AWS Direct Connect
User Guide

Creating a Hosted Virtual Interface

You can create a public or private hosted virtual interface. Before you begin, ensure that you have read the information in Prerequisites for Virtual Interfaces.

Creating a Hosted Private Virtual Interface

To create a hosted private virtual interface

  1. Open the AWS Direct Connect console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/directconnect/v2/home.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Virtual Interfaces.

  3. Choose Create virtual interface.

  4. Under Virtual interface type, for Type, choose Private.

  5. Under Private virtual interface settings, do the following:

    1. For Virtual interface name, enter a name for the virtual interface.

    2. For Connection, choose the Direct Connect connection that you want to use for this interface.

    3. For Gateway type, choose Virtual private gateway.

    4. For Virtual interface owner, choose Another AWS account, and then enter the AWS account.

    5. For Virtual private gateway, choose the virtual private gateway to use for this interface.

    6. For VLAN, enter the ID number for your virtual local area network (VLAN).

    7. For BGP ASN, enter the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Autonomous System Number (ASN) of your gateway.

  6. Under Additional Settings, do the following:

    1. To configure an IPv4 BGP or an IPv6 peer, do the following:

      [IPv4] To configure an IPv4 BGP peer, choose IPv4 and do one of the following:

      • To specify these IP addresses yourself, for Your router peer ip, enter the destination IPv4 CIDR address to which Amazon should send traffic.

      • For Amazon router peer ip, enter the IPv4 CIDR address to use to send traffic to AWS.

      [IPv6] To configure an IPv6 BGP peer, choose IPv6. The peer IPv6 addresses are automatically assigned from Amazon's pool of IPv6 addresses. You cannot specify custom IPv6 addresses.

    2. To advertise prefixes to Amazon, for Prefixes you want to advertise, enter the IPv4 CIDR destination addresses (separated by commas) to which traffic should be routed over the virtual interface.

    3. To change the maximum transmission unit (MTU) from 1500 (default) to 9001 (jumbo frames), select Jumbo MTU (MTU size 9001).

  7. Choose Create virtual interface.

  8. After the hosted virtual interface is accepted by the owner of the other AWS account, you can download the router configuration file.

To create a hosted private virtual interface using the command line or API

Creating a Hosted Public Virtual Interface

To create a hosted public virtual interface

  1. Open the AWS Direct Connect console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/directconnect/v2/home.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Virtual Interfaces.

  3. Choose Create virtual interface.

  4. Under Virtual interface type, for Type, choose Public.

  5. Under Private virtual interface settings, for Virtual interface name, enter a name for the virtual interface.

  6. Under Additional Settings, for Virtual interface owner, enter the ID of the AWS account to own this virtual interface.

  7. For VLAN, enter the ID number for your virtual local area network (VLAN).

  8. For BGP ASN, enter the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Autonomous System Number (ASN) of your AWS endpoint.

  9. To configure an IPv4 BGP or an IPv6 peer, do the following:

    [IPv4] To configure an IPv4 BGP peer, under Additional Settings, choose IPv4 and do one of the following:

    • To specify these IP addresses yourself, for Your router peer IP, enter the destination IPv4 CIDR address to which Amazon should send traffic. For Amazon router peer IP, enter the IPv4 CIDR address to use to send traffic to AWS.

    [IPv6] To configure an IPv6 BGP peer, choose IPv6. The peer IPv6 addresses are automatically assigned from Amazon's pool of IPv6 addresses. You cannot specify custom IPv6 addresses.

  10. To provide your own BGP key, under Additional Settings, enter your BGP MD5 key.

    If you do not enter a value, then AWS generates a BGP key.

  11. To advertise prefixes to Amazon, under Additional Settings, for Prefixes you want to advertise, enter the IPv4 CIDR destination addresses (separated by commas) to which traffic should be routed over the virtual interface.

  12. Choose Create virtual interface.

  13. After the hosted virtual interface is accepted by the owner of the other AWS account, you can download the router configuration file.

To create a hosted public virtual interface using the command line or API