Build Solutions across VPCs with Peering

1 hour
  • 5 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

A VPC peering connection is a networking connection between two VPCs that enables you to route traffic between them using private IPv4 addresses or IPv6 addresses. In this lab, you will create a new VPC for your WordPress blog to run from. You will then create a VPC peering connection between the new VPC and an existing database VPC. By the end of this lab, you will understand how to create a new VPC from scratch, attach internet gateways, edit routing tables, and peer multiple VPCs together.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Create Web_VPC Subnets and Attach a New Internet Gateway

Using the AWS console, create the Web_VPC VPC with the IPv4 CIDR block. Create the WebIG internet gateway. Modify the route table to attach the internet gateway to the Web_VPC.

Create a Peering Connection

Create a peering connection called DBtoWeb. Peer the newly created Web_VPC with the DB_VPC. Ensure DB_VPC is the requester and Web_VPC is the accepter. Accept the request.

Create an EC2 Instance and configure WordPress

Launch a new public facing Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS EC2 instance in the Web_VPC VPC using the provided bootstrap user data script.

sudo apt update -y
sudo apt install php-curl php-gd php-mbstring php-xml php-xmlrpc php-soap php-intl php-zip perl mysql-server apache2 libapache2-mod-php php-mysql -y
tar zxvf wordpress.tar.gz
cd wordpress
cp wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php
perl -pi -e "s/database_name_here/wordpress/g" wp-config.php
perl -pi -e "s/username_here/wordpress/g" wp-config.php
perl -pi -e "s/password_here/wordpress/g" wp-config.php
perl -i -pe'
    @chars = ("a" .. "z", "A" .. "Z", 0 .. 9);
    push @chars, split //, "!@#$%^&*()-_ []{}<>~`+=,.;:/?|";
    sub salt { join "", map $chars[ rand @chars ], 1 .. 64 }
  s/put your unique phrase here/salt()/ge
' wp-config.php
mkdir wp-content/uploads
chmod 775 wp-content/uploads
mv 000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/
mv /wordpress /var/www/
apache2ctl restart

Configure WordPress by editing /var/www/wordpress/wp-config.php to point DB_HOST to the RDS database endpoint.

Modify the RDS Security Groups to Allow Connections from the Web_VPC VPC

The RDS instance requires a security group modification to allow access from

Test WordPress

Visit the IP address of your EC2 instance in a web browser, and confirm WordPress is working correctly and communicating with the RDS instance via VPC peering.

Additional Resources

Note: A few users reported issues using Firefox with this lab. If you have trouble, we recommend using a different browser. We expect this issue will be resolved with upcoming Firefox updates.

Logging In

Log in to the AWS Management Console using the credentials provided on the lab instructions page. Make sure you're in the N. Virginia (us-east-1) Region throughout the lab.

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