Video components of vpc https://youtu.be/LX5lHYGFcnA?t=2921

VPC is a place where we deploy or instances and databases in. It uses 10.0.x.x addressing space (for example main-public-1 is VPC are limited to a region (eu-west-1) but stretch across all Availability Zones AZs (eu-west-1a, eu-west-1b and eu-west-1c). In each AZ we define subnet. Subnets can be Private or Public and are limited to a single AZ.

We can use different addressing for subnets (IP CIDR Range) /8 /16 /24 /32 bits

  • (one big vpc from to Better is to use multiple vpc with 64K addresses 10.1.x.x, for example for one VPC (, and for another VPC (, is too small (only 256 ip addresses 10.0.0.x)
  • (from to this was default before
  • (from to

5 IPs are un-usable reserved .0 (network) .1 (gateway) .2 (dns) .3 (future) .255 (broadcast) http://jodies.de/ipcalc?host= You can see inside instance in subnet that local IPs are not using gateway (but are connected directly) but other IPs like is goding to gateway on .1 address.

route -n
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface         UG    0      0        0 eth0   U     0      0        0 eth0

Subnets define sub-networks that must be ip range of VPC, for example is VPC is than subnets can be /17 …/24… for example ( is not part of the VPC network

Internet gateway is device in VPC. Subnet is associated with route table, so when EC2 instance inside it wants to communicate to internet outband, route table should contain IGW along with default local entry (private subnet are not associated to route table which has entry with IGW). means any IP address.

# route table  Local    IGW (Internet Gateway)

EC2 instance can use Elastic IP (static public IP address) to be able to get inbound internet connections. Elastic is assigned to Elastic Network Interface ENI (ENI is attached to EC2 instance). AWS managed Network Address Transation (NAT-GW) gateway enables EC2 instances in private subnet to connect to internet outband. So here is route table for private subnet to point to NAT-GW which is in public subnet so it can connect to internet through IGW. NAT-GW allows only outband connections and replay to this connections, prevent the internet from initiating a connection to instances in private subnet. Allows updates. For IPv6 use Egress only internet gateway

# route table  Local    NAT-GW

VPC Endpoints is used to connect to Amazon S3 using Amazon private networks (not going to internet using IGW but using private network through VPCE). VPC Interface Endpoints is creating elastic network interface (ENI with IP address) so you can use them to connect to external services using your own vpc private network.

Difference between Network ACL (NACLs nackles) and Securuty Groups https://youtu.be/LX5lHYGFcnA?t=9070 Security groups are on instance level, define only Allow rules, statefull (return traffic is automatically allowed), all rules decide, applies only if someone is atttached to to instance NACL operates on subnet level, both allow and deny rules, stateless: return traffic must be explicitly allowed, rules in number order decide and if applied than other rules are not considered, applies to all subnet instances: good as backup layer of defence if someone forgot to use security group.

Virtual VPN-IPSec https://youtu.be/LX5lHYGFcnA?t=9498 Using Virtual gateway VGW Direct Connect DX VPC can be peered with other VPC.



Mount EBS volume https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/ebs-using-volumes.html

extend increase disk size https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/recognize-expanded-volume-linux.html



Create EFS https://console.aws.amazon.com/efs/home?region=us-east-1#/get-started but use some new nfs-security-group (later you can see on Network tab) and allow incoming connections for NFS 2049 from your instances.

Click on Attach to see command to mount using efs mount helper Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jy2FILK5R8 Install https://github.com/aws/efs-utils

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install git binutils
git clone https://github.com/aws/efs-utils
cd efs-utils
sudo apt-get -y install ./build/amazon-efs-utils*deb


sudo mount -t efs fs-b95a6d4c:/ efs

When it timeouts that means that nfs-security-group should allow input rule for NFS type (port 2049) for source that EC2 belongs.

Permanently mount automatically on reboot

# /etc/fstab
fs-b95a6d4c:/ /home/ubuntu/efs efs defaults,_netdev,tls 0 0

Elastic load balancer

Classic looks at IP address and port (OSI Layer 4) https://docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/latest/classic/ssl-server-cert.html

ALB Application load balancers looks at url (OSI Layer 7) https://docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/latest/application/introduction.html


# list instances
cap production elbas:ssh

It could be that new instances are started from old image and that is preventing capistrano to deploy code to all instances. You can go to auto scaling group and set maximum capacity 1 and than deploy.

Static ip address on load balancer It can be done on Network Load Balancer https://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/knowledge-center/elb-attach-elastic-ip-to-public-nlb/ https://aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/faqs/ Q: How does Network Load Balancer compare to what I get with the TCP listener on a Classic Load Balancer?

A: Network Load Balancer preserves the source IP of the client which in the Classic Load Balancer is not preserved. Customers can use proxy protocol with Classic Load Balancer to get the source IP. Network Load Balancer automatically provides a static IP per Availability Zone to the load balancer and also enables assigning an Elastic IP to the load balancer per Availability Zone. This is not supported with Classic Load Balancer.

Auto scaling groups ASG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hFAWk6hyZA AWS Autoscaling Autoscaling and Load Balancing in AWS AWS Training Edureka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hu9WWHfSMk What are AWS Load Balancer, Auto Scaling and Route 53 | AWS Tutorial | Edureka | AWS Rewind - 4

A launch configuration includes:

  • AMI (amazon machine image, it is bootable copy of snapshoty: only a copy) + instance type (t2.micro)
  • EC2 user data
  • EBS volumes
  • Security groups
  • SSH Key Pair

Scaling policies using ClodWatch alarms or using EC2 managed rules: average CPU usage, number of requests on the ELB per instance, average network in, or using custom metric (number or connected users, using PutMetric API from our app to CloudWatch)


When we use ELB (ALB/NLB) and eable listener (HTTPS/TLS) on port 443 than we have to use certificates on load balancer, ie we need to copy paste or use AWS Cert Manager ACM to keep certs.

There is some post https://autoize.com/automating-lets-encrypt-https-behind-a-load-balancer/ to use passthrough so ssl is terminated on server (lsyncd and restart services when we update certs) but that is for Digital Ocean . also depends on http-01 or dns-01 challenge (lexicon https://id-rsa.pub/post/certbot-auto-dns-validation-with-lexicon/ ) ? Renewing should be on one instance (LB should forward check path to it).

API to upload to iam https://docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/latest/classic/elb-update-ssl-cert.html#us-update-lb-SSLcert-cli import acm Amazon Certificate Manager https://medium.com/@iamjasonchild/custom-ssl-certificate-with-letsencrypt-acm-route53-powered-by-certbot-e457614df6b8 import to iam https://gist.github.com/chrisjm/32a782317e377d52cc95fda8777e8dfe script to generate and upload cert https://gist.github.com/mikob/a89fd8c5f85e0a00d557

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/acm/latest/userguide/import-certificate-api-cli.html https://docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/latest/classic/elb-add-or-delete-listeners.html

sudo snap install --classic aws-cli

Import (upload) certificate to ACM we need AWSCertificateManagerFullAccess permissions

# list certificates
AWS_CONFIG_FILE=~/efs/.dns_keys aws acm list-certificates

# uploading certificate
cd /etc/letsencrypt/live/asd.movebase.link
sudo su
AWS_CONFIG_FILE=/home/ubuntu/efs/.dns_keys aws acm import-certificate --certificate fileb://cert.pem --certificate-chain fileb://chain.pem --private-key fileb://privkey.pem
# this commands returns ARN which we have to use to set up ELB certificate
    "CertificateArn": "arn:aws:acm:us-east-1:219232999684:certificate/369b84d6-4527-49ed-8fc1-27004561f4da"

Set certificate on ELB (we need AmazonEC2FullAccess) https://docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/latest/classic/elb-update-ssl-cert.html#us-update-lb-SSLcert-cli

aws elb set-load-balancer-listener-ssl-certificate --load-balancer-name my-load-balancer --load-balancer-port 443 --ssl-certificate-id arn:aws:acm:region:123456789012:certificate/12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012

for Network load balancers use elbv2 instead of elb

AWS_CONFIG_FILE=/home/ubuntu/efs/.dule_keys aws elbv2 add-listener-certificates --listener-arn arn:aws:elasticloadbalancing:us-east-1:219232999684:listener/net/elb-trk/0b0c954a93bd6917/7cdcf7185ab7a1ec --certificates CertificateArn=arn:aws:acm:us-east-1:219232999684:certificate/369b84d6-4527-49ed-8fc1-27004561f4df

# I got error when I try to set IsDefault=true
An error occurred (ValidationError) when calling the AddListenerCertificates operation: You cannot set the isDefault parameter for a certificate.