SysOps Administrator – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS

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Description

Updates:

  • 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.

Prerequisites

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.

Feedback

We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at support@cloudacademy.com if you are unsure about where to start or if you would like help getting started.

Q&A

  • 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.

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Learning Path Steps

1 courses

This introductory video will outline what you will cover and learn in the SysOps Learning Path from Cloud Academy. Learning Objectives To understand the key areas of knowledge that AWS will test upon To become aware of the different domains and control...

2 courses

Course Description: CloudWatch is a monitoring service for cloud resources in the applications you run on Amazon Web Services. CloudWatch can collect metrics, set and manage alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources. Amazon Web Servi...

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

Modern AWS cloud deployments are increasingly distributed systems, comprising of many different components and services interacting with each other to deliver software. In order to ensure quality delivery, companies and DevOps teams need more sophisticated ...

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

Course Description This course is part 1 of a 2 part course series which focuses on a number of key AWS services and how they perform logging and monitoring across your environment.  Being able to monitor data provides a number of key benefits to your or...

8 courses

Course Description This course is part 2 of a 2 part course series which focuses on a number of key AWS services and how they perform logging and monitoring across your environment.  Being able to monitor data provides a number of key benefits to your or...

9 description

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

10 courses

The gold standard for high availability is five 9's, meaning guaranteed uptime 99.999% of the time. That means just five and a half minutes of downtime throughout an entire year. Achieving this kind of reliability requires some advanced knowledge of the man...

11 courses

Understanding the fundamentals of AWS is critical if you want to deploy services and resources within the AWS Cloud.  The Compute category of services are key resources that allow you to carry out computational abilities via a series of instructions used by...

12 courses

Course Description Elastic Load Balancing and EC2 Auto Scaling are widely used features within AWS to help you maintain reliability, availability and reduce costs within your environment.  As such, it's fundamental that if you are designing, operating ...

13 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals

14 courses

Load Balancing refers to distributing workloads across multiple computing resources in order to avoid overloading some nodes while leaving others underused. When properly configured, load balancing can greatly increase an infrastructure's availability and p...

15 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

16 labs

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

17 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...

18 labs

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

19 courses

Introduction to Continuous Delivery There was a time where it was commonplace for companies to deploy new features on a bi-monthly or monthly, and in some cases even quarterly basis. Long gone are the days where companies can deploy on such an extended sc...

20 courses

Course Description Continuous integration is the first step toward a completely automated development, deployment and operations pipeline. It helps to mitigate integration issues, and catch known issues early via automated testing. If you're new to continu...

21 labs

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

22 description

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

23 courses

As AWS-based cloud environments grow in complexity, DevOps Professionals need to adopt more powerful tools and techniques to manage complex deployments. In the AWS ecosystem, CloudFormation is the most powerful and sophisticated automation tool available to...

24 labs

Scalable DevOps: Using CloudFormation for Whole VPC Stacks

25 courses

As modern software expectations increase the burden on DevOps delivery processes, engineers working on AWS need increasingly reliable and rapid deployment techniques. This course aims to teach students how to design their deployment processes to best fit bu...

26 labs

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

27 courses

Course Description AWS Elastic Beanstalk can help you deploy and scale your applications and services with ease and without you having to worry about provisioning components and implementing high availability features such as elastic load balancing and...

28 labs

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

29 labs

Deploy a PHP applicationusing Chef with Amazon OpsWorks.

30 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.

31 courses

Course Description One of the core building blocks of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is that of storage, and AWS provides a wide range of storage services that allow you to architect the correct solution for your needs.  Understanding what each of thes...

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 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...

34 description

How to encrypt and EBS volume

35 labs

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

36 description

How to Optimize S3 Performance

37 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...

38 courses

Course Description With an on-premises data backup solution within your data center, it’s critical for your business to have a disaster recovery plan built into your business continuity plans. You need to have a plan in place should a disaster occur that a...

39 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: AWS Storage Fundamentals

40 courses

Data management is a key part of the infrastructure of most organizations, especially those dealing with large data stores. For example, imagine a team involved in scientifical analysis of data: they probably require a system to store the raw data in, anoth...

41 description

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

42 courses

This course looks at one of the key Security services within AWS, Identity & Access Management, commonly referred to IAM. This service manages identities and their permissions that are able to access your AWS resources and so understanding how this service ...

43 labs

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

44 labs

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

45 exam-filled

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

46 courses

Course Description: AWS Identity Federation is the concept of using external authorization sources to permit access to AWS Console and AWS Resources. Identity Federation comes is multiple levels that enables the use of existing directories or SAML to ensur...

47 courses

Cloud Security is a huge topic, mainly because it has so many different areas of focus. This course focuses on three areas that are fundamental, AWS Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting. These three topics can all be linked together and having an u...

48 quizzes

Authentication, Authorization & Accounting

49 courses

Course Description Unencrypted data can be read and seen by anyone who has access to it, and data stored at-rest or sent between two locations, in-transit, is known as ‘plaintext’ or ‘cleartext’ data.  The data is plain to see and can be seen and under...

50 quizzes

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Intermediate

51 courses

Course Description We have all seen in the media numerous occurrences whereby large international organizations have had their data exposed and leaked that had been stored on S3.  Any sensitive data stored in the cloud MUST be encrypted, and when stori...

52 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!

53 courses

Resources mentioned throughout this course: Cloud Academy Courses: Amazon Web Services: Key Management Services (KMS) Working with Amazon Kinesis Getting started with AWS CloudHSM AWS Resources: Configuring HDFS Transparent Encryption in Amazon ...

54 labs

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

55 courses

This course has been designed to give you an overview of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud and its associated networking components.  This will help you to architect and build your VPC for a variety of different work loads and use cases.  The topics covered wit...

56 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC

57 courses

Description Creating and configuring a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) within AWS can be a simple or difficult process. It all very much depends on the complexity of your requirements. For example, how many subnets and hosts will you require? will you be using...

58 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

59 courses

In this course, you will be introduced to Amazon VPC IPsec VPNs. We will first introduce you to the IPsec security protocol, highlighting key components - providing explanations of what it is and why and where it is useful. We will describe in detail the i...

60 labs

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

61 courses

OverviewJoin cloud experts Neel Kumar and Mike McLaughin from Aviatrix for a technical chalk talk on how you can solve some of the common issues that can occur when running cloud networking at scale. This group of chalk talks and technical demonstrations pr...

62 courses

In this training course you will be introduced to the OSI and TCP/IP networking models. This course will provide you with an understanding of both models, useful for learning, architecting, and/or operating large scale networks. To start with, we will revie...

63 courses

Course Description: Cloud computing providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are becoming a larger part of our IT budget, making it necessary to understand their cost. We may even be surprised to see public cloud bills...

64 courses

OverviewThis course from Kevin McGragh, VP of Architecture at Spotinst.com explains how to leverage excess cloud capacity from providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform to optimize the costs of cloud computing using spot instances.  ...

65 courses

Course Description: Trying to ensure that your AWS infrastructure remains optimized at all times can be a daunting task.  By the very nature of AWS, your infrastructure is likely to be very fluid with the different resources used across your entire AWS acc...

66 labs

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

67 courses

Any information that helps to secure your Cloud infrastructure is of significant use to security engineers and architects, with AWS CloudTrail you have the ability to capture all AWS API calls made by users and/or services. Whenever an API request is made ...

68 quizzes

AWS CloudTrail Intermediate

69 courses

With the ever-changing nature of Cloud Computing in AWS, through the use of Auto Scaling, and self-healing architecture mechanisms, having visibility and awareness of your AWS resources is invaluable. It can be difficult to understand what your resources wi...

70 quizzes

AWS Config Intermediate

71 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

72 courses

Modern IT infrastructures can be quite complex and are usually built from many distinct components: computing instances, load balancers, storage volumes, CDNs, caching nodes, one or more database clusters, etc. You need to setup each component specifically ...

73 courses

With this course, you will be helping and enabling your development teams to architect applications that are highly scalable and resilient using best practices when working within a decoupled environment. This will lead to increased availability of operatio...

74 labs

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

75 labs

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

76 labs

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

77 labs

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

78 labs

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

79 courses

This summary will provide an overview of what you have been learning across the duration of this SysOps Learning Path from Cloud Academy. Learning Objectives To provide a recap of the domains covered by the content of the Learning Path Intended Audie...

80 exam-filled

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

Changelog

Aug 16 2019

Add courses:

  • Using Elastic Load Balancing & EC2 Auto Scaling to support AWS workloads
  • Deployment Orchestration with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

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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