We are implementing Pulse Connect Secure on Azure using this document. We want to set the solution using High Availability and according to that document, it is supported using the virtual traffic Manager Appliance.
We wonder if this configuration can be performed using only Azure load balancer. At the begining we thought it was possible since the documentation states that Pulse Connect SEcure support any load balancer, but even that we are able to connect the front-end website through the load balancer, we are having issues setting up the back end services.
For that reason I wonder if:
1. Is it really possible to set it up on HA using Azure Load Balancer only? or is the virtulal traffic manager required?
2. If it is possible to set it up using only the Azure Load Balancer, is there any documentation of what should be taken into consideration for this implementation to work?
The recommendation is to use Pulse vTM for HA in Microsoft Azure. Though the Azure LB should work fine for L7 Application access, I am not sure how far it can support ESP traffic load balancing for Pulse VPN connections.
Can someone confirm that Pulse vTM is mandatory to get HA with PCS on Azure ?
I thought it can work with Azure LB or LB from others vendors (F5)
Pulse vTM is not mandatory for HA with PCS on Azure, it's just Pulse Secure's LB that we have tested with, support, and sell, so we have not put in any resources in to supporting 3rd party load balancers. If you want to try Azure or other LBs, it probably will work, you would need to set it up and test it to find out.
Also I just want to note that the deployment guide referenced above is a little out of date, vTM now has the 'Load-balance Pulse Connect Secure' wizard that automates most of the vTM setup steps (which aren't specific to vTM + PCS in Azure).