AWS: Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Amazon Web Services Certification

by Jeremy Cioara

Total Videos : 16 Course Duration: 06:51:46
1. Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Course (00:07:55)
2. AWS Design: Why use AWS and Global Best Practices (00:29:08)
3. AWS Elasticity: Principles of Elasticity (00:19:54)
4. AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Using Bootstrapping (00:31:13)
5. AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Implementing CloudFormation (00:34:36)
6. AWS Elasticity: Components of Auto Scaling (00:34:32)
7. AWS Storage: Elastic Block Store (EBS) (00:30:46)
8. AWS Storage: S3 and CloudFront (00:31:23)
9. AWS Security: Understanding Shared Security (00:17:12)
10. AWS Security: Using the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) (00:47:40)
11. AWS Security: Working with IAM (00:28:42)
12. AWS Security: IAM Best Practices (00:15:24)
13. AWS Database: Database Tips (00:11:26)
14. AWS Cost: Optimizing AWS Expenses (00:27:32)
15. AWS Availability: Designing High Availability in AWS (00:24:55)
16. AWS Migration: Creating a Cloud Migration Strategy (00:19:28)
This Amazon Web Services video training course with Jeremy Cioara covers the second half of training for the AWS CSA certification, Associate Level.

Related area of expertise:
  • Amazon Web Services

Recommended skills:
Recommended equipment:
  • None, but an AWS account is HIGHLY recommended

Related certifications:
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect

Related job functions:
  • AWS solution design
  • AWS implementation
  • IT management
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Architecture course is a "sequel" to the AWS Certified Solution Architect: Foundations course. It picks up assuming students are well versed in AWS technologies and assembles a series of “best practices” that, when put together, allow you to deploy a highly-available, cost-effective, automatically-scaling AWS solution that goes so far beyond “getting the job done,” your organization will wonder how they ever survived without AWS. This paradigm-shifting course will leave you floating on AWS Cloud Nine.

Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Course

00:00:00 - Welcome to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect
00:00:03 - Architecture Series, which is a wonderfully redundantly
00:00:07 - redundant title, but for good reason.
00:00:10 - This portion of the series-- this is part two of the AWS
00:00:13 - Certified Solutions Architect--
00:00:15 - focuses on the architecture or design of a world class
00:00:19 - enterprise scale, highly available, amazing--
00:00:22 - I can't think of any more synonyms--
00:00:24 - AWS solution.
00:00:25 - My goal for this introduction is simple.
00:00:28 - I really want to give you a bearing on the roadmap, as in
00:00:31 - here you are here, and here's we're going, and here's how
00:00:34 - we're going to get there.
00:00:35 - And then here's how you can get the most from your journey
00:00:38 - along the way.
00:00:40 - The reason I can confidently say this introduction will be
00:00:42 - short is because it's the same slide set as what I used for
00:00:46 - the foundation series.
00:00:47 - So I don't need to talk about what the cloud is, how did the
00:00:50 - Amazon get into the cloud, the history and all that.
00:00:52 - But what I do want to do is take a moment to give you your
00:00:55 - bearings as to where you're at in the AWS
00:00:57 - Certification Series.
00:00:59 - This is the sequel.
00:01:01 - You right now are in architecting for AWS.
00:01:03 - So chances are very good that you've already gone through
00:01:06 - the foundation series.
00:01:07 - Now woah, hang on, hang on.
00:01:08 - Before you hit the close button, be like, OK, I got to
00:01:11 - go back and take foundation, let me talk about why might
00:01:14 - you be able to skip this.
00:01:16 - Why might you be able to jump straight here?
00:01:17 - I would say if you have a significant background in
00:01:20 - working with AWS, you may not need the foundation series.
00:01:23 - What do I mean by that?
00:01:24 - I mean you can confidently look at things and go, OK, I
00:01:26 - know what an EC2 instance is, I know what an EBS volume is.
00:01:29 - I know how to take an EBS volume and
00:01:31 - snapshot it into S3.
00:01:33 - I know what S3 is.
00:01:33 - I know what a bucket is.
00:01:34 - I know how to host a website out of a bucket in S3.
00:01:36 - I know how to assign permissions to the people
00:01:39 - accessing that website in S3.
00:01:40 - You know what I mean, right?
00:01:43 - Let me just dive into everything.
00:01:45 - You can confidently look at all of the service offerings,
00:01:48 - or I can even say most of the service offerings at AWS and
00:01:51 - say, I know what that is.
00:01:52 - Maybe I haven't used it yet, but I know what it is.
00:01:55 - I know what it's capable of.
00:01:57 - You may be a candidate to skip the foundation series.
00:02:00 - All right?
00:02:00 - Good.
00:02:00 - OK.
00:02:01 - So architecting, where this is going to begin is assuming
00:02:05 - that you have the foundations.
00:02:06 - You know what the services are.
00:02:08 - You're familiar with the AWS Management interface.
00:02:10 - And we can just start diving straight into the best
00:02:13 - practices, the theme of this series.
00:02:15 - How do you put these pieces together in the
00:02:16 - best possible way?
00:02:18 - Prerequisites for it.
00:02:20 - Now like I said, I pulled this slide straight from the
00:02:22 - foundation series.
00:02:23 - To get started in the foundations,
00:02:24 - you need an IT mindset.
00:02:26 - And I will again put a resounding gong on that--
00:02:29 - I don't know why a gong would symbolize it, but
00:02:32 - we'll go with it--
00:02:33 - a resounding, repeated yes on this.
00:02:35 - Because there's so many pieces in AWS that assumes, OK, you
00:02:39 - know what a hard drive is, right?
00:02:41 - You've been there.
00:02:42 - You've seen a server.
00:02:42 - You know some of the advantages of having your own
00:02:44 - server and all those kinds of things.
00:02:46 - So an IT mindset is essential.
00:02:48 - But in addition, I will say the knowledge from the
00:02:51 - foundations course is necessary to dive into
00:02:55 - architecting for AWS.
00:02:57 - You have that foundation laid.
00:03:00 - I also wanted to bring this slide up from the AWS
00:03:02 - foundation series again.
00:03:03 - Because my recommendations have changed for this series.
00:03:07 - In the foundation series, my keyword was tinker.
00:03:10 - Go in there, get an AWS account, throw your credit
00:03:12 - card in, get a free service tier for a year,
00:03:15 - and just play around.
00:03:16 - Create some DNS records.
00:03:17 - Spin up an EC2 instance.
00:03:19 - Create an EBS volume.
00:03:20 - Just toy around and see what happens with the tools that
00:03:24 - you have so you can get exposed to the tools.
00:03:26 - And now I would say, by the time you're in AW
00:03:28 - architecture, the tinkering is over.
00:03:30 - Let's now envision a project for this series.
00:03:35 - I want you to think about why are you here?
00:03:37 - Obviously, your company is either using AWS or is
00:03:40 - considering AWS.
00:03:42 - Or you just want to know more about AWS because you know
00:03:45 - it's a marketable skill set that might get you a job.
00:03:47 - Regardless of where you are, I need you to think of a project
00:03:51 - right now that you would like to move into AWS and begin
00:03:55 - envisioning that throughout this series.
00:03:57 - Maybe it's something that your company is hosting in their
00:03:59 - own data center or out of their local corporate offices
00:04:03 - that you're saying, this would be better placed in AWS.
00:04:06 - Maybe your company is not even doing this.
00:04:07 - Maybe you just think of something
00:04:09 - personal that you have.
00:04:09 - For instance, I have a blog.
00:04:11 - I loosely say that.
00:04:12 - It's there.
00:04:13 - I think it's been about a year since I last posted on it.
00:04:16 - But it's there, a little Wordpress blog that I run out
00:04:18 - of Bluehost.
00:04:20 - If I had nothing better, I would say, OK, I'm going to
00:04:22 - move that blog into AWS, and I'm going to engineer that
00:04:25 - thing in the most amazing way.
00:04:26 - I want my blog to auto scale, so when I get the masses of
00:04:30 - visitors coming to it because I posted that I ate green
00:04:32 - beans for dinner last night and everybody wanted to know
00:04:34 - that, I'm going to be able to auto scale and implement
00:04:37 - multiple EC2 instances.
00:04:38 - And then in the evening when nobody's looking at my blog, I
00:04:41 - can shut those EC2 instances down.
00:04:43 - I'm going to have redundant DNS.
00:04:45 - The reason I'm saying this is because this is a series of
00:04:50 - best practices.
00:04:51 - And if you don't have something in mind
00:04:53 - specifically, it's going to be like good advice.
00:04:56 - Like your parents when you grow up and they're like, son,
00:04:58 - you should always look both ways before crossing the--
00:05:01 - OK.
00:05:02 - Thanks, mom.
00:05:02 - Thanks, mom.
00:05:03 - How many things did your parents tell you that you're
00:05:05 - like, OK, that was good advice, and I have no
00:05:07 - recollection of that whatsoever, because it didn't
00:05:10 - apply to something--
00:05:11 - I'm sure it did, but whatever.
00:05:14 - It didn't apply to something practically at hand.
00:05:16 - So by creating a project for yourself--
00:05:18 - And actually, hand, I just thought of something.
00:05:20 - At the very end of this series, the last Nugget, at
00:05:23 - least as it stands right now, there is a Nugget called
00:05:26 - Migrating Your Applications to the Cloud.
00:05:29 - I want you to look at that one first.
00:05:33 - I know.
00:05:33 - I even feel wrong recommending it.
00:05:35 - You can't read the end of the book before the beginning.
00:05:37 - No, seriously.
00:05:37 - Look at that.
00:05:38 - Because that Nugget is geared around how do you do this.
00:05:43 - OK.
00:05:43 - I've got this big old whatever at my company.
00:05:47 - Do I just forklift this thing up to the
00:05:49 - cloud and make it happen?
00:05:50 - How do I do that?
00:05:51 - That Nugget actually goes through here's how you break
00:05:54 - it down into its different components, line it up to the
00:05:57 - pieces of AWS that will be able to make that application
00:06:01 - work in the best possible way.
00:06:03 - By starting there, by starting with that Nugget, it's like us
00:06:07 - Stephen Covey, Seven Habits, begin with the end in mind.
00:06:10 - Know where you're going, so that then, as you go through
00:06:13 - the rest of the series and you see these best practices,
00:06:16 - you're like, sweet.
00:06:17 - I can do this, this, and this, and that'll help this
00:06:19 - component of my application even more.
00:06:22 - That way, you're already applying the things, the
00:06:25 - advice, if you will, that you get throughout this series,
00:06:28 - into a practical project, which just makes it
00:06:31 - so much more real.
00:06:33 - So have a yellow pad or blank paper.
00:06:35 - I always have a little pile of paper sitting by my desk where
00:06:38 - I can just draw and think.
00:06:40 - Humans are tactile creatures.
00:06:42 - It does not help if you are--
00:06:45 - It does not help most people if you have a little Microsoft
00:06:48 - Word document and you're just typing things as you go, or,
00:06:51 - worse yet, that you're just in TiVo mode
00:06:53 - listening or watching.
00:06:54 - Sure, you can glean some.
00:06:56 - But be a tactile creature that you are created to be.
00:06:59 - Have that piece of paper, have a pen, and as interesting
00:07:02 - things happen-- it doesn't even matter if it
00:07:05 - makes sense or not--
00:07:06 - put a little bullet, write it down, draw a diagram, say, OK,
00:07:09 - if I've got my server here and a redundant incident--
00:07:11 - Be drawing some of the things that I'm talking about.
00:07:14 - Seriously, the more senses that you can engage as you go
00:07:17 - through this, the less TV-like it is, the better your
00:07:22 - attention, and the more successful you're going to be
00:07:24 - at the end of the day.
00:07:26 - That is it.
00:07:27 - I just wanted to give you a quick kick-start into the
00:07:29 - series and give you this project mindset to help you
00:07:33 - gain the biggest benefit that you can from this series.
00:07:36 - This series, it's a blast.
00:07:39 - This is always my favorite Nugget to record from the
00:07:41 - series, because it's all done.
00:07:42 - And this is the last one I do.
00:07:44 - I can confidently say this has been an amazingly enjoyable
00:07:48 - series to put together, and I know that you're going to gain
00:07:50 - a ton from it.
00:07:51 - Well, I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd
00:07:53 - like to thank you for viewing.

AWS Design: Why use AWS and Global Best Practices

AWS Elasticity: Principles of Elasticity

AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Using Bootstrapping

AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Implementing CloudFormation

AWS Elasticity: Components of Auto Scaling

AWS Storage: Elastic Block Store (EBS)

AWS Storage: S3 and CloudFront

AWS Security: Understanding Shared Security

AWS Security: Using the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

AWS Security: Working with IAM

AWS Security: IAM Best Practices

AWS Database: Database Tips

AWS Cost: Optimizing AWS Expenses

AWS Availability: Designing High Availability in AWS

AWS Migration: Creating a Cloud Migration Strategy

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Jeremy Cioara

Jeremy Cioara

CBT Nuggets Trainer

Cisco CCNA, CCDA, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CCDP, CCIE R&S; Amazon Web Services CSA; Microsoft MCP, MCSE, Novell CNA, CNE; CompTIA A+, Network+, iNet+

Area Of Expertise:
Cisco network administration and development. Author or coauthor of numerous books, including: CCNA Voice 640-461 Official Cert Guide; CCNA Voice Official Exam Certification Guide (640-460 IIUC); CCENT Exam Prep (Exam 640-822); CCNA Exam Cram (Exam 640-802) 3rd Edition; and CCNA Voice 640-461 Official Cert Guide.

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