AWS VPC Wizard User Guide

The pfSense® Certified firewall and VPN appliance from Netgate for Amazon EC2 is a stateful firewall and VPN appliance. Many people follow one of several popular guides available on the internet to configure their hardware pfSense devices to establish a VPN Connection directly to an AWS VPC (Virtual Private Cloud). When done manually, this requires an administrator to visit several different pages on Amazon’s AWS Managament Console to establish the proper settings there. In addition, several configuration changes are required on the pfSense device. The process can be tedious and it is easy to introduce errors that are not always straightforward to troubleshoot.

In version 2.1.5 of the Netgate pfSense appliance, a new configuration wizard was added to simplify this configuration for the purpose of connecting a pfSense appliance instance in one region to a VPC in another region. This feature is also available on Netgate pfSense hardware devices running at least version 2.1.5 of pfSense.

This guide will explain how to use the AWS VPC Wizard to configure a VPN to a remote VPC. The administrator is asked for the minimum amount of basic information required to establish the VPN. The configurations, both on the AWS VPC side and on the pfSense side are then automatically created. When the wizard is finished executing, a functioning VPN connection to a VPC should be established.