Routing Amazon VPC Traffic Through a Network Appliance

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
Creating a Subnet and Elastic Network Interface
Launching a Second Middlebox
Using the Middlebox Routing Wizard
Reviewing the Routes and Flow Logs

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Time Limit1h 30m


Amazon VPC is a foundational offering from Amazon Web Services that lets you create private networks in the cloud and gives you full control over the internal network routing. A common need when using cloud networks is use of a network appliance to inspect or monitor network traffic between network devices.

Learning how to configure routing will make you more effective at creating complex VPC networks. Use of a network appliance can give you real-time observability over your network traffic.

In this lab, you will configure routing so that incoming public internet traffic is routed through a network appliance before arriving at its destination.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this beginner-level lab, you will be able to:

  • Create a Subnet
  • Create an Elastic Network Interface
  • Use the Amazon VPC Middlebox Wizard
  • View packets using Amazon CloudWatch Logs

Intended Audience

  • Candidates for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional certification
  • Cloud Architects
  • DevOps Engineers


Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs

The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisite:

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About the Author
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Andrew is a Labs Developer with previous experience in the Internet Service Provider, Audio Streaming, and CryptoCurrency industries. He has also been a DevOps Engineer and enjoys working with CI/CD and Kubernetes.

He holds multiple AWS certifications including Solutions Architect Associate and Professional.