Hands-on AWS VPC Labs: Essential Lab Exercises

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3.5+ Hours of Video Instruction

Unlock the power of AWS VPCs through immersive hands-on labs to master network configurations and security essentials for real-world cloud success.


Master AWS Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) with the Hands-on AWS VPC Labs Essentials Video Course, a must-have for cloud computing professionals and AWS certification seekers. AWS VPCs provide the foundation for creating isolated, secure sections within the cloud, enabling seamless deployment and management of resources.

This series of interactive labs is designed to elevate your networking skills through practical exercises that cover configuration, management, and troubleshooting of AWS VPCs. Video tutorials provide clear, step-by-step guidance through real-world scenarios, helping you build confidence in configuring and optimizing AWS VPCs. Each lab is carefully designed to give you experience with AWS VPC architecture, subnets, route tables, and security groups directly within the AWS environment.

Throughout the course, you will progress through detailed lessons:

  • Lesson 1 starts with an in-depth review of the Default VPC, including analysis of its settings, route tables, subnets, and Network ACLs. Hands-on Lab 1 reinforces foundational skills by guiding you through deleting and recreating the Default VPC.
  • Lesson 2 covers the basics of creating a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), including important concepts such as CIDR ranges. You will learn how to set up both public and private subnets within the VPC, ensuring they are connected to the Internet Gateway. Hands-on Lab 2 provides practical guidance and exercises to reinforce these fundamental skills.
  • Lesson 3 focuses on configuring route tables for public subnets and deploying web servers. Hands-On Lab 3 allows practical application of these skills, while Lab 4 emphasizes NAT Gateway configuration for private subnet communication.
  • Lesson 4 introduces VPC peering, enabling seamless communication between VPCs through peering connections and route table configurations in Hands-on Lab 5.
  • Lesson 5 delves into Transit Gateway functionality, covering its creation, attachment, and route table setup. Hands-on Lab 6 reinforces Transit Gateway implementation skills.
  • Lesson 6 explores advanced features such as Gateway VPC endpoints for S3 and Network Load Balancer configuration. Hands-on Lab 7 and Lab 8 guide you in setting up and optimizing these features for enhanced application scalability and security.
  • Lesson 7 demonstrates the use of PrivateLink for secure communication between VPCs, including the setup of internal Network Load Balancers and endpoint services in Hands-on Lab 9.
  • Lesson 8 focuses on monitoring network traffic using VPC Flow Logs. You will learn how to set up IAM policies, create CloudWatch Log Groups, and configure Flow Logs in Hands-on Lab 10.
  • Lesson 9 concludes the course with VPN configurations, covering customer and virtual private gateway creation, site-to-site VPN setup, and best practices for securing AWS traffic. Hands-on Lab 11 ensures practical proficiency in configuring VPNs and emphasizes account cleanup for cost efficiency.

By completing this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of AWS VPC capabilities, preparing you to design, implement, and manage scalable and secure network architectures effectively in real-world cloud environments. Whether you are advancing your career or preparing for AWS certifications, this course equips you with the practical skills and confidence needed to excel in cloud computing with AWS VPCs.

About the Instructor

Rick Crisci is the owner of TrainerTests.com, a leading online learning and test preparation platform. His original courses have been featured on multiple platforms including Pearson, LinkedIn Learning, and Udemy. Rick has created over 40 courses and has taught over 400,000 students. Rick is also the co-author of AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Exam Cram.

After over 15 years of real-world info systems and telecommunications experience, Rick became a VMware Certified instructor in 2013. Shortly after, he became an AWS Certified instructor. He taught directly for AWS and VMware for years, and now creates his own original training content. His courses are focused on hands-on skills and simplifying complex topics.

Rick’s company, TrainerTests.com, provides video training, practice exams, and live training services. Rick has created many AWS courses for this platform including AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, Certified Network Specialty, Certified Security Specialty, Reducing AWS costs, and much more.

Additional books and courses from Rick Criscion O’Reilly.com:


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Learn How To

  • Analyze default configurations and implications of the Default VPC settings.
  • Apply route tables, subnets, and Network ACLs to secure and segment VPC network traffic effectively.
  • Gain hands-on experience in VPC lifecycle management by deleting and recreating the Default VPC.
  • Plan and allocate IP addresses effectively using CIDR ranges within a VPC.
  • Create public and private subnets with distinct security configurations to compartmentalize resources.
  • Enable internet connectivity for VPC instances by attaching an Internet Gateway.
  • Practice setting up VPC, subnets, and Internet Gateway components.
  • Configure route tables to manage traffic between public subnets and internal resources/internet.
  • Deploy scalable web applications in public subnets and verify routing configurations.
  • Securely enable outbound internet access from private subnets using NAT Gateway.
  • Manage traffic flow between private instances and external resources via private subnet route tables.
  • Practice configuring NAT Gateway and testing private subnet connectivity.
  • Establish VPC peering connections to enable communication between separate VPCs.
  • Configure and manage VPC peering effectively.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for AWS beginners, intermediate students, Solutions Architects, SysOps Administrators, and Network Specialists. It prepares professionals for AWS certifications such as Solutions Architect Associate, SysOps Administrator Associate, and Network Specialist.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Hands-on AWS VPC Labs: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Review the Default VPC
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Analyze the Basic Settings of the Default VPC
    3. 1.2 Route Tables, Subnets, and Network ACLs
    4. 1.3 Delete and Re-Create the Default VPC
    5. 1.4 Hands-on Lab 1: Default VPC
  3. Lesson 2: Create a VPC
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Understand VPC and CIDR Range
    3. 2.2 Create Public and Private Subnets
    4. 2.3 Create and Attach an Internet Gateway
    5. 2.4 Hands-on Lab 2: Create a VPC, Subnets, and Internet Gateway
  4. Lesson 3: Public Subnets
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Configure a Route Table for a Public Subnet
    3. 3.2 Create Web Servers in a Public Subnet
    4. 3.3 Hands-On Lab 3: Configure Route Tables and a Web Server
    5. 3.4 Create a NAT Gateway
    6. 3.5 Configure a Route Table for a Private Subnet
    7. 3.6 Hands-on Lab 4: Create a NAT Gateway
  5. Lesson 4: VPC Peering
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Create an Additional VPC
    3. 4.2 Configure a VPC Peering Connection
    4. 4.3 Configure Route Tables for VPC Peering
    5. 4.4 Hands-on Lab 5: VPC Peering
  6. Lesson 5: Transit Gateway
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Create a Transit Gateway
    3. 5.2 Create a Transit Gateway Attachment
    4. 5.3 Configure Route Tables for a Transit Gateway
    5. 5.4 Perform Clean Up Tasks
    6. 5.5 Hands-on Lab 6: Transit Gateway
  7. Lesson 6: VPC Endpoints and Load Balancers
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Create a Gateway VPC Endpoint for S3
    3. 6.2 Examine Route Table Entries for S3 Traffic
    4. 6.3 Hands-on Lab 7: VPC Endpoints
    5. 6.4 Configure a Network Load Balancer and Target Group
    6. 6.5 Verify Load Balancer Operation
    7. 6.6 Hands-on Lab 8: Create a Network Load Balancer
  8. Lesson 7: Use PrivateLink to Allow Communication between VPCs
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Create an Internal Network Load Balancer
    3. 7.2 Register an Endpoint Service
    4. 7.3 Set up the Customer Connection to the Endpoint Service
    5. 7.4 Connect from an Instance in the Customer VPC
    6. 7.5 Hands-on Lab 9: PrivateLink
  9. Lesson 8: Monitor Traffic with VPC Flow Logs
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Create a Custom IAM Policy and Role
    3. 8.2 Create a CloudWatch Log Group
    4. 8.3 Enable Flow Logs on Your VPC
    5. 8.4 Examine the Resulting Flow Logs
    6. 8.5 Hands-on Lab 10: VPC Flow Logs
  10. Lesson 9: Secure Traffic Using VPNs
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 9.1 Create the Customer Gateway and the Virtual Private Gateway
    3. 9.2 Create Site-to-Site VPN Configuration
    4. 9.3 View Configuration Details for On-Premises Customer Gateway (CGW)
    5. 9.4 Hands-on Lab 11: VPN Configuration
    6. 9.5 Clean up your AWS Account to Avoid Charges
  11. Summary
    1. Hands-on AWS VPC Labs: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Hands-on AWS VPC Labs: Essential Lab Exercises
  • Author(s): Richard Crisci
  • Release date: June 2024
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0135356695