AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level

I saw this challenge from Virtualization Design Masters (VDM) to write 30 blog postings in 30 days. I’m going into this with the intention of being able to do this since I’ve been meaning to post more blog postings and it might even get me into the habit of posting regularly. I don’t want to post for the sake of posting since I feel like that adds no value so I have my list of topics that I’m currently working on right now so I feel prepared.

So I decided to tackle the Amazon certification for AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level. I’m planning on taking it at the end of the month, hopefully if everything works out. I’ve been meaning to learn more about AWS for a long time now, but I think now is the time, especially since it’s only going to get more popular.

The exam is a multiple choice exam covering four different domains:

Domain % of Examination
1.0 Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems 60%
2.0 Implementation/Deployment 10%
3.0 Data Security 20%
4.0 Troubleshooting 10%
TOTAL 100%

So obviously the first domain is the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to scheduling your studying time. This section also fits very nicely with my other work responsibilities and other certifications that I have my eye on, namely the illusive VCDX. I’ve started by signing up for the free 12 month AWS account to use as my lab so that I can try different things that I haven’t done so far like Amazon Aurora which is a relational database engine.

I’ve started by reviewing the exam blueprint and getting familiar with it. Amazon does a good job on documentation so their user guides are very useful and easy to understand. They really make it easy to consume their services and also offer self-paced labs via qwiklabs.com to help with your studying. I’ve only done the free labs there and they were good to get your feet wet.

Inside of my free AWS account I’ve been playing a lot with setting up Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) and the different layers of security that you can apply. A good image from the AWS user guide is the security in your VPC:

AWS-VPC_VPG_Routing_Network-ACL

I really like easy to understand things that are broken down with good explanations, did I already say that AWS user guides are well written. 🙂

Below are my resources that I’m currently using for my studying.

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