AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Study for and pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate level exam
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Created by Linux Academy
Last updated 2/2019
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  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Pass the 2018 version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect (associate) level exam.
  • Students should have basic knowledge and hands-on experience in AWS. This can be gained through either having 1 year hands-on experience working in AWS, or by completing our AWS Essentials course (which is offered here on Udemy).

Welcome to Linux Academy's AWS Certified Solutions Architect (associate level) course.  This course has been developed to provide you with the requisite knowledge to not only pass the current version of the AWS CSA certification exam but also gain the hands-on experience required become a qualified AWS Solutions architect working in a real-world environment.

As part of this course, we are happy to introduce "The Orion Papers", which is an innovative new teaching tool that we have created specifically for this course. The Orion Papers is a visual, interactive guide filled with live diagrams and AWS knowledge that you can use as your own personal study resource. 

As an added bonus to all who enroll, we have made a select group of Linux Academy's Hands-On Labs and flashcards available for free to all students who wish to take advantage of them.  Instructions on how to access these bonus features will be provided during the course.  (NOTE: These bonus features are not a required part of the course. they are an addition you can choose if you so wish).

Who this course is for:
  • Students who are looking to gain the knowledge and experience required to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect (associate) level exam.
Course content
Expand all 81 lectures 12:22:21
+ Introduction
8 lectures 34:34

Welcome to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate level course. This is to prepare you to take the 2018 version of the AWS Solutions Architect Associate level certification. In this introduction video, we discuss the recommended prerequisites and ways to get the hands-on experience that AWS is looking for.

Preview 02:08

This is a short video about me, your author, Wayde Gilchrist. Throughout this course, I will endeavor to impart wisdom from my years of experience using AWS.

Preview 00:51

In this video, we introduce the Orion Papers; your interactive course manual and study guide.

The link to the Orion Papers:

Preview 03:05

In this video, we talk about the exam itself: The format, logistics, and how the questions break down by domain

Preview 06:30

In this lesson, we will review what it means to be a solutions architect. We'll list the foundational areas of competence that every AWS solutions architect must have.

Preview 03:42

In this lesson, we introduce the five pillars of the Well Architected Framework: Operational Excellence, Reliability, Security, Performance Efficiency, and Cost Optimization.

Preview 03:40

This video gives you a walkthrough on how to use the AWS Free Tier Tracking and Billing Widget for you own AWS Account!

Preview 03:56
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+ AWS Structure and Organization
4 lectures 28:51

This covers the organization of AWS from an account and services perspective and how it is represented in the Orion Papers.

Exploring the AWS Account and Services Layer

This covers the organization of AWS from a physical and networking perspective and how they are represented in the Orion Papers.

Exploring the AWS Physical and Networking Layer

In this lesson, we discuss key terminology that is required for the AWS exam, and that you will need to know to be an AWS Solutions Architect.

Essential CSA Terminology

In this lesson, we discuss how security on AWS is a shared responsibility between AWS and you, the customer.

Shared Security Responsibility Model and Attributes
+ Access Management
1 lecture 08:05

In this lesson, we will take a look at how to navigate around the AWS console to find important items; such as account settings, AWS support, and AWS documentation.

Console Tour and Navigation: Settings and Account Management
+ IAM (Identity and Access Management)
8 lectures 01:03:42

This lesson is an introduction to IAM as an access management service; covering common uses of IAM and how it is structured.

IAM Essentials

This lesson covers the ins-and-outs of IAM permissions and policies. This is how you grant access to your AWS users to your AWS resources.

IAM Policies

Exploring more of IAM, here we learn about IAM users, including how they are created and how policies are used to grant users access to AWS resources.

IAM Users

Moving from users to groups, here we explore how groups are used to manage the application of policies to IAM users.

IAM Groups

IAM roles allow us to grant permissions to our services without using permanent credentials, which run the risk of compromise. IAM roles are preferred for cross-account access and applications running on EC2.

IAM Roles

API Access Keys are used to grant access to AWS Services programmatically. IAM Users receive permanent access keys, while STS can provide keys with a shorter lifetime.


AWS offers easy ways to authenticate users outside of AWS using the Identity Federation. In this lesson, we will look at using Web Identities, SAML, and custom Identity Providers.

Identity Federation

Many AWS Customers have multiple AWS accounts which can be difficult to control. AWS has a feature called AWS Organizations that allows you to group AWS Accounts into Organizational Units (OUs) and apply service control policies at the OU or account level, which restricts the use of specific AWS Service APIs.

AWS Organizations
QUIZ: AWS IAM Fundamentals for the Solutions Architect
5 questions
+ Server Based Compute Services
9 lectures 01:44:04

Welcome to the start of the EC2 section of the CSA course. This lesson will introduce you to the essentials topics for EC2 and outline what you will learn in this section.

EC2 Essentials

The first step when provisioning an on-demand EC2 instance is to choose the Amazon Machine Image (AMI). This lesson reviews what an AMI is and discusses its various components.

EC2 AMIs and Virtualization

In step two of the instance creation process, you need to select an appropriate instance type. This lesson reviews what an instance type is and what its components are.

EC2 Instance Types

In this lesson, we configure EC2 instance details such as networking options, IP addressing, and bootstrapping.

Instance Details and Bootstrapping

In this lesson, we explore EBS and Instance store options for your EC2 instance and the use cases for each.

EC2 Storage Options

In this lesson, we'll create a security group and assign it to an EC2 instance. We'll then launch an instance and connect it with an SSH key pair.

Security Groups and Key Pairs

Backups are an essential part of maintaining a durable application. This lesson will teach you about snapshots, which are an easy and scalable way to create backups of EBS volumes.

EBS Snapshots

In this lesson, we will learn about EC2 placement groups, including what they are, why they exist, and some important troubleshooting tips.

EC2 Placement Groups

EC2 is very versatile in that there are several different ways to purchase instances, all based on your needs. In this lesson, we review the three main EC2 purchasing options that you need to know.

EC2 Purchasing Options
+ Elastic File System (EFS)
1 lecture 05:11

In this lesson, we will learn the essentials of AWS Elastic File System (EFS), including what it is and its benefits.

EFS Essentials
0 lectures 00:00
QUIZ: AWS EC2 Fundamentals for the Solutions Architect
8 questions
+ Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
3 lectures 47:51
VPC Essentials

How does data travel in and out of the AWS VPC? If you have customers access your web application, what are all the components you need in place to make sure the traffic is routed properly? Well, hit that play button and learn all about AWS VPC routing.

VPC Network Routing Basics

Security is something you always need to be thinking about when setting up your networking architecture. This lesson covers AWS's two core networking security features: network access control lists and security groups

VPC Security Basics
QUIZ: AWS VPC Fundamentals for the Solutions Architect
5 questions
+ High Availablity
6 lectures 01:07:59

AWS provides three types of Elastic Load Balancer services. In this lesson, we contrast their features and use cases.

Elastic Load Balancing

In this lesson, we introduce the use and purpose of a Bastion Host and NAT Gateway. Both are key elements in creating a more secure architecture.

Serving Traffic To and From Private Subnets

Sometimes our instances in a VPC need to communicate with services with public endpoints, such as S3 and DynamoDB. In this lesson, we learn how to create VPC endpoints for these services so that our data does not go over a public network.

VPC Endpoints

Autoscaling is one of the compelling reasons to migrate to the cloud. In this lesson, we will show how to configure your environment to automatically scale.


A stateful application can limit the effectiveness of autoscaling and load distribution. It can also cause problems for your users if instances are terminated. In this lesson, we discuss how to make your applications stateless.

Making your Applications Stateless

You should always architect for High Availability, which means launching resources in multiple AZs. However, a special case of High Availability is Fault Tolerance, which requires additional resources.

High Availability versus Fault Tolerance
QUIZ: High Availability on AWS for the Solutions Architect
7 questions
+ DNS, CDN and Failover Networking
3 lectures 35:28

In this lesson, we introduce AWS's DNS service, Route 53, which has some special features for AWS workloads.

Route 53 Essentials

In this lesson, we review the process for configuring Route 53 for DNS failover to an S3 bucket.

Route 53 DNS Failover
QUIZ: AWS Route 53 and CloudFront Concepts for the Solutions Architect
5 questions