TOTAL: Cloud Computing / CompTIA Cloud+ Cert. (CV0-002)
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TOTAL: Cloud Computing / CompTIA Cloud+ Cert. (CV0-002)

Learn the basics of Cloud Computing and prepare for the CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Exam.
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What you'll learn
  • Implement appropriate security controls given requirements.
  • Analyze system requirements to successfully execute workload migrations to the cloud.
  • Determine proper allocation of cloud resources and apply necessary changes, based on performance data.
  • Troubleshoot capacity, automation, connectivity and security issues related to cloud implementations.
  • Apply appropriate technologies and processes, including automation and orchestration, to ensure desired system performance.
  • It's recommended to have at least 24–36 months of work experience in IT networking, network storage or datacenter administration.
  • A familiarity with any major hypervisor technologies for server virtualization, though vendor-specific certifications in virtualization are not required
  • Knowledge on CompTIA Network+ and/or CompTIA Server+ are encouraged but not required.

Mike Meyers and the Total Seminars Team, brings you this TOTAL: Cloud Computing / CompTIA Cloud+ Cert. (CV0-002) course with your instructor, Tom Carpenter.

This is NOT a boring voice over PowerPoint course. Tom speaks to you and presents the material in an engaging interactive style that will keep you interested and make it easier to understand. Check out the free sample lectures and you will see the difference.

Learn the basics of Cloud Computing and prepare for the CompTIA Cloud +Certification. Cloud+ is part of the CompTIA Infrastructure Pathway. Cloud+ is an intermediate level Network Specialist certification. The median annual salary for a Cloud+ certified tech is $74,300* and there are currently over 50,000 job postings* for techs with this certification in the US. 

Job Titles that this training prepares you for include:

  • System's Administrator, Cloud

  • Network Engineer, Cloud

  • Network Administrator, Cloud

Are you looking to learn more about the Cloud and what it can do for you or your company? Maybe you've heard this buzzword, but don't know what it means to take your business and network solutions into the cloud.  If you want to learn the basics of the Cloud on a pathway to AWS or Azure Certification this course will give you the foundational knowledge to begin your journey.


    • 10 hours of video

    • PDFs that detail all the exam objectives covered in each episode (valuable studying tool)

    • PDFs of the CompTIA Cloud+  exam objectives

    • End-of-chapter quizzes to test your knowledge

    • Q&A section where you have access to me and my team of teaching assistants to answer any questions you might have

    • Bonus videos launched from time-to-time with updated information, exam tips, study tools, and more

    • 30-day money-back guarantee

    • Lifetime access

    • Certificate of completion


    • Domain 1.0:  Configuration and Deployment 24%

    • Domain 2.0:  Security 16%

    • Domain 3.0:  Maintenance 18%

    • Domain 4.0:  Management 20%

    • Domain 5.0:  Troubleshooting 22%


  • Exam code: CV0-002

  • Max. 90 questions (multiple choice and performance-based)

  • Length of exam: 90 minutes

  • Passing score: 750 (on a scale of 100-900)

  • Exam cost: $329

  • Languages: English and Japanese

  • Recommended experience: 2-3 years in system administration

  • Retirement: Usually 3 years after launch

Tom Carpenter is the Chief Technical Officer at CWNP (Certified Wireless Network Professionals). He's been in the IT industry for 25+ years, written over 20 books on IT subjects, and is also heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation in the certification industry.  Tom's teaching style is casual; he wants you to have fun while you learn practical applications of Cloud Computing. Join our class now and let us know how you plan to use the cloud in your personal or professional life!

* Burning Glass Technologies. (2019). Labor Insights.

Who this course is for:
  • Any student wanting to learn the basics of Cloud Computing and prepare for the CompTIA Cloud+ Certification.
Course content
Expand all 99 lectures 10:35:23
+ Chapter 0 - What You Need to Know
4 lectures 20:50

In this episode Tom introduces the content to be covered in the course. The topics covered will introduce you to Cloud Computing in general and prepare you to take the CompTIA Cloud+ Certification exam. Let’s get started learning about the cloud!

Preview 03:35

In this episode, you will learn about the Cloud+ exam and the basic factors you should know to prepare for and take the exam.

Preview 08:15

In this episode you will explore the types of jobs available to those with a Cloud+ certification.

What Can Cloud+ Do For You?

In this episode, you will learn about the Cloud+ exam registration process and gain tips and insights for exam preparation.

Preparing for the Cloud+ Exam
+ Chapter 1 - Introducing the Cloud
12 lectures 01:16:06

This episode helps you to get started quickly by setting up accounts with AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. The accounts are free, but require a credit card for identity validation.

Preview 06:25

This episode will provide a robust definition of the cloud so that you can comprehend its application to real-world implementations and use. The definition is explained in detail with each concept clearly defined.

Preview 07:40

Cloud deployment models provide a thinking tool to help you choose the best cloud solution for your needs. This episode introduces public, community, private and hybrid clouds.

Preview 04:30

This episode will provide a brief overview of the interfaces and offerings of three major cloud service providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Preview 08:14

This episode explores private cloud solution and provides examples of specific systems that may be implemented for private cloud management.

Preview 06:08

Community cloud solutions are unique in that they are not general-purpose cloud solutions. This episode explains what they are and provides examples of community clouds.

Community Cloud (Demo)

In this episode, hybrid clouds are explained. is provided as an example tool for managing hybrid cloud solutions.

Hybrid Cloud (Demo)

In the world of cloud computing, three additional models are often referenced. The Cloud+ exam does not cover them directly, but they are very useful to know and this episode explains them.

Additional Models

Over the years, several acronyms have come to be associated with cloud architectures. This episode introduces and explains these architectural terms.

Preview 06:15

This episode explains some common terminology related to cloud computing including, capacity, elasticity and service model maintenance.

Capacity, Elasticity, and Support Agreements

A key factor in the use of cloud services is cost optimization. Resource balancing assists with cost optimization and this episode introduces you to the concept.

Resource Balancing

All Information Systems require change management for effective maintenance over time. This episode introduces the concept of change management and explains advisory boards and approval processes.

Change Management
Chapter 1 - Introducing the Cloud Quiz
12 questions
+ Chapter 2 - System Requirements for Cloud Deployments
16 lectures 01:49:07

This episode brings clarity to the Cloud+ objectives 1.1 through 1.4. Some confusion is common with these objectives and this episode will help to clarify the intentions of these objectives.

Deployment Exam Objectives Explained

Cloud components can interact with each other. Understanding what each component is used for helps to understand how they interact. This episode is part 1 of cloud component interaction

Cloud Component Interactions, Part 1

This episode is part 2 of cloud component interaction and covers storage, compute and security interactions.

Cloud Component Interaction, Part 2

This episode explains the interaction components for non-cloud interaction. These interactions involve communications between cloud components and local components on your network.

Non-Cloud Component Interactions

This episode introduces the concept of platforms, which are used to provide everything needed for an application to operate properly.

Preview 05:21

This episode provides an overview of baselines and a lab that you can work through on your machine to experience the creation of a performance baseline.

Baselines (Lab)

Selecting the hosts to move to the cloud is an important step in cloud deployment. This episode explains some of the important factors to consider when selecting target hosts for the cloud.

Target Hosts

Selecting hosts to move to the cloud begins by known the hosts that you have. This episode describes two common methods used to identify existing systems.

Existing Systems (Lab)

Selecting the right architecture and model for your cloud solution is important and it is driven by the elements and targets required. This episode provided guidance on selecting the best architecture for your needs.

Architecting for Elements and Targets (Demo)

This episode introduces the tools that can be used for cloud deployments. Tools include command line tools, graphical tools, and automation/orchestration tools.

Selecting Deployment Tools (Demo)

After creating a deployment plan, it’s time to execute it. This episode provides tips for executing a deployment plan and shows tome tools available to assist in the process.

Executing a Deployment Plan (Demo)

A testing plan should be evaluated and used to test the deployment. Business-critical functions should be validated. This episode provides guidance on testing cloud deployments

Evaluating Testing Plans

The testing methods used for cloud deployments are much the same as those used in traditional networks. This episode covers three common testing methods.

Testing Techniques

After testing, the results should be analyzed to identify any areas requiring attention, such as configuration changes, new services, removal of software and services, and so forth. This episode provides an overview of the considerations to be made during test results analysis.

Analyzing Testing Results

In this episode, you will be shown a lab that you can perform to compare a baseline with actual performance in the cloud.

Baseline Confirmation (Lab)

This episode completes the deployment planning and implementation with a discussion of problem resolution. It also includes a lab that you can perform in your cloud accounts to enhance the learning experience.

Deployment Problem Resolution (Lab)
Chapter 2 - System Requirements for Cloud Deployments Quiz
16 questions
+ Chapter 3 - Cloud Storage
10 lectures 01:02:33

This episode explains the varying storage types you might use in a public or private cloud deployment.

Cloud Storage Types

Provisioning cloud storage requires planning. This episode explains the planning process and defines several concepts related to cloud storage.

Provisioning Storage

Data must be available when users need it. This episode explains methods used for storage protection through various data redundancy methods

Storage Protection Capabilities

This episode explores the common features of cloud storage solutions and also explains important terminology related to storage.

Storage Features

Cloud solutions support several access protocols. Understanding these protocols is most useful for private cloud deployments and this episode explains their basic characteristics and uses.

Access Protocols
Storage Management (Demo)
Storage Security (Lab)

This episode will explain some disaster recovery terminology and demonstrate recovery recommendations for AWS, GCP and Azure.

Disaster Recovery Capabilities (Demo)

Additional considerations must be made for disaster recovery related to storage. This episode explores these additional considerations

Disaster Recovery Considerations

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) must be well-thought and implemented according to the plan. This episode explains BCP components in detail.

Business Continuity Plan (Lab)
Chapter 3 - Cloud Storage Quiz
10 questions
+ Chapter 4 - Cloud Compute
11 lectures 01:05:08

This episode introduces a significant benefit of cloud solutions: cloud compute. Cloud compute offers the ability to run services and applications within the cloud.

Compute Introduction

As a cloud administrator it will be important for you to understand compute features of cloud solutions. This episode defines technologies and concepts related to cloud compute.

CPU Capabilities

Just like local physical computers, cloud compute required memory access as well as CPU access. This episode explains memory requirements and ballooning technologies available in cloud solutions.

Memory Requirements

The performance of cloud compute instances is important and selecting the right CPU options and instance types/classes is important. This episode explains the important concepts. related to performance

Performance Considerations

Getting the most value for your expense is important of all areas of IT and particularly in cloud computing. Configured improperly, you can easily spend more than required. This episode allows you to gain experience working with the three big cloud vendor’s pricing calculators.

Cost Considerations (Lab)

Cloud computing can provide significant energy savings with both public and private cloud solutions. This episode explains why and how to achieve energy savings.

Energy Savings

Cloud providers offer dedicated compute resources. This episode explains these dedicates hosts as compared to shared computing.

Dedicated vs. Shared Compute

A significant feature required by many modern business applications is high availability. This episode explains the high availability and disaster recovery options in cloud computing related to compute.

High Availability and Disaster Recovery for Compute

Monitoring IT systems is important. Cloud solutions offer monitoring and the operating systems implemented in VM instances can be monitored with internal tools as well. This episode explores monitoring terminology and processes.

Monitoring (Lab)

This episode addresses the important issue of forecasting. Looking at what has happened and is happening in your cloud solution can help you predict future demands.


Monitoring can be a sensitive issue in some organizations. Who can monitor? What can they monitor? This episode addresses these important policy issues.

Chapter 4 - Cloud Compute Quiz
11 questions
+ Chapter 5 - Cloud Networking
8 lectures 51:47

Before covering cloud networking specifically, it is useful to gain an overview of basic networking components. This episode provides such an introduction.

Network Components (Demo)

Network protocols are the standard communication methods used on computer networks. This episode introduces network protocols and describes DNS as an example.

Network Protocols

Many protocols used ports for communications. TCP and UDP ports are common. Some protocols use well-known ports and this episode introduces network ports and common ports used by common protocols.

Network Ports (Lab)

You may require connectivity from your local network to the cloud for local applications to communicate with cloud applications or for other sensitive data transfer. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are most commonly used in such cases. This episode explains their functionality and use.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

This episode introduces a security technology you are likely to require in your cloud solutions. Intrusion monitoring is a key method used to detect attacks on your local and cloud networks.


Network segmentation is a long-used solution for network performance and security. This episode explains segmentation and the different methods used to provide it.


Service level agreements (SLAs) come up in many places in this course. They are equally important for networking and this episode explains them in the networking context.

Network SLAs and Change Management

This final episode of chapter 5 addresses some important information related to how networking should be considered in different cloud models, such as public, private and hybrid models.

Networking in Different Models
Chapter 5 - Cloud Networking Quiz
8 questions
+ Chapter 6 - Cloud Security
13 lectures 01:21:18

Effective security for cloud computing begins with well-planned and documented security policies. This episode introduces security policies and the role they play in cloud computing.

Security Policies

This episode explains standards and compliance. Several regulatory and industry regulations and guidelines may impose requirements on different network types and this episode explains how to plan for them.

Standards and Compliance (Demo)

It is important to know who is accessing your cloud resources. This begins with identity management and authentication. This episode introduces identity, authentication and authorization.

Identity, Authentication, and Authorization

Authorization is used to validate the rights of an acting entity on an object of that action. For example, it is used to validate that a user is allows to read or write to a given file.

Multi-Factor Authentication (Lab)
Authorization (Lab)

When storing data in the cloud, a lot of trust is placed on the cloud network administrators. To provide protection against internal threats, encryption can be used. This episode explains encryption at rest and at transit and some common ciphers available.

Encryption (Demo)
Compute Security (Demo)
Account Management (Lab)
Segmentation (Lab)

It is important to understand the security tools available in your chosen cloud service provider. It is also important to understand the scope of impact from any tools used. This episode introduces the various security tools available.

Security Tools (Demo)

Traditional security tools that we have used on local networks and systems also apply to the cloud. This episode explains how these services should be used in the cloud.

Security Services

A significant benefit of cloud computing is the available automation and orchestration solutions. This episode describes such solutions and the fundamental difference between automation and orchestration.

Security Automation and Orchestration

Handling blockchain data is different than with traditional databases. There are certain considerations you need to keep in mind. This episode discusses the two types of data, local and state variables, and the types of memory, stack, memory, and storage.

Models and Security
Chapter 6 - Cloud Security Quiz
13 questions
+ Chapter 7 - Migrating to the Cloud
6 lectures 40:49

Planning a migration to the cloud begins with an understand of migrations types available for each potential system. This episode provides an understanding of the various migration types you may use during the process.

Migration Types

Workload migrations allow you to consider an entire solution that supports a work process instead of just considering a single server. This episode explains that workload migrations involve many of the same considerations of server migrations as well as more detailed support for application migrations.

Workload Management

Several decisions must be made when virtualizing physical systems. These decisions include shared vs. dedicated hosting and using the appropriate management methods. This episode explains these factors.

Virtualizing Physical Systems

Managing security in the cloud has additional considerations not involved in local network security. As you migrate security to the cloud these items must be considered, and this episode introduces them.

Migrating Security

Migrating protocols and services to the cloud is important as the services may be used by both local and cloud systems. Careful planning results in effective implementations. This episode provide the foundational considerations that must be made.

Protocols and Services

The organization in which the cloud solution is being implemented (the environment) can impact the way in which the cloud may be utilized. This episode concludes our discussion of migrations by addressing these environmental constraints.

Environmental Constraints
Chapter 7 - Migrating to the Cloud
6 questions
+ Chapter 8 - Maintaining Cloud Solutions
13 lectures 01:19:32

Patch management should be planned properly and not simply performed. This episode introduces the considerations that must be made when planning for patch management.

Planning Patch Management

Manual patch management is achieved by using the internal operating system or application patch management features. It may be automated using scripting, but this episode focuses on the manual process.

Manual Patch Management
Automated Patch Management (Lab)

In this episode you will learn about the various update types that must be considered when implementing patch or update management. This information will help you to plan well for update processes.

Update Types
Automated Workflows (Lab)

In this episode the various types of backups are explored, and instance backups are demonstrated. Planning for effective backups begins with an understanding of the backup types available.

Backup Types (Lab)

In this episode, you will learn about backup targets, schedules and other concepts. Selecting the best location to store backups is an important planning task and should be understood by all cloud professionals.

Backup Targets and Options

In this episode, you will explore common tasks that may be automated. While this episode does not address every possible task, it does address the most common tasks that are automated in cloud deployments.

Maintenance Automation Techniques

The second part of this 2-part episode covers the participant and ownership structures, as well as the mapping function that maps them to different data and variables.

Maintenance Automation Tasks

This episode teaches you about cloud provisioning and deprovisioning and it explains concepts like cloud bursting and cloud provider migrations.

Provisioning and Deprovisioning

Application life cycles include deployment through retirement. This episode explains these processes so that you can implemented them properly in a cloud environment.

Application Life Cycle

Monitoring and reporting is an important part of cloud operations. This episode provides an overview of the solutions in Azure as an example and also explains common reporting metrics.

Monitoring and Reporting (Lab)

In this final chapter episode, we review some common monitoring metrics used to monitor cloud solutions. This episode will provide a guide for the use of monitoring in your cloud implementations.

Monitoring Metrics
Chapter 8 - Maintaining Cloud Solutions Quiz
13 questions
+ Chapter 9 - Troubleshooting Cloud Solutions
6 lectures 48:13

As we begin the chapter on troubleshooting cloud problems, it is useful to begin with a discussion of methodology. This methodology can be used to assist you in performing the appropriate actions during the troubleshooting process.

Troubleshooting Methodology

Deployment is the first task taken in a cloud implementation and is the first task in which troubleshooting may be required. This episode explains common problems that occur during deployment.

Troubleshooting Deployment

To use cloud services effectively, enough capacity must be available. This episode provides guidelines for troubleshooting common capacity problems.

Troubleshooting Capacity

When building automation and orchestration solutions, it is important to understand the supporting architecture on which they operate. This episode provides guidelines to help troubleshooting automation issues.

Troubleshooting Automation and Orchestration

This episode provides guidelines to help troubleshooting connectivity issues.

Troubleshooting Connectivity

When users cannot authenticate or proper security is not implemented, the cloud administrator must understand how to troubleshoot security. This final episode explains the common security issues that occur in cloud implementations.

Troubleshooting Security
Chapter 9 - Troubleshooting Cloud Solutions Quiz
6 questions