Creating an AWS Hardware VPN Connection with Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX

| 07/11/2016 | Tags: , , , , ,

AWS VPN DiagramWhen you’re working with Amazon and vRealize Automation Software Components, one of the requirements is for the Guest Agent (gugent) to talk back to the vRealize Automation APIs – the gugent polls the API for tasks it should perform, downloads them from the API and executes them, then updates the tasks with a status.

This means that Virtual Machines deployed as EC2 instances in an AWS VPC require the ability to talk back to internal corporate networks – not something you’d want to publish on the internet! That’s where AWS’s VPN connections come in – you can create several types of VPN that allow such communication over a secure (encrypted) virtual private network.

For the purposes of this post, I’m going to look at setting up the “AWS Hardware VPN”, which is described by Amazon:

You can create an IPsec, hardware VPN connection between your VPC and your remote network. On the AWS side of the VPN connection, a virtual private gateway provides two VPN endpoints for automatic failover. You configure your customer gateway, which is the physical device or software application on the remote side of the VPN connection.

As with all things AWS, you have to create two of anything in different Availability Zones to call it Highly Available, or for any kind of SLA to apply. The VPN is no different, and as you can see from the diagram above you create two tunnels to provide a Highly Available connection to AWS.

To get a bit of a background on my AWS setup for vRealize Automation, take a look at this post – Adding an AWS endpoint to vRealize Automation 7. The VPCs and configuration described in this article are my starting point.

For my hardware VPN I am running a Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX, which is a fantastic little router, highly recommended. It has a tiny form factor, runs on Vyatta OS and even provides a PoE port for my Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC Lite. (more…)