Deploy a private mobile network through Azure Private 5G Core Preview - Azure portal
Private mobile networks provide high performance, low latency, and secure connectivity for 5G Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In this how-to guide, you'll use the Azure portal to deploy a private mobile network to match your enterprise's requirements.
Complete all of the steps in Complete the prerequisite tasks for deploying a private mobile network.
Ensure you can sign in to the Azure portal using an account with access to the active subscription you identified in Complete the prerequisite tasks for deploying a private mobile network. This account must have the built-in Contributor or Owner role at the subscription scope.
Collect all of the information listed in Collect the required information to deploy a private mobile network - Azure portal. You may also need to take the following steps based on the decisions you made when collecting this information.
- If you decided you wanted to provision SIMs using a JSON file, ensure you've prepared this file and made it available on the machine you'll use to access the Azure portal. For more information on the file format, see JSON file format for provisioning SIMs.
- If you decided you want to use the default service and SIM policy, identify the name of the data network to which your private mobile network will connect.
Deploy your private mobile network
In this step, you'll create the Mobile Network resource representing your private mobile network as a whole. You can also provision one or more SIMs, and / or create the default service and SIM policy.
Sign in to the Azure portal.
In the Search bar, type mobile networks and then select the Mobile Networks service from the results that appear.
On the Mobile Networks page, select Create.
Use the information you collected in Collect private mobile network resource values to fill out the fields on the Basics configuration tab. Once you've done this, select Next : SIMs >.
On the SIMs configuration tab, select your chosen input method by selecting the appropriate option next to How would you like to input the SIMs information?. You can then input the information you collected in Collect SIM and SIM Group values.
- If you decided that you don't want to provision any SIMs at this point, select Add SIMs later.
- If you select Add manually, a new Add SIM button will appear under Enter SIM profile configurations. Select it, fill out the fields with the correct settings for the first SIM you want to provision, and select Add SIM. Repeat this process for every additional SIM you want to provision.
- If you select Upload JSON file, the Upload SIM profile configurations field will appear. Use this field to upload your chosen JSON file.
If you're provisioning SIMs at this point, you'll need to take the following additional steps.
- If you want to use the default service and SIM policy, set Do you wish to create a basic, default SIM policy and assign it to these SIMs? to Yes, and then enter the name of the data network into the Data network name field that appears.
- Under Enter SIM group information, set SIM group name to your chosen name for the SIM group to which your SIMs will be added.
- Under Enter encryption details for SIM group, set Encryption type to your chosen encryption type. Once the SIM group is created, you cannot change the encryption type.
- If you selected Customer-managed keys (CMK), set the Key URI and User-assigned identity to those the SIM group will use for encryption.
Select Review + create.
Azure will now validate the configuration values you've entered. You should see a message indicating that your values have passed validation.
If the validation fails, you'll see an error message and the configuration tab(s) containing the invalid configuration will be flagged with red dots. Select the flagged tab(s) and use the error messages to correct invalid configuration before returning to the Review + create tab.
Once the configuration has been validated, select Create to create the Mobile Network resource and any SIM resources.
The Azure portal will now deploy the resources into your chosen resource group. You'll see the following confirmation screen when your deployment is complete.
Select Go to resource group, and then check that your new resource group contains the correct Mobile Network resource. It may also contain the following, depending on the choices you made during the procedure.
- A SIM group resource (if you provisioned SIMs).
- Service, SIM Policy, Data Network, and Slice resources (if you decided to use the default service and SIM policy).
You can either begin designing policy control to determine how your private mobile network will handle traffic, or you can start adding sites to your private mobile network.
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