Private Link

Use Private Link and private DNS to reduce the attack surface on your PaaS public endpoints. Also touches on Private Link Service and vNet Integration.

Introduction

Securing the public endpoints for services such as Azure Storage or PaaS DBs has always been a concern. Many have firewalls built into the individual services alongside the authentication, but there is a move towards private connectivity to improve security further. Service Endpoints were the first iteration but weren’t granular enough or enabled routing and ACL controls. Enter Private Link.

The Private Link service introduced the ability to create a Private Endpoint to a specific PaaS resource. The complexity is with custom DNS scenarios so that clients resolve the service endpoint’s FQDN to the private IP.

This fantastic 4 hour microhack from our networking Global Black Belts helps you understand the nuances:

The microhack illustrates the differences in public access v service endpoints v public endpoints, before diving in a bit deeper with some custom DNS scenarios (both pure Azure and a hybrid scenario). The stretch targets cover Azure Firewall’s DNS forwarding capabilities and also a lightweight NGINX DNS proxy.

In our work with service partners and ISVs we encounter some additional scenarios and we have created labs for a couple of these.

Retain the microhack environment if you are planning to work through the additional scenarios below!