AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional 2020

By Scott Pletcher

Elevate your AWS game to new heights and obtain one of the most challenging and well-respected certifications in IT.

12 hours
  • 140 Lessons
  • 14 Hands-On Labs
  • 8 Course Quizzes
  • 1 Practice Exam

About the course

Hello Cloud Gurus!

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional (CSA-Pro) exam reaches far beyond testing in-depth knowledge of the AWS platform and delves into your ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, wrestle with sub-optimal trade-offs, and tease-out minute details from paragraphs of text. All this is carefully designed to permit only those with true, multi-dimensional mastery of cloud architectures to call themselves Certified Solutions Architects at the Professional level.

In this course, we cover:

  • The five knowledge domains covered by the CSA-Pro exam
  • Some of the inner workings of AWS services to truly understand their benefits and constraints
  • Real-world solutions architecture approaches and recommendations
  • Strategies on answering complex multi-part questions that are common on the exam

This course is a refresh of the popular Certified Solutions Architect – Professional course authored by Original Guru Ryan Kroonenburg. It’s been updated with more content, more strategies and more tips — all presented in our irreverent, fun ACG way.

The CSA-Pro exam is for advanced practitioners, and so is this course. We assume that you already have several years of AWS architecture experience behind you and that you already hold the AWS CSA-A certification, if not all three Associate-level AWS certs. This course will not only help you slay the CSA-Pro dragon with confidence, but will also help you continue to develop professionally as a Solutions Architect.

  • Chapter 1 7 Lessons Introduction 23:46

    An Important Note About A Cloud Guru and Linux Academy Courses

    1:18

    Welcome

    1:10

    Introduction

    3:27

    About the Exam

    4:13

    About This Course

    9:53

    About the Demos

    2:51

    A Note About Demo Lessons

    0:54
  • Chapter 2 26 Lessons Data Stores 1:52:18

    Introduction

    0:59

    Concepts

    4:26

    S3

    8:57

    Glacier

    4:40

    Elastic Block Storage

    7:19

    Elastic File System

    4:19

    Storage Gateway

    4:35

    WorkDocs

    0:54

    EC2 Databases

    1:28

    RDS

    4:32

    Deploying an Amazon RDS Multi-AZ and Read Replica in AWS

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    DynamoDB

    13:29

    Redshift

    2:31

    Neptune

    1:07

    Loading and Retrieving Data in Neptune

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Elasticache

    4:24

    Other Datastore Options

    8:28

    Comparing DB Options

    1:17

    Exam Tips

    1:58

    Pro Tips

    3:01

    Challenge 1

    4:32

    Challenge 2

    2:53

    Querying Data in S3 with Amazon Athena

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Loading Data into a Redshift Cluster

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Demo: Air Quality Analysis

    11:29

    Data Stores Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 3 19 Lessons Networking 1:44:48

    Introduction

    0:49

    Concepts

    13:21

    Network to VPC Connectivity

    9:05

    VPC to VPC Connectivity

    5:04

    Internet Gateways

    6:24

    Routing

    4:51

    Enhanced Networking

    7:02

    Route 53

    9:18

    CloudFront

    3:55

    Elastic Load Balancers

    6:34

    Exam Tips

    3:13

    Pro Tips

    1:16

    Challenge 1

    4:48

    Challenge 2

    3:38

    Creating a Multi-Region Network with VPC Peering Using SGs, IGW, and RTs

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Creating and Configuring a Network Load Balancer in AWS

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Troubleshooting Amazon EC2 Network Connectivity

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Demo: Network Mess

    10:30

    Networking Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 4 16 Lessons Security 1:12:56

    Introduction

    0:58

    Concepts

    5:12

    Multi-Account Management

    5:32

    Network Controls and Security Groups

    1:47

    Troubleshooting AWS Network Connectivity: Security Groups and NACLs

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Directory Services

    2:29

    Credentials and Access Management

    4:26

    Encryption

    6:20

    Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

    6:42

    IDS and IPS

    3:38

    Service Catalog

    7:06

    Exam Tips

    3:09

    Pro Tips

    2:29

    Challenge 1

    3:17

    Challenge 2

    4:51

    Security Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 5 14 Lessons Migrations 47:45

    Introduction

    0:39

    Migration Strategies

    2:08

    Cloud Adoption Framework

    5:43

    Hybrid Architecture

    2:50

    Migration Tools

    3:05

    Network Migrations and Cutovers

    2:04

    Snow Family

    4:33

    Exam Tips

    1:47

    Pro Tips

    1:56

    Challenge 1

    4:23

    Challenge 2

    3:37

    Migrating from a Relational Database to DynamoDB

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Using the AWS DMS to Migrate Data to an Aurora Database

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Migrations Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 6 20 Lessons Architecting to Scale 1:41:10

    Introduction

    0:38

    Concepts

    5:38

    Auto-Scaling

    10:41

    Kinesis

    3:44

    DynamoDB Scaling

    8:23

    CloudFront Part 2

    2:46

    SNS

    1:46

    SQS

    5:50

    Scaling EC2 Using SQS

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Lambda, Serverless Application Model and EventBridge

    8:32

    Simple Workflow Service

    2:24

    Step Functions and Batch

    8:09

    Coordinating AI Services with Step Functions

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Elastic MapReduce

    4:32

    Exam Tips

    4:44

    Pro Tips

    1:23

    Challenge 1

    3:34

    Challenge 2

    3:19

    Demo: Auto-Scale Experiment

    10:07

    Architecting to Scale Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 12 Lessons Business Continuity 56:26

    Introduction

    0:51

    Concepts

    7:31

    AWS Continuum of HA

    4:08

    Storage HA Options

    6:21

    Compute HA Options

    1:32

    Database HA Options

    3:15

    Network HA Options

    1:38

    Exam Tips

    2:01

    Pro Tips

    5:27

    Challenge 1

    3:59

    Challenge 2

    4:43

    Business Continuity Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 8 19 Lessons Deployment and Operations Management 1:32:48

    Introduction

    0:47

    Types of Deployments

    6:25

    Continuous Integration and Deployment

    6:13

    Elastic Beanstalk

    2:15

    Highly Available and Fault-Tolerant Architecture via Elastic Beanstalk

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    CloudFormation

    6:08

    Understanding CloudFormation Template Anatomy

    0:00 Hands-On Lab

    Elastic Container Service

    3:16

    API Gateway

    2:19

    Management Tools

    3:44

    AWS System Manager

    9:25

    Enterprise Apps

    6:57

    Machine Learning Landscape

    6:52

    Exam Tips

    3:08

    Pro Tips

    1:41

    Challenge 1

    4:08

    Challenge 2

    1:45

    Demo: Zero Downtime Deployments

    12:45

    Deployment and Operations Management Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 11 Lessons Cost Management 53:35

    Introduction

    0:41

    Concepts

    7:02

    Cost Optimization Strategies

    4:44

    Tagging and Resource Groups

    2:15

    Spot and Reserved Instances

    9:28

    Cost Management Tools

    2:13

    Exam Tips

    1:41

    Pro Tips

    3:05

    Challenge 1

    3:58

    Challenge 2

    3:28

    Cost Management Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 10 5 Lessons Good Luck! 3:06:56

    Good Luck!

    3:29

    Stay Engaged

    2:03

    Keep Going!

    0:22

    Keep Up to Date with AWS This Week

    1:02

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Exam

    3:00:00 Quiz

What you will need

  • Two or more years as a practising Solutions Architect with the AWS platform

  • Current holder of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification

  • Knowledge of general IT concepts such as networking, storage, databases and information security

What you can expect

  • You will gain a solid next-level understanding of architectural options with AWS

  • In conjunction with the suggested supplemental materials, you will be able to pass the Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam

  • You will be empowered with real-world advice and tips if you're aspiring to be a Solution Architect or an Enterprise Architects=

  • You will be prepared for continued professional development as an AWS Architect after the exam.

What are Hands-on Labs

What's the difference between theoretical knowledge and real skills? Practical real-world experience. That's where Hands-on Labs come in! Hands-on Labs are guided, interactive experiences that help you learn and practice real-world scenarios in real cloud environments. Hands-on Labs are seamlessly integrated in courses, so you can learn by doing.

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