AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Learning Path

Learn the fundamentals of AWS in preparation for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam.

22 hours, 43 minutes

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About AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

You'll learn the foundations of AWS security as you progress through 15 courses. Upon completion, you'll be prepared to earn your AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification, and to take on the role of architect for your AWS instances.



AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Practice Exam (2022)

Assessment - 147 questions

About AWS and the Exam

Course - 01:12:00

In this course, we will cover what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is, its benefits and costs, and account setup. We will end with a brief overview of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (CSA-A) certification, the CSA-A domains, and the exam.
AWS Cloud Services Overview

Course - 01:23:00

Starting with definitions of the cloud and the history of Amazon Web Services (AWS), this course moves into the plethora of compute, database and networking services AWS currently provides, and its security and compliance features.
AWS Storage Design

Course - 02:36:00

We’ll start with an overview of various storage services and then do a deep dive into AWS S3 buckets. We’ll also explore managing objects, Elastic block stores, Elastic block systems, storage performance and much more.

Course - 01:25:00

We begin with a lab that shows how to create and use a VPC. Then we'll move into demonstrations for how to configure DHCP options, work with Elastic IP addresses and Elastic network interfaces. We'll also learn about peer VPCs and how to communicate with NATs, connect with gateways and configure VPNs to create the best solution for the needs of an individual or organization.
Compute Services Design

Course - 00:48:00

Starting with an overview of the AWS compute services design concept of EC2 instances, this course also describes the various instance types, pricing and using EC2 with Elastic Block Store. We'll conclude by looking at the AWS Compute Optimizer, which can assist with finding the best services for the needs of the customer in terms of costs and performance.
Compute Services Implementation

Course - 01:03:00

Beginning with a set of demos that detail how to set up Linux and Windows EC2 instances, this course also discusses shared tenancy, dedicated hosts and instances, creating an AMI and using AMI virtualization.
Compute Services Management

Course - 01:09:00

This course shows how to manage EC2 instances and how to connect them. Then we move on to working with security groups, advanced management options, scripting, the Elastic Container Service and the helpful assistance of Elastic Beanstalk environment.
Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Course - 01:43:00

Secure access and data control is imperative, and this course discusses how to incorporate identity and access management in AWS. It begins with basic principles, then covers various methods of authentication, authorization, MFA techniques, permissions and the shared responsibility model of data security control.
IAM Best Practices

Course - 01:34:00

Building on the IAM basics from the previous course, this course discusses applying IAM best practices. We'll look at how to create and manage user accounts, determine effective password policies, use credential rotation and follow the principle of least privilege. Then we'll discuss additional policies, applications and tools specific to AWS IAM management.
Auto Scaling Solutions

Course - 00:51:00

AWS has the capability to grow or shrink the number of servers. In this course, you will learn how to utilize auto-scaling, determine which instances to terminate, apply load balancing concepts and implement Elastic Load Balancing to enhance performance and fault tolerance.
Virtual Network Services

Course - 00:50:00

This course uses tutorials to demonstrate how to use virtual network services in AWS. We start with the basics of DNS and how to implement DNS solutions with the AWS Route 53 service. We'll finish by looking at how to configure ACLs and NACLs and utilize flow logs to monitor network traffic.
AWS Application Deployment

Course - 02:17:00

AWS has a multitude of application and deployment services, and this course provides overviews of many of the services, from coding applications with Lambda and API Gateway to data analysis with various Kinesis solutions and Elastic MapReduce. We'll also cover reference architectures, workflow management using SQS, SNS and SWF, how to use CloudFront and CloudWatch, and more.
AWS Database Design

Course - 01:10:00

In this course, the different types of databases available in AWS are described, starting with basics of relational databases and moving on to hosting, scaling and securing databases, and then diving into specifics on using Aurora, RedShift and DynamoDB in AWS.
Database Deployment

Course - 00:56:00

A series of demonstrations by the instructor will illustrate how to use databases in AWS. Learn to create DynamoDB and MySQL databases and then how to configure, back up, restore, create snapshots and monitor your database.
Additional AWS Services

Course - 01:16:00

A variety of AWS services can assist with the design and implementation of scalable and secure architectures that accommodate common applications used in many organizations, including media content, desktop and app streaming, security services, analytics engines, DevOps and determining pricing for your AWS services.
Operational Excellence with AWS

Course - 01:16:00

The final course in the AWS Certified Security Architect – Associate path covers operational excellence, focusing on making sure that your architecture design is resilient, performant, secure and cost-optimized and that best practices are always followed during the design process.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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