Building a Modular and Scalable Virtual Network Architecture with Amazon VPC
VPC Quick Start

Step 1. Prepare an AWS Account

  1. If you don't already have an AWS account, create one at http://aws.amazon.com by following the on-screen instructions. Part of the sign-up process involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

  2. Use the region selector in the navigation bar to choose the AWS Region where you want to deploy the Quick Start on AWS.

    
                        Choosing an AWS Region

    Figure 2: Choosing an AWS Region

    Tip

    Consider choosing a region closest to your data center or corporate network to reduce network latency between systems running on AWS and the systems and users on your corporate network.

    Also, note that your choice of region will determine whether the Quick Start deploys NAT gateways or NAT instances for network connections. For a list of regions that support NAT gateways, see Amazon VPC pricing.

  3. Create a key pair in your preferred region. To do this, in the navigation pane of the Amazon EC2 console, choose Key Pairs, Create Key Pair, type a name, and then choose Create.

    
                        Creating a Key Pair

    Figure 3: Creating a key pair

    Amazon EC2 uses public-key cryptography to encrypt and decrypt login information. To be able to log into your instances, you must create a key pair. With Windows instances, we use the key pair to obtain the administrator password via the Amazon EC2 console and then log in using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) as explained in the step-by-step instructions in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide. On Linux, we use the key pair to authenticate SSH login.