Quick post – I’ve been busy studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam for the past few weeks – good news, I passed it a few days ago! Shoot me a note if you ever need some solutions architected.
I primarily did this because I’ve been using AWS for years now – but so has everyone else – this would be a differentiator. There was also a lot missing in-between the cracks (I learned how to give instances in a private subnet Internet access to install/update software without giving them public IP addresses and without spending hours reading Stack Overflow posts).
Resources I used:
- Linux Academy course. Really great, engaging course. They have labs where you set all this stuff up yourself!
- The Orion Papers. Great resource put together by Linux Academy.
- QwikLabs practice labs. I did a bunch of the free ones.
- This practice exam from Simplilearn.
- Know VPCs, subnets, and how to do everything related to them. I’d say almost half of the exam was about networking of some sort.
- More Route53 questions than I expected. Know how Route53 interfaces with other AWS services like ELB and such.
- Flag questions and come back to them. Some tricky questions about routing traffic between subnets tripped me up.
- Know about DynamoDB, Cassandra, MySQL, Aurora, and ElastiCache – probably forgetting some.
Good luck with studying!