Secure Business Infrastructure with Your Own VPN

prerequisites
Basic Linux, Basic cloud computing
skills learned
Cloud computing with AWS and virtual Linux instances in the cloud, Installing and using the AWS command line interface, Network configuration at both the client and server ends for the connection, Data encryption with WireGuard
Yehuda Clinton, David Clinton
5 weeks · 4-6 hours per week · BEGINNER
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In this liveProject, you’ll jump into the role of a sysadmin at a logistics software company. Your boss and sales team regularly travel to meet clients, and they want a way to ensure their data is protected when it is transmitted between remote locations. Your idea is to build a reliable and secure private VPN that can be launched on-demand to solve these security issues. You’ll start by creating a simple personal VPN that can protect the URLs you visit when using public internet in a coffee shop, then expand it to an enterprise-scale solution that will work for your whole office. Your final challenge will be to automate the process, so that you can spin up a new VPN in seconds without the costs of constantly running AWS resources.
This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

book and video resources

When you start your liveProject, you get full access to the following books and videos for 90 days.

project authors

Yehuda Clinton
Yehuda Clinton is a freelance software engineer with many years of experience in the IT industry. Among his IT roles, he has worked in a digital marketing company where VPNs were used to measure search rankings from different locations.
David Clinton
David Clinton is a certified Linux Server Professional, seasoned instructor, and author of Manning’s bestselling Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches, Linux in Action, and Linux in Motion.

Prerequisites

For sysadmins familiar with Linux, AWS and cloud computing, and basic security. To begin this liveProject, you will need to be familiar with:

TOOLS
  • Basic Linux
  • Basic cloud computing

TECHNIQUES
  • Basic Networking
  • Basic TCP/IP security
  • Basic System Administration

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn AWS deployment, Network, and Linux skills.

  • Cloud computing with AWS and virtual Linux instances in the cloud
  • Installing and using the AWS command line interface
  • Network configuration at both the client and server ends of the connection
  • Data encryption with WireGuard
  • Launch Amazon Machine Images on demand

features

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Project roadmap
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Get Help
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Compare with others
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book resources
Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.

project outline

Introduction

Prerequisites Test

Introduction Video

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1. Provisioning an AWS Instance for a VPN

1.1 Provisioning an AWS Instance for a VPN

What is EC2, and What Does it Do?

Creating an S3 Bucket & Uploading Files to an S3 Bucket

Defining the Pieces of the IAM Picture & IAM-ifying an AWS Account

Using Virtual Machines: EC2

Creating an AWS Account

Using Virtual Servers

1.2 Submit Your Work

2. Installing and Setting Up WireGuard

2.1 Set Up a VPN on AWS for a Personal-Use Solution

Securing Network Connections: Creating a VPN or DMZ

Key Exchanges

Wireguard

2.2 Submit Your Work

3. Building an Enterprise VPN Tunnel

3.1 Building an Enterprise VPN Tunnel

Sharing Data over a Private Network

3.2 Submit Your Work

4. The AWS Command Line Interface

4.1 The AWS Command Line Interface

Using the CLI to Administer your AWS Account Resources

4.2 Submit Your Work

5. Make it an AMI

5.1 Make it an AMI

Backing up to S3: Snapshots

5.2 Submit Your Work

Summary

Project Conclusions

FAQs

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