SysOps Administrator – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS

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  • 16th August 2019 - Added courses: 'Using Elastic Load Balancing & EC2 Auto Scaling to support AWS workloads' and 'Deployment Orchestration with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Training Overview

Specifically designed to help you prepare for the AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate Certification, this Learning Path provides over 60 hours of interactive content comprised of: hands-on Labs, video Courses, and a preparation Exam. This training content has been carefully created to help you study for this practical AWS certification. The certification demands that the candidate demonstrates the ability to deploy AWS solutions for different scenarios per AWS' best practices, troubleshoot, and AWS environments for performance. The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate Certification requires its candidates to be comfortable deploying and managing full production operations on AWS. 

Intended Audience

This Learning Path is suitable for those wanting to pass the the AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate Certification Exam.


A basic understanding of cloud computing is not required but will help. We provide an introduction to AWS services, however if you are new to cloud computing you might want to consider completing our What is Cloud Computing? Course first.  

What's Included

33 high definition video Courses, 30 hands-on Labs, 5 Blog resources and a final preparation Exam.

Learning Objectives

The aim of the certification is to validate your knowledge across a number of different key areas, which have been defined by AWS as being able to:

  • Deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault-tolerant system
  • Implement and control the flow of data to and from AWS
  • Select the appropriate AWS service based on compute, data, or security requirements
  • Identify appropriate use of AWS operational best practices
  • Estimate AWS usage costs and identify operational cost control mechanisms
  • Migrate on-premises workloads to AWS

As a means of demonstrating this knowledge you will be tested across 7 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:

  • Domain 1: Monitoring and Reporting 22%
  • Domain 2: High Availability 8%
  • Domain 3: Deployment and Provisioning 14%
  • Domain 4: Storage and Data Management 12%
  • Domain 5: Security and Compliance 18%
  • Domain 6: Networking 14%
  • Domain 7: Automation and Optimization 12%

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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  • What is AWS certified SysOps administrator?

Intended for individuals with one or two years experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role, the exam validates the ability to deploy, manage and scale fault-tolerant applications on AWS.

  • How will a SysOps Administrator certification benefit your career?

People that take this certification are usually looking to gain credentials in managing and deploying production operations on AWS. After completing the certification, candidates will be in a stronger position when applying for AWS positions and, in a team environment, will help to lead enterprises to further success.

  • What is SysOps and DevOps?

SysOps and DevOps are large areas of cloud computing. DevOps manages all factors related to operation and development where SysOps looks after elements related to operations and systems.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps

1 courses

This introductory video will outline what you will cover and learn in the SysOps learning path.

2 courses

With this course, you'll get a high-level overview of how to monitor EC2, and how to react to resource changes.

3 labs

CloudWatch is a monitoring service that AWS provides. You can use it to monitor AWS resources or custom resources, inside or outside AWS.

4 courses

This course teaches advanced techniques for logging on AWS, going beyond the basic uses of CloudWatch Metrics, CloudWatch Logs, and health monitoring systems.

5 labs

Learn how to use CloudWatch to monitor EC2 instance logs for failed SSH attempts

6 labs

Learn how to monitor AWS Cloud systems by building a log aggregation system running the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana).

7 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to implement logging and monitoring across AWS Services including Amazon CloudWatch, CloudWatch Monitoring Agent, AWS CloudTrail Logs, and Amazon S3 Access Logs.

8 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to implement logging and monitoring across AWS Services including Amazon CloudWatch, CloudWatch Monitoring Agent, AWS CloudTrail Logs, and Amazon S3 Access Logs.

9 description

Understand some of the best practices of tagging resources when designing a tagging strategy

10 courses

This course shows one of the many possible alternatives for creating a high availability application, designing the whole infrastructure with a Design for Failure.

11 courses

This course dives into the fundamental elements of AWS compute services, discussing the features and advantages of each one.

12 courses

This course explains how to implement both ELB and EC2 Auto Scaling and how they work together.

13 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals

14 labs

In this lab, we are going to create an Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) within the AWS console. In the next steps, we are going to create a Classic Load balancer to forward the web traffic to a couple of EC2 instances

15 labs

You will learn the steps to automatically scale up or down your EC2 infrastructure using Auto Scaling Groups.

16 labs

Application Load Balancers support content-based routing, and supports applications that run in containers. They support a pair of industry-standard protocols (WebSocket and HTTP/2) and also provide additional visibility into the health of the target instan...

17 labs

 During this lab we will understand how to launch an Auto Scaling group behind a Classic Load Balancer

18 courses

This course introduces you to continuous delivery, providing a solid foundation for more advanced courses on the subject.

19 courses

This course explores the various tools, technologies, and vocabularies surrounding the continuous integration ecosystem.

20 labs

Follow the application lifecycle from dev to prod: continuous integration, rollbacks and blue/green deployments with AWS Code Services. 

21 description

This blog post covers some of the best practices when using CloudFormation to deploy AWS services

22 courses

In this course, you'll learn advanced AWS CloudFormation skills, including nested stacks, custom resources, continuous integration, and event automation.

23 labs

Scalable DevOps: Using CloudFormation for Whole VPC Stacks

24 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to design your deployment processes to best fit business needs.

25 labs

A hands-on lab showing you how to use Amazon CodeBuild and EC2 Container Service to perform a blue-green deployment.

26 courses

This course covers AWS Elastic Beanstalk, its uses, how it's configured and the various monitoring options available.

27 labs

For controlled deployments and efficient deployment services of code on EC2 instances, Elastic Beanstalks provides a superior interaction model and developer tools experience.

28 labs

Deploy a PHP applicationusing Chef with Amazon OpsWorks.

29 labs

Learn how to deploy a highly available website using AWS, with a scenario based on challenges, like time restrictions, and cost limitations many websites face.

30 courses

This course covers the wide range of storage services within AWS, their key features, and when and why you would use them.

31 labs

You can increase the storage space of an existing EBS volume without losing the data on the volume. To do this, you migrate your data to a larger volume and then extend the file system on the volume to recognize the newly-available space. After you verify t...

32 labs

You can increase the storage space of an existing EBS volume without losing the data on the volume. To do this, you migrate your data to a larger volume and then extend the file system on the volume to recognize the newly-available space. After you verify t...

33 description

How to encrypt and EBS volume

34 labs

EC2 instances can use multiple storage volumes, learn how to add and manage them using EBS.

35 description

How to Optimize S3 Performance

36 labs

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applica...

37 courses

This course explains how and when to use Amazon S3, AWS Storage Gateway, and AWS Snowball for backup and disaster recovery.

38 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: AWS Storage Fundamentals

39 courses

Learn how to set up an automated data management and backup system using Amazon's EBS, S3, Glacier, and Data Pipeline services.

40 description

Understand where your security responsibility starts and ends with the shared responsibility models

41 courses

This course explains AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM), what it is, and how to implement it.

42 labs

Learn how to create and manage IAM users, groups and policies to securely control access to AWS services and resources.

43 labs

Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles 

44 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Overview of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

45 courses

This course introduces you to AWS Identity Federation and includes a demo on how to use it.

46 courses

In this course, you'll learn about security mechanisms around AWS Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting, using a variety of services.

47 quizzes

Authentication, Authorization & Accounting

48 courses

In this course, you will learn the basics of KMS, what it will cost to implement, how to encrypt data, and more...

49 quizzes

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Intermediate

50 courses

In this course, you'll learn about the S3 encryption and decryption process for S3 Managed Keys, KMS Managed Keys, and Customer Provided Keys.

51 labs

In this lab, you'll learn about Amazon Key Management Service to encrypt S3 and EBS Data at an intermediate level. Get started today!

52 courses

This course looks at how to secure your big data within AWS by implementing different data encryption options.

53 labs

Learn how to increment the network security creating a public and private subnet on VPC and filter traffic using network ACL

54 courses

This course gives you an overview of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud and its associated networking components.

55 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC

56 courses

This course looks at how to design your AWS Virtual Private Cloud through the use of different VPC Subnet and Routing configurations.

57 labs

Set up VPC peering between Amazon Virtual Private Clouds, leverage Amazon Route 53 private hosted zones, and diagnose network issues with VPC flow logs in this Lab

58 courses

In this course, you'll be introduced to the IPsec security protocol and understand what it is and why and where it is useful.

59 labs

Set Up VPN Connections with an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud using dynamic routing (BGP), and manage traffic using multi-homed routers

60 courses

In this course, you'll learn how you can solve some of the common issues that can occur when running cloud networking at scale.

61 courses

In this course, you'll gain an understanding of both OSI and TCP/IP networking models, architecting, and operating large scale networks.

62 courses

In this course, you'll learn what you can do to reduce overall spending while maintaining innovation velocity.

63 courses

This course explains how to leverage excess cloud capacity to optimize the costs of cloud computing using spot instances.

64 courses

This course dives into the AWS Trusted Advisor service to explain how it works and how you can use it to benefit your AWS account.

65 labs

Follow best practices with AWS Trusted Advisor auditing your AWS environment and advising you on performance, and security improvements.

66 courses

This course provides an introduction to the AWS CloudTrail service, looking at all its features and components.

67 quizzes

AWS CloudTrail Intermediate

68 courses

In this course, you'll learn how AWS Config allows you to have visibility of your entire AWS infrastructure from a configuration perspective.

69 quizzes

AWS Config Intermediate

70 labs

Compliance check using AWS Config Rules: See how AWS Config can enhance your security and compliance with AWS managed rules and custom rules with AWS Lambda

71 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to build automatically provisioned and managed Amazon infrastructure using AWS CloudFormation.

72 courses

In this course, you'll learn to design greater applications using managed services in a decoupled environment and understand the differences between SQS, SES, and SNS.

73 labs

Learn how to create and run your first AWS Lambda function.

74 labs

Automating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch EventsAutomating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch Events

75 labs

Schedule periodic tasks in a serverless fashion with AWS Lambda and CloudWatch Events.

76 labs

Learn how to invoke a Lambda function to process and manipulate notifications published on SNS topics.

77 labs

Learn how to invoke a Lambda function and implement custom logics in response to S3 events (e.g. object creation, update or deletion).

78 courses

This course reviews and summarizes the SysOps Administrator – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS learning path.

79 exam-filled

Preparation Exam: Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate for AWS (2018)

About the Author

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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 centre and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 50+ courses relating to Cloud, most within the AWS category with a heavy focus on security and compliance

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.

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