Azure – You can now use shareable link to connect to Azure Bastion (preview)

As you know Azure Bastion allows you to securely remotely connect to virtual machines running on Azure using either Remote Desktop (RDP) or SSH without having to open the corresponding ports to Internet.

Access to the virtual machine using Bastion is performed by connecting the Azure portal using your web browser or using the native client (see https://t.co/LKRJkNe5hD).

Well good news as you can now use shareable link to connect to the virtual machine using Bastion, allowing a direct access without having to browse for the virtual machine you want to connect to.

To use this new feature, connect to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) to create a new Bastion or edit your existing one.

When creating a new Bastion the option to use shareable link is available at the Advanced step

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or for existing Bastion, the option is available under the Configuration blade

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You need to know the following limitations:

  • Currently not supported for peered VNets that aren’t in the same subscription
  • Currently not supported for peered VNets that aren’t in the same region
  • Not supported for national clouds during preview
  • Standard SKU is required

Once enabled, you will see a new blade Shareable links under the Settings section

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This blade allows you to select the virtual machine(s) you want to provide a shareable link for; each virtual machine will have its own link

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After sharing the link, end-users can then connect directly to the corresponding virtual machine

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Off course you can delete existing links by selecting the one(s) you want to delete and use the Delete button

Once a link is deleted, access to the virtual machine using a previously shared link is no longer working

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