Azure – Front Door Service now allows you to define rules (preview)

As you know Azure Front Door Service (AFD) is the solution to define, manage, and monitor the global routing for your web traffic by optimizing for best performance and instant global failover for high availability.

Well, AFD is now allowing you to define specific rules to manage various sets of conditions and actions to redirect HTTP request to HTTPS, direct requests to either desktop or mobile experience, implement HTTP security header (the famous HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (HSTS), X-XSS-Protection, Content-Security-Policy, X-Frame-Options or Access-Control-Allow-Origin) and more.

In a nutshell, you can view it as the IIS URL Rewrite component available for IIS servers on-premises.

The Rule Engine for AFD is currently in preview and available for all existing and new Front Door service.

You can define your rules after you have created your Front Door.

To start implementing it, logon to your Azure portal ( and go to the Front Door service you want to configure


There access the Rule engine configuration blade to create (and later manage) your rules


Rule configuration is simple as you define the condition(s) and action(s) associated with

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Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies