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We would like to create a template for a fairly standard stack in AWS. We need three layers.

  1. Layer: Elastic Load Balancer

  2. Layer: several web servers which are created / destroyed according to alarms triggered by the demand on the site

  3. Layer: a database server

Instances on Layer 2 should know the host name of the database instance. Ideally I would like to get hold of the private IP of the database instance and pass it through user-data to the web servers.

Fn::GetAtt does not support the private ip (only the public)

I suppose an alternative would be to build the stack and afterwards to set manually the db private ip. It does though make our setup a bit less clean. We would ideally like everything to be described in the template. (even if this involves running a script through user-data)

Any suggestions?

share|improve this question… is the correct link to the doc for GetAtt - and it does in fact support the Private IP (nowadays at least) – Dan Farrell Jul 7 '15 at 16:43

I do this now to add new nodes to my puppet master. For example, I grab the private IP of the puppet master instance in the UserData section of my new node:

"echo ", { "Fn::GetAtt" : [ "MasterOfPuppets", "PrivateIp" ] }, " ", 
         { "Fn::GetAtt" : [ "MasterOfPuppets", "PrivateDnsName" ] } ," puppet 
    >> /etc/hosts\n","\n",

See page 119 of the CloudFormation User guide.

Alternatively you could use the instance MetaData:

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