AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam Mastery2018
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AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam Mastery2018

Master how to ACE the CSA-A exam and become certified quickly. Practice using 100s of exam tips and scenario questions
4.6 (124 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
  • Be able to ACE the CSA-A Exam and become AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  • Master all the required exam knowledge and Practice at the correct exam difficulty level using scenario based questions
  • ACE the exam on your first attempt after taking the course
  • Be 70-75% ready for SysOps-Associate and Developer-Associate Exams
  • Be 50-60% ready for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Exam
  • Become an AWS Cloud Subject Matter Expert and be ready to tackle job interviews
  • Pave the way to your successful AWS career by deeply understanding the AWS platform, and its services
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  • Basic IT knowledge is a plus
  • Readiness to invest the effort and time to master AWS Core Services including VPC, Security Groups, N ACLs, NAT Instance and Gateway, Bastion Hosts, VPN, Direct Connect, EC2, Enhanced Networking...etc

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If your are serious about being an AWS Certified subject matter expert (AW SME), this course will enable you: 

1. To ACE the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam, 

2. To be ~70% ready for AWS Certified SysOps - Associate, and AWS Certified Developer Associate exams,

3. To be ~50-60% ready for the Certified Solutions Architect Professional course, 

4. To confidently attend any AWS related job interview, and

5. To excel in your future AWS Job(s), 

No Doubt, this course is second to NONE, and is definitely what you are looking for!

Whether you are starting fresh, already started, or close to your AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (Core Knowledge), or AWS Certified Developer - Associate (Core Knowledge) exam(s), this course is a MUST have. This course is your most comprehensive exam preparation course for the covered exam topics. 

Course Differentiators:

  1. A Must have for all current students enrolled in AWS courses from acloud guru, Linux Academy AWS. Why? because, this course covers knowledge and depth that is extremely crucial for the exam, which is NOT found in the currently, known, available courses,
  2. The "Perfect supplement" to any other AWS learning course(s) you may have started or chosen. This course covers the 30-40% AWS platform knowledge gap that other courses don't,
  3. Whiteboard style discussions to ensure the deepest understanding level; by breaking down any complex topic to the basic building blocks. Works best for most students, especially visual learners,
  4. AWS CSA-A Topic Review - Instructor guided, cheat sheet style, focusing on all exam critical knowledge and how to ACE the exam.
  5. 100s of exam tips, tricks, and scenarios to ensure the minimum level of surprises on the exam day
  6. No repeated questions to beef up the total number of questions (except when it is beneficial in multi-aws service based, scenario questions),
  7. Mostly Scenario Based Questions,
  8. Multiple choice questions (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 choices),
  9. Exam level or harder, non-trivial, questions,
  10. As needed, Visual aids (drawings) and AWS Console screen shots/Videos as required/necessary to clarify the questions/answers,
  11. Teaches you the skill of how to read and analyze the questions on the exam day,
  12. Provides you with the "Architect Hat" that you need to ACE the exam, and excel later as an AWS architect,
  13. Answers analysis to get to the best answer, and explains why the wrong answers are wrong,
  14. Teaches you how to identify the important information from the "red herring" parts of the question/scenario,
  15. You have access to the course online, and to the instructor via the Udemy Q&A or private messaging,
  16. Active responses on Udemy to any questions/queries, usually within few hours  to 24 hours worst case

This course will enable you to stop thinking about exam passing score, and focus on how high your score can, and will, be!

This course is "Second to None" when it comes to CSA-A exam required knowledge preparation, readiness assessment, review before the exam, and confidence & readiness boosting.

AWS CSA-A Mastery 2018, is designed, instructed, and meant to make ACE'ing the exam "EASY"!. 

YES! to make this exam easy for anyone willing to ACE it, become certified, and be a successful AWS practitioner. 

This is not a marketing jargon, and do not take this for granted, please read below, watch the free preview lectures, read your fellow students' reviews, and review the Instructors student base and feedback, to know why..

Course Reviews/Feedback samples:

Below are two examples of the students' feedback on the course, as these truly are better than a 1000 words...

""Extremely satisfied with this course, instructor’s way of teaching and explaining the topic is very good and engaging as well, before taking this course I thought I was ready for the exam, but going through the practice question in this course, I realized that I still need more preparation. I have purchased 5 other AWS CSA-Associate courses on UDEMY, but none of them is as detailed as this one, I wish I was able to give it more than 5 stars. Thank you DolfinEd, for providing us with such a nice and valuable AWS CSA exam preparation course.""

And another..

""DolfinED always gives you a very good perspective of exactly how to mentally prepare for the exam and gives you the means to achieve it.""

Please visit the course reviews on the landing page, and see what others students have said, and why!

This course is also the best source to prepare for SysOps associate, and Developer Associate exams' core knowledge (VPC, EC2, EBS, ELB, Auto Scaling, ...etc).

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If your goal is to:

1) ACE the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam, 

2) and/or be 70-75% ready for AWS Certified SysOps - Associate, and AWS Certified Developer Associate exams

3) and be 50-60% ready for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam, 

THEN Look NO FURTHER, let's start your very own AWS Success Journey! Enroll NOW!

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Who is the target audience?
  • Candidates for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certificate who plan to ACE the exam
  • Candidates for AWS Certified SysOps - Associate and Certified Developer Associate who want to master the respective exam Core Knowledge (VPC/EC2/EBS/ELB/Auto Scaling/S3/RDS/IAM)
  • Everyone planning to master the AWS Platform knowledge at a deep understanding level
  • Everyone who wants to learn how the different AWS components/services function and/or work together
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Curriculum For This Course
161 Lectures
Course Introduction
5 Lectures 50:32

Introduction to the course:

1) What is the course Objective

2) Who should attend

3) Pre-requisite knowledge

4) What this course is NOT..!

Preview 06:48

This lectures covers crucial exam information you need to know

Preview 10:25

This lectures explains:

1) Current knowledge gaps in the available online content for AWS CSA-A Exam

2) How this course takes care of these gaps

3) Explain why this course is a Must attend

4) Explains the course approach

Preview 18:02

Important information to know about the architect professional, typical responsibilities and tasks.

Preview 06:03
Core Knowledge - VPC,Sec Group,N ACL,Elastic IP,NAT,VPN,VPC Peering& D. Connect
14 Lectures 03:35:23

Introduction to understanding what a VPC is, and listing the VPC Components

Preview 15:47

Explaining VPC Components:

1) Implied Router

2) Route Table

VPC Components - Implied Router and Route Tables

VPC Components:

1) IP Addressing

2) Internet Gateway

3) Public and Private Subnets

VPC Components - IP Addressing - Internet Gateway - Subnet Types

The lectures explains:

1) Default and Custom VPC Types

2) Introduces Security Groups

VPC Components - VPC Types and Introduction to Security Groups

More in depth knowledge about security groups, how they work, inbound vs. outbound traffic

Security Groups Mastery

This lectures introduces VPC Network Access Control Lists, their function, how it works, inbound vs. outbound

Network Access Control Lists (N ACLs)

The lecture continues to dive deeper in Security Groups and Network ACLs

Preview 08:40

An even deeper dive at N ACLs and Security Groups, contrasting them to each other.

Network ACLs vs. Security Groups

The Lectures provides two scenarios to help you apply the knowledge learned about Security Groups and N ACLs

VPC Security Scenarios - Applying Security Group and N ACLs

Explaining NAT, and NAT instance Security Groups

Network Address Translation - NAT

This lectures covers the different VPC configurations that can be launched using the VPC wizard

VPC Wizard

This lectures explains the VPC to VPC peering, how it works, and its limitations.

VPC Peering

This lectures explains how site to site IPSec VPN can be used to connect your AWS VPC to your corporate HQ or Data Center.

VPC Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

This lecture explains AWS Direct Connect and how it can be used to provide a higher performance, higher bandwidth, and low latency connectivity between your VPC and Data Center or HQ

VPC Direct Connect
Core Knowledge - Master VPC (& its Components) Scenario-based Practice Questions
19 Lectures 03:23:26

Scenario based questions to apply and practice at or above the real exam level

VPC Questions 1

VPC Questions 2

VPC Questions 3

VPC Questions 4

VPC Questions 5

VPC Questions 6

VPC Questions 7

VPC Questions 8

VPC Questions 9

VPC Questions 10

VPC Questions 12

VPC Questions 11

VPC Questions 13

VPC Questions 14

VPC Questions 15

VPC Questions 16

VPC Questions 17

VPC Questions18

VPC Questions 19
Core Knowledge - Master Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Exam Required Knowledge
15 Lectures 02:52:19

This lecture introduces EC2, what it is, and how does it relate to the Virtualization we discussed earlier. Also, It introduces the Instance Families.

Introduction to Elastic Compute Cloud - EC2

This lecture explains EBS types, Block Device Mapping and an Introduction to Snapshots

Elastic Block Store Types

This lecture details the EC2 enhanced networking feature, and EC2 placement groups

EC2 Enhanced Networking and Placement Groups

This lectures describes in detail the EC2 Service status checks, how it monitors and report on EC2 instances health. Also details the Cloud Watch monitoring options for EC2 instances, both the default and the detailed one.

EC2 Status Checks and Monitoring

This lecture details the different EC2 instance states, an EC2 instance can go through, including pending, running, stopping, stopped, and terminated states.

EC2 Instance States

This lectures describes the different ways an instance can be terminated, and also details how to enable and use the termination protection feature.

EC2 Instance Termination and Termination Protection

This lecture explains what EC2 instance Metadata and User data are, how to read them, and what they are for.

EC2 Instance Metadata and User Data

This lecture will touch on how we can migrate virtual machines (VMs) from/to AWS EC2, and How the VM Import/Export works.

Migration to/from AWS EC2 & VM Import/Export

This lectures the idea of a bastion host, and why/how we use it for remote access/administration of AWS EC2 instances.

Bastion Hosts

This lecture explains the different EC2 Purchase options namely, On-demand, Reserved Instances, and Spot instances, and the characteristics of each.

EC2 Purchase Options

A detailed explanation of the ENIs, what can be done during launch, and what can be done later.

Elastic Compute Cloud - Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs)

This lecture explains the ENI IP address attributes, how they can be used.

It also touches on secondary IPv4 addresses & re-assignment

Elastic Network Interface (ENI) - IP Addressing

This lecture explains the NAT instance Source/Destination flag (check). And how it should be configured for the NAT instance to function properly.

NAT instance Source/Destination Check

This lecture explains how the Public IPv4 address assignment works, and explains the difference of default and custom subnets and how it impacts this.

Public IPv4 address auto assignment

This lecture highlights some of the common EC2 connectivity errors, and explains the reason behind them and what to check/fix if faced with any of them

Preview 05:24
Core Knowledge - Master AWS EC2 - Exam Scenario-based Questions
13 Lectures 02:06:02
Core Knowledge - EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 1

Core Knowledge - EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 2

Core Knowledge - EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 3

Core Knowledge - EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 4

Core Knowledge - EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 5

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 6

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 7

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 8

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 9

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 10

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 11

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 12

Core Knowledge - AWS EC2 Exam Scenario-based Questions 13
Core Knowledge - Master AWS's Elastic Block Store (EBS) Exam Required Knwoledge
11 Lectures 02:01:05

This lecture introduces block store types, a review from the EC2 section. Then elaborates on the respective features

Block Store Types for AWS EC2 and the relevant features

This lectures explains the difference and features of EBS-backed vs Instance-store backed EC2 instances, basically, the root/boot volume options for Block store volumes.

EBS backed vs Instance Store backed EC2 instances

Introduction to EBS snapshots, with detailed explanation of the process of a snapshot

EBS Snapshots

Further critical exam details on EBS Snapshots 

EBS Snapshots - 2

This lectures introduces EBS encryption, EBS encryption supports on EC2 instances, Encryption of data in-transit and at rest on EBS volumes.

EBS Encryption 1

This lectures continues the discussion from the previous lecture about EBS encryption. It also explains how the encryption state of an EBS volume can be changed.

EBS Encryption 2 - Changing the Encryption state of an EBS volume

This lectures describes the ways to share un-encrypted or encrypted EBS snapshots with other AWS Accounts.

Sharing EBS Snapshots

This lectures elaborates on the EBS snapshot copy process, its use cases, and how it can be used to migrate EBS Snapshots between Regions.

Copying EBS snapshots

This lectures discusses the creation and registration of AMIs from Instance-Store Backed EC2 instances.

Creating and Registering Amazon Machine Images from Block Store Volumes

This lectures describes the process of creating an AMI from an EBS-backed EC2 instances, and highlights the differences between how AWS handles Instance-Store Backed EC2 instances' AMIs and those of EBS-backed EC2 instances.

Creating AMIs from EBS-Backed EC2 Instances

This lectures explains RAID at a high level and demonstrates how it can be used to enhance/optimize the IOPS rate/performance of an EBS volume(s).

Preview 07:46
Core Knowledge - Master AWS EBS - Exam Scenario-based Question
10 Lectures 02:03:20
Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 1

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 2

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 3

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 4

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 5

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 6

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 7

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 8

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 9

Core Knowledge - AWS EBS Exam Scenario-based Questions 10
Core Knowledge - Master Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) Exam Required Knowledge
19 Lectures 03:23:00

This lecture introduces AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) service

Elastic Load Balancer - Introduction

This lecture starts to get in more details about Last Load Balancers, it explains front end and back end, and introduces the concept of ELB listeners.

Elastic Load Balancer - How it works

This lecture continues the discussion on how the ELB works for a deeper understanding of this AWS service

How ELB works - Continued

More details about how ELB works, how it launches in an AZ and how it scales within a subnet/AZ

How ELB works - Again !

This lectures sheds light on ELB health checks to the EC2 instances

ELB health checks

This lectures describes the Cross zone load balancing feature of the ELB

ELB Cross Zone Load Balancing

This lecture explains the use of ELB as internet-facing (public) ELB vs using it as an Internal ELB

ELB Positioning - Internet-facing vs Internal ELB

A quick refresher on TCP/IP packet flow between a client and the EC2 instance through the ELB. Important to understand this as it clarifies the behavior of the ELB as far as headers manipulation goes. Also, a quick reminder of Security group and N ACL rule format for inbound and outbound directions.

Refresher for TCP IP Packet flow

This lecture describes the ELB security group and its required rules

ELB - Security Group

This lectures discusses the recommended AWS settings for the ELB subnet

ELB - Network ACLs

This lectures discuss the Elastic Load Balancer Layer 4 TCP/SSL listeners.

Preview 07:58

This lecture discusses the Layer 7 HTTP / HTTPS listeners.

ELB - Layer 7 HTTP/HTTPS Listeners

ELB & Sticky Sessions (Session Affinity)

This lectures discusses the security policy for SSL/HTTPS sessions on the ELB. And the security policy components.

ELB Security policy for SSL/HTTPS sessions

This lectures explains authentication in SSH or HTTPS sessions. And how Client Side and Server Side certificates can be used for two way authentication.

SSL/HTTPS authentication - Client and Server Certificates

This lecture explains ELB's connection draining feature and how it works

ELB Connection Draining

The lectures discusses available monitoring options with ELB, and what data can be collected from each

ELB Monitoring

This lectures discusses ELB pre-warming, and scaling of ELBs

ELB Pre-Warming & Scaling

This lectures testing your applications hosted behind AWS ELB service nodes, and how to address the testing architecture to take advantage of the ELB scaling as your testing traffic grows.

Testing you ELB scaling (or applications servers by ELB)
Core Knowledge - Master AWS ELB - Exam Scenario-based Question
19 Lectures 03:29:21
Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 1

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 2

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 3

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 4

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 5

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 6

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 7

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 8

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 9

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 10

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 11

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 12

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 13

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 14

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 15

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 16

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 17

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 18

Core Knowledge - AWS ELB Exam Scenario-based Questions 19
Core Knowledge - Master Auto Scaling Exam Required Knowledge
13 Lectures 02:17:40

A chalk talk style, white boarding, discussion to explain by an example why is auto scaling so crucial to the compute elasticity, which is one of the main promises of public clouds

Preview 10:09

This Lecture gets into Auto Scaling a bit more by introducing the components of the Auto Scaling service. It details information about launch configurations, Auto Scaling groups, and paves the way to explain what Auto Scaling Policies are.

Auto Scaling Components

This lecture continues the deep dive into Auto Scaling features and covers how Auto Scaling groups functions, how Auto Scaling handles Imbalance of EC2 instances among the Availability Zones where Auto Scaling is enabled.

Auto Scaling Features

This lectures discusses the availability zone rebalancing feature of Auto Scaling.

Auto Scaling Availability Zone Rebalance feature

The lecture discusses the process to add/delete an EC2 instances from an Auto Scaling groups. Also, provides more details about the EC2 instance states.

Adding/Detaching EC2 instances to/from Auto Scaling Groups

This lectures stars the discussion about how AS Groups and Elastic Load Balancing work in harmony together to automate, across availability zone, within the same region, the process of adding/deleting EC2 instances both for compute elasticity and traffic load distribution

Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing Service

Auto Scaling health checks

This lectures provides more details on Auto Scaling health checks, and the behavior when EC2 Status checks and ELB health checks both work together for Auto Scaling's ability to decide on the health of an EC2 instance. It also touches on which AWS Simple Notification Service notifications can Auto Scaling send and are configurable from the AWS console too. Lastly, if you want to merge multiple Auto Scaling groups into one.

Auto Scaling Health Checks - SNS Notifications & Merging Auto Scaling groups

An introduction to scaling policy types, and explaining the schedule-based/Cyclic scaling policies.

Auto Scaling - Scaling policies (plans) - Part 1 - Scheduled Scaling

This lecture discusses the on-demand or event based scaling policies.

Auto Scaling - Scaling policies (plans) - Part 2 - On-Demand Simple Scaling

This lecture elaborates on on-demand step scaling and shows what can be configured for step scaling options on AWS console

Auto Scaling - Scaling policies (plans) - Part 3 - On-Demand Step Scaling

This lectures touches quickly using AWS console on what Target tracking scaling is, and how it works.

Auto Scaling - Scaling policies (plans) - Part 4 - Target Tracking Scaling

This lectures discussed monitoring available for EC2 instances and for Auto Scaling using AWS Cloud Watch

Auto Scaling - Monitoring
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About the Instructor
DolfinEd - Learning Simplified!
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DolfinEd's mission is to provide simplified educational solutions to help everyone through their Infrastructure and Cloud career  journey from beginner to Pro. Led by Eissa A. Sherif, a Cloud and Infrastructure architect, with 23 years of experience, holding multiple industry certificates from Amazon Web Services, Cisco CCIE, RiverBed, Palo Alto to name a few. He had also held multiple technical, design and architecture related positions in different fortune 500 companies including Cisco and IBM across three continents. He is also a passionate certified Systems Instructor dedicated to quality training, who has been honored to teach classroom based courses to 100s of students, in four continents, during his career as an advanced technical instructor.

DolfinEd is established with a commitment to quality, simplified education, from the ground up, at the right price point. Education that caters for the entire spectrum of knowledge and experience levels from novice to to IT pros.

By following a simple, easy to follow, step by step teaching strategy, breaking the complex of subjects into easy to assimilate learning building blocks, and guided practice to reenforce the learning, DolfinEd managed to attract 15K+ of satisfied students, from 150 countries in the first 16 months on Udemy. 

Building on this success, more content/courses are being added and the current courses are in a continuous update and development to ensure knowlege currency.

As time goes by, plenty of student centric development and enhancements are planned.

Simply, DolfinEd is the learning partner you can rely on!

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