Solutions Architect—Associate Certification for AWS

Intermediate

LP Box Courses 8 Video Courses
LP Box quiz 5 Quiz sessions
LP Box Lab 18 Hands-on Labs
Duration 29h 9m
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Certificate 122753 students

Specifically designed to help you prepare for the AWS Associate - Solutions Architect certification, this learning path is based on the four major areas outlined in AWS' exam guide: Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems; implementation/deployment; data security; and troubleshooting. With courses, labs, and quizzes, you will have everything you need to learn, build, and test your knowledge so you'll be ready to demonstrate that you can effectively design and manage application infrastructure using Amazon Web Services. Once you have completed the courses, labs and quizes, take the 30 minute primer at the end of the learning path to help you prepare for sitting the exam. 

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update 21/04/17 - 2 new labs added 

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The ‘Foundations for Solutions Architect–Associate on AWS’ course is designed to walk you through the AWS compute, storage, and service offerings you need to be familiar with for the AWS Solutions Architect–Associate exam. This course provides you with snapshots of each service, and covering just what you need to know, gives you a good, high-level starting point for exam preparation. It includes ...

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How to launch, configure, and access a Linux virtual machine using AWS Amazon EC2 is the most famous AWS service and allows you to launch different types of cloud instances and pay for them with a pay-per-use approach. EC2 provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new ...

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Create your first Cloud Storage bucket using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), provides secure, durable, and highly-scalable object storage. Amazon S3 allows you to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web. You'll pay only for the storage you actually use with no minimum fee and no setup cost. It can be used alone, or ...

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Learn to manage the storage space of your EC2 instance using Amazon EBS Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) provides persistent block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud.  Each Amazon EBS volume is automatically replicated within its Availability Zone to protect you from component failure. This provides high availability and durability. Amazon EBS volumes ...

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Elastic Load Balancing allows the distribution of incoming traffic to your Amazon AWS infrastructure across multiple instances. This represents a great tool in avoiding failures in your applications and web traffic. ELB automatically detects fails in your EC2 instances and redirects traffic to other available instances. During this lab you'll learn to create and use your first ELB instance to ...

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Course Description The AWS exam guide outlines that 60% of the Solutions Architect–Associate exam questions could be on the topic of designing highly-available, fault-tolerant, cost-efficient, scalable systems. This course teaches you to recognize and explain the core architecture principles of high availability, fault tolerance, and cost optimization. We then step through the core AWS components ...

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The VPC - Virtual Private Network - lies at the core of most significant deployments on AWS. VPCs allow you to create the balance between secure isolation and resource integration that fits your unique needs best. You have complete control over traffic coming into and out of your network and, using AWS route tables, network gateways, and subnets, you can permit only the access you need and ...

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Learn to create an isolated network using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Amazon Virtual Private Cloud lets you provision a logically isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define. You have complete control over your virtual networking environment, including selection of your own IP address range, creation of ...

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Auto Scaling helps you maintain application availability and allows you to scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down automatically according to the defined conditions. You can use Auto Scaling to help ensure that you are running your desired number of Amazon EC2 instances. Auto Scaling can also automatically increase the number of Amazon EC2 instances during demand spikes to maintain performance ...

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Learn to automatically scale up or down your EC2 infrastructure using Auto Scaling Groups This lab introduces the basics of Auto Scaling in Amazon Web Services. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Auto Scaling service automatically adds or removes compute resources allocated for your cloud application, in response to changes in demand. For applications configured to run on a cloud infrastructure, ...

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Lab Overview In this lab you will explore CloudWatch, a monitoring service provided by AWS. CloudWatch makes it possible to monitor nearly anything, inside or outside AWS. Common usage is to monitor EC2 instances for CPU and memory utilization, ephemeral or EBS volume disk usage and throughput, as well as network statistics. CloudWatch also enables you to configure alarms, so that when thresholds ...

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Course Description This course is focused on the details you need to know for the 20% of the Solutions Architect – Associate for AWS exam that covers data security. You will learn to recognize and explain platform compliance for AWS, and be able to both recognize and implement secure procedures for optimum cloud deployment and maintenance, including understanding the shared responsibility ...

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Manage message queues using Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) offers a fast, reliable and scalable queues for storing messages. By using Amazon SQS, you can move data between distributed components of your applications that perform different tasks without losing messages or requiring each component to be always available. A queue is a temporary repository ...

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Create and manage IAM users, groups and policies to securely control access to AWS services and resources AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users. The service is targeted at organizations with multiple users or systems that use AWS products such as Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and the AWS Management Console. With IAM, ...

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Advanced roles and groups management using IAM AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a web service that helps you securely control access to AWS resources for your users. You can specify permission to a single user or you can use groups to specify permissions for a collection of users, which can make those permissions easier to manage for those users. Furthermore you can use a Role for ...

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Securing your VPC using Public and Private subnets In this lab we'll design a VPC with a public subnet and private subnet, and a network address translation (NAT) instance in the public subnet. A NAT instance enables instances in the private subnet to initiate outbound traffic to the Internet. This scenario is usually used if you want to run a public-facing web application, while maintaining ...

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Course Description This course provides an introduction to working with Amazon DynamoDB, a fully-managed NoSQL database service provided by Amazon Web Services. We begin with a description of DynamoDB and compare it to other database platforms. The course continues by walking you through designing tables, and reading and writing data, which is somewhat different than other databases you may be ...

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Learn to create Amazon DynamoDB tables, add indexes, new rows, and query your data Amazon DynamoDB is a NoSQL Database in the cloud, suitable for anyone needing a reliable and fully managed NoSQL solution. DynamoDB is designed to provide automated storage scaling and low latency. It is particularly useful when your application must read and store massive amounts of data and you need speed and ...

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Course Description In this course we apply the design principles, components, and services we learned in the previous courses in this learning path to design and build a highly available, scalable application. We then apply our optimisation principles to identify ways to increase durability and cost efficiency to ensure the best possible solution for the end customer. Course Objective Identify ...

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Learn to create a customized OS image through an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) provides the information required to launch an EC2 instance. You can customize an EC2 instance and then save the configuration as a custom AMI for your private or public use. Every EC2 instance launched selecting the customized AMI will contain any software or file that you've previously ...

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How to process SNS notifications with AWS Lambda Amazon Simple Notification Service lets you send messages to email recipients, webhooks or mobile devices via SMS or push notifications. With Amazon SNS you can deliver an unlimited number of notifications without worrying about scaling up. Additionally, you can process every message with AWS Lambda to implement any custom integration with your AWS ...

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How to launch and connect to an Amazon RDS DB instance Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. You can migrate existing applications and tools that utilize a relational database to the Amazon Web Services because Amazon RDS offers access to the capabilities of a MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, ...

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Create a Content Delivery Network (CDN) Distribution using Amazon CloudFront Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) service. You can speed up the delivery of static files using the HTTP or the HTTPS protocols. You can stream audio or video contents in real time using the RTMP protocol. Each CloudFront distribution has a unique cloudfront.net domain name that can be used to ...

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Create your first cloud infrastructure using Amazon CloudFormation Amazon CloudFormation is a popular way to make interacting with AWS repeatable. It lets you create complex infrastructure with easy-to-understand JSON specifications. CloudFormation permits you to specify in JSON all of the AWS resources that make up your infrastructure and CloudFormation handles creating and connecting them ...

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These study aids will help refresh your knowledge of core concepts covered in the Solutions Architect Associate learning path. Run the 30min primer video before you go in to sit your exam.Review the exam prep memory cards https://github.com/larky/aws/archive/1.0-aplha-cards.zip

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Summary of the content covered in the solutions architect associate learning path and tips for how to prepare for the exam. Do you have questions on this learning path? Contact our cloud experts in our community forum.   References / Acknowledgements Exam blueprint Cloudacademy Subnets / VPC / security Architecting for the Cloud Gobal infrastructureEvent notificationHigh Availability ...
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