Category Archives: Certification

My Experience with the AWS Solutions Architect Pro (AWS-PSA) Exam

It took me 2 times to pass this test and I have to say, it is a very difficult and rather sneaky exam 😉 To start off, this is the progression of study material that I used, in order: Watched the excellent acloud.guru video series. Read all of the whitepapers in the recommended reading list as… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 8

Domain 8.0: Cloud Migration and Hybrid Architecture (10% of exam) 8.1 Plan and execute for applications migrations 8.2 Demonstrate ability to design hybrid cloud architectures VMware Integration AWS management portal for vCenter: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/vcenter-portal/ Portal installs as a vCenter plug-in Enables you to migrate VMware VMs to EC2 & Manage AWS resources from within vCenter Use… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 7

Domain 7.0: Scalability and Elasticity (15% of exam) 7.1 Demonstrate the ability to design a loosely coupled system 7.2 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate front-end scaling architecture 7.3 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate middle-tier scaling architecture 7.4 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate data storage scaling architecture 7.5 Determine trade-offs… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 6

Domain 6.0: Security (20% of exam) 6.1 Design information security management systems and compliance controls 6.2 Design security controls with the AWS shared responsibility model and global infrastructure 6.3 Design identity and access management controls 6.4 Design protection of Data at Rest controls 6.5 Design protection of Data in Flight and Network Perimeter controls AWS… Read More »

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 »

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 »