AWS Essentials & Solutions Architect Assoc: The Total Course

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  • This course covers all the basics of AWS, from understanding the cloud and setting up a FREE AWS account to learning how to run an instance.
  • This is also a *2-for-1* course! You'll gain access to both the AWS Essentials and AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification prep course.
  • Learn about the AWS Management Console, S3 buckets, EC2 instances, database services, security in the cloud, and the costs associated with AWS.

Mike Meyers and the Total Seminars Team, brings you this AWS Essentials & Solutions Architect course with your instructor, Tom Carpenter.

Are you looking to learn more about AWS 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 AWS cloud. Or, perhaps you're a seasoned network tech looking to become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

Did you know the average annual salary for AWS Solutions Architect certification holders is $167,366 per year*? There aren't enough AWS-trained  people in the job market, so the demand for AWS Solutions Architect trained employees is high right now. Start your next career today with my course.

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 uses AWS daily to run several businesses websites and operate test labs used for content creation and management, among other things. Tom's teaching style is casual; he wants you to have fun while you learn practical applications of AWS. Join our class now and let us know how you plan to use AWS in your personal or professional life!

 

WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN?

BEGINNERS

  • Start with Part 1 - AWS Essentials

  • If you're totally new to AWS and looking for a crash course in the foundations, I would recommend starting at the beginning of this course with Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services and watching the first 12 episodes.

  • Once you've got the basics down, keep on the learning path and start the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate video course, which begins at Chapter 1 - AWS Cloud Services Overview.

EXPERTS

  • Start with Part 2 - AWS Solutions Architect - Associate

  • Maybe you're a seasoned network tech, or if you're already familiar with the AWS foundations, you might jump straight into the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate videos, which begin at Chapter 1 - AWS Cloud Services Overview.

  • If you need a refresher at any time, feel free to go back to the beginning of the course and take a look at the AWS Essentials videos, which begin with Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services.

 

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FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • 3-for-1 course! This course included both: AWS Technical Essentials and AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate PLUS 2 free practice tests

  • Over 18 hours of content and 17 downloadable resources, including PDF notes on every chapter.

  • The AWS Technical Essentials course is offered on AWS's website, however you would pay a whopping $675 on their website!

  • AWS also offers a 3-day virtual classroom training for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam, however it costs $2,095!

 

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WHAT'S COVERED?

The AWS Technical Essentials course is the first 14 episodes and mirrors the class AWS offers online. The Technical Essentials course isn't a certification exam prep course, and doesn't have exam domains, however here's a list of what's covered:

  • Terminology and concepts related to the AWS platform

  • How to navigate the AWS Management Console

  • Key concepts of AWS security measures and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Foundational services

    • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)

  • Database services

    • Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

  • Management services

    • AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), and AWS Trusted Advisor**

 

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam domains are:

  • Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures (34%)

  • Domain 2: Define Performant Architectures (24%)

  • Domain 3: Specify Secure Applications and Architectures (26%)

  • Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (10%)

  • Domain 5: Define Operationally Excellent Architectures (6%)

 

IS THE AWS CERTIFIED SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT - ASSOCIATE EXAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

The AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification is ideal for those working in roles such as:

  • Solutions Architect

  • Development Operations (DevOps) Engineer

  • Software Engineer

  • Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

  • Data Engineer

  • Senior Solutions Architect**

 

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  • There are absolutely NO requirements for this course. I'll walk you through all the basics in the AWS Essentials episodes. If you like what you learn, continue on with the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate series.
  • This course is intended for anyone who's ever heard the word
  • This course is also great for anyone looking to move their business solutions to the AWS cloud, and learn how AWS can help manage your costs, security, storage, and computational needs.
  • The AWS Solutions Architect - Associate course will go into greater detail and teach you what you need to pass the AWS Solutions Architect certification exam.
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Section 1 : Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services

  • Lecture 1 :
  • So You Wanna be an AWS Rock Star? Preview
  • Have you heard the term "cloud" and wondered just what it means in relation to computers and applications? If so, this episode will give you the low down on cloud computing and what it's all about.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • What's in a Name?
  • What does the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud have to offer? In this episode, you'll learn about the key services offered by AWS and how Amazon makes these services available all over the world.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Ready, Set, Go
  • Where do I start? It's the most common question when first getting into Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this episode, you'll begin by creating a free AWS account that you can use to explore and learn all about this amazing cloud service.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Exploring the Management Console
  • Learning a new interface can be challenging. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has much to offer, which can make the console hard to understand at first; however, in this episode, you'll gain an understanding for the console and its components so that you can navigate the interface with ease.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Creating an S3 Bucket
  • The Simple Storage Service (S3) gives you storage in the cloud at any scale and with varying costs. This episode introduces the creation of S3 buckets (containers for your storage in the cloud).
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Creating an EC2 Instance
  • What if you could run a server in the cloud and fully manage it the way you want? You can do exactly that with Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and this episode shows you how.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • AWS Databases
  • You've probably used dozens or hundreds of databases in your life - even if you didn't know you were. It's a place to put your data. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a rich database solution that you'll explore in this episode.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Other Cool Services
  • In addition to storage, compute, and database services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers scalability and monitoring. In this episode, you'll learn about the services that offer this in the cloud.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Introduction
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services
  • Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services

Section 2 : Essentials Chapter 2 - AWS Security & Costs

  • Lecture 1 :
  • IAM...What?
  • When you start using Amazon Web Services (AWS), you'll begin with a single account. Eventually, you'll need many more accounts as you grow. Identity and Access Management (IAM) services give you what you need to manage these accounts and you'll discover the basic concepts in this episode.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • AWS Costs
  • You want to spend as little as possible to get the services you need. In this episode, you'll explore cost options within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and how you can keep those costs down.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • AWS Documentation
  • In this course, you've started down the path to learning about Amazon Web Services (AWS); however, you may need more help and information as you go. AWS documentation is just what the doctor ordered and this episode will show you how to use it.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • AWS Certification Path
  • At this point, you're probably wondering what certification might look like in relation to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS certifications are hot right now and you'll understand the various certifications available, and their differences, in this episode.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Essentials Chapter 2 - AWS Security & Costs
  • Essentials Chapter 2 - AWS Security & Costs

Section 3 : Solutions Architect Chapter 1 - AWS Cloud Services Overview

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Cloud Computing Defined
  • What exactly is cloud computing? In this episode, you will learn the answer to this important question and discover some examples of cloud computing service providers.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Benefits of Cloud Computing
  • Why move to the cloud? This episode provides an overview of the benefits of cloud computing. You can save money, time and headaches when moving to the cloud.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Cloud Computing Models
  • You may be wondering how you can use the cloud. Do you have to move everything to the cloud or just some solutions? What do the buzzwords like IaaS, Paas, and SaaS mean? You will find out in this episode.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • History
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been around for more than a decade. To understand where we are, it is often helpful to see from where we've come. This episode takes you on a historic tour of AWS.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Platform
  • Throughout this course, you will hear about compute services, storage services, database services, and networking services. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform provides all of these and this platform is explored in this episode.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Services, Part 1
  • In this first part of two episodes, you will begin exploring the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. By browsing through the services list in the AWS console, we can explore everything AWS has to offer.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Services, Part 2
  • This episode continues the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings tour finishing up where we left off in the last episode. By the end of this episode, you will have a birds-eye view of the AWS services.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Security and Compliance
  • Have you wondered how you can secure the solutions you run in Amazon Web Services (AWS)? This is a valid concern and you will begin to learn the answer to this important question in this episode.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Regions and Availability
  • Where is Amazon Web Services (AWS)? The answer is: everywhere. AWS is deployed in various regions around the globe with datacenters in these regions. Additionally, many regions have multiple Availability Zones (AZs). This episode explains the terminology of regions and AZs.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 1 - AWS Cloud Services Overview Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 1 - AWS Cloud Services Overview Quiz

Section 4 : Solutions Architect Chapter 2 - AWS Storage Design

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Storage Services
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers many storage functions. Many cloud services offer storage alone, but AWS offers advanced storage services and many compute services as will. This episode introduces the array of storage services offered.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • S3 Storage Class
  • S3 is the primary file or object storage service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). What can you do with S3? This episode explains the basic concepts of S3 storage and management.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • S3 Terminology
  • Like any technology, S3 has unique terminology associated with it. If you hope to understand and implement S3 well, you must understand this terminology and this episode will provide you with definitions of key S3 terms.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • S3 Advanced Features
  • Can you do more than simply store files in S3 buckets? You definitely can and this episode explores some of the more advanced features of S3.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Creating S3 Buckets Lab
  • Would you like to see S3 in action? This episode demonstrates the process of creating S3 buckets and then using those buckets for object (file) storage.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • S3 Bucket Properties
  • Each S3 bucket has a collection or properties associated with it. These properties are explored in this episode.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • S3 Managing Objects Lab
  • After you have objects (files) in an S3 bucket, you have to manage these objects. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides several management functions for the objects in S3 buckets and they are explored in this episode.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Glacier
  • What if you want to store data for a very long time and you do not need to access that data immediately when it is needed? Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a less expensive storage solution for this kind of data. It is called Glacier and it is introduced in this episode.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Setting up a Glacier Vault Lab
  • Now that you understand Glacier as a concept, it's time to explore the process of creating Glacier storage. This storage is called a vault with archives. This episode demonstrates their creation and use.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • While S3 and Glacier can be used to store files, what do you do when you need storage for a virtual machine (an instance) in Amazon Web Services (AWS)? The answer is found in the AWS Elastic Block Store (EBS) service. This episdoe introduces the concepts of EBS.
  • Lecture 11 :
  • Creating EBS Volumes Lab
  • After understanding the EBS concepts, you can begin creating and using EBS volumes. This demonstration will show you how.
  • Lecture 12 :
  • Elastic File System (EFS)
  • Do you need to store data in your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud that can be accessed by multiple AWS virtual machines (instances)? If so, you need something like a Storage Area Network (SAN) in the cloud. The Elastic File System (EFS) provides this service and this episode introduces the EFS service and features.
  • Lecture 13 :
  • Creating an EFS File System Lab
  • Now that you know what the Elastic File System (EFS) offers, you can begin working with it in Amazon Web Services (AWS). This episode demonstrates the creation of an EFS share.
  • Lecture 14 :
  • Integrating On-Premises Storage
  • Have you considered how you might integrate storage at your location with Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage? This episode introduces the AWS features that allow you to integrate storage in this way.
  • Lecture 15 :
  • Storage Access Security Lab
  • It's one thing to create storage solutions in Amazon Web Services (AWS). It's another thing to ensure their security. In this episode, you will explore the storage security features of AWS, including the console and CLI.
  • Lecture 16 :
  • Storage Performance
  • In the final episode of this chapter, you will explore the important topic of performance related to storage. It's not enough to have the storage space you require. You must also be able to access at the speed you desire. The key is in selecting the proper volume type (for EBS) or storage class (for S3) and this episode gives you the information required to make this decision.
  • Lecture 17 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 2 - AWS Storage Design Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 2 - AWS Storage Design Quiz

Section 5 : Solutions Architect Chapter 3 - Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Overview
  • An organization can run their own cloud solutions internally and this is called a private cloud. AWS provides the same concept in their cloud and they call it the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This episode introduces the VPC concept.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Creating a VPC Lab
  • With an understanding of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), you can begin creating them. This episode shows you how to create and use a VPC.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Configuring DHCP Options Lab
  • You can configure some DHCP options for the devices that participate in your VPC. This episode shows you how to configure these options.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Elastic IP Addresses
  • With default configurations, AWS instances use private IP addresses that are not routable on the Internet. What do you do if you need a public address that works directly on the Internet without a NAT device? This episod answers the question by introducing Elastic IP addresses.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs)
  • Virtual serviers need virtual network interfaces. In AWS these interfaces are called Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs). This episode introduces the concept and use of ENIs.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Endpoints
  • What if you want services to access other services indirectly? You can use endpoints. Unlike the traditional use of the term in networking, AWS uses the term endpoint to refer to something different. This episode explains how AWS uses the term.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • VPC Peering
  • When you have more than one VPC, you may want thm connected to one another so instances in one can talk to instances in another and vice versa. This episode explains how this is done with VPC peering.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Creating a VPC Peering Connection Lab
  • After gaining an understanding of the VPC peering concept, you can explore the process of creating a VPC peer. This episode provides an overview of th VPC peer creation process.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Security Groups Overview
  • If you have worked around networking for just a little while, you've probably heard of groups or security groups. AWS offers security groups, but they are different from the traditional concept and this episode explains how.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • When you want devices with a private IP address to communicate across the Internet, you will need a Network Address Translation device or server. This episode introduces the concept of NAT in AWS.
  • Lecture 11 :
  • Gateways (VPGs and CGWs)
  • Do you want to connect your local network into AWS in a seemingly permanent way that is also secure? If so, you need to understand VPGs and CGWs, the topic of this episode.
  • Lecture 12 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 3 - Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 3 - Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Quiz

Section 6 : Solutions Architect Chapter 4 - Compute Services Design

  • Lecture 1 :
  • EC2 Overview
  • Cloud computing is all the buzz today, but what is the service in AWS that allows for this? The answer is EC2 and this episode introduces the concepts around the EC2 service.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • EC2 Instance Types
  • When you launch an EC2 instance, you must consider more than just the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to use. You must also determine the instance type or class to use so that you can achieve optimum performance. For this reason, it is important to undersand the contents of this episode.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • EC2 Pricing
  • Pricing for EC2 instances varies greatly within AWS. The most impacting factors in EC2 pricing are instance types/classes in use and the pricing category chosen as discussed in this episode.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • EBS and EC2
  • Elastic Block Store is your "hard drive" in the cloud. This episode introduces the use of an EBS volume in AWS.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 4 - Compute Services Design Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 4 - Compute Services Design Quiz

Section 7 : Solutions Architect Chapter 5 - Compute Services Implementation

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Launching an EC2 Linux Instance Lab
  • Want to know how to create a Linux-based EC2 instance in AWS? This is the episode for you. You'll see the process from start-to-finish.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Configuring an EC2 Linux Instance Lab
  • After implementing the Linux instance, you'll need to know a bit about configuring. This episode takes you through some important instance configuration tasks.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Setting up an EC2 Windows Instance Lab
  • How about a Windows instance running in AWS? This episode provides a demonstration of the processes used to instantiate a Windows instance in AWS.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Shared Tenancy
  • You may have heard the phrase "shared instance," but what does it mean? You'll understand after watching this episide. Grasp the concept and the way it's implement in AWS here.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Dedicated Hosts
  • In addition to shares instances, AWS offered dedicated hosts and dedicated instances. In this episode and the next, dedicated hosts and instances are explored.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Dedicated Instances
  • Dedicated instances are the final "special" kind of AWS EC2 instance. This episode explains their operation.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • AMI Virtualization
  • After launching and configuring a few EC2 instances from AMIs, you're probably beginning to wonder about the datails of these instance images. In this episode, you will explore the details of AMIs and how they can be created as well.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 5 - Compute Services Implementation Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 5 - Compute Services Implementation Quiz

Section 8 : Solutions Architect Chapter 6 - Compute Services Management

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Instance Management
  • In the preceding chapter, you explored the basics of creating and configuring EC2 instances. In this first episode of Chapter 6, you will begin to explore the ongoing management of EC2 instances.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Connecting to Instances Lab
  • In addition to managing the instance properties in AWS itself, you will need to know how to remotely connect to the instance guest operating system to manage it. This episode explains how to make these remote connections.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Working with Security Groups
  • You might wonder how you can control who has access to the EC2 instances you implement. One method is with the use of security groups and this episode introduces the concept.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Working with Security Groups Lab
  • To assist you in understanding security groups, this episode will demonstrate their creation and use.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Elastic Container Service (ECS)
  • At times, you might want to run some code in AWS without having to launch, configure, upgrade, and manage entire EC2 instances. You may be able to do this with the Elastic Container Service and this episode explains how.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Elastic Beanstalk Environment
  • If you would like to have an expert AWS administrator available to you at any time, consider the Elastic beanstalk service. It's not a real administrator, but it's as close as it gets within AWS and it can launch and mage EC2 instances for you.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 6 - Compute Services Management Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 6 - Compute Services Management Quiz

Section 9 : Solutions Architect Chapter 7 - Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) Overview
  • How do you control who or what has access to your AWS account and the services running in it? The answer is Identity and Access Management (IAM) and this episode introduces the fundamental concepts of IAM.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Principals
  • With any identity and access management solution, it is essential to understand the principals that can be managed, such as users and groups. This episode introduces you to the principals you will manage in AWS.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Root User
  • In operating systems it is common to have a root or admin user. In AWS a root users exists as well. You must understand this root user account and the implications it introduces to management and use of AWS.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Authentication
  • AWS provides two primary authentication methods (though more can be implemented) and these are covered in this episode. Additionally, you will learn the basics of authentication.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Authorization Policies
  • Once authenticated, the user will have full capabilities or limited capabilities based on permissions within AWS. A primary method of permission management is authorization policy, which is covered here.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • What if you don't trust a single authentication method, such as a username and password pair? Then you can use multi-factor authentication, which is presented in this episode.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Key Rotation
  • When using an access key and secret access key it is important to rotate them periodically. Key rotation principles are covered in this episode including the processes involved.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Multiple Permissions
  • To understand practical permissions you must understand multiple permissions. Permissions can come from multiple sources and they aggregate to form practical or applied permissions. In this episode, you will explore multiple permissions.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • AWS Compliance Program
  • AWS implements templates and recommended architectures that comply with various regulatory constraints under the AWS compliance program. This episode introduces the compliance program and reveals where you can get detailed information about regulations with which you must comply.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Shared Responisbility Model
  • The final topic of this chapter is the shared responsibility model. AWS does not have full responsibility for the security of your cloud deployment. However, neither do you. Instead a shared responsibility model is used and it is covered here.
  • Lecture 11 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 7 - Identity and Access Management (IAM) Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 7 - Identity and Access Management (IAM) Quiz

Section 10 : Solutions Architect Chapter 8 - IAM Best Practices

  • Lecture 1 :
  • User Accounts
  • As we move forward with a foundational understanding of IAM from chapter 7, we will begin exploring practical application in this chapter. Here in episode one, we will discuss best practices and tasks involved in user account creation and management.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Password Policies
  • With your user accounts, you will want to have strong passwords. AWS can help you with this through the implementation of password policies and you will learn how to use them in this episode.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Credential Rotation
  • An additional factor is credential rotation. You will learn about this process and how to configure password rotation policies in this episode.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Principle of Least Privelege
  • One of the biggest and most common mistakes made in security management is granting too many permissions to a user. The principle of least privilege can assist in preventing this and it is covered in this episode.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • IAM Roles
  • When you want an application or CLI interface to access AWS and its services, you can use IAM roles. This episode explores the process used to create and manage roles in AWS.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Policy Conditions
  • Policy conditions impact when and how a policy is applied in AWS. In this episode you will see how to create an IAM policy and define policy conditions.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • CloudTrail
  • When you have IAM users, groups, roles, and policies defined, it's time to think about how you will track or log everything that's going on in AWS. In this episode you will learn about AWS CloudTrail and how it can help you monitor and even be alerted in relation to the security events in your account.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 8 - IAM Best Practices Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 8 - IAM Best Practices Quiz

Section 11 : Solutions Architect Chapter 9 - Auto Scaling Solutions

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Auto Scaling Overview
  • When you want to dynamically grow or shrink a set of servers in AWS, you need to understand auto scaling. This episode provides an introductory overview to the auto scaling capabilities of AWS.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Auto Scaling Groups
  • Auto scaling works against collections of instances that can be scaled together. This episode explores the concept of auto scaling groups and how they fit into any implementation or design.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Termination Policies
  • How do you decide which instance should be stopped when scaling in or down? The answer in AWS is termination policies and they are covered here.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Auto Scaling Configuration Lab
  • Beyond understanding what auto scaling does, it is essential to see how it is configured and managed so that you can design for it. This episide takes you into a configuration lab for auto scaling so you can learn this important information.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Launch Methods
  • Several launch methods are available for the use of auto scaling. This episode explores the various methods available to you so that you can select the right method for your design.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Load Balancer Concepts
  • Before you can consider the AWS features that assist in implementing load balancing, you must understand general load balancer concepts. This is particularly true for a design architect. In this episode, you will explore the load balancer concepts applicable to practically any solution.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  • What can you use to implement multiple servers to enhance performance or fault tolerance? In AWS, you can use Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), which is introduced in this episode.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 9 - Auto Scaling Solutions Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 9 - Auto Scaling Solutions Quiz

Section 12 : Solutions Architect Chapter 10 - Virtual Network Services

  • Lecture 1 :
  • DNS
  • As you begin to explore DNS in AWS, it is important to first grasp what DNS is and how it works. In this episode, you will explore the basic operations and capabilities of DNS, including name resolution and DNS services.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Congifugring DNS Lab
  • In this episode, you will see how the DNS options are configured within AWS. With this understanding, you will be able to plan well for DNS and DHCP in your AWS solution designs.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Configuring Route 53 Lab
  • Do you need to manage DNS solutions within your AWS cloud? If so, Route 53 is the tool you will use. This episode explores the capabilities and features of Route 53.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Configuring ACLs and NACLs Lab
  • Knowing how something is implemented is important to design well for it. In this episode, you will see how ACLs and NACLs are implemented within AWS.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Flow Logs
  • If you need to log network traffic through your AWS solution, you should explore flow logs. Flow logs allow you to monitor network traffic and, with CloudWath, receive alerts related to traffic conditions. This episode introduces the implementation and use of flow logs.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 10 - Virtual Network Services Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 10 - Virtual Network Services Quiz

Section 13 : Solutions Architect Chapter 11 - AWS Application Deployment

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Application and Deployment Services
  • AWS includes many different application services and deployment services. In this episode you will understand what these services are and why they are important to you. In the remaining episodes of this chapter, you will explore specific AWS application and deployment services.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Lambda
  • What if you need some code to run in the cloud but you don't want to build an entire instance-based platform to support the code? Lambda comes to the rescue. This episode explains how Lambda can be used to execute code in the cloud without building a server infrastructure.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • API Gateway
  • An Application Programming Interface (API) is a wrapper for code that allows for easy access to and execution of it. The AWS API Gateway is a service that allows you to have APIs in the cloud. Learn more in this episode.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Kinesis
  • What can you use to analyze data on-the-fly in AWS? The answer is Kinesis and its several implementation methods. In this episode you are introduced to the Kinesis solution in AWS and what it has to offer.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Kinesis Data Streams and Firehose
  • In this episode, you will explore Kinesis Data Streams and Kinesis Firehose to understand what they offer and how they differ. As an AWS architect, it is important to know the options so you can select the best one for your needs.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Kinesis Data Analytics
  • You've create a way to get the data with Kinesis Data Streams or Kinesis Firehose, now you must analyze the data. One possible solution is Kinesis Data Analytics, covered in this episode.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Reference Architectures
  • Wouldn't it be nice if, as a solutions architect, you didn't have to start from scratch every time? The good news is that you don't have to. You can start with reference architectures provided by AWS and this episode explains the details.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • CloudFront
  • Do you have an application that needs to be available on the Web and perform as well as possible for the end users? Of course you do. CloudFront is the AWS solution that helps you accomplish this and you will learn about it here.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • When implementing Web applications, it is important to ensure proper security. Sometimes you need to allow or disallow access based on source IP addresses or the request type. The AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) is your solution.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Some application are not sequential and consistent in the flow of processing. Rather, they allow for non-sequential processing or delayed processing. To implement such solutions, you need a method to queue requests and the AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS) helps with this.
  • Lecture 11 :
  • Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • What if you need one application to notify another application of an activity or a workload that needs to be executed? You need the Simple Notification Service (SNS) that AWS offers and it is introduced here.
  • Lecture 12 :
  • Simple Workflow (SWF)
  • Workflow management allows you to have logic in a processing flow. For example, you may want to do one thing if A is true and another thing if B is true. AWS Simple Workflow (SWF) allows you to implement such workflows.
  • Lecture 13 :
  • Step Functions
  • The forthcoming replacement for SWF is Step Functions in AWS. SWF is still supported and likely to be on an exam, but Step Functions will be replacing SWF in the coming years and be more heavily focused on the exams as well.
  • Lecture 14 :
  • OpsWorks
  • For years, we've had operations management software solutions in internal enterprise networks. AWS offers the same using OpsWorks and this episode explores the features and capabilities of this solution.
  • Lecture 15 :
  • Cognito
  • What can you do if you want to integrate local Active Directory or another identity management system with AWS? The answer is found in Cognito, an AWS solution for user identity and data synchronization or single sign-on (SSO).
  • Lecture 16 :
  • Elastic MapReduce (EMR)
  • Do you need to process massive amounts of data for business analytics? Do you want to upload data to S3 buckets and have it processed automatically? If the answer is yes, you should explore the capabilities of Elastic MapReduce (EMR).
  • Lecture 17 :
  • CloudFormation
  • When you need an AWS solution that includes multiple instances, databases, or services, it would be nice to have a way to implement it quickly. CloudFormation helps you accomplish this. In this episode you will see how CloudFormation can help you launch solutions fast based on templates.
  • Lecture 18 :
  • CloudWatch
  • In earlier episodes of this course, CloudWatch has been referenced. In this episode, you will see what CloudWatch has to offer so that you can design for it well.
  • Lecture 19 :
  • Trusted Advisor
  • Wouldn't it be amazing if you have someone you could turn to and ask them to evaluate your AWS implementation for problems in security, performance, and cost management? The good news is that you do. It's the Trusted Advisor within AWS and this episode shows how it is used.
  • Lecture 20 :
  • Organizations
  • Over time, you may find that you have multiple AWS accounts. The IAM solution will be managed separately for each account by default. However, you can use AWS organizations to bring them all together and this episode shows you how.
  • Lecture 21 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 11 - AWS Application Deployment Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 11 - AWS Application Deployment Quiz

Section 14 : Solutions Architect Chapter 12 - AWS Database Design

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Database Types
  • AWS supports several different database types. Varying applications have varying database type requirements. When you understand these types, you can select the best database service for your design.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Relational Databases
  • Understanding the capabilities of relational databases is the starting point to architecting a good AWS database implementation. This episode provides the fundamentals concepts and terminology of relational databases.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Database Hosting Methods
  • You can host databases in AWS in two primary ways. One method is managed more by AWS and the other is managed more by your organization. This episode helps you understand the pros and cons of each.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • High Availability Solutions
  • Availability means that a resource is there when you need it and where you need it. With databases, this is of ultimate importance. In this episode you will explore the high availability solutions for databases in AWS.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Scalability Solutions
  • How do you grow a database when it's not keeping up with the workload. AWS offers different scalability solutions and they are presented in this episode to assist the architect in selecting the best option.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Database Security
  • When implementing databases it is important to consider security. Databases store data and data may be sensitive at varying levels. In this episode, database security is explored.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Aurora
  • The AWS Aurora relational database is the OLTP database solution unique to AWS. In this episode you will learn about Aurora and its features and capabilities.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Redshift
  • When you need a data warehouse solution, Redshift may be the answer. A custom-built database solution offered in AWS, Redshift works well on massive data stores and allows you to analyze it quickly.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • DynamoDB
  • DynamoDB is a database solution used frequently for data stream capture and small, fast reads and writes. This episode introduces DynamoDB.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 12 - AWS Database Design Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 12 - AWS Database Design Quiz

Section 15 : Solutions Architect Chapter 13 - Database Deployment

  • Lecture 1 :
  • DynamoDB Tables Lab
  • Creating DynamoDB tables is a simple process, but it helps you understand the way in which a No-SQL database works. In this episode, you will see the process used to create such tables.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • MySQL Lab
  • MySQL is a very popular web database solution because it is an open source database that is compatible with the SQL language and relational database concepts. In this episode, you will see how to create a free tier MySQL database in the AWS cloud.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Configuration Lab
  • After creating a database, you may want to change some properties or settings. This episode provides an overview of the configuration options for your AWS RDS databases.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Backups Lab
  • Getting your data into a database is just a portion of the important tasks related to databases. You must also backup your databases regularly. The good news is that AWS RDS does this for you and you can manually do it as well.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Restore Lab
  • Database failure happens. How do you recover when a failure occurs? This episode shows you how to restore a database in a disaster scenario so you can get back up and running quickly.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Snapshot Lab
  • How do you take a picture of your database at a point-in-time? The answer is with snapshots. Snapshots are the basic backup method used in AWS RDS. This episode demonstrates how they are used.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Monitoring Lab
  • In this episode, you will explore the options for database monitoring so that you can plan for alerts and other automated capabilities that will assist the database managers in their processes.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 13 - Database Deployment Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 13 - Database Deployment Quiz

Section 16 : Solutions Architect Chapter 14 - Additional AWS Services

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Media Content Delivery
  • We live in an age of media. New media. Social media. Whatever the media platform, AWS provides a solution for it. This episode explores the various media creation, management and distribution services of AWS.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Desktop & Appstreaming
  • Do you need to run entire user desktops or applications in the cloud and have them streamed to the users internally? If you do, don't miss this episode, which explains the solutions for this provided within AWS.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • ElastiCache
  • Databases can perform faster when portions of the data frequently accessed are stored in memory. The result is less disk access. ElastiCache is the AWS service that provides this capability and it is described in this episode.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Security Services Lab
  • We ave explored IAM in detail in this course. AWS offers additional security services such as KMS and HSM. This episode explores some of the additional security services available within AWS.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Analytics Engines
  • AWS provides several services for analytics, including CloudSearch, AWS Glue, QuickSight, Athena, and more. This episode provides a quick tour of these services for the solutions architect.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Development Operations (DevOps)
  • AWS DevOps services allow you to manage programming processes from start-to-finish. They include code creation, code management, code debugging, code packaging and deployment. This episode describes the available services.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 14 - Additional AWS Services Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 14 - Additional AWS Services Quiz

Section 17 : Solutions Architect Chapter 15 - Operational Excellence with AWS

  • Lecture 1 :
  • The Operational Excellence Process
  • Buzzwords abound in Information Technology. Well-architected framework. Operational Excellence. These are just two such phrases and they are covered in this episode to ensure you grasp what they mean and why they are important.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Widget Makers Scenario
  • In this episode, we present a scenario that will be used throughout this chapter. Widget Makers needs an AWS solution and we're going to help them implement it with some solid design recommendations.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Resilient Design
  • Resiliency is important in any modern application. Organizations require that their applications and services be there when they need them. In this episode you will explore the concepts and practical implementation methods available to architect a resilient AWS solution.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Resilient Design Scenario
  • Now that you understand resilient design, you will apply it to the Widget Makers requirements. See how to offer resilient design for processing, databases, storage and more.
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Performant Design
  • While resiliency ensure a resource is there when you need it, performant design ensures that it responds quickly to the user's requests. In this episode you will learn about the best practices for performant design.
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Performant Design Scenario
  • With an understanding of performant design, it's time to apply it to Widget Makers. In this episode, see how you can implement a well-performing solution for the intended AWS uses of Widget Makers.
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Secure Design
  • As you know, availability and performance are important, but it's also important to ensure security of the implemented solution. In this episode, you will explore the AWS best practices for secure design.
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Secure Design Scenario
  • Now that you know the best practices for secure design, let's see how we can apply them to Widget Makers' needs in this episode.
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Cost Optimization
  • So, we have availability, performance, and security, but, are we accomplishing it with the least cost? In this episode, you will see how to design for cost optimization in AWS.
  • Lecture 10 :
  • Cost Optimization Scenario
  • It's time to take the final pass at our design for Widget Makers. In this episode, we will see how we can keep costs down while accomplishing availability, performance and security for the AWS solution.
  • Lecture 11 :
  • General Best Practices
  • In the final episode of this course, you will review best practices related to high availability, scaling and continued learning. Consider this an important checkpoint in the learning process. If you do not fully understand any of the concepts in this episode, go back and review the chapters and episodes related to the concept in question. As the close to the course, this episode is your measurement of knowledge gained and a great foundation point for designing well-architected AWS solutions.
  • Lecture 12 :
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 15 - Operational Excellence with AWS Quiz
  • Solutions Architect Chapter 15 - Operational Excellence with AWS Quiz

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