Virtual Cloud Network - VCN

The lab is now redunant and should not be used as part of the Test Drive day. Use the VCN lab instead

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Practice 1: Create a Virtual Cloud Network


When you work with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, one of the first steps is to set up a virtual cloud network (VCN) for your cloud resources. This topic gives you an overview of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Networking components and typical scenarios for using a VCN.

Note: Some of the UIs might look a little different than the screen shots included in the instructions, but you can still use the instructions to complete the hands-on labs.


Practice 1: Create a Virtual Cloud Network

A Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) is a virtual version of a traditional network including subnets, route tables, and gateways on which your compute instances run. Customers can bring their network topology to the cloud with VCN. Creating a VCN involves a few key aspects such as:

  1. Create a Virtual Cloud Network with Public Subnets:

    • One public subnet per Availability Domain
    • An Internet Gateway
    • A corresponding route rule in the default route table
    • The default security list
    • The default set of DHCP options

    Note: You can launch one or more compute instances in a subnet. Each instance gets both a public and private IP address. The launch instance dialog now has a check box for choosing whether the instance has a public IP address. You can communicate with the instances over the Internet via the public IP address from your on-premises network.

  2. Open the Console and in Menu, click Networking.

  3. Select a compartment on the left that you have permission to work in.

  4. Click Create Virtual Cloud Network and enter the following details:

    • Create in Compartment: This field defaults to the currently selected compartment. Select the compartment you want to create the VCN in, if not already selected.
    • Name: Enter a name for your cloud network (for example, VCN-DEMO).

    Note: Enter a friendly name for the cloud network. It doesn’t have to be unique, and it cannot be changed later in the Console.

  5. Select Create Virtual Cloud Network plus related resources. The dialog box expands to list the items that will be created with your cloud network.

    Note: This option is the quickest way to get a working cloud network in the fewest steps.

  6. Scroll to the bottom of the dialog box and click Create Virtual Cloud Network.

    A confirmation page displays the details of the cloud network that you just created.

    The Virtual Cloud Network above has the following resources and characteristics:

    • CIDR block range of
    • An Internet Gateway
    • A route table with a default route rule to enable traffic between VCN and the Internet Gateway
    • A default security list that allows specific ingress traffic to and all egress traffic from the instance
    • A public subnet in each Availability Domain
    • The VCN will automatically use the Internet and VCN Resolver for DNS
  7. Check the details of your VCN and you will see all the resources created: