Enabling Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) peering in the AWS Cloud

Problem Description

When trying to move a file from one machine in VPC1 to another machine in VPC2, a connection cannot be established between the two VPCs, as shown in the message below:




Servers located in two VPCs or two separate accounts are not able to communicate in AWS until you enable VPC Peering. 


Root Cause

The platform architecture recommendation is to use a single Nexus across DEV/QA and PROD environments. However, organizations that leverage AWS as their platform often create one account for DEV/QA and another account for PROD, making it difficult for the DEV/QA Nexus to communicate with any machine in the PROD environment.



This article explains how to enable VPC Peering, and how to establish communication between two servers. In this example, you provision two Nexus, one in VPC1 and the other in VPC2, then move artifacts from the source to the destination Nexus.

Note: There is no connection between the two VPCs in the beginning, so you can extend this to VPCs in different accounts.


  1. Select Peering Connections (highlighted in yellow).

    Peering Connection Option.png


  2. The Peering Connections window opens displaying the Requestor and Acceptor settings.

    VPC Peering Screen.png

  3. If your VPC is in a different account, select Another account and enter the Account ID:



  4. After you configure your settings, create the connection. Notice the connection status is Pending Acceptance.

    Pending Acceptance.png


  5. Right-click Pending Acceptance, then select Accept Request.

    Accept Request.png


  6. Click Yes, Accept.

    Confirm Acceptance.png


  7. Notice that the VPC Peering Connection is now Active.


    However, the connectivity is not yet established; you need to edit the route tables in both VPCs to ensure seamless connectivity. Start with the requestor VPC; refer to the highlighted entry of the route table below. You can restrict the connectivity to a specific server in the destination VPC.

    Route Table for 1st VPC.png


  8. Apply a similar route table entry for the second VPC, and select the server that you want to communicate with, as shown below:

    Route Table for 2nd VPC.png


  9. Initiate a file transfer test to verify the connection. Type yes as shown below to add the remote host details to the known hosts file of the source server. This is an SSH protocol requirement on initial file transfers; once set, the message no longer appears.

    Successful File Transfer.png


  10. Now that you have established communication between two servers in different VPCs, extend this to your Nexus use case. Install Nexus on both servers, then confirm the installations, as shown below:

    Nexus Running in Source.png

    Nexus Running in Target.png


  11. Create a Job in Studio and publish it to Nexus, then confirm that the Job was published to the Snapshots repository of the source Nexus, as shown below:

    Published Artifact in Source Repo.png


  12. Next, mimic a deployment process to the destination Nexus. Typically, you would do this by using Jenkins, but for this example, use SCP.

    Note: This process is named promotion, so in theory, this should only happen with “release” type artifacts after promotion. It is not possible to determine where a snapshot may come from, since it is not unique. Confirm that the artifact was successfully transferred to the destination Nexus, as shown below:




  13. The deployed artifacts are in the target Nexus (call it PROD NEXUS).

    Target Repo Showing Artifact.png


Now, you can extend this to a complete continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) process.

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