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Creating an AWS Hosted Connection for an MVE with VMware SD-WAN

A Hosted Connection can support one private, public, or transit virtual interface. Hosted Connections are dedicated connections and are recommended for production environments.

To create a Hosted Connection from an MVE to AWS

  1. In the Megaport ONE Portal, choose Networking > Services.
  2. Click the gear icon Gear icon next to the MVE you want to use.
  3. Select Add Connection.
    Add Connection
  4. Specify the General connection details:

    • Connection Type – Select Cloud VXC.
    • Cloud Provider – Select Amazon Web Services.
    • AWS Connection Type – Select Hosted Connection.


    Click What is the difference? for an overview of the AWS connection types. For more details, see Connecting to AWS Direct Connect.

    New Connection

  5. Select the AWS destination port.
    You can search for your preferred AWS port using the Country drop-down list, or enter a search term to filter results as you type. Click Clear Filters to reset the filters. Each destination port has either a blue or red icon to indicate its diversity zone. To achieve diversity, you need to create two connections with each one in a different zone.

  6. Specify the AWS Configuration details:

    • AWS Connection Name – This is a text field and will be the name of your virtual interface that appears in the AWS console. The AWS Connection Name is automatically populated with the name specified in a previous step.
    • AWS Account ID – This is the ID of the account you want to connect. You can find this value in the management section of your AWS console.
      AWS connection details
  7. Specify the VXC Configuration details:

    • VXC Name – The name of your VXC to be shown in the Megaport ONE Portal.
    • Rate Limit – The speed of your connection in Mbps. The speed cannot be changed once deployed. The drop-down list shows predefined rate limits available for your MVE, up to 10 Gbps.
    • A-End VLAN (optional) – Specify an unused VLAN ID for this connection. This must be a unique VLAN ID on this MVE and can range from 2 to 4093. If you specify a VLAN ID that is already in use, the system displays the next available VLAN number. The VLAN ID must be unique to proceed with the order. If you don’t specify a value, Megaport ONE will assign one.
      AWS connection details
  8. Specify the Billing Details:

    • Service Level Reference (optional) – Specify a unique identifying number for the VXC to be used for billing purposes, such as a cost center number or a unique customer ID. The service level reference number appears for each service under the Product section of the invoice. You can also edit this field for an existing service.


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    • Monthly Price – The monthly rate is based on location and size.

    • Promo Code – If you have a promotional code, enter it and click Add Code.

  9. Click Create Connection.

After the VXC connection is deployed successfully, it appears on the Megaport ONE Networking > Services page and is associated with the MVE. Click the VXC name to display the details of this connection. Note that the service status (Layer 2) is up but BGP (Layer 3) will be down because the configuration does not exist yet.

Once deployed in the Megaport ONE Portal, you need to accept the connection in the AWS console and create a Virtual Interface for the connection:

To accept a Hosted Connection

  1. In AWS, go to Services > AWS Direct Connect > Connections and click the connection name.
    AWS Connections

  2. Click Accept at the top right of the window.
    Accept AWS Connections

    The state will be pending for a few minutes while AWS deploys the connection. After it is deployed, the state changes from ordering to available.

The connection is now available, however you need to create a VIF to connect to AWS services.


For more information about accepting AWS connections, see the AWS documentation.

Creating a virtual interface

Once you have created and accepted a Hosted Connection, create a VIF and attach the Hosted Connection to a gateway.


AWS provides detailed instructions for creating Public, Private, and Transit interfaces.

To create and attach a VIF

  1. In the AWS console, click Create Virtual Interface.
    AWS virtual interface

  2. Select the interface type.

    The type will vary depending on the type of service you need to access.

    • Private – Access resources running into a VPC using their private IP addresses. You can choose to terminate a private virtual interface on a private virtual gateway (to access a single VPC) or to a Direct Connect gateway (and map up to 10 VPCs to the VIF).
    • Public – Access all AWS public endpoints, as well as all AWS resources that are reachable by a public IP address.
    • Transit – Transport traffic from a Direct Connect gateway to one or more transit gateways. When you select Transit for the VIF, slower connections are filtered and no longer appear in the interface.
      AWS interface type
  3. Specify the configuration details:

    • Virtual interface name – Enter a name for the virtual interface.
    • Connection – The physical connection where you want this virtual interface to be provisioned. The name you provided for the Hosted Connection in the Megaport ONE Portal appears here.
    • Virtual interface owner – The account that will own the virtual interface. Select My AWS account.
    • Direct Connect gateway – Select the Direct Connect gateway to attach this virtual interface to. A transit VIF is not directly attached to a Transit gateway, but to a Direct Connect gateway.
    • VLAN – The VLAN assigned to the virtual interface. Leave this value as is. The VLAN address is populated and appears to be editable; however, you will get an error if you try to change it.
    • BGP ASN – Specify the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) autonomous system number (ASN) for the MVE side of the BGP session.

    The following BGP details can be specified or left blank. When left blank, they are auto-populated by AWS.
    AWS BGP details

    You can also choose whether you want the virtual interface to support Jumbo frames. Enable Jumbo MTU to support an Ethernet packet of 8500 bytes.

  4. Click Create virtual interface.

    To view the VIF details and state, navigate to Services > AWS Direct Connect > Connections > Name of the Megaport ONE-Created-Hosted Connection.
    VIF details

    BGP hasn’t been configured, so the interface state appears as down.

Once you accept the connection and create the VIF in AWS, the VXC state changes to configured in the Megaport ONE Portal.

Adding AWS connection details to Orchestrator

After you create the connection from your MVE to AWS and set up the connection in the AWS console, you need to configure it in Orchestrator. This involves configuring BGP settings, ASNs, VLANs, and MD5 values.

To add the AWS connection in Orchestrator

  1. Collect the connection details from the AWS console.
    Display the details of the Virtual Interface you created in AWS for this Hosted Connection. Note the values for the BGP ASN, BGP Auth Key, Your Peer IP, and Amazon Peer IP.
    Connection Details

  2. Collect the connection details from the Megaport ONE Portal.
    Click the gear icon Gear icon for the Azure connection from your MVE, select Edit, then select the Details tab. Note the value for the A-End VLAN.

  3. In Orchestrator, go to Configure > Edges and click the MVE device.
    Select the Edge

  4. Click the Device tab and scroll down to the Interface Settings.

  5. Click +Add Subinterface.
    Add Subinterface
    The Select Interface dialog box appears.

  6. From the Select Interface menu, choose GE3 and for the Subinterface ID enter the A-End VLAN ID configured on the MVE in the Megaport ONE Portal.
    Select Interface
    The subinterface settings appear.

  7. Change the Addressing Type to Static and provide the IP Address, CIDR value, and Gateway.
    These values are available in the virtual interface details in the AWS console. The IP address and CIDR appear in the Your Peer IP field; the Gateway appears in the Amazon Peer IP field.
    Subinterface Settings

  8. Ensure Enable VLAN Tagging is enabled.
    The field is automatically populated with the VLAN ID you specified for the subinterface ID.

  9. Click Update GE3:vlan-id.

  10. In the upper-right corner of the Configure > Edges window, click Save Changes and then confirm.
    This configures the interface, VLAN tags, and IP addresses so you can test with ping commands through the CLI. (BGP is not yet configured.)


    Adding the subinterface momentarily disrupts the connection.

To configure BGP for the AWS connection in Orchestrator

  1. In Orchestrator, go to Configure > Edges and click the MVE device.

  2. Click the Device tab and in the Configure Segments section click Enable Edge Override for BGP Settings.
    This override lets us define BGP values specific for this device beyond the profile definition.
    Enable BGP

  3. Click the toggle button to turn on BGP and click Edit.
    The BGP Editor appears.

  4. For Local ASN, add the BGP ASN from the virtual interface details in the AWS console.

  5. For the Neighbor IP, add the Amazon Peer IP from the virtual interface details in the AWS console.

  6. For ASN, enter the Amazon-side ASN.
    By default this is 64512.

  7. View all Additional Options and enable MD5 Auth and enter your MD5 Password (BGP Auth Key) from the virtual interface details in the AWS console.
    BGP Settings

  8. Click OK and then click Save Changes.

Validating your connection

Under Test & Troubleshoot > Remote Diagnostics, select the MVE and click Run for Troubleshoot BGP - Show BGP Summary to verify the BGP session and ensure the AWS router is up.

You can also check connectivity and BGP status from the CLI of the edge device. For details, see Reviewing your VMware MVE connection settings.

Last update: 2023-09-21