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AWS Certified Solutions Architect (associate)

Study for and pass the AWS Solutions Architect Associate level exam
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What Will I Learn?
  • Pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect (associate) level exam.
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  • 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 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. 

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Who is the target audience?
  • Students who are looking to gain the knowledge and experience required to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect (associate) level exam.
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Curriculum For This Course
135 Lectures
8 Lectures 27:59

Welcome to the AWS CSA Associate Level Course.  In this lesson, we discuss the purpose of this course, learn about the instructor, review required prerequisites, and explore the AWS exam blueprint.

Preview 03:40

In this lesson, we introduce the Orion Papers and discuss its importance to our new learning platform.

Orion Papers link:

Preview 04:50

In this lesson, we take look at how to use/navigate around the Orion Papers.

Orion Papers link:

Preview 03:45

In this lesson, we explain and review the features available to you in this free Udemy course.

Preview 04:08

In this lesson, we will review what it means to be a solutions architect.  What is expected, what will your responsibilities be?

Preview 04:07

How long is the AWS exam? How many questions are on the AWS exam?  How should I prepare for the exam

In this lesson, we discuss all they key items you need to know.

Preview 04:57

Get Recognized!
AWS Organization
3 Lectures 20:43

This covers the organization of AWS from an account and services perspective, and how that 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 that is 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.

Essential CSA Terminology

Account & Physical Organization Quiz
9 questions
Identity & Access Management
7 Lectures 01:01:46

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

IAM Policies

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

IAM Users

Moving from users to groups, here we explore how groups are used to better manage applying policies to IAM users.

IAM Groups

IAM polices can't be applied to AWS services - so how do we grant something like an EC2 access to S3?  IAM Roles is the answer you are looking for.  

IAM Roles

In this lesson, we will discuss IAM's Security Token Service (STS) - and how it is used to generate temporary credentials to grant access to your AWS resources.

IAM Security Token Service (STS)

CLI, SDK, direct HTTP request require additional credentials.  In this lesson, we explore IAM API Keys and how they are generated and managed.  


IAM Quiz
10 questions
AWS Interfaces (The AWS Console)
1 Lecture 08:31

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
Introduction to AWS VPC Networking
3 Lectures 43:36

This lesson covers a high-level introduction to the concept of Virtual Private Clouds, covering its essentials, and how it serves as the foundation for AWS networking.

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 in Network Access Control List, and Security Groups

VPC Security Basics
Hands-on Walkthrough: Building a VPC from Scratch
3 Lectures 27:56

This video covers how to create the VPC container, an IGW, and Route Tables.

VPC, IGW, and Route Tables

Now that the VPC, IGW, and Route tables have been created - it is time to create  the public and private subnet. 


Now that all the routing framework is in place - we can create NACLs and Security Groups that help secure and protect our VPC environment. 

Security Layers

VPC Basics Quiz
10 questions
Server Based Compute Services: EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud)
13 Lectures 01:40:43

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 will be learned in this section.

EC2 Essentials

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

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 it's components are.  

EC2 Instance Types

Understanding how EC2 instances utilize different types of IP addresses is very important.  In this lesson, we explore the difference between public, private, and elastic IP addresses.

Public, Private, and Elastic IP Addresses

In this lesson, we explore the concept of bootstrapping an EC2 instance with customer commands known as user-data.  We also review how to view user-data (and instance meta-data) after the instance has been created. 

EC2 Bootstrapping, User-Data, and Meta-Data

EBS or Instance store?  What is the difference?  In this lesson, we explore storage options for your EC2 instance.  

EC2 Storage Options

This lesson is a quick review of how to assign a security group to an EC2 instance – by either creating a new security group or assigning one that already exists.

Security Groups

What are key pairs and how are they used with EC2? This lesson introduces you to what key pairs are, how to create one, and use it to authenticate when logging into an EC2 instance.  

Key-Pair and Connecting to an EC2 via SSH

Now that we have an EC2 instance provisioned, let's take a closer look at VPC networking from the perspective of the EC2 instance.  

EC2 and Networking (Recap)

Backups are an essential part of maintaining a durable application.  This lesson will teach you about snapshots, which is 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

In this lesson, we will learn the essentials of AWS Elastic File System (EFS), including what it is and its benefits. In addition, there is a hands-on walkthrough on how to create an EFS and mount it to EC2 instances.

Elastic File System (EFS)
Hands-on Walkthrough: Provisioning an EC2 Instance
2 Lectures 08:06

A quick step-by-step walkthrough of how to create an EC2 instance.

Provisioning an EC2 instance

It is important to check the VPC networking configuration to make sure we can log into our EC2 instance.  

Checking Network Settings
Hands-on Walkthrough: EC2 Backup Solutions with AMIs and Snapshots
3 Lectures 14:31

A quick review of what we will be covering in this lab.

Walkthrough Introduction

Learn how to create an AMI from an existing EC2 instance, and how to create a new EC2 instance from a custom AMI.


Learn how to create a snapshot from an EBS volume, and how to create a new EBS from from a snapshot.

Hands-on Walkthrough: Accessing Instances User Data and Metadata
2 Lectures 05:38

A quick review of what we will be doing in this lab.  As well as creating an EC2 instance which we will need for the next video. 

Walkthrough Introduction & Creating Needed Resources

Learn how to access an EC2 instances user & meta data from the EC2's command prompt.  

Accessing User & Meta Data

EC2 Quiz
12 questions
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About the Instructor
Linux Academy
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Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. We strive to change lives by teaching Linux and cloud technology. Students can learn new skills, get certified, and advance in their career. 

Our full-time, expert instructors create content on AWS, Linux, OpenStack, DevOps, Azure, and Big Data. 

Thomas Haslett
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Instructor at Linux Academy

Instructor at Linux Academy

Thomas Haslett is a enthusiast of cutting edge technology.  Cloud computing, virtual/augmented reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are what he considers "fun & cool".  Tom's background includes years of experience creating and designing proprietary business applications, virtual reality game development, and android app development. 

Tom currently holds three AWS certifications: 

AWS Solutions Architect (associate) 

AWS SysOps Admin (associate) 

AWS Developer (associate)