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Azure Traffic Manager - How to use on-premises endpoints

Some weeks ago I wrote a short blog post about Traffic Manager. It is a great service that can be used to redirect traffic to the closest datacenter, redirect traffic in a balanced way (Round Robin) or to be able to redirect traffic to another location when an endpoint goes down.
For more information related to it please visit the following blog post: http://vunvulearadu.blogspot.com/2013/07/traffic-manager-overview.html
But let’s see what else we can do with Traffic Manager. Of course we can register very easily endpoints from Azure, this is normally. But you should know that it is possible to register public endpoint that are hosted on on-premises system or why not on other clouds providers.
This features is the kind of feature that can make your life easier. Why? Why not have endpoints on-premises and use Traffic Manager only for redirecting purposes, in case of failover and so on – almost like a load balancer, but without the ability to read the load of each endpoint (this cannot be done using Traffic Manager, but is full supported out of the box by the Load balancer from Azure – and is free!).
If you create a new Traffic Manager instance, you will see that you can register endpoints only from the same subscription and ONLY the one that are hosted on Azure – from the Azure portal. If you need to register an endpoint that is hosted on on-premises servers, than you need to do this by hand using PowerShell or the REST API.
REST API: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh758257.aspx
PowerShell: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dn690257.aspx
Why we cannot do this from portal? I don’t know, but it would be nice.
In both cases it is important to set the ‘Type’ of the endpoint to ‘Any’. Otherwise, you will add the endpoint as other endpoint.
PowerShell Sample:
Add-AzureTrafficManagerEndpoint 
  -TrafficManagerProfile $TrafficManagerProfile 
  -DomainName "foo.onpremises.com" 
  -Status "Enabled" 
  -Type "Any" | Set-AzureTrafficManagerProfile

Enjoy!

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