Connecting AWS VPC resources using CipherGraph Cloud VPN – Part 2

In my last blog post, we discussed about the advantages of using the CipherGraph Cloud VPN solution to connect the Amazon VPC environment from office LANs or homes or any other locations. In this post, we will discuss about how to deploy the CipherGraph solution to connect your VPC resources.
Here are the steps to deploy the CipherGraph Cloud Access Gateway(CAG).

CipherGraph Cloud Access Gateway(CAG) Server Setup

      1. Create a VPC environment with at least 1 Public subnet and Multiple Private Subnets as shown in the below diagram.
        CipherGraph_VPN_Image.jpg

 

    1. Select the CipherGraph Cloud Access Gateway AMI from AmazonAWS Marketplace and create an instance within your public subnet of your VPC networkCipherGraph CAG AWS MarketPlace

 

    1. Please create at least with an m1.small instance, and follow the launch configuration steps
    2. CipherGraph will create a new Security Group and couple of rules also as part of the launch configuration. Please keep those rules as it is for testing, for production VPC you can change the rules as per your security compliance.CAG Instance Security Group
  1. Associate an Elastic IP Address to the Instance
  2. After the Instance Launch is complete, you can now open the CAG management console. You can access it by using the https://<Assigned Elastic IP Address>:9080/. For example if the Elastic IP Address you assigned was 54.25.190.25 then the management console is at https://54.25.190.25:9080
    username : cgnadmin
    Password : <Your CAG Instance ID>. Example: i-12ab3deCAG Console Login Page
  3. After successful login, you can see the CAG management console home page.
    CAG Console Home Page
  4. Change the admin user default password by clicking on “Admin Console” on the left pane.
    CAG Admin Password Change
  5. Please go through the each menu item in the left pane to make yourself comfortable with the terminology
  6. By default, CipherGraph will create the test user called “testuser” and publicly allowed access rule for testing. We will cover the user management and access rules in detail in next blog post. For now, we will use “testuser” for our testing.
    CAG Test User
  7. CAG cannot apply changes as you make changes to the configurations. In left navigation menu “Apply Changes” menu item will be visible if you have any changes that still not yet applied. Once you finish your changes, click on “Apply Changes” navigation item and then you may either click on “Apply Changes” to take effect of your changes by CAG or “Discard Changes” to ignore the changes you made

CAG Apply Changes
Please add rules for Private Subnets machines security groups to allow the CAG server to communicate with those machines. These are the rules which will be allowed to connect your AWS resources from your Laptop, or Home PC or Tablet

CipherGraph Cloud Access Gateway(CAG) Client Setup (Windows)

We will setup the CAG client application in your users laptops, or home PCs to establish a VPN connectivity with the VPC enviroment using CAG server. Here we will discuss about how to setup the CAG client in Windows OS.

  1. Download the Client Application Installer depending on the OS type which you use and Client Configuration file (ciphergraph.cgn) from the Downloads menu. Also distribute this installer & config file to the users who needs access to the VPC environment. Here we will download the Windows Installer

CAG Client Download
Install the Client Application Installer and open the “Configure CipherGraph Cloud Access Gateway” utility from your client machin
CAG Configure Client
Import the downloaded configuration file to the above open utility and restart your client machine to take the changes effect.
CAG Config File Upload
 
Run the “Connect CipherGraph” application from start menu or Desktop and then click connec
CAG Network Connect
Once connected a new browser window will be opened automatically, please enter your login/password given by your CipherGraph Admin. Here we have used the “testuser” account.
CAG Client Login
Congratulations! You are now connected to you VPC via CipherGraph CAG. You can start using your VPC resources via SSH, RDP or HTTP etc.
In the next blog post, we will cover the advanced concepts like User Authentications, Access rules, etc.

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