Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

This course covers the concept and configuration of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

12 videos  //  91 minutes of training

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Course description

Learn all about AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), including DHCP configuration, Elastic IP addresses (EIPs), VPC peering and more. Practice creating a VPC and setting up a VPC peering in hands-on labs.

Course syllabus

Virtual Private Cloud OverviewDuration: 9:58

An organization can run their own cloud solutions internally and this is called a private cloud. AWS provides the same concept in their cloud and they call it the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This episode introduces the VPC concept.

Creating a VPC LabDuration: 10:56

With an understanding of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), you can begin creating them. This episode shows you how to create and use a VPC.

Configuring DHCP Options LabDuration: 4:28

You can configure some DHCP options for the devices that participate in your VPC. This episode shows you how to configure these options.

Elastic IP Addresses (EIPs)Duration: 6:41

With default configurations, AWS instances use private IP addresses that are not routable on the Internet. What do you do if you need a public address that works directly on the Internet without a NAT device? This episode answers the question by introducing Elastic IP addresses.

Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs)Duration: 4:56

Virtual servers need virtual network interfaces. In AWS these interfaces are called Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs). This episode introduces the concept and use of ENIs.

EndpointsDuration: 7:09

What if you want services to access other services indirectly? You can use endpoints. Unlike the traditional use of the term in networking, AWS uses the term endpoint to refer to something different. This episode explains how AWS uses the term.

VPC PeeringDuration: 7:52

When you have more than one VPC, you may want them connected to one another so instances in one can talk to instances in another and vice versa. This episode explains how this is done with VPC peering.

Creating a VPC Peering ConnectionDuration: 9:12

After gaining an understanding of the VPC peering concept, you can explore the process of creating a VPC peer. This episode provides an overview of the VPC peer creation process.

Security Groups OverviewDuration: 6:37

If you have worked around networking for just a little while, you've probably heard of groups or security groups. AWS offers security groups, but they are different from the traditional concept and this episode explains how.

Network Address Translation (NAT)Duration: 10:37

When you want devices with a private IP address to communicate across the Internet, you will need a Network Address Translation device or server. This episode introduces the concept of NAT in AWS.

Gateways (VPGs and CGWs)Duration: 8:07

Do you want to connect your local network into AWS in a seemingly permanent way that is also secure? If so, you need to understand VPGs and CGWs, the topic of this episode.

VPN Configuration OptionsDuration: 4:08

AWS has added a few helpful configuration options to VPNs, including split-tunnels, Direct Connect and adding certificates for authentication into VPNs.

Meet the author

Tom Carpenter


Tom Carpenter is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. He started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded the technical content development and training company SysEdCo in 1997, which he continues to operate. Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and holds many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations. He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry. Tom uses AWS to run several business websites as well as test labs used for content creation and management. According to Tom, "AWS is everything I did in the 90s, and more, in the cloud!” Tom lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Julie and enjoys anything related to technology, learning and human potential.

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