AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02)

By Ryan Kroonenburg

Learn everything you need to know for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) exam.

45 hours
  • 180 Lessons
  • 17 Hands-On Labs
  • 19 Course Quizzes
  • 1 Practice Exam

About the course

AWS Certified Solutions Architect is among the most valuable and sought-after cloud computing certifications in the world. We designed this cloud architect certification training for anyone seeking to learn the major components of Amazon Web Services (AWS). By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to pass the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification exam.

Who Is This Course For?

We’ll start with a broad overview of the AWS platform. No programming knowledge is needed, and no prior AWS experience is required. Even if you have never logged in to the AWS platform before, you’ll build the foundations to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam after completing our certification training.

What Is Included in This Course?

We know you’re busy, so our training course is made up of 5- to 15-minute videos that can be viewed at your convenience. Our video lessons keep it simple, explaining things clearly and succinctly. Together, we’ll walk you through each of the major areas of Amazon Web Services, step by step. Using real-life examples, we will practice how to effectively design and manage application infrastructure using AWS. At the end of each section, we’ll also test your knowledge with short quizzes to make sure you’ll be ready for the exam.

What Skills Will You Learn?

Not only will we cover the fundamentals of AWS architectural principles and services, we will also dive into each of the individual elements: IAM, S3, CloudFront, Storage Gateway, Snowball, EC2, CloudWatch, CLI, Lambda, Route 53, RDS, DynamoDB, Redshift, ElastiCache, Aurora, VPC, SQS, SNS, Elastic Transcoder, Kinesis, API Gateway, and so on.

AWS is constantly evolving their platform. We will continuously update this course with new content so you will never have to worry about missing out or failing the AWS certification test because of new content.

The ideal student for this course is ready to quickly break into cloud computing. You don’t have hours to spend on training. We get you up to speed in half the time as other certification courses. The course will help you prepare for a position as a qualified AWS solutions architect.

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to confidently take the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam!

  • Chapter 1 3 Lessons Introduction 7:49

    Course Introduction

    2:08

    About the Training Architect

    1:43

    Exam Guide

    3:58
  • Chapter 2 7 Lessons Supporting Courses 9:03

    Certification Path and Supporting Courses

    1:15

    Designing Resilient Architectures for Associate AWS Solutions Architects

    1:25

    Networking and Compute for Associate AWS Solutions Architects

    1:16

    Storage, Databases, and Migration for Associate AWS Solutions Architects

    1:18

    High Availability and Scalability for Associate AWS Solutions Architects

    1:14

    Application Services for Associate AWS Solutions Architects

    1:18

    Logging and Security for Associate AWS Solutions Architects

    1:17
  • Chapter 3 6 Lessons AWS Fundamentals 39:36

    The Building Blocks of AWS: Availability Zones and Regions

    8:05

    Who Owns What in the Cloud?

    5:44

    Compute, Storage, Databases, and Networking

    4:23

    What Is the Well-Architected Framework?

    2:52

    AWS Fundamentals Exam Tips

    3:32

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - AWS Fundamental Building Blocks Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 4 7 Lessons Identity and Access Management (IAM) 2:29:46

    Securing the Root Account

    5:29

    Controlling Users' Actions with IAM Policy Documents

    5:26

    Permanent IAM Credentials

    14:25

    IAM Exam Tips

    4:26

    Create and Assume Roles in AWS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Identity and Access Management (IAM) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 5 15 Lessons Simple Storage Service (S3) 3:21:11

    S3 Overview

    13:06

    Securing Your Bucket with S3 Block Public Access

    9:52

    Hosting a Static Website Using S3

    8:07

    Versioning Objects in S3

    7:49

    S3 Storage Classes

    9:45

    Lifecycle Management with S3

    4:35

    S3 Object Lock and Glacier Vault Lock

    6:19

    Encrypting S3 Objects

    9:01

    Optimizing S3 Performance

    8:02

    Backing up Data With S3 Replication

    8:25

    S3 Exam Tips

    11:10

    Setting up Cross-Region S3 Bucket Replication

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Create a Static Website Using Amazon S3

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Creating Amazon S3 Buckets to Manage Objects and Enable Versioning

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Simple Storage Service (S3) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 6 14 Lessons Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 4:20:30

    EC2 Overview

    15:40

    Demo: Launching an EC2 Instance

    9:24

    AWS Command Line

    12:32

    Using Roles

    9:18

    Security Groups and Bootstrap Scripts

    8:41

    EC2 Metadata and User Data

    7:00

    Networking with EC2

    6:15

    Optimizing with EC2 Placement Groups

    4:15

    Solving Licensing Issues with Dedicated Hosts

    2:48

    Timing Workloads with Spot Instances and Spot Fleets

    10:22

    EC2 Exam Tips

    9:15

    EC2 Instance Bootstrapping

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Using EC2 Roles and Instance Profiles in AWS

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 11 Lessons Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Elastic File System (EFS) 2:29:29

    EBS Overview

    16:38

    Volumes and Snapshots

    12:53

    Protecting EBS Volumes with Encryption

    8:42

    EC2 Hibernation

    3:37

    EFS Overview

    7:03

    FSx Overview

    3:35

    Amazon Machine Images: EBS vs. Instance Store

    9:08

    AWS Backup

    3:30

    EBS Exam Tips

    9:23

    Reducing Storage Costs with EFS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Elastic File System (EFS) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 8 10 Lessons Databases 2:17:07

    Relational Database Service (RDS) Overview

    17:25

    Increasing Read Performance with Read Replicas

    8:50

    What Is Amazon Aurora?

    5:34

    DynamoDB Overview

    5:54

    When Do We Use DynamoDB Transactions?

    3:51

    Saving Your Data with DynamoDB Backups

    1:54

    Taking Your Data Global with DynamoDB Streams and Global Tables

    10:13

    Databases Exam Tips

    8:26

    Setting up a WordPress site using EC2 and RDS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Databases Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 15 Lessons Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Networking 2:46:37

    VPC Overview

    8:33

    Demo: Provisioning a VPC - Part 1

    10:51

    Demo: Provisioning a VPC - Part 2

    16:00

    Using NAT Gateways for Internet Access

    6:17

    Protecting Your Resources with Security Groups

    3:33

    Controlling Subnet Traffic with Network ACLs

    14:55

    Private Communication Using VPC Endpoints

    6:21

    Network Privacy with AWS PrivateLink

    3:01

    Building Solutions across VPCs with Peering

    3:46

    Securing Your Network with VPN CloudHub

    1:58

    Connecting on Premise with Direct Connect

    4:58

    Simplifying Networks with Transit Gateway

    2:56

    VPC Networking Exam Tips

    8:28

    Building Solutions across VPCs with Peerin

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Networking Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 10 11 Lessons Route 53 1:25:15

    Route 53 Overview

    13:44

    Register a Domain Name

    7:57

    Demo: Using a Simple Routing Policy

    4:34

    Demo: Using a Failover Routing Policy

    8:03

    Demo: Using a Geolocation Routing Policy

    3:42

    Demo: Using a Geoproximity Routing Policy

    4:50

    Demo: Using a Latency Routing Policy

    5:42

    Demo: Using a Multivalue Answer Routing Policy

    5:10

    Demo: Using a Weighted Routing Policy

    9:22

    Route 53 Exam Tips

    7:11

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Route 53 Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 11 9 Lessons Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) 1:55:13

    ELB Overview

    4:13

    Using Application Load Balancers

    17:14

    Extreme Performance with Network Load Balancers

    3:29

    Using the Classic Load Balancer

    6:36

    Getting "Stuck" with Sticky Sessions

    2:26

    Leaving the Load Balancer with Deregistration Delay

    2:25

    ELB Exam Tips

    3:50

    Application Load Balancers for Web Servers

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Load Balancing Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 12 6 Lessons Monitoring 2:48:00

    CloudWatch Overview

    14:57

    Application Monitoring with CloudWatch Logs

    12:55

    Monitoring Exam Tips

    5:08

    Implement Advanced CloudWatch Monitoring for a Web Server

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Work with AWS VPC Flow Logs for Network Monitoring

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Monitoring Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 13 8 Lessons High Availability and Scaling 1:42:37

    Horizontal vs Vertical Scaling Overview

    5:59

    What Are Launch Templates and Launch Configurations?

    12:48

    Scaling EC2 Instances with Auto Scaling

    17:19

    Diving Deeper into Auto Scaling Policies

    17:56

    Scaling Relational Databases

    12:35

    Scaling Non-Relational Databases

    10:04

    High Availability and Scaling Exam Tips

    10:56

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - HA and Scaling Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 14 8 Lessons Decoupling Workflows 1:37:52

    Decoupling Workflows Overview

    8:35

    Messaging with SQS

    14:59

    Sidelining Messages with Dead-Letter Queues

    12:25

    Ordered Messages with SQS FIFO

    12:01

    Delivering Messages with SNS

    15:21

    Fronting Applications with API Gateway

    10:35

    Decoupling Workflows Exam Tips

    8:56

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Decoupling Workflows Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 15 8 Lessons Big Data 1:05:29

    Exploring Large Redshift Databases

    10:35

    Processing Data with EMR (Elastic MapReduce)

    7:59

    Streaming Data with Kinesis

    9:05

    Amazon Athena and AWS Glue

    6:33

    Visualizing Data with QuickSight

    4:53

    Analyzing Data with Elasticsearch

    5:19

    Big Data Exam Tips

    6:05

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Big Data Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 16 9 Lessons Serverless Architecture 2:18:04

    Serverless Overview

    6:46

    Computing with Lambda

    16:45

    Container Overview

    11:26

    Running Containers in ECS or EKS

    13:14

    Removing Servers with Fargate

    13:47

    Amazon EventBridge (CloudWatch Events)

    8:48

    Serverless Architecture Exam Tips

    7:18

    Triggering AWS Lambda from Amazon SQS

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Serverless Architecture Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 17 16 Lessons Security 2:20:06

    DDoS Overview

    5:39

    Logging API Calls with CloudTrail

    3:28

    Protecting Applications with Shield

    3:55

    Filtering Traffic with AWS WAF

    3:17

    Guarding Your Network with GuardDuty

    2:55

    Monitoring S3 Buckets with Macie

    4:04

    Securing Operating Systems with Inspector

    3:01

    Managing Encryption Keys with KMS and CloudHSM

    7:58

    Storing Your Secrets in Secrets Manager

    3:06

    Storing Your Secrets in Parameter Store

    1:38

    Temporarily Sharing S3 Objects Using Presigned URLs or Cookies

    5:39

    Advanced IAM Policy Documents

    9:11

    AWS Certificate Manager

    2:20

    Security Exam Tips

    8:55

    Using Secrets Manager to authenticate with an RDS database using Lambda

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Security Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 18 7 Lessons Automation 2:09:01

    Why Do We Automate?

    10:04

    CloudFormation

    14:19

    Elastic Beanstalk

    10:48

    Systems Manager

    11:37

    Automation Exam Tips

    7:13

    Getting Started with CloudFormation

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Automation Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 19 6 Lessons Caching 1:00:20

    Caching Overview

    6:26

    Global Caching with CloudFront

    11:31

    Caching Your Data with ElastiCache and DAX

    7:52

    Fixing IP Caching with Global Accelerator

    11:22

    Caching Exam Tips

    8:09

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Cache (Lowering Latency) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 20 11 Lessons Governance 2:39:44

    Managing Accounts with Organizations

    12:20

    Sharing Resources with AWS RAM

    10:32

    Setting Up Cross-Account Role Access

    7:39

    Inventory Management with AWS Config

    10:19

    Offloading Active Directory to Directory Service

    4:57

    Exploring with Cost Explorer

    8:19

    Using AWS Budgets

    9:13

    Auditing with Trusted Advisor

    8:12

    Governance Exam Tips

    13:13

    Using AWS Tags and Resource Groups

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Governance Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 21 7 Lessons Migration 56:43

    Migrating Data with AWS Snow Family

    9:27

    Storage Gateway

    7:48

    AWS DataSync

    5:15

    AWS Transfer Family

    4:57

    Moving to the Cloud with Migration Hub

    8:01

    Migration Exam Tips

    6:15

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Migration

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 22 5 Lessons Exam Preparation 2:36:45

    Revision for Success

    10:42

    Tackling Exam Questions

    11:20

    Booking Your Certification Exam

    8:29

    Preparing for Remote Proctored Exams

    6:14

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Practice Exam

    2:00:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 23 1 Lesson Conclusion 1:02

    Conclusion

    1:02

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