Ribbon has released the Azure Marketplace version of their Virtual SBC SWe Lite.
Thanks to Ribbon, I got the opportunity to try the Preview version… and it works like a charme!
The initial configuration is quite easy, and the Azure Marketplace version come with a 30 days trial license embed, so you can start to use it immediately!
Let’s see how to deploy it.
Deploy the VM on Azure
Create a new Resource Group
I’ll use Ribbon-RG in this article
Deploy a new VM
Search for Ribbon SWe Lite in the Azure Marketpalce and follow the images below.
Choose a very strong password for the sweliteadmin account
Configure the VM
I want to add new Network Interfaces with custom names, in this example ribbonswelite-01-admin for the mandatory Admin Interface (Mgt0) that we will disable at the end, and ribbonswelite-01-wan for the production NIC that will receive Public IP at the end.
Note: Ribbon do not suggest to disable the Admin Interface but to connect it to a dedicated network in Azure.
Create the ribbonswelite-01-admin Network Interface
Do the same to create the ribbonswelite-01-wan Network Interface
Stop the VM.
Attach the ribbonswelite-01-admin Network Interface
Detach the initially randomly created Network Interface
Create and assign a Public IP to the Admin Network Interface
Be carefull to select a Static assignment for the Public IP
Now you can safely delete the initially randomly created Network Interface
Start the VM
Connect the https://<PublicIP>
Complete the Initial Setup page.
I prefer to not autorun Easy Setup
Make sure you can see the SWe Lite login page then stop the VM again
Attach the ribbonswelite-01-wan Network Interface to the VM
Now you should have this Network Interfaces configuration
Start the VM.
Login to SWe Lite
Setup the Ethernet 1 IP Logical Interface
Stop the VM
Remove the Public IP from the ribbonswelite-01-admin Network Interface
Assign the Public IP to the ribbonswelite-01-wan Network Interface
Refresh the page. Now you should see the Public IP listed in the ribbonswelite-01-wan Network Interface.
Change Primary Network Interface via PowerShell
Now we need only to change the Primary Network Interface, and this can be done via PowerShell only.
I use Cloud Shell (I love it), you can find it in the upper right menu of Azure Portal
Run these commands
# List existing NICs on the VM and find which one is primary
$vm = Get-AzureRmVm -Name "ribbonswelite-01" -ResourceGroupName Ribbon-RG
#Set NIC 1 to be primary
$vm.NetworkProfile.NetworkInterfaces.Primary = $false
$vm.NetworkProfile.NetworkInterfaces.Primary = $true
#Update the VM state in Azure
Update-AzureRmVM -VM $vm -ResourceGroupName Ribbon-RG
Start the VM for the last time
Login to the SWe Lite and disalbe the Admin Logical Interface.
You should have this Logical Interfaces configuration
The SWe Lite deployment on Azure is completed.
Now you should launch the Easy Config Wizard for Teams Direct Routing and configure the SWe Lite as usual.
Remember only that SWe Lite on Azure could not use Teams Direct Routing Media Bypass due to the fact that the Public IP use NAT, so ICE Lite don’t work.
I hope this could help some of you.