aviatrix Controller in your AWS China Cloud. Go to Onboarding and select Azure China.
  2. Enter the Aviatrix Customer ID.
  3. Enter the Certificate Domain.

4. Create the Primary Access Account. 6. Deploy Aviatrix Gateway from the Gateway page in the Aviatrix Controller or the Multi-Cloud Transit Solution page.

For more information, see “What is a China ICP License?”