AWS Certified Database - Specialty (DBS-C01) Certification Preparation for AWS

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This certification Learning Path is specifically designed to prepare you for the AWS Certified Database - Specialty (DBS-C01) released in April 2020. It covers all the elements required across all of the domains outlined in the exam blueprint. Throughout this learning path, you will be guided via our courses, hands-on labs, lab challenges, and a preparation exam at the end, all of which are focused on areas that will be assessed within the exam.  

Intended Audience

This learning path is suitable for anyone wanting to pass the AWS Certified Database - Specialty DBS-C01 exam. As defined in the exam blueprint, which can be found here, the exam has been designed for individuals who perform in a database-focused role and validates an examinee’s comprehensive understanding of databases, including the concepts of design, migration, deployment, access, maintenance, automation, monitoring, security, and troubleshooting.

Learning Objectives

As defined by AWS, the aim of the certification is to validate your knowledge by being able to: 

  • Understand and differentiate the key features of AWS database services.
  • Analyze needs and requirements to design and recommend appropriate database solutions using AWS services.

As a means of demonstrating this knowledge, you will be tested across 5 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:

Domain 1: Workload-Specific Database Design 26%

Domain 2: Deployment and Migration 20% 

Domain 3: Management and Operations 18% 

Domain 4: Monitoring and Troubleshoot 18%

Domain 5: Database Security 18%

As you progress through the learning path, you will gain all the information and knowledge required to fulfill the domain expectations, gaining a deep understanding within each area.


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Training Content

Course - Beginner - 5m
Introduction: AWS Certified Database - Specialty
This brief course introduces the AWS Certified Database - Specialty (DBS-C01) learning path, and outlines the five domains covered in the exam.
Resource - Beginner - 10m
AWS Global Infrastructure: Availability Zones, Regions, Edge Locations, Regional Edge Caches
An explanation of the core components that make up the AWS Global Infrastructure
Course - Beginner - 1h 1m
Overview of Differences Between AWS Database Types
This course covers AWS databases at a very high level and will include how they work, their strengths, and what workloads are best suited for them.
Course - Beginner - 1h 8m
Database Fundamentals for AWS - Part 1 of 2
This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Neptune.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 15m
Starting a Highly Available Graph Database With Amazon Neptune
In this lab, you will create a DB subnet group, a Neptune Database, and you will perform some SPARQL commands.
Exam - 25m
Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 1
Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 1
Course - Beginner - 1h 2m
Database Fundamentals for AWS - Part 2 of 2
This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon Redshift, Amazon QLDB, Amazon DocumentDB, and Amazon Keyspaces.
Exam - 25m
Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 2
Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 2
Course - Beginner - 33m
Amazon RDS: Introduction to Monitoring
This introductory course provides a foundational awareness of the tools AWS available to monitor Amazon RDS databases
Course - Intermediate - 43m
Understanding Amazon RDS Performance Insights
This course explores Amazon RDS Performance Insights, a performance monitoring and tuning feature that can quickly assess the database load on an Amazon RDS database instance.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Getting Started with Amazon Aurora Database Engine
A hands-on lab introducing you to the high performance and high availability Amazon Aurora database engine.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Rewinding a MySQL Amazon Aurora Database with Backtrack
Learn how to rewind a MySQL Aurora RDS database using Backtrack. Backtrack can seamlessly restore your database in minutes and lets you move back and forth to examine data changes in detail.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Create your first Amazon ElastiCache Cluster
ElastiCache is a web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. This lab experience will guide you during the creation of an Elasticache cluster and its the first usage.
Course - Intermediate - 11m
Understanding RDS Scaling and Elasticity
This course explores how to scale your RDS databases based on reads or writes, horizontally or vertically.
Course - Beginner - 22m
When to use RDS Multi-AZ & Read Replicas
In this course, you'll learn about RDS multi-AZ and will come away knowing when to implement and use this feature within your own environment.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 15m
Create Your First Amazon RDS Database
You will learn the steps to create and use the MySQL Relational Database using Amazon RDS.
Course - Intermediate - 33m
Understanding Costs Associated with Amazon RDS
This course explores the cost metrics associated with the Amazon Relational Database Service, known as RDS.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 32m
Working with Amazon DynamoDB
In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of Amazon DynamoDB, including table design, reading, writing, and working with large tables.
Course - Intermediate - 11m
Configuring Operational Parameters for AWS Databases
This course explores how to configure operational parameters for AWS Databases.
Course - Intermediate - 39m
Backup and Restore Capabilities of Amazon RDS & Amazon DynamoDB
This course explores the different strategies that are available to back up and restore your AWS databases across Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB.
Course - Intermediate - 24m
Understanding AWS Database Authentication & Access Controls
This course covers the different options available to you to enable you to authenticate to your Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB Databases.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 10m
Introduction to DynamoDB
Move your first steps using DynamoDB. Create tables with and withoud secondary indexes, learn how to add new rows and query your data by using the AWS Management Console.
Course - Intermediate - 34m
Amazon Aurora High Availability
This course explores the various configuration options and techniques that you can use to create highly available Amazon Aurora databases.
Course - Intermediate - 23m
Amazon DynamoDB High Availability
This course explores Amazon Web Service's DynamoDB and teaches you how to architect DynamoDB setups.
Course - Intermediate - 7m
Using Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) to Enhance Performance
This short course focuses on the DynamoDB Accelerator, more commonly referred to as DAX.
Course - Intermediate - 17m
How AWS IAM is Used to Securely Manage Access
This course provides an overview of the AWS Identity & Access Management Service, commonly referred to as IAM, along with its core features.
Course - Intermediate - 25m
Managing User Identities with Long Term Credentials in AWS IAM
This course explains how to manage your user identities when using the AWS Identity and Access Management Service, commonly referred to as IAM.
Course - Intermediate - 35m
Managing Access using IAM User Groups & Roles
This course explores some of the security best practices when using user groups and roles and how these can help you secure access to your resources more effectively.
Course - Intermediate - 37m
Using IAM Policies to Define and Manage Permissions
This course covers how IAM Policies can be used to allow you to grant and restrict access to your resources within your AWS account, as well as the different types of policies and how to interpret a policy.
Course - Intermediate - 55m
AWS Encryption for Data Analytics
This course looks at how to secure your big data within AWS by implementing different data encryption options.
Course - Intermediate - 15m
Security Best Practices when Working with AWS Databases
This course explores the security best practices when working with AWS databases, specifically looking at RDS and DynamoDB with some extra content related to Aurora.
Course - Intermediate - 27m
Protecting your AWS Databases through Encryption
This course looks at the different encryption mechanisms that can be utilized across different AWS Database services, thereby enhancing the security posture and protection of your data.
Course - Beginner - 1h 7m
Introduction to the AWS Database Migration Service
In this course, you'll learn about the AWS Database Migration Service and the AWS Database Schema Conversion Tool and how they can be used to migrate data.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 10m
How to Use KMS Key Encryption to Protect Your Data
In this course, you will learn the basics of KMS, what it will cost to implement, how to encrypt data, and more...
Course - Intermediate - 10m
Using Automation to Deploy AWS Databases
This course explores how to use automation when creating Amazon RDS databases. It includes using AWS Secrets Manager for increasing the security of provisioned resources by limiting human intervention.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 45m
Storing and Rotating RDS Credentials in Secrets Manager
Learn how to use AWS SecretsManager and Amazon Relational Database Service to generate, store, and rotate a password in Secrets Manager. Use Secrets Manager with a Python application.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Migrating MySQL to PostgreSQL With the AWS Database Migration Service
Learn how to migrate a MySQL database to Amazon Aurora Postgres with the AWS Database Migration Service.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 1h 10m
AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) Challenge
In this lab challenge, your database skills are tested as you are tasked to migrate data between two real RDS instances using AWS Database Migration Service.
Course - Beginner - 17m
Common DR & Business Continuity Strategies on AWS
This course focuses on some of the common disaster recovery strategies designed to help your organization recover from an incident that has affected your AWS environment.
Course - Beginner - 32m
Audit, Monitor & Evaluate with AWS CloudTrail & AWS Config
This course explores AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config, two services used to help you audit, monitor and evaluate your AWS infrastructure and resources.
Exam - 3h
Cert Prep: Certified Database - Specialty for AWS
Cert Prep: Certified Database - Specialty for AWS
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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