AWS Certified Solutions Architect +55 Question Exam Practice

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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

The AWS Solutions Architect Certification Course, is, I believe, the best online course currently available anywhere, for helping you pass the AWS Solutions Architect Certification Exam(Associate Level).

This course has been put together with one sole purpose in mind, that being to provide you with the necessary resources and knowledge to study and pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level Exam. Nothing in this course is excess. Meaning any material in this course is there because it may appear in the exam. Other AWS courses may teach you how to use the console, how to use the CLI and other information, but you will not find much of that in this course as it is not pertinent to passing this exam.

Some of the unique features you will find in this course.

  • Easy to understand Terminology
  • Easy to Understand Breakdown of Exam Blueprint Content
  • Questions within the lectures , with explanations for the correct answers
  • The course structure comes from Breaking down the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level Exam Blueprint from AWS in an easy to understand format.
  • You also get access to our AWS Solutions Architect Associate – Exam Simulation. Which is a simulation of the types of questions that you may encounter when undertaking an official AWS Solutions Architect Exam Associate exam. There are 55 questions in total, which is the same amount as the official AWS exam, and to the best of our knowledge they are the types of questions you can expect to encounter according to the blueprint for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level Exam.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to set up an AWS Account (you can use the free tier for this course)
  • A Windows, Linux or Mac PC/Laptop

What am I going to get from this course?

  • This course has been put together with one sole purpose in mind, that being to provide you with the necessary resources and knowledge to study and pass the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Exam.
  • Access to the 55 Question AWS Solutions Architect Exam Simulation, which a simulation of the type of questions that you may encounter when undertaking the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam with AWS.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect (CSA) - Associate Exam
  • AWS Beginners
  • Existing Solutions Architects
  • Programmers or Developers interested in Deploying Applications on AWS
  • Anyone interested in hosting highly scalable, fault tolerant applications in the AWS cloud.

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction - Course Overview
19:44

We believe this is the best course currently available anywhere for helping you pass the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification Exam. This Part of the Course, the Course Overview is provided free for Registered Members This course has been put together with one sole purpose in mind, that being, to provide you with the necessary resources and knowledge to study and pass this exam. Nothing in this course is excess. Meaning any material in this course is there because it may appear on the exam. Other AWS courses may teach you how to use the console, how to use the CLI and other things but you will not find much of that here as it is not pertinent to passing this exam.

13:16

In this lecture we will go through the The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam overview as it is defined on the AWS website and also the AWS exam Blueprint. You will then be shown what we believe to be a better blueprint for this exam as defined by Cloud Certification Training and this will be the basis for the outline of this course. We will also discuss the structure of our course and what we believe is the best way to approach it to get the best out of the course for you to successfully pass the AWS Certification Exam.

Section 2: Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems
12:02

In this lecture we will discuss Public and Private IP Addresses in the VPC. AWS provides your instances in a VPC with IP addresses. Private IP addresses are not reachable over the Internet, and can be used for communication between the instances in your VPC. Public IP addresses are reachable over the Internet, and can be used for communication between your instances and the Internet, or with other AWS services that have public endpoints.

Exam Study Tip

Subnets come in two flavors, public and private. Here’s how they work:

  • If a subnet’s traffic is routed to an Internet gateway, the subnet is known as a public subnet.
  • If a subnet doesn’t have a route to the Internet gateway, the subnet is known as a private subnet.
11:18

In this lecture we discuss Security Groups and Network ACLs When you launch an instance in a VPC, you can associate one or more security groups that you've created. Each instance in your VPC could belong to a different set of security groups. If you don't specify a security group when you launch an instance, the instance automatically belongs to the default security group for the VPC. You can secure your VPC instances using only security groups. However, you can add network ACLs as a second layer of defense.

06:35

As you get started with Amazon VPC, you should understand the key concepts of this virtual network, and how it is similar to or different from your own networks. This section provides a brief description of the key concepts for Amazon VPC. In this Unit we discuss the key VPC concepts of Route tables, Internet gateways and NAT Instances.

Exam Study Tip

Instances that you launch into a private subnet in a virtual private cloud (VPC) can’t communicate with the Internet. You can optionally use a network address translation (NAT) instance in a public subnet in your VPC to enable instances in the private subnet to initiate outbound traffic to the Internet, but prevent the instances from receiving inbound traffic initiated by someone on the Internet.

06:30

In this lecture I explain a new model that AWS now uses(and one took me a little while to fully understand) when launching an EC2 instance. The idea of launching an EC2 instance on a particular VPC subnet is effectively obsolete. A single EC2 instance can now be attached to two ENIs, each one on a distinct subnet. The ENI (not the instance) is now associated with a subnet and the consequencies of that are discussed in this lecture.

Exam Study Tip

Attaching multiple elastic network interfaces to an instance is useful when you want to:

  • Create a management network.
  • Use network and security appliances in your VPC.
  • Create dual-homed instances with workloads/roles on distinct subnets.
  • Create a low-budget, high-availability solution.
15:57

In this lecture we discuss Elasticity and Scalability, Elastic Load Balancing and Auto Scaling. Auto Scaling is a web service designed to launch or terminate Amazon EC2 instances automatically based on user-defined policies, schedules, and health checks. Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes your incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. It detects unhealthy instances and reroutes traffic to healthy instances until the unhealthy instances have been restored. Elastic Load Balancing automatically scales its request handling capacity in response to incoming traffic.

Exam Study Tip

When one Availability Zone becomes unhealthy or unavailable, Auto Scaling launches new instances in an unaffected Availability Zone. When the unhealthy Availability Zone returns to a healthy state, Auto Scaling automatically redistributes the application instances evenly across all of the Availability Zones for your Auto Scaling group. Auto Scaling does this by attempting to launch new instances in the Availability Zone with the fewest instances. If the attempt fails, however, Auto Scaling attempts to launch in other Availability Zones until it succeeds. Auto Scaling cannot increase the size of an Instance if the the CPU utilization is above the threshold that has been set.

08:26

A VPC peering connection is a networking connection between two VPCs that enables you to route traffic between them using private IP addresses. Instances in either VPC can communicate with each other as if they are within the same network. You can create a VPC peering connection between your own VPCs, or with a VPC in another AWS account within a single region.

Exam Study Tip

  • You cannot create a VPC peering connection between VPCs that have matching or overlapping CIDR blocks.
  • You cannot create a VPC peering connection between VPCs in different regions.
12:56

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizeable computing capacity—literally, servers in Amazon's data centers—that you use to build and host your software systems. In this lecture we discuss Amazon EC2 and more specifically it's features surrounding Implementation and deployment.

Exam Study Tip

Amazon EC2 uses public–key cryptography to encrypt and decrypt login information. Public–key cryptography uses a public key to encrypt a piece of data, such as a password, then the recipient uses the private key to decrypt the data. The public and private keys are known as a key pair.

12:17

In this lecture we discuss the intricacies of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) , which is storage for the Internet. You can use Amazon S3 to store and retrieve any amount of data at any time, from anywhere on the web. You can accomplish these tasks using the simple and intuitive web interface of the AWS Management Console.

Exam Study Tip

Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) is an Amazon S3 storage option that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing noncritical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than Amazon S3’s standard storage. It provides a cost-effective, highly available solution for distributing or sharing content that is durably stored elsewhere, or for storing thumbnails, transcoded media, or other processed data that can be easily reproduced.

09:48

In this lecture we discuss the various deployment tools available on AWS and which of those are likely to appear on the AWS Solutions Architect Exam.

Exam Study Tip

A CloudFormation template is a JSON-formatted text file that describes your AWS infrastructure. Templates include several major sections.

Note: the Resources section is the only section that is actually required!

Section 3: Data Security
09:59

In this lecture we discuss Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) which provides persistent block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. Each Amazon EBS volume is automatically replicated within its Availability Zone to protect you from component failure, offering high availability and durability. Amazon EBS volumes offer the consistent and low-latency performance needed to run your workloads. With Amazon EBS, you can scale your usage up or down within minutes – all while paying a low price for only what you provision.

Exam Study Tip

An Amazon EBS volume is a durable, block-level storage device that you can attach to a single EC2 instance. You can use EBS volumes as primary storage for data that requires frequent updates, such as the system drive for an instance or storage for a database application. EBS volumes persist independently from the running life of an EC2 instance. After a volume is attached to an instance, you can use it like any other physical hard drive.

05:14

AWS Import/Export is a service that accelerates transferring large amounts of data into and out of AWS using physical storage appliances, bypassing the Internet. AWS Import/Export consists of AWS Import/Export Snowball (Snowball), which uses on demand, Amazon-provided secure storage appliances to physically transport terabytes to many petabytes of data, and AWS Import/Export Disk, which utilizes customer-provided portable devices to transfer smaller datasets. In this lecture we will discuss both AWS Import/Export and the new AWS Import/Export Snowball (Snowball).

Exam Study Tip

AWS Import/Export Disk was originally the only service offered by AWS for data transfer by mail. Disk supports transfers data directly onto and off of storage devices you own using the Amazon high-speed internal network.

The benefits of using Disk are as follows:

  • You can import your data into Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS).
  • You can export data from Amazon S3.

The limitations of using Disk are as follows:

  • Encryption is optional, not enforced.
  • You buy and maintain your own hardware devices.
  • You can’t manage your jobs through the AWS Import/Export Snowball Management Console.
  • You can’t transfer as much data as you can with Snowball. Disk has an upper limit of 16 TB.
03:55

In this lecture we discuss the Data Security surrounding the AWS Storage Gateway. The AWS Storage Gateway is a service connecting an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure. The service enables you to securely store data to the AWS cloud for scalable and cost-effective storage. The AWS Storage Gateway supports industry-standard storage protocols that work with your existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining frequently accessed data on-premises while encrypting and storing all of your data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon Glacier.

Exam Study Tip

The AWS Storage Gateway supports industry-standard storage protocols that work with your existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining frequently accessed data on-premises while encrypting and storing all of your data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon Glacier.

14:14

In this section we discuss Amazon Route 53 which is a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service. It is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other.

Exam Study Tip

Amazon Route 53 health checks monitor the health of your resources such as web servers and email servers. You can configure CloudWatch alarms for your health checks, so that you receive notification when a resource becomes unavailable. You can also configure Amazon Route 53 to route Internet traffic away from resources that are unavailable.

14:24

Exam Study Tips

  • IAM Users are account objects that allow an individual user to access your AWS environment with a set of credentials.
  • IAM Groups are objects that have permissions assigned to them via Policies allowing the members of the Group access to specific resources.
  • IAM Roles are again objects created within IAM which have Policy permissions associated to them.
09:51

When evaluating the security of a cloud solution, it is important for customers to understand and distinguish between: -Security measures that the cloud service provider (AWS) implements and operates – "security of the cloud" -Security measures that the customer implements and operates, related to the security of customer content and applications that make use of AWS services – "security in the cloud". In this lecture we discuss these differences.


09:53

In this lecture we discuss Data protection and Encryption which refers to protecting data while in-transit (as it travels to and from Amazon S3) and at rest (while it is stored on disks in Amazon S3 data centers). You can protect data in transit by using SSL or by using client-side encryption.

Exam Study Tip

  • Use Server-Side Encryption – You request Amazon S3 to encrypt your object before saving it on disks in its data centers and decrypt it when you download the objects.
  • Use Client-Side Encryption – You can encrypt data client-side and upload the encrypted data to Amazon S3. In this case, you manage the encryption process, the encryption keys, and related tools.
13:07

In this lecture we discuss the more complex areas of AWS access controls.

Exam Study Tip

  • If you’re more interested in “What can this user do in AWS?” then IAM policies are probably the way to go.
  • If you’re more interested in “Who can access this S3 bucket?” then S3 bucket policies will likely suit you better.
08:55

In this lecture we discuss Amazon CloudWatch. Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, and set alarms. Amazon CloudWatch can monitor AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB tables, and Amazon RDS DB instances, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services, and any log files your applications generate.

Exam Study Tip

With CloudWatch Logs, you can monitor your logs, in near real time, for specific phrases, values or patterns. For example, you could set an alarm on the number of errors that occur in your system logs or view graphs of latency of web requests from your application logs. You can then view the original log data to see the source of the problem. Log data can be stored and accessed indefinitely in highly durable, low-cost storage so you don’t have to worry about filling up hard drives.

Section 4: MISCELLANEOUS- Other Services we have not covered
10:33

In this lecture we go over any Storage Options that we have not already discussed and specifically highlight Storage options that you may be quizzed on in the AWS Solutions Architect Exam.

Exam Study Tip

Amazon Glacier is a storage service optimized for infrequently used data, or “cold data.” The service provides durable and extremely low-cost storage with security features for data archiving and backup.

18:02

In this lecture we go through the various database options available in AWS and more importantly highlight the databases that may be in the AWS Solutions Architect Exam.

14:21

In this lecture we discuss Simple Workflow (SWF), Simple Queue Services (SQS), and Simple Notification Services (SNS)

Exam Study Tip

Both Amazon SWF and Amazon SQS can be used to develop distributed, decoupled applications. Amazon SWF provides an infrastructure that is designed for coordinating tasks when building highly scalable and auditable applications. Amazon SQS, on the other hand, provides a reliable, highly scalable, hosted queue for storing messages.

11:04

We have already discussed that Amazon EC2 provides a wide selection of instance types optimized to fit different use cases. Instance types comprise varying combinations of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity and give you the flexibility to choose the appropriate mix of resources for your applications. In this lecture however we highlight the more specific types of Instances available such as on demand, reserved and spot.

Exam Study Tip

You are charged the Spot market price (not your bid price) for as long as the Spot instance runs. If your Spot instance is interrupted because the Spot market price increases above your bid price, you will not be charged for the partial hour that your instance has run.

03:47

In this lecture we discuss Placement Groups. A placement group is a logical grouping of instances within a single Availability Zone. Using placement groups enables applications to participate in a low-latency, 10 Gbps network. Placement groups are recommended for applications that benefit from low network latency, high network throughput, or both.

Exam Study Tip

A placement group can’t span multiple Availability Zones.

17:23

In this Lecture we discuss AWS Direct Connect, AWS CloudTrail, AWS Directory Service and AWS CloudFront.

Exam Study Tip

CloudFront is a CDN capability that distributes S3 objects geographically. An OAI is sort of like a service account for a CloudFront distribution. Using an OAI you can restrict access to S3 content effectively preventing direct access to content in S3 but still allowing CloudFront access to distribute that data.

Section 5: Troubleshooting
07:55

In our final lecture we go through a few general troubleshooting questions that you might see in the Exam.

Exam Study Tip

You need a broad understanding of all Services, especially VPC.

Section 6: Exam
55 questions

The AWS Solutions Architect Associate – Exam Simulation is a simulation of the types of questions that you may encounter when undertaking an official AWS Solutions Architect Exam Associate exam. There are 55 questions in total and to the best of our knowledge they are the types of questions you can expect to encounter according to the exam blueprint for each course.

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Instructor Biography

Michael Sheehy, AWS Solutions Architect

I am a fully Certified AWS Solutions Architect. ( Amazon Web Services, License AWS-ASA-6685)

I have worked for Cloud Academy for the past year, an online Cloud Training organization where I created quizzes, blog posts, tutorials and E-Books pertaining to Amazon Web Services and the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification.

I have also been UNIX/Linux System Administrator for the past 15 years and am slowly moving those skills into the AWS Cloud arena. I am passionate about AWS and Cloud Technologies and the exciting future that it promises to bring. I live in Sydney, Australia, am married with 2 children and if I had any spare time I would play some golf or tennis.

I also am a part-time online poker player.

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