Traffic Manager

Official Documentation

Service Description

The Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager is a service that forwards requests sent to an Azure Service on the basis of freely definable policies and availabilities to service instances that can be installed worldwide in Azure or in external environments. Three types of forwarding policies can be defined: Performance, Failover, and Round Robin. A policy contains a DNS name. The Traffic Manager replies to requests to this name with the IP address of the next available service instance that fulfills this policy.

The decision of which instance a request is forwarded to is thus based both on the policy and the availability. This makes it possible to distribute the instances of a service worldwide, to normally direct users to the nearest instance, and in case this instance fails, to go to the second-nearest instance, etc. Due to support for including instances operated outside of Azure, failover scenarios can be implemented where access is first made to on-premises instances and, in case of an error, instances in the cloud are accessed.

Getting Started

  1. 9/29/2016, Video, 1:14:28
    This session focuses on practical architectural guidance for designing highly available applications using Microsoft Azure (IaaS). The session covers basic architecture of...
  2. 10/12/2016, Video, 0:08:47
    Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Microsoft Azure Compute team talks about how to architect your load balancers & traffic management with none other than...
  3. 5/4/2017, Video, 0:58:03
    In this keynote session, come learn how to build, deploy, scale, and monitor large, global web applications in Microsoft Azure leveraging the full Azure networking stack. In...

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Azure Documentation

1. Overview
     1.1. What is Traffic Manager?
     1.2. Routing methods
          1.2.1. Country/Region hierarchy used by Traffic Manager
     1.3. Nested Traffic Manager profiles
     1.4. Endpoint types
     1.5. Endpoint monitoring
     1.6. Real User Measurements
     1.7. Traffic View
     1.8. FAQs
2. Get Started
     2.1. Create a Traffic Manager profile
3. How To
     3.1. Configure geographic routing method
     3.2. Configure priority routing method
     3.3. Configure weighted routing method
     3.4. Configure performance routing method
     3.5. Send Real User Measurements to Traffic Manager
          3.5.1. Using Visual Studio SDK
          3.5.2. Using web pages
     3.6. Manage endpoints
     3.7. Manage profiles
     3.8. Verify Traffic Manager settings
     3.9. Combine load balancing services
     3.10. Measure Traffic Manager performance
     3.11. Use Azure PowerShell to manage Traffic Manager
     3.12. Point your Internet domain to Traffic Manager
     3.13. Troubleshoot
          3.13.1. Troubleshoot degraded state on Azure Traffic Manager
4. Reference
     4.1. Code samples
     4.2. Azure PowerShell
     4.3. Azure CLI
     4.4. Java
     4.5. Node.js
     4.6. Ruby
     4.7. Python
     4.8. REST
5. Related
     5.1. Application Gateway
     5.2. Load Balancer
     5.3. Azure DNS
6. Resources
     6.1. Azure Roadmap
     6.2. Blog
     6.3. MSDN Forum
     6.4. Pricing
     6.5. Pricing calculator
     6.6. Service Limits
     6.7. Service updates
     6.8. SLA
     6.9. Videos

Online Training Content

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Tool Description


Date Title Length
9/29/2017 Building highly available, secure, and scalable services for the enterprise with Azure 1:20:35
8/14/2017 App Service Domains 0:11:44
6/21/2017 Cloud Tech 10 - 19th June 2017 - Cloud Foundry, Azure Functions, VPN Gateways and more! 0:08:30
5/4/2017 Azure networking for developers 0:58:03
3/27/2017 Cloud Tech 10 - 27th March 2017 0:08:37
10/12/2016 Tuesdays with Corey: Azure Resiliency, the magic of load balancers 0:08:47
9/29/2016 Design for scalability and high availability on Microsoft Azure 1:14:28
3/1/2016 Load balance in a few clicks 0:01:19
3/29/2015 Java on Microsoft Azure: (05) Java Websites on Azure 0:41:12
10/22/2014 Build Your Virtual Conference with Windows Azure 1:02:29