AWS Transit Gateway

AWS Transit Gateway is a service that enables customers to connect their Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and their on-premises networks to a single gateway. As you grow the number of workloads running on AWS, you need to be able to scale your networks across multiple accounts and Amazon VPCs to keep up with the growth. Today, you can connect pairs of Amazon VPCs using peering. However, managing point-to-point connectivity across many Amazon VPCs, without the ability to centrally manage the connectivity policies, can be operationally costly and cumbersome. For on-premises connectivity, you need to attach your AWS VPN to each individual Amazon VPC. This solution can be time consuming to build and hard to manage when the number of VPCs grows into the hundreds.

With AWS Transit Gateway, you only have to create and manage a single connection from the central gateway in to each Amazon VPC, on-premises data center, or remote office across your network. Transit Gateway acts as a hub that controls how traffic is routed among all the connected networks which act like spokes. This hub and spoke model significantly simplifies management and reduces operational costs because each network only has to connect to the Transit Gateway and not to every other network. Any new VPC is simply connected to the Transit Gateway and is then automatically available to every other network that is connected to the Transit Gateway. This ease of connectivity makes it easy to scale your network as you grow.

Without AWS Transit Gateway

With AWS Transit Gateway

https://aws.amazon.com/transit-gateway/

AWS Enabling Enhanced Networking with ENA on Linux Instances

In order to change the instance type on EC2 Linux instances ENA needs to be enabled. In most cases this is already set, however if you have some older EC2’s running they will need to be ENA enabled for this change to occur. Otherwise you will need to create a new Instance from a fresh snapshot or detach and re-attach the EBS volume.

ENA is a custom network interface optimized to deliver high throughput and packet per second (PPS) performance, and consistently low latencies on EC2 instances. Using ENA, customers can utilize up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth on certain EC2 instance types. ENA-based Enhanced Networking is currently supported on X1 instances, and will be available on other new EC2 instance types in the future.

Open Source licensed ENA drivers are currently available for Linux and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK), and we will soon be releasing an ENA driver for Microsoft Windows® operating systems. The latest Amazon Linux AMI includes the ENA Linux driver support by default. ENA Linux driver source code is also available on github.com for developers to integrate in their AMIs. There is no additional fee to use ENA. For more information, read the Enhanced Networking documentation.

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/enhanced-networking-ena.html

Testing Whether Enhanced Networking Is Enabled
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/enhanced-networking-ena.html#test-enhanced-networking-ena

ubuntu:~$ modinfo ena
 ERROR: modinfo: could not find module ena

Enabling Enhanced Networking on Ubuntu
The latest Ubuntu HVM AMIs have the module required for enhanced networking with ENA installed and have the required enaSupport attribute set. Therefore, if you launch an instance with the latest Ubuntu HVM AMI on a supported instance type, enhanced networking is already enabled for your instance.

modify-instance-attribute (AWS CLI):

aws ec2 modify-instance-attribute --instance-id instance_id --ena-support

AWS Cloudformation – Resources, Tips and Tricks

Recently been creating CF templates for a job and just learning more in this area of AWS. Listed below are resources, tips and tricks that were helpful.

Resources

AWS User Guide:
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/Welcome.html

AWS Github Sample Templates:
https://github.com/awslabs/aws-cloudformation-templates

AWS Sample Templates:
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/cfn-sample-templates.html

Bogotobogo excellent post on Cloudformation, Templates, Change Sets and CLI:
https://www.bogotobogo.com/DevOps/AWS/aws-CloudFormation-Templates.php

Stelligent Cloudformation Templates
https://github.com/stelligent/cloudformation_templates

AWS::CloudFormation::Init
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/aws-resource-init.html

Tips and Tricks

yamllint – A linter for YAML files.

yamllint does not only check for syntax validity, but for weirdnesses like key repetition and cosmetic problems such as lines length, trailing spaces, indentation, etc.
https://github.com/adrienverge/yamllint

CloudFormation Linter

Validate CloudFormation yaml/json templates against the CloudFormation spec and additional checks. Includes checking valid values for resource properties and best practices.
https://github.com/aws-cloudformation/cfn-python-lint

validate-template

Validates a specified template. AWS CloudFormation first checks if the template is valid JSON. If it isn’t, AWS CloudFormation checks if the template is valid YAML. If both these checks fail, AWS CloudFormation returns a template validation error.
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/reference/cloudformation/validate-template.html

CreationPolicy Attribute

Associate the CreationPolicy attribute with a resource to prevent its status from reaching create complete until AWS CloudFormation receives a specified number of success signals or the timeout period is exceeded. To signal a resource, you can use the cfn-signal helper script or SignalResource API. AWS CloudFormation publishes valid signals to the stack events so that you track the number of signals sent.

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/aws-attribute-creationpolicy.html

UpdatePolicy Attribute

Use the UpdatePolicy attribute to specify how AWS CloudFormation handles updates to the AWS::AutoScaling::AutoScalingGroup, AWS::Lambda::Alias, or AWS::ElastiCache::ReplicationGroup resources.

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/aws-attribute-updatepolicy.html

DeletionPolicy Attribute

With the DeletionPolicy attribute you can preserve or (in some cases) backup a resource when its stack is deleted. You specify a DeletionPolicy attribute for each resource that you want to control. If a resource has no DeletionPolicy attribute, AWS CloudFormation deletes the resource by default.

Note that this capability also applies to stack update operations that lead to resources being deleted from stacks. For example, if you remove the resource from the stack template, and then update the stack with the template. This capability does not apply to resources whose physical instance is replaced during stack update operations. For example, if you edit a resource’s properties such that AWS CloudFormation replaces that resource during a stack update.

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/aws-attribute-deletionpolicy.html