AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Level 2016
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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Level 2016

Pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator exam with this course which has a 98% reported pass rate on Linux Academy
4.3 (102 ratings)
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Last updated 10/2016
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Includes:
  • 11 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Provision and build full scale production environments
  • Monitor and reduce costs in AWS
  • Implement elasticity to meet changes in demand
  • Understand AWS best practices
  • Monitor and improve performance and availability
  • Ensure fault tolerance for critical parts of an environment
  • Understand performance at a deeper level for critical AWS services
  • Implement effective and reliable backup strategies
  • Implement disaster recovery strategies for large scale and critical business systems
  • Implement and manage security policies
  • Utilize AWS networking features
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Requirements
  • Amazon Web Services experience recommended
  • Familiar with core services (EC2, S3, etc)
  • An AWS account or Linux Academy account to follow along with hands-on labs
Description

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Level certification is geared towards system administrators who are tasked with managing or building applications on the cloud. After taking this course, you will gain experience in provisioning and building full scale production environments. The focus will be on technical details associated with environments such as backup strategies and best practices, EBS performance and best practices, and more. Not only does this course teach you the concepts needed for the certification, but it also prepares you for real-world scenarios on topics like scalability and high availability, cost optimization, performance optimization, failover strategies and implementations, as well as migrating or extending your on-premises data center to the AWS cloud in a secure, scalable, and fault-tolerant way. We do this through video lessons, hands-on labs, quizzes, and more. Even if you are not looking to get certified but are looking to learn how to run and monitor infrastructure on AWS, this course is perfect for you.

PLEASE NOTE:  Access to the Live Labs mentioned in some of the video lessons are only available to Linux Academy members.  Unfortunately, taking the course on Udemy does NOT provide access to these labs.

Who is the target audience?
  • System administrators who are tasked with managing or building applications in AWS
  • Anyone interested in gaining concepts needed for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Level certification
  • Anyone working in AWS looking to improve their skills
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Curriculum For This Course
65 Lectures
10:48:29
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Overview of Certification and Required Services
2 Lectures 11:44

In this lesson we will discuss what the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Level certification covers and how to prepare. We will discuss the required prerequisites to taking this course and the certification.

Preview 07:29

In this lesson we are going to talk about the tools available to help you succeed in learning and taking your certification exam.

Preview 04:15
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Demonstrate ability to monitor availability and performance
9 Lectures 01:32:57

In this lesson we are going to look at the available AWS instance types. We'll talk about potential performance impacts and considerations when designing environments.

Understanding AWS Instance Types, Utilization, and Performance
15:15

In this lesson we are going learn about instance and system status checks. We will learn what they are, what causes them, and the best methods for resolving instance and system status checks.

Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Instance and System Status Checks
03:19

This lesson is an overview of creating CloudWatch alarms and sending/receiving notifications from Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS).

Creating CloudWatch Alarms
11:08

By default, only certain metrics cover EC2 instances (host based metrics). However, at times we may want to monitor certain aspects of our operating system. EC2 provides scripts that we can install on the system to achieve this. In this lesson we are going to learn how to configure those scripts and ensure our EC2 instances have permissions to communicate with Amazon CloudWatch to put the metrics data into CloudWatch.

Commands used in this lesson:

sudo yum install perl-Switch perl-DateTime perl-Sys-Syslog perl-LWP-Protocol-https

curl http://aws-cloudwatch.s3.amazonaws.com/downloads/CloudWatchMonitoringScripts-1.2.1.zip -O

unzip CloudWatchMonitoringScripts-1.2.1.zip

./mon-put-instance-data.pl --mem-util --mem-used --mem-avail --swap-util --swap-used --disk-space-util --disk-space-used --disk-space-avail --memory-units=megabytes --disk-space-units=gigabytes --disk-path=/dev/xvda1

Installing and Configuring Monitoring Scripts for Amazon EC2 Instances
16:50

CloudWatch is not a solution that fits all. You might have other monitoring requirements, like the need for redundant monitoring where CloudWatch is your main service, but you need to have backup monitoring options, or other types of metrics and reporting tools.  This lesson explains how to setup an EC2 instance to ping other instances in order to check for availability. While this may not always be the best solution, it is a requirement for the certification exam

Dedicating an Instance to Monitoring
07:17

In this lesson we are going to learn about EBS performance concepts, EBS I/O Credits, provisioned IOPs and how to anticipate performance issues.


Please note: AWS has updated the baseline performance for io1 volumes to 50 IOPS / GB instead of 30 IOPS. This was updated in August 2016 and is unlikely to be reflected on the exam for a while, which is why we are leaving it in the lesson.

Monitoring EBS for Performance and Availability
18:32

In this lesson we are going to take a look at the available metrics for monitoring RDS performance and availability. We will learn about DB Events as well as discuss potential RDS performance bottle necks to create alarms for.

Monitoring RDS for Performance and Availability
07:52

In this lesson we are going to look at important metrics needed to monitor performance and availability inside of Amazon ElastiCache. These metrics include swap usage, Evictions, Current Connections, and CPU utilization. We will also learn how to fix potential performance issues as they relate to these metrics.

Monitoring ElastiCache for Performance and Availability
06:16

In this lesson we are going to talk about how to monitor the ELB (Elastic Load Balancer) for performance and availability. We will learn the different issues that could affect ELB performance and what metrics we can use to monitor for prevention.

Monitoring the Elastic Load Balancer for Performance and Availability
06:28

Quiz: Demonstrate understanding of monitoring for availability and performance
3 questions
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Demonstrate ability to monitor & manage billing and cost optimization processes
4 Lectures 37:40

In this lesson we are going to learn how to consolidate bills across multiple AWS accounts to a single AWS account. We will talk about some of the benefits of consolidated billing on our AWS environment.

AWS Billing and Linking AWS Accounts
10:06

In this lesson we are going to learn about cost optimization and billing monitoring using CloudWatch metrics. 

AWS Billing Dimensions and Metrics for CloudWatch
11:43

In this lesson we are going to talk about the different ways to perform cost optimizing on Amazon Web Services.

Cost Optimizing
07:09

In order to better understand and predict costs, we can leverage tools and services offered by Amazon Web Services. Exploring some of those tools is the purpose of this lesson.

Using the AWS Price List API and Cost Explorer
08:42

Quiz: Monitoring and Metrics
3 questions
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Implement scalability and elasticity based on scenario
4 Lectures 35:20

In this lesson we are going to review the essential concepts of scalability and elasticity in Amazon Web Services.

Scalability and Elasticity Essentials
07:07

In this lesson we are going to look at different use cases for a business and learn how to determine what type of instances we should purchase and build based on business need.

Determining Reserved Instance Purchases Based on Business Needs
09:46

As SysOps Administrators on Amazon Web Services it is our job to determine when and if we should upgrade our instance size, choose to use auto scaling or even both. In this lesson we are going to talk about factors that we need to consider when determining if we should upgrade or auto scale our instances.

AutoScaling vs. Resizing
11:31

In this lesson we are going to learn about sticky sessions as they relate to the Elastic Load Balancer.

Elastic Load Balancer Sticky Sessions
06:56

Quiz: Demonstrate ability to implement scalability and elasticity
3 questions
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Ensure level of fault tolerance based on business needs
5 Lectures 29:41

Older applications might require a single IP address due to legacy code. In this lesson we are going to learn how to create high availability applications even if our application is running on a single instance.

High Availability With Single Instance Applications
04:23

As SysOps administrators it is important to understand how Multi-AZ affects common operations such as backups and system upgrades. Enabling Multi-AZ provides SysOps administrators with a great method of preventing I/O freezes and performance issues while taking snaphots and upgrading the system. In this lesson we will learn about those performance gains and how Multi-AZ helps us as SysOps.

Understanding RDS Multi-AZ Failover
07:42

In this lesson we are going to learn about Bastion hosts and how we can apply high availability. We discuss both the architecture of NAT and bastion hosts as well as how to apply high availability to these types of hosts on AWS.

Applying High Availability Bastion Host Instance
04:59

It is important to understand what AWS services allow you access to the underlying operating system. The operating system might include Linux, Windows, or another OS available on AWS. Knowing what services allow access is beneficial as sysops. As SysOps we have to ensure high performance and security on the services we use and knowing what services allow OS access will enable us to track down performance and security issues.

Overview Of Services That Allow Access To The Underlying Operating System
04:55

In this lesson we will discuss the concepts surrounding ELB configuration for internal load balancers and how subnets relate to our Elastic Load Balancers.

Elastic Load Balancer Configurations
07:42

Ensure level of fault tolerance based on business needs

Quiz: Demonstrate ability to ensure levels of fault tolerance
3 questions
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Optimize the environment to ensure maximum performance
3 Lectures 34:08

In this lesson we are going to learn about offloading database workload to read replicas. Not only will we learn about when and why we should do this, we will go into technical detail on how to setup RDS MySQL read replicas.

Offloading Database Workload
19:06

In this lesson we are going to look at initializing EBS volumes (formerly known as pre-warming) and how new EBS volumes created from snapshots can affect performance. We are going to learn how to initialize our EBS volumes to prevent performance issues on volumes restored from older snapshots.

Initializing (Pre-warming) EBS Volumes
11:14

In this lesson we are going to learn how the ELB can be a performance bottleneck in events of severe traffic spike increases. We are going to discuss how we can "pre-warm" the ELB in order to prepare ahead of time for increased spikes in traffic. 

Pre-warming The Elastic Load Balancer
03:48

Quiz: Demonstrate ability to optimize environment to ensure maximum performance
3 questions
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Identify performance bottlenecks and implement remedies
3 Lectures 33:50

In this lesson we are going to learn how to resize or change the root EBS volume type from SSD to provisioned IOPs. EBS IOPs utilization can cause a bottleneck on your application. Knowing how to increase the available IOPs for your root device, or any device, is very important.

Resizing Or Changing EBS Root Volume
11:52

SSL Certificates can be taxing on an instance and can cause performance issues with spikes in traffic. In this lesson we are going to talk about how and why SSL certs can cause performance issues and how to remedy that by applying the SSL certificate to the Elastic Load Balancer instead. We will go through the entire process of setting up all the keys, signing up for a public certificate, and even setting up a domain to demonstrate how HTTPS works on the Elastic Load Balancer.

SSL On Elastic Load Balancer
06:47

In this lesson we are going to discuss potential network bottlenecks as they relate to your AWS Cloud environment as well as from your on-premise network to the AWS VPC.

Network Bottlenecks
15:11
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Identify potential issues on a given application deployment
2 Lectures 17:14

In this lesson we are going to learn concepts related to EBS volumes and root EBS volumes attached to EC2 instances. As SysOps administrators it is important to understand what potential issues, such as data loss, can arise when various actions are taken inside of your environment, such as terminating instances.

EBS Root Devices On Terminated Instances - Ensuring Data Durability
11:55

In this lesson we are going to look at potential reasons EC2 instances might not launch into AWS Auto Scaling groups. 

Troubleshooting Auto Scaling Issues
05:19
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Ability to provision cloud resources and manage implementation automatomation
3 Lectures 38:41

In this lesson we are going to learn about OpsWorks and how it works. We will learn about the certification requirements as they relate to Amazon OpsWorks.

OpsWorks: Overview
10:42

In this lesson we are going to walk through OpsWorks and learn how stacks and layers work together to manage our application.

OpsWorks: Creating Our First Stack
17:56

In this lesson, we learn about CloudFormation and how we can use it to create templates that can provision resources for us.

CloudFormation: Essentials
10:03
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Demonstrate ability to create backups for different services
3 Lectures 44:23

In this lesson we will learn what AWS services provide automated backups as well as how to back up Amazon EC2. We will talk about performance considerations when taking backups and snapshots and how to mitigate performance issues while snapshots are being taken.

Overview Of Backing Up Services On AWS And Services That Include Backups
10:22

In this lesson we are going to continue to talk about EC2 EBS snapshots and what we need to know as Certified SysOps administrators. We are going to talk about performance issues and even demonstrate writing a Python script that automates scheduled EC2/EBS snapshots for our infrastructure.


Creating and Scripting Automation for EC2 Snapshots Part 1
18:46

Creating and Scripting Automation for EC2 Snapshots Part 2
15:15
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Christophe Limpalair
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Christophe is an Amazon Web Services instructor and developer at the Linux Academy who is passionate about constantly learning and helping others learn. His courses have a 98% reported pass rate, and have trained professionals at companies like Rackspace, MailChimp, and many more. Whenever he's not working on AWS courses, he's usually working on Linux Academy's hands-on labs and co-hosting Cloud Cadet or hosting the ScaleYourCode podcast.