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AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Foundations

Associate Level

Course Duration: 06:37:11
AWS Certified Solution Architect: Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Series
Welcome to the AWS Certified Solution Architect series! In this opening Nugget, Jeremy discusses the high-level view of AWS cloud services and then dives into the three AWS Certification tracks. This Nugget wraps up by discussing the best learning techniques you can use to maximize your retention (this is super valuable).
AWS Foundations: What is the Cloud? ...and What is Amazon Doing There?
From online bookseller to Cloud Computing giant? How did become AWS? This is just the beginning of this Nugget. By time you're done, you'll understand the path Amazon followed, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and a benefit comparison of running your own data center versus using AWS!
AWS Foundations: Understanding Elastic Computing and AWS Global Infrastructure
No, Elastic Computing has nothing to do with your gym shorts, however, this AWS-coined term encapsulates the very essence of the power behind using a cloud infrastructure to meet your business objectives! Join Jeremy, as he discusses the realities of this topic, along with using Regions and Availability Zones to reach a scalability level that engineers only dream about-at a fraction of the cost.
AWS Foundations: Is AWS Secure? How?
There's something creepy about the very suggestion of using a public cloud to store private data. And yet, AWS does just that in the best possible way! This Nugget breaks down the many security methods used by AWS, and addresses the concept of shared responsibility as it relates to securing your data.
AWS Foundations: Sign up for an AWS Account and Get Free Stuff
Free stuff? Really? ABSOLUTELY! It's hard not to do a double take when you see what AWS offers to new subscribers. In addition to the free stuff, this Nugget walks you through what you need to know to get started with AWS and the process of setting up an account.
EC2 Services: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
It's time to move out from the foundations and into the services! This Nugget is focused 100 percent on AWS EC2 services, including terminology (instance, EBS, Ephemeral storage, AMI, ECU), and instance types.
EC2 Services: EC2 Pricing
You might wonder, "Why would I need training on the cost of a service?" Just wait until you get into this mind-bending Nugget! Jeremy masterfully unfolds EC2 pricing structure (including on-demand, reserved instance, spot, and marketplace pricing) and provides you advice on how to get the most bang for your buck!
EC2 Services: Practical EC2
Jeremy adds a little practicality to the AWS Solutions Architect Certification exam. In this Nugget, we live in the AWS Management Console and walk through choosing an AMI and instance type, understanding and using cryptographic key pairs, implementing security groups, creating your own AMI, and more! Jeremy even places a bid (and WINS) some cheap Spot pricing for the AWS instances.
AWS Storage: Cloud Storage Options
It's time to go deep with AWS storage options! This Nugget covers the details behind S3, EBS, Glacier, and Ephemeral storage.
AWS Storage: Practical AWS Storage
It's time to add some reality to the storage concepts. In this Nugget, Jeremy puts together plenty of S3, EBS, and Glacier stuff through live demonstrations. By time you are done with this, you will understand how to create S3 buckets, host websites from S3, EBS volumes and snapshots, Glacier vaults, and more!
AWS Services: VPC, ELB, Route53, CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling
Now if this topic list doesn't get your head spinning, we're not too sure what will! In this Nugget, Jeremy covers each of these quasi-networking services of AWS from a high level view (what they are, why they're useful, some basic configuration).
AWS Services: SES, SNS, SQS
No, no...SNS does NOT stand for Super Nintendo System in this case (sorry!). Instead, the focus of this Nugget is to impart an understanding of the "S-little" guys (Jeremy came up with this). By time you're done here, you'll have a great understanding of the Simple Email Service (SES), the Simple Notification Service (SNS), and the Simple Queuing Service (SQS)!
AWS Services: Database Options and the AWS API
Nearly everyone who runs a cloud-based service has some type of database supporting that service. Likewise, nearly everyone manages their database "the old way"...until now! AWS hosts not one, but THREE database-as-a-service offerings: Relational Databases (RDS - MySQL, SQL, Oracle), SimpleDB (noSQL), and DynamoDB (big noSQL) which are discussed in this Nugget. In addition, Jeremy explores the AWS API in a big-picture way.
AWS Services: CloudFront, CloudFormation, and Elastic Beanstalk
What better way to end the AWS Foundation series than to discuss three amazing AWS services: CloudFront (worldwide content distribution network), CloudFormation (AWS service template automation), and Elastic Beanstalk (CloudFormation templates based on development environments).

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This Amazon Web Services certification training with trainer Jeremy Cioara covers core AWS skills and concepts you need to start earning the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level certification.

Recommended skills
  • Familiarity with cloud computing
  • General IT experience
  • Knowledge of core PC/server components including CPU, Memory, Hard Disk space
  • Windows/Linux administration skills will be helpful
  • General knowledge of IP addressing

Related certifications
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect

Related job functions
  • Systems architect
  • Network administrator
  • AWS cloud designer

  • Get ready for AWS certification with this series! Jeremy Cioara is your guide to the concepts and configurations you need to get started using Amazon Web Services, including EC2, S3, and more. He also gives an overview of the new AWS certification track, and the steps to attaining AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

AWS Certified Solution Architect: Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Se...

00:00:00 - Hello, and welcome to AWS Certified Solution Architect
00:00:04 - Foundation Series.
00:00:06 - My name is Jeremy Cioara.
00:00:07 - I'll be hanging out with you through this entire series,
00:00:09 - which actually is now done.
00:00:11 - I've finished recording the entire series.
00:00:13 - And this Nugget is always one of my favorite to record
00:00:18 - because I get to take all of these topics that I've talked
00:00:21 - about and hand it to you on a silver platter and say, look.
00:00:23 - This is going to be what you learn.
00:00:26 - And it's funny.
00:00:26 - Just, even as I say that, my mind just went in 50
00:00:28 - directions.
00:00:29 - I'm like, oh, and I can-- and this--and this.
00:00:31 - There's just so much to talk about.
00:00:32 - But let me hone it in.
00:00:33 - What we're going to be talking about here is the cloud.
00:00:36 - Welcome to the cloud, at least as a high level view as it
00:00:39 - relates to Amazon Web Services.
00:00:40 - Talk about what we're going to be doing here.
00:00:42 - Then we'll look at the specifics of the first AWS
00:00:45 - certification, the Certified Solution Architect is the
00:00:48 - first certification Amazon has come out with.
00:00:51 - I'm going to give you kind of an overview, some of how this
00:00:53 - series lines up to that.
00:00:55 - And just, again, big picture on the certification.
00:00:58 - And then spin that right into how to get the
00:01:00 - most from the series.
00:01:02 - CBT Nuggets actually has a very unique and effective way
00:01:07 - of training.
00:01:07 - And I've got some tips for you.
00:01:09 - I've been teaching with CBT Nuggets for more
00:01:10 - than a decade now.
00:01:12 - And I've got some tips for you for how you can maximize your
00:01:16 - learning through this style that we call CBT Nuggets.
00:01:20 - Let's start off with the big picture--
00:01:22 - cloud computing with Amazon Web Services.
00:01:25 - It doesn't take you too long in the world today to hear the
00:01:29 - words cloud computing.
00:01:31 - Even nontechnical people hear about that all the time
00:01:34 - because, truly, the cloud is upon us.
00:01:36 - And what is the cloud?
00:01:38 - Wow, that's a bold question to start with.
00:01:41 - Can I give you a really simple definition?
00:01:43 - It just means it's not here.
00:01:46 - Well, where's here?
00:01:48 - It's not at my house.
00:01:50 - It's not at my office.
00:01:51 - It's not at my friend's house or their office.
00:01:53 - Is it's not here.
00:01:54 - Most likely, it is in a data center.
00:01:57 - OK, what is it?
00:01:58 - Well, the services that I'm trying to access, whether it
00:02:01 - be a website, whether it be file storage, whether it be
00:02:04 - blah, blah, blah--
00:02:05 - fill in the IT service.
00:02:07 - It's not here.
00:02:08 - It's put in a data center that has the best of connectivity.
00:02:12 - The best of servers.
00:02:13 - The best of redundancy.
00:02:14 - The best of firewalls.
00:02:16 - So I can put all of my funding in one place instead of
00:02:19 - spreading it out, which is traditional IT, to all my
00:02:21 - office and having to build this large, highly available
00:02:25 - infrastructure wherever I go.
00:02:26 - So cloud computing really does change everything.
00:02:29 - And I will tell you, if you are new to Amazon Web
00:02:32 - Services, you are in for a ride.
00:02:34 - I just have a whole bag of paradigm shifters right here
00:02:37 - that I'm going to just pull out.
00:02:38 - And you're going to be going, wow, wow, wow.
00:02:41 - It really does change everything.
00:02:42 - And it's exciting.
00:02:43 - So why is Amazon Web Services in this world?
00:02:46 - Because they have been in it the longest.
00:02:48 - And I will tell you, and you'll hear this as I get into
00:02:52 - the next couple Nuggets, Amazon Web Services didn't
00:02:55 - evolve like Amazon just had some extra computing capacity.
00:03:00 - And we'll talk about this in the very--
00:03:02 - I think first Nugget right after this.
00:03:04 - How did the Amazon get there?
00:03:05 - They didn't just have some bonus capacity that they
00:03:09 - rolled out and said, hey, why don't why don't you guys just
00:03:12 - use some of our extra servers and then Amazon
00:03:14 - Web Services came.
00:03:15 - No.
00:03:15 - They were very intentional about rolling
00:03:17 - this out as a service.
00:03:18 - And again, we'll talk more about that.
00:03:20 - But out of anybody, Amazon Web Services has been in this
00:03:24 - longer than anybody.
00:03:25 - So they have a massive head start around any other
00:03:30 - competitor that's out there.
00:03:31 - And I use competitor loosely.
00:03:33 - But I'll throw for instance, Microsoft Azure, that's, I
00:03:36 - would say, the fastest approaching and most viable
00:03:39 - competitor.
00:03:40 - But there's also things like Rackspace.
00:03:42 - There's other people that are essentially allowing you to
00:03:45 - lease space in a data center that you can put your services
00:03:50 - on and things like that.
00:03:51 - But I would say, out of them all--
00:03:53 - and it's surely because we're talking 10 plus years of
00:03:56 - experience here--
00:03:57 - Amazon has just-- it's--
00:04:00 - I'm trying to think of the word I can use.
00:04:02 - It's just like a veteran.
00:04:04 - In this quasi-new thing that we call cloud computing,
00:04:08 - Amazon's like, well, new?
00:04:10 - What do you mean new?
00:04:11 - We've been there.
00:04:12 - And you get that feel as you're in their interface.
00:04:15 - It's like, these features are seasoned, as in they've been
00:04:19 - there, done that.
00:04:20 - They've seen the bugs.
00:04:21 - They've fixed them.
00:04:22 - They've figured out the best possible
00:04:24 - way for you to integrate.
00:04:25 - So when I think of competition to Amazon Web Services--
00:04:28 - can I create an Excel spreadsheet saying, OK, here
00:04:31 - are the competitors?
00:04:32 - Sure.
00:04:32 - Absolutely I can.
00:04:34 - But it really is--
00:04:36 - I will say right now--
00:04:37 - Amazon is just standing in a class of their own.
00:04:39 - Really, just because of the vast experience that they've
00:04:42 - had with this.
00:04:43 - So let's talk specifically certification.
00:04:47 - Because of the need for Amazon to have engineers that they
00:04:52 - say, yes, we know that these people know their stuff.
00:04:55 - We know that they know our services and we can recommend
00:04:58 - them to you and people can put it on their resume
00:05:00 - and things like that.
00:05:01 - They've created the first of what I believe will be many
00:05:04 - certifications that you can take.
00:05:05 - So if you go to,
00:05:09 - it'll take you straight to this page right here, which
00:05:11 - goes over kind of the overview.
00:05:13 - But I want to hone you into a few key things.
00:05:16 - First off, there are three tracks.
00:05:19 - Can I call them tracks as in major roads that you could
00:05:23 - head down with AWS certification.
00:05:27 - My background is heavily in technology certification.
00:05:30 - I've gone into--
00:05:31 - Novell certification was actually where I began many,
00:05:34 - many, many moons ago.
00:05:35 - Then I got into Microsoft certification, then got into
00:05:37 - Cisco certification.
00:05:38 - And every one of the vendors have different tracks.
00:05:41 - So Cisco is I would say my forte, as in the one I spent
00:05:46 - the most time in.
00:05:47 - So there is, for instance, a routing and
00:05:48 - switching track for Cisco.
00:05:50 - There is a voiceover IP track for Cisco.
00:05:53 - There is a security track.
00:05:54 - So whatever specialty you want.
00:05:56 - So Amazon has the same kind of thing.
00:05:57 - But they're calling it Solution Architect, Sys Op
00:06:00 - Administrator, and Developer.
00:06:03 - Now as of right now, I'm talking to you in 2013,
00:06:07 - they've only released one certification.
00:06:09 - I'm going to scroll down right about here to the current
00:06:16 - offering, which is the AWS Certified Solution Architect.
00:06:19 - So of these three tracks, there is one exam currently.
00:06:24 - Again, 2013.
00:06:27 - It is the Solution Architect Associate Level.
00:06:31 - Now, right now how far Amazon is going to take
00:06:34 - this is still a mystery.
00:06:36 - But the Associate Level Certification is typically the
00:06:39 - beginning of the track.
00:06:40 - And I'm, again, comparing to what you'd see in Microsoft or
00:06:43 - Cisco certification.
00:06:44 - And associate is like, OK.
00:06:45 - You've started your routing and switching track.
00:06:47 - So here we've got this solution provider.
00:06:49 - And we've got the solution provider associate
00:06:52 - certification, which will be the beginning of what is more
00:06:55 - of a design-oriented track.
00:06:58 - And that really is the differentiator.
00:07:00 - Keyword right here, designing a distributed application,
00:07:03 - designing a system solution for an organization.
00:07:07 - So a lot of times, the Solution Architect will not be
00:07:10 - the one actually clicking the buttons to do it.
00:07:12 - They're going to be the ones sitting on a white board
00:07:14 - saying, OK, where do these pieces fit?
00:07:16 - What's the best way to do this?
00:07:17 - What's the most cost-effective way?
00:07:18 - So these are the architects behind this.
00:07:21 - So think of a construction site.
00:07:23 - This is the one who rolls out the blueprint, not the one who
00:07:26 - actually puts the bricks in place.
00:07:27 - That would be the Sys Ops Administrator, which currently
00:07:30 - there's no exam for.
00:07:31 - I'm sure that will be one of the ones that comes next.
00:07:34 - These are the ones who monitor, who implement, who
00:07:37 - have the in-depth knowledge of how things operate.
00:07:40 - So they are--
00:07:42 - I don't want to [INAUDIBLE] in any way, but they are the
00:07:44 - bricklayers.
00:07:45 - They are the ones who take that design that the architect
00:07:48 - has created.
00:07:48 - And maybe it's one and the same person.
00:07:50 - It could be.
00:07:51 - And then they go and start implementing it.
00:07:53 - And then, of course, there's a specific skill
00:07:55 - set that is a developer.
00:07:56 - These are the ones who are programming in AWS.
00:07:59 - They are creating applications that integrate into the AWS
00:08:03 - solution and use a lot of the AWS
00:08:05 - services to make it happen.
00:08:07 - And if you've been in IT for any amount of time, you know
00:08:11 - that that is a very different skill set from one who
00:08:13 - designs, from one who implements from a system
00:08:16 - administration level.
00:08:18 - So the certification that AWS has created is around that
00:08:22 - design at an associate level.
00:08:24 - So how do you design Amazon Web Services to best fit your
00:08:28 - organization's needs?
00:08:29 - Now, if you guys could just scroll down a
00:08:31 - little bit on here.
00:08:32 - If you look at the certification exam, right
00:08:34 - below here are all the topics.
00:08:36 - And you can read through those.
00:08:37 - I won't read them through right now.
00:08:39 - But what I do want to show you is this.
00:08:41 - Resources.
00:08:42 - So Amazon says, hey, there are the following resources that
00:08:45 - can help you.
00:08:46 - There is Amazon Web Services classroom training.
00:08:49 - There's an architecting AWS three-day instructor-led
00:08:52 - training course.
00:08:53 - And then some other stuff.
00:08:54 - There's no one resource that you'll see in this list that
00:08:59 - Amazon says this one book or this one class or this one
00:09:03 - anything prepares you for this.
00:09:04 - It's kind of a gambit of resources put together.
00:09:07 - So I'm going to do that.
00:09:11 - That's what I'm here to do, is put all of these things
00:09:13 - together in really fun, engaging sort of way, which we
00:09:17 - call CBT Nuggets to have one resource that puts everything
00:09:20 - you need in one place to study for this exam.
00:09:22 - Now, right now the testing is done through Criterion.
00:09:27 - Which currently, I'll say today, is focused primarily on
00:09:30 - just Amazon Web Services testing.
00:09:32 - And they have a lot of locations.
00:09:33 - So hang on, I'm starting to get into the exam itself.
00:09:36 - So let me come back here and just make sure--
00:09:37 - yeah, let me hit the other two key points here.
00:09:41 - I have broken this study for the certification series into
00:09:45 - two major, we'll call them groups of Nuggets.
00:09:48 - There's is a Foundation Series, which
00:09:50 - you're in right now.
00:09:51 - And there's an Architecting for AWS.
00:09:54 - Now, the Architecting for AWS really assumes that you have a
00:09:58 - lot of Amazon Web Services experience already, which I
00:10:02 - couldn't do that.
00:10:03 - I couldn't just start in with knowing that a lot of people
00:10:06 - might be coming here that they're brand new to Amazon
00:10:08 - Web Services, they saw the website, they hired on to a
00:10:12 - company that uses it and they're just--
00:10:14 - so that's where you're at right now, is
00:10:17 - the Foundation Series.
00:10:18 - So think of this as filling in all the gaps that would be
00:10:21 - left if you were to just dive right into here.
00:10:24 - And I will tell you, if you dive right into the
00:10:25 - Architecting for AWS, it's going to be like a freight
00:10:29 - train right at you if you don't have the material of the
00:10:31 - foundation.
00:10:32 - So let me give you this disclaimer.
00:10:34 - If you have been dealing with Amazon Web Services for years,
00:10:37 - you know the services that are available, you've worked with
00:10:40 - EC2 and S3 and you've done some integrations with those,
00:10:44 - then you may be able to look at the topics in the
00:10:46 - Foundation Series--
00:10:47 - the outline is right on CBT Nuggets' website-- and you may
00:10:49 - be able to say, you know what?
00:10:50 - I'm just going to jump straight into the Architecting
00:10:52 - Series and go from there.
00:10:54 - But if not, then please come and take this series.
00:10:58 - It really will fill in a lot of the gaps.
00:11:01 - And I do go a little above and beyond.
00:11:03 - One of the things that you'll find with the AWS Certified
00:11:07 - Solution Architect is it is a design-oriented certification.
00:11:11 - So there's very little hands-on--
00:11:14 - as a matter of fact, if you're on the exam, there's no
00:11:17 - simulations.
00:11:18 - There's no here's a screenshot of the web interface.
00:11:21 - Where would I click to do this, this, and the other?
00:11:23 - There's nothing like that.
00:11:25 - It's just design-oriented question, as the
00:11:27 - certification implies.
00:11:29 - But I have found that if you just walk in and you're like,
00:11:31 - OK, how do I design this?
00:11:32 - But you've never actually seen it done, you've never actually
00:11:36 - implemented an EC2 instance, you've never spun up a web
00:11:41 - server online and talked about, well, how do you
00:11:43 - integrate that?
00:11:43 - You've never created route 53 DNS--
00:11:46 - If there's the practicality missing like you've never even
00:11:49 - seen that, I find that a lot of times the design will be
00:11:52 - lacking because you don't have a full scope of
00:11:54 - what can this do?
00:11:56 - What does this look like when I say do this?
00:11:59 - Will the engineer know how to do that?
00:12:00 - So I've added a lot to this Foundation Series to say,
00:12:04 - here's some labs.
00:12:05 - Here's some practical stuff.
00:12:06 - Let me give you a practical demonstration of setting up,
00:12:09 - for instance, a Glacier Vol to back up of your data.
00:12:11 - So there's a lot of that added in.
00:12:13 - But do know, we go through the series, any Nugget labeled
00:12:17 - Practical in the title--
00:12:19 - Practical--
00:12:21 - in the title, is not going to be directly on the exam.
00:12:25 - But I urge--
00:12:27 - hold the phone.
00:12:28 - Because I know a lot of you that are studying for the
00:12:30 - exam, in your mind you're just like, I'm
00:12:31 - going to cross those.
00:12:32 - I'm not going to waste my time looking at them.
00:12:34 - I will tell you, you will be much more effective at the
00:12:37 - exam if you know how it works.
00:12:40 - If you know how to set it up, if you've seen it--
00:12:42 - Because there's just synaptics in your brain that will go,
00:12:46 - ah, OK, that makes sense, when you actually see it done.
00:12:49 - So please.
00:12:50 - I really encourage you.
00:12:51 - Even if you're studying only for certification, go through
00:12:55 - the practical Nuggets.
00:12:56 - Even--
00:12:57 - I'm starting to get into my next slide.
00:12:58 - So I'll hang onto that.
00:12:59 - What is the prerequisites for this?
00:13:01 - There are no prerequisites from an Amazon Web Service.
00:13:04 - This is-- anybody can walk in and do this.
00:13:06 - However, I will tell you, if you don't have an IT mindset--
00:13:10 - what does that mean, Jeremy?
00:13:12 - I mean you haven't been there, done that.
00:13:14 - You haven't installed a Windows Server.
00:13:15 - You haven't done some file shares.
00:13:18 - You haven't implemented a [INAUDIBLE]
00:13:20 - LINUX server.
00:13:21 - And I'm not saying you have to be a LINUX and Windows person,
00:13:23 - because I know those are few and far between.
00:13:24 - But I'm just talking about you've been in a traditional
00:13:28 - IT environment.
00:13:29 - If you don't have that background,
00:13:31 - it will be a struggle.
00:13:32 - Because Amazon Web Services does not teach IT.
00:13:37 - Does that make sense?
00:13:38 - They teach, here is how we implement
00:13:40 - solutions to IT needs.
00:13:42 - But if you don't have that IT background, then a lot of it's
00:13:46 - going to be like, why would somebody do this?
00:13:49 - So it really needs an IT mindset, which you would get
00:13:52 - from studying a LINUX series, which--
00:13:56 - if you're totally brand new getting into this--
00:13:58 - I would suggest going through maybe a couple of the
00:14:00 - Foundation Microsoft, Foundation LINUX, just a big
00:14:04 - picture of what is IT meant to accomplish Nuggets that CBT
00:14:07 - Nuggets have on their website.
00:14:10 - So let me wrap this up by telling you now how to get the
00:14:13 - most from the series.
00:14:14 - And these techniques will help you not only get the most from
00:14:17 - this series, but from anything.
00:14:19 - If you're at home reading a book on marriage, I'm going to
00:14:23 - tell you how you can get the best from that
00:14:24 - book on your marriage.
00:14:25 - Especially this last one right here, fall in love.
00:14:28 - So this may sound a little egotistical,
00:14:32 - but it's really not.
00:14:33 - Most of my life, my career, has been in training.
00:14:36 - So I really would like to say I know a lot about how to get
00:14:41 - information in people's heads and get it to stick there.
00:14:44 - And I really want to convey that to you because I find--
00:14:47 - I know this sounds silly, but a lot of people, most people,
00:14:50 - don't know how to do it.
00:14:51 - So, for example, if--
00:14:53 - OK, let me actually first off get into a couple
00:14:55 - things I have here.
00:14:56 - First off, repetition.
00:14:57 - Duh.
00:14:58 - It's going through it again and again and again.
00:15:01 - And the fact is, with CBT Nuggets if you have this
00:15:04 - everywhere.
00:15:04 - I will tell you, all the time I've got my iPhone in the car
00:15:08 - and I'll pop on--
00:15:10 - right now I'm going through a Shawn Powers
00:15:12 - LINUX in the Real World.
00:15:13 - What an amazing series from CBT Nuggets, just in my car as
00:15:18 - I'm driving.
00:15:19 - I'm not even going to tell you that I put my iPhone on the
00:15:21 - speedometer and watch things that he does while I'm
00:15:23 - driving, because I don't usually do that.
00:15:27 - But you can if you wanted to.
00:15:29 - And you can just listen to it.
00:15:30 - Just listen to the audio again and again.
00:15:32 - It really helps soak a lot of those concepts.
00:15:34 - Now here's--
00:15:35 - can I expound a little on this one?
00:15:38 - I'm dead serious.
00:15:39 - Get out a notepad.
00:15:40 - No.
00:15:41 - Not a dual screen monitor.
00:15:43 - Don't put a Microsoft Word document.
00:15:45 - I'm talking old school.
00:15:47 - It can be yellow.
00:15:48 - It can be white.
00:15:49 - A pen in your hand.
00:15:50 - And start writing down key information that you hear.
00:15:53 - There is something to tactile that happens when you take
00:15:56 - information that you hear and you start writing it down.
00:15:58 - Now let me quantify what I mean by key information.
00:16:02 - You have to adopt a mindset right now--
00:16:05 - come on, everybody.
00:16:05 - Who's coming with me?
00:16:06 - You have to adopt a mindset of I am going to take what Jeremy
00:16:10 - is explaining to me and I'm going to teach it to somebody.
00:16:13 - That's the information I want you to write down.
00:16:15 - I want you to imagine as if you were creating a PowerPoint
00:16:18 - slide deck and you were going to be standing up teaching
00:16:21 - somebody about AWS technology, every single Nugget that you
00:16:24 - go to, just start creating your slides.
00:16:26 - What's on your slide?
00:16:27 - So you would say, OK--
00:16:30 - this is what I do any time I go through a Nugget series.
00:16:32 - I don't do this in my car, by the way.
00:16:34 - But I would say, slide one.
00:16:36 - And this is what I'd write down on my little notepad.
00:16:38 - Slide 1, colon, and I would put what is AWS?
00:16:45 - And then I would put, OK, bullet point, bullet point,
00:16:46 - bullet point.
00:16:46 - So as I'm talking, if I were listening to myself, I would
00:16:51 - write down--
00:16:51 - I would talk about this and I would talk about that.
00:16:54 - You'll have to pause.
00:16:55 - You will have to pause while talking.
00:16:56 - Here's--
00:16:57 - can I convey the alternative?
00:16:58 - Here's what a lot of people do, whether it's reading a
00:17:01 - book, whether it's watching this, is you go into
00:17:03 - television mode.
00:17:04 - To where you sit there and start watching it and you're
00:17:08 - like, oh, this is good.
00:17:09 - He's pretty entertaining.
00:17:11 - Oh, that was a funny joke.
00:17:13 - You just kind of watch it.
00:17:14 - And you walk away.
00:17:15 - And if your retention rate-- and can I tell you, there's
00:17:18 - been scientific studies on this-- your retention rate--
00:17:21 - 7% a month from now.
00:17:24 - Imagine taking an exam and getting a 7% on it.
00:17:28 - Because that's what you're going to remember of the
00:17:30 - information that you hear.
00:17:32 - It's not good.
00:17:32 - It's not good at all.
00:17:33 - And one of the things--
00:17:35 - let me give you a personal experience.
00:17:37 - Like I said, I have been in training for most of my life.
00:17:41 - And so most of the time when I'm reading something, I do
00:17:44 - this because I have to.
00:17:46 - I know that I'm going to be standing up in front of a
00:17:48 - whole group of people often and explaining to them all
00:17:51 - these topics.
00:17:52 - And I don't want to look silly.
00:17:53 - I don't want be like--
00:17:54 - I don't know, let me write that down and get back to you.
00:17:56 - So I'm sitting there going, OK, well, I
00:17:59 - got to research more.
00:17:59 - What's on my slides?
00:18:01 - What do these bullet points mean that I'm talking about?
00:18:04 - And so here's what happened to me.
00:18:06 - After going through this, I had I thought.
00:18:08 - I was like, you know what?
00:18:09 - I'm not going to teach it, but I really want to learn about
00:18:11 - VMware, which is a virtualization solution.
00:18:14 - And so I'm like, I'm going to go get a book.
00:18:16 - And I walked in the bookstore, I grabbed my
00:18:18 - book, and sit down.
00:18:19 - And I sit down on the couch.
00:18:22 - And by page 2 it's like, what is VMware?
00:18:26 - I'm doing the little head nod thing.
00:18:28 - I'm like oh, oh.
00:18:30 - Where you're like falling over.
00:18:32 - And I'm like, oh, man.
00:18:33 - Is this just like dull information or what?
00:18:35 - And I'm starting to bang the book on my head.
00:18:37 - Stay awake, Jeremy.
00:18:38 - What's the deal?
00:18:39 - And here's the problem.
00:18:41 - I'm reading the book.
00:18:42 - And as long as the book isn't like woohoo, Tom Clancy,
00:18:45 - somebody's diving from a building, I'm like what's
00:18:47 - going to happen?
00:18:48 - If it's like, here's how you install
00:18:49 - VMware, I'm falling asleep.
00:18:51 - I am.
00:18:52 - And it happens to everybody.
00:18:53 - Everybody that I know that reads a white paper, that's
00:18:57 - the number one thing that you hear people-- when they read a
00:18:59 - white paper they're like, oh, yeah.
00:19:01 - It's good bedtime reading.
00:19:02 - Because you know you fall asleep.
00:19:03 - Why?
00:19:03 - Because there's no other motivation then let me see if
00:19:06 - this is interesting.
00:19:07 - And if it sparks my interest in reading this or watching
00:19:09 - this then, OK, I'll watch it.
00:19:11 - But your retention, again, is going to be so low.
00:19:14 - And it's virtually impossible.
00:19:15 - And suddenly--
00:19:16 - so reading that VMware book-- it hit me as I fell over on
00:19:19 - the couch for the third time.
00:19:20 - I'm going, this isn't working.
00:19:22 - What's my problem?
00:19:23 - I'm like, oh.
00:19:24 - I'm not responsible for this.
00:19:26 - I'm not teaching this to somebody.
00:19:28 - There's no motivation that I'm going to be standing up in
00:19:30 - front of a room tomorrow where people are like, excuse me,
00:19:33 - what did you say about that?
00:19:34 - And I have to justify and clarify.
00:19:36 - I'm like, OK.
00:19:37 - OK, Jeremy.
00:19:38 - Fake yourself out.
00:19:39 - Fake your--
00:19:40 - like, Jeremy, you will be standing tomorrow.
00:19:43 - And so that's where this came from.
00:19:44 - I started saying, OK, I need to create slide 1.
00:19:47 - What is slide 1?
00:19:47 - Dun, dun, dun.
00:19:48 - And I started realizing how much more I'm getting out of
00:19:51 - that VMware material or whatever material.
00:19:54 - So that's what I want to impart to you right now, is
00:19:57 - please, whether you're reading a book, a white paper, you're
00:20:00 - going through these Nuggets, start creating your--
00:20:03 - and I will tell you, every single series that I create,
00:20:06 - there's a yellow pad filled up.
00:20:07 - And I'm talking 80 pages where I flip, flip.
00:20:11 - I'm just writing slides, writing notes.
00:20:13 - And it doesn't have to be-- it can be nonsense.
00:20:15 - I could be going through and I'm talking about a server and
00:20:17 - you just on your little yellow pad it's like, OK, server.
00:20:20 - Connect over here.
00:20:21 - And that's going to be encrypted
00:20:23 - because of the kind of--
00:20:24 - it could just be like nonsense.
00:20:26 - But again, there's something that happens when you are
00:20:28 - writing with your hand.
00:20:29 - OK.
00:20:30 - I've said enough about that.
00:20:31 - You got it.
00:20:31 - So next up.
00:20:32 - Lab it up.
00:20:33 - Oh, my goodness.
00:20:34 - This is just gold for you.
00:20:37 - AWS, it's so easy to create a lab environment
00:20:40 - because it's there.
00:20:42 - It's cloud lab to where you can go sign up
00:20:45 - for your cloud lab.
00:20:46 - It does take a credit card.
00:20:47 - And actually, there's a Nugget in this series that's
00:20:49 - specifically geared to how do you sign up for a AWS account.
00:20:53 - Maybe you grab that one first.
00:20:54 - You don't have to go in order.
00:20:56 - And get that going.
00:20:57 - But as you're going through, if you're like, oh, that's
00:21:00 - interesting, stop there.
00:21:01 - As soon as you have that little spark of like, oh,
00:21:03 - that's interesting.
00:21:03 - I want to try that.
00:21:05 - Pause right there.
00:21:06 - Jump into the AWS and start doing it yourself.
00:21:10 - There are people that will tell you, well, I don't learn
00:21:13 - from people telling me stuff.
00:21:14 - I learn from doing it.
00:21:15 - I'm saying, do it.
00:21:16 - Everybody.
00:21:17 - Jump on board for a couple dollars.
00:21:20 - And I'm coming to you from teaching a lot of different
00:21:23 - certifications where I'm telling people, buy servers,
00:21:25 - buy $5,000 in router and switch equipment.
00:21:28 - It's like, oh, it's a huge investment.
00:21:30 - With AWS, it's like-- it's pennies.
00:21:33 - It's free to get started.
00:21:34 - And again, so more on that.
00:21:36 - You might just jump straight from here into the sign up for
00:21:39 - an account, because Amazon gives you a ton of free stuff.
00:21:43 - And who doesn't like free stuff?
00:21:46 - So dig deeper.
00:21:47 - If there's any topic that you're going, well, I didn't
00:21:51 - get that all the way.
00:21:52 - Or I wonder what, if I would have gone this way--
00:21:55 - really start digging deep.
00:21:56 - And that's whether you sign up for the AWS newsletter, which
00:21:59 - it's like Christmas every month when they're like, hey,
00:22:02 - we lowered prices again.
00:22:03 - Or, hey, there's a new feature.
00:22:04 - AWS is probably one of the most dynamic
00:22:07 - companies I've ever seen.
00:22:08 - And that's what makes me so nervous about this series.
00:22:10 - I'm telling you, within a couple months they're going to
00:22:11 - be adding new and new and this and that and all these
00:22:14 - different features to it.
00:22:16 - So it will really help to get subscribed to the AWS
00:22:20 - newsletter so you can know what's going on.
00:22:21 - But also standard Google searches and finding
00:22:24 - information online about the topics, looking at the AWS
00:22:27 - forums and community.
00:22:28 - AWS engineers are very active in looking at the forum posts
00:22:31 - and responding to them, which is amazing.
00:22:34 - I've seen a lot of organizations that have forums
00:22:36 - and they're like, yep, that'll be users helping users.
00:22:39 - And so you never get the authoritative response of AWS
00:22:42 - engineering saying--
00:22:43 - or whatever company's engineers--
00:22:45 - saying, this is how it works.
00:22:47 - So helpful that AWS does watch and respond to those forums.
00:22:51 - So as you dig deeper into this-- and you might be
00:22:53 - wondering, OK.
00:22:54 - I get all this.
00:22:55 - I'm following you, Jeremy.
00:22:57 - This is a little weird to me.
00:22:58 - Here's what I mean by it.
00:23:00 - The more that you understand something, the more passionate
00:23:03 - you begin to feel about it.
00:23:05 - I will tell you, every new technology.
00:23:08 - It doesn't matter.
00:23:09 - Novell, Microsoft, Cisco, AWS, voiceover IP,
00:23:12 - dut, dut, dut, da.
00:23:13 - It goes on down the road.
00:23:14 - When I first get into it, I'm like, I don't like it.
00:23:17 - I'm like, it's different.
00:23:18 - I don't like it.
00:23:19 - It's our nature to just not like something.
00:23:22 - I'll give you just a very simple example.
00:23:25 - Windows a versus Apple.
00:23:26 - I know I'm going political on you to where--
00:23:29 - you might as well call somebody's mother names if
00:23:32 - you're going to say this.
00:23:33 - But when I got an Apple Computer, I was like,
00:23:36 - I don't like it.
00:23:37 - I don't like it at all.
00:23:38 - Why?
00:23:39 - Because I know Windows really well.
00:23:41 - I've spent years and years and years in Windows.
00:23:43 - So when I got to Apple, I'm like,
00:23:44 - where's the control panel?
00:23:46 - Where's my command prompt?
00:23:47 - How come when I type IP config renew it doesn't get a new
00:23:50 - DHCP address?
00:23:51 - How come there is no IP config renew?
00:23:53 - It's just stuff like that.
00:23:55 - And I'm just like, I don't like it.
00:23:56 - Why?
00:23:57 - Because I don't know it.
00:23:59 - Because it's built off free BSD LINUX underpinnings.
00:24:03 - Because it's got all this stuff that I just don't know.
00:24:06 - Because I don't know it, I don't like it.
00:24:08 - But I will tell you, there are people where if you talk about
00:24:10 - Apple in any kind of negative way, they will have your head
00:24:13 - on a plate.
00:24:13 - Because they love it so much.
00:24:15 - Why?
00:24:15 - Because they like it.
00:24:16 - They know how it works.
00:24:18 - They can click a button and see the bouncing icon and it
00:24:20 - makes them feel warm and fuzzy.
00:24:22 - OK.
00:24:23 - I don't want to get more into that.
00:24:24 - People love what they know.
00:24:27 - And that's the same thing here.
00:24:28 - The more that you know about AWS through all of this, the
00:24:32 - more you're going to be like, wow.
00:24:33 - This is awesome.
00:24:34 - And that's going to be what drives you.
00:24:35 - That's what an employer sees.
00:24:37 - And when an employer says, wow, that dude is here until
00:24:40 - nine o'clock at night because he just can't put this down,
00:24:43 - he's developing a solution and he's so thrilled with it that
00:24:46 - he just can't put it down.
00:24:47 - It's not because we're paying him extra to do it.
00:24:49 - But man, now that we're seeing how valuable this guy is or
00:24:52 - this gal is to our organization--
00:24:54 - so those are the kind of things that make you a huge
00:24:56 - success, is the fact that you have passion towards whatever
00:25:00 - technology you are working with.
00:25:02 - And I will propose to you the way that you gain that passion
00:25:05 - is by forcing yourself through the tough parts of the
00:25:09 - I don't know it.
00:25:10 - I'm sure if I sat and I had to grab a couple books on Apple
00:25:14 - computers and start really learning them, I would be
00:25:18 - like, I love Apple.
00:25:19 - Why does anybody not use Apple?
00:25:20 - I just don't have the motivation to do that.
00:25:22 - So that's the key, is that if you take what I'm telling you
00:25:25 - right here and you really start immersing yourself and
00:25:28 - learning in knowing Amazon Web Services, it's going to be a
00:25:31 - no-brainer.
00:25:32 - You're going to be like, this is amazing.
00:25:33 - And I am passionate.
00:25:35 - I am excellent at this technology.
00:25:37 - You're going to do really well.
00:25:39 - So I bring it all back to the beginning.
00:25:41 - And say this series will do that for you.
00:25:44 - It will show you Amazon Web Services in a way that you're
00:25:48 - going to be like, this is amazing technology.
00:25:50 - This is really cool.
00:25:51 - I'm really excited about it.
00:25:52 - This is the Foundation Series that gets you started with the
00:25:55 - AWS certification.
00:25:56 - And then we'll launch you right in to the architecture
00:25:59 - and designing, really becoming that solution architect that
00:26:02 - the certification is designed for.
00:26:04 - Well, I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd
00:26:06 - like to thank you for viewing.

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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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