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AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 5

Domain 5.0: Data Storage for a complex large scale deployment (15% of exam) 5.1 Demonstrate ability to make architectural trade off decisions involving storage options 5.2 Demonstrate ability to make architectural trade off decisions involving database options 5.3 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate data storage architecture 5.4 Determine use of synchronous versus asynchronous… Read More »

VMworld EU – Live from Barcelona Day 2

Hello All!     Another day at VMworld Europe and more information on what’s new in the VMware ecosystem. As their recent press release has made obvious, VMware has gone all in with making their ecosystem more developer friendly: REST-based APIs, Container Support, expanded PowerCLI to name a few.   vSphere 6.5 VMware vCenter Server® Appliance –… Read More »

VMworld EU – Live from Barcelona

Hello all,     There have been a lot of great announcements coming out of VMworld EU this week. Here are the exciting items that have been announced so far: vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) A lot of great changes have happened to the vCSA over the past few years. It can now run significantly more… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 4

Domain 4.0: Network Design for a complex large scale deployment (10% of Exam) 4.1 Demonstrate ability to design and implement networking features of AWS 4.2 Demonstrate ability to design and implement connectivity features of AWS When you create a NAT instance, don’t forget to disable source/destination checks! VPC Peering (http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonVPC/latest/PeeringGuide/Welcome.html) : Connecting 2 VPCs within… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 3

Domain 3.0: Deployment Management (10% of exam) 3.1 Ability to manage the lifecycle of an application on AWS 3.2 Demonstrate ability to implement the right architecture for development, testing, and staging environments 3.3 Position and select most appropriate AWS deployment mechanism based on scenario CloudFormation https://aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/faqs/ Services supported http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/cfn-supported-resources.html#d0e194974 : API Gateway Auto scaling CloudFront… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 2

Domain 2.0: Costing (5% of exam) 2.1 Demonstrate ability to make architectural decisions that minimize and optimize infrastructure cost 2.2 Apply the appropriate AWS account and billing set-up options based on scenario 2.3 Ability to compare and contrast the cost implications of different architectures EC2 types https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ On-demand https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/on-demand/ Highest hourly rate, no commitments Ideal… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 1

Domain 1.0: High Availability and Business Continuity (15% of exam) 1.1 Demonstrate ability to architect the appropriate level of availability based on stakeholder requirements 1.2 Demonstrate ability to implement DR for systems based on RPO and RTO 1.3 Determine appropriate use of multi-Availability Zones vs. multi-Region architectures 1.4 Demonstrate ability to implement self-healing capabilities Recovery… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Pro Study Notes

Here are all of my notes “live” as I’m preparing for the AWS-SA professional exam. I initially was going to post 1 article covering all the domains… but that quickly spiraled out of control as the document became HUGE. Instead I’ll create one article for each of the domains as I go through them. This… Read More »

vBrownBag AWS Certification slides

Hi All, Giving a presentation on certain sections of the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam tonight.  Here are the slides from that presentation for those who wanted the links. AWS presentation_20160822

Running Docker on CentOS on ESXi

Recently I’ve been playing with containers a little bit in my lab. Today I’m going to show you how to get a Docker engine running on a CentOS 7 VM running on an ESXi host. It’s surprisingly easy! First, what is Docker? It’s an engine that lays on top of an existing host OS and… Read More »