AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate

By Errol Hooper
By Faye Ellis

This course is designed to prepare students for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam (SOA-C02).

30 hours
  • 198 Lessons
  • 18 Hands-On Labs
  • 7 Course Quizzes
  • 1 Practice Exam

About the course

Hello, Cloud Gurus!

We designed this cloud certification training for anyone interested in learning to deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on Amazon Web Services. By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to pass the newly-released associate-level AWS Certified SysOps Administrator exam (SOA-C02).

The course begins with an overview of deployment and provisioning and moves on to monitoring and logging in AWS. Afterward, we cover storage and data management, reliability and business continuity, security and compliance, and networking. Then, we’ll finish the course with a look at cost and performance optimization on AWS.

The main technologies covered in this course include:
CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancer, EC2, RDS, VPC, Network ACLs, Security Groups, DDOS, S3, KMS, IAM, Systems Manager, Route 53, Direct Connect, and CloudFormation.

This is not an introductory course: We recommend taking this course only after clearing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam or having worked as an AWS SysOps Administrator for at least one year.

We know that you’re busy, so our training course is made up of 5-15 minute videos that can be viewed at your convenience. Our video lessons keep it simple and explain things clearly and succinctly. Together we walk you through each of the major operational areas of Amazon Web Services, step-by-step. Using real-life examples, we will practice how to operate and maintain systems running on AWS. At the end of each section, we’ll test your knowledge with short quizzes to ensure you are ready for the exam.

The ideal student for this course is ready to quickly break into cloud computing. You don’t want hours to spend on training and we will get you up to speed quickly and efficiently. This course prepares you for a position as a qualified AWS SysOps Administrator.

Our course includes a brand new exam simulator and practical exam labs to help you prepare with hands-on experience.

At the end of this course, you will confidently take the associate-level AWS SysOps Administrator exam, and earn one of the highest paying certifications in the industry.

The average salary for AWS-certified IT staff is 27.5 percent higher than the norm.

The average salary for those holding the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification is $111,966.

  • Chapter 1 4 Lessons Introduction 14:52

    Introduction

    2:33

    The Exam Guide

    7:34

    Introducing the AWS Cloud Sandbox

    3:00

    Introducing Hands-On Labs

    1:45
  • Chapter 2 1 Lesson Supporting Courses 2:54

    Supporting Courses

    2:54
  • Chapter 3 29 Lessons Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation 4:51:30

    Section Introduction

    0:42

    Demo: Deploying an Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Instance

    11:05

    Creating and Working with an EC2 Instance in AWS

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    Understanding EBS Volumes

    9:36

    What Is a Bastion Host?

    2:39

    Exploring Elastic Load Balancer

    10:12

    Understanding Elastic Load Balancer Error Messages

    6:47

    Demo: Deploying an Elastic Load Balancer

    11:22

    Demo: Understanding Elastic Load Balancer CloudWatch Metrics

    4:47

    Demo: Working with Elastic Load Balancer Access Logs

    4:43

    Discovering EC2 Image Builder

    4:56

    Demo: Creating an AMI Using EC2 Image Builder

    13:27

    Introducing CloudFormation

    10:25

    Demo: Provisioning AWS Resources Using CloudFormation

    15:03

    Deploying a Basic Infrastructure Using CloudFormation Templates

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Troubleshooting CloudFormation

    6:30

    Demo: CloudFormation Errors

    6:03

    Introducing CloudFormation StackSets

    6:00

    CloudFormation Best Practices

    6:12

    Exploring Blue/Green Deployments

    3:15

    Understanding Rolling Deployments

    4:36

    When to Use Canary Deployments

    4:11

    Automating Tasks Using AWS Systems Manager

    4:13

    Demo: Implementing Automated Patching Using AWS Systems Manager

    9:00

    Demo: Using AWS Systems Manager EC2 Run Command

    9:12

    Understanding OpsWorks

    4:40

    Section Review: Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation Summary - Part 1

    8:42

    Section Review: Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation Summary - Part 2

    8:12

    Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation Quiz

    30:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 4 24 Lessons Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation 5:41:14

    Section Introduction

    0:35

    Introduction to CloudWatch

    5:11

    Demo: Creating Cloudwatch Dashboards

    7:25

    Exploring CloudWatch Logs

    5:00

    Demo: Collecting Metrics and Logs Using the CloudWatch Agent

    14:30

    Demo: Creating CloudWatch Metric Filters

    9:30

    Demo: Exploring CloudWatch Logs Insights

    7:12

    Using CloudWatch for Resource Monitoring

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Receiving Notifications with CloudWatch

    6:35

    Demo: Creating CloudWatch Alarms

    11:02

    Introduction to CloudTrail

    6:47

    Demo: Working with CloudTrail

    7:28

    AWS Config 101

    6:45

    Demo: Using AWS Config

    9:20

    Auditing Resource Compliance with AWS Config

    1:45:00 Hands-On Lab

    Remediation Using AWS Systems Manager and AWS Config

    6:28

    Demo: Configuring Automatic Remediation Using AWS Systems Manager and AWS Config

    15:27

    What Is EventBridge?

    5:25

    Demo: Using Amazon EventBridge

    8:46

    Demo: Scheduling Automated Tasks Using EventBridge and AWS Config

    10:47

    Demo: Exploring Health Dashboards

    4:17

    Section Review: Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation Summary - Part 1

    7:01

    Section Review: Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation Summary - Part 2

    5:43

    Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation Quiz

    45:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 5 27 Lessons Storage and Data Management 3:44:12

    Section Introduction

    0:29

    S3 101

    9:52

    Reviewing S3 Storage Classes

    8:59

    Demo: Creating an S3 Bucket

    13:10

    Working with S3 Lifecycle Policies

    3:57

    Protecting Data from Accidental Deletion Using S3 Versioning

    3:30

    Protecting Data from Accidental Deletion with MFA Delete

    2:22

    S3 Encryption

    5:30

    Demo: Configuring Encryption on an S3 Bucket

    8:36

    Introduction to Elastic File System (EFS)

    7:14

    Demo: Working with EFS

    15:41

    Advanced EFS

    7:16

    EFS and Multi-AZ Applications

    2:55

    Introducing Athena

    2:39

    Demo: Working with Athena

    10:11

    Introducing Amazon Elasticsearch Service

    5:42

    Elasticsearch Service Deployment Best Practices

    4:38

    Demo: Creating an Amazon Elasticsearch Service Domain

    8:46

    Demo: Configuring Static Website Hosting Using S3

    5:02

    Creating a Static Website Using Amazon S3

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Demo: Leveraging Pre-Signed URLs with S3

    8:51

    Restricting S3 Accessibility with IP Addresses

    3:03

    Demo: Using AWS Config with S3

    4:05

    Overview of Storage Gateway

    6:39

    Section Review: Storage and Data Management Summary - Part 1

    7:53

    Section Review: Storage and Data Management Summary - Part 2

    7:12

    Storage and Data Management Overview

    30:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 6 25 Lessons Reliability and Business Continuity 4:25:10

    Section Introduction

    1:10

    Elasticity and Scalability 101

    5:53

    Introducing AWS Auto Scaling

    5:06

    Demo: Creating Auto Scaling Plans

    14:20

    Troubleshooting Auto Scaling Issues

    2:28

    Vertical Scaling vs. Horizontal Scaling

    4:04

    Using AWS ElastiCache

    6:40

    Aurora 101

    6:01

    Creating an Amazon Aurora RDS Database (MySQL Compatible)

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    RDS and Multi-AZ Failover

    4:33

    RDS and Read Replicas

    6:09

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

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Demo: Creating and Encrypting RDS Snapshots

    7:42

    Differentiating Single Availability Zones vs. Multi-AZ Deployments

    3:38

    Implementing Fault Tolerant Workloads Using Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

    6:51

    Building Fault Tolerance Using Elastic IPs

    3:34

    Readying for Disaster Recovery

    7:27

    AWS Service Maintenance Windows

    1:32

    Configuring S3 Cross-Region Replication

    3:17

    Implementing Loosely Coupled Architectures with SQS

    6:23

    Demo: Automating EBS Snapshots Using Data Lifecycle Manager

    9:50

    Using DynamoDB Streams for Backing Up Your Table to Another Region

    7:03

    Section Review: Reliability and Business Continuity Summary - Part 1

    8:12

    Section Review: Reliability and Business Continuity Summary - Part 2

    8:17

    Reliability and Business Continuity Quiz

    30:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 31 Lessons Security and Compliance 4:49:33

    Section Introduction

    2:19

    Compliance on AWS

    10:23

    Understanding Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

    7:00

    AWS Marketplace Security Products

    6:01

    IAM Refresh

    4:28

    Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    Demo: Creating Custom IAM Policies and Roles

    12:54

    Demo: Enabling MFA and Reporting with IAM

    10:22

    Introducing AWS Single Sign-On (SSO)

    6:27

    Auditing and Troubleshooting Access Issues

    12:59

    AWS Inspector vs. Trusted Advisor

    8:28

    Introducing AWS Organizations

    7:01

    Service Control Policies

    7:12

    Securing Multiple Accounts with AWS Control Tower and Organizations

    10:08

    Security Token Service (STS)

    7:30

    AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

    6:45

    AWS Certificate Manager

    4:34

    AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF)

    3:39

    Demo: Configuring AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF)

    6:51

    Differentiating Dedicated Instances vs. Dedicated Hosts

    3:53

    Using AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store

    3:59

    Understanding AWS Service Quotas

    4:50

    Reviewing the AWS Shared Responsibility Model

    8:07

    Protecting Logs within CloudTrail

    5:37

    Demo: Introducing AWS Security Hub

    8:43

    Exploring Amazon GuardDuty

    5:18

    Demo: Working with Amazon GuardDuty

    5:14

    Securely Storing Secrets Using AWS Secrets Manager

    12:59

    Section Review: Security and Compliance Summary - Part 1

    9:05

    Section Review: Security and Compliance Summary - Part 2

    11:47

    Security and Compliance Quiz

    30:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 8 38 Lessons Networking and Content Delivery 8:11:38

    Section Introduction

    0:50

    Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Overview

    10:01

    Demo: Building Your Own Custom VPC - Part 1

    9:53

    Demo: Building Your Own Custom VPC - Part 2

    8:34

    Demo: Building Your Own Custom VPC - Part 3

    11:11

    Creating a Basic VPC and Associated Components in AWS

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    Demo: Configuring Network ACLs - Part 1

    7:38

    Demo: Configuring Network ACLs - Part 2

    11:09

    Demo: Connecting to an EC2 Instance Using Systems Manager Session Manager

    11:30

    Demo: Introducing VPC Endpoints

    11:43

    Create a VPC Endpoint and S3 bucket in AWS

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Understanding VPC Peering

    5:10

    Securely Connecting to a VPC Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    3:41

    What Is Direct Connect?

    7:04

    Understanding VPC Flow Logs

    5:32

    Demo: Using VPC Flow Logs

    12:16

    Working with AWS VPC Flow Logs for Network Monitoring - 2020

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Introducing Domain Name System (DNS)

    6:41

    Introducing Route 53

    12:38

    Exploring Route 53 Resolver

    3:45

    Understanding Route 53 Routing Policies

    7:40

    Demo: Route 53 Simple Routing Policy

    13:05

    Demo: Route 53 and Weighted Routing Policy

    8:29

    Demo: Route 53 Latency Routing Policy

    8:34

    Demo: Route 53 Failover Routing Policy

    15:34

    Demo: Route 53 Geolocation Routing Policy

    8:48

    Demo: Configuring Route 53 Alias

    10:08

    Overview of CloudFront

    8:50

    Demo: Configuring Amazon CloudFront

    16:58

    Demo: Configuring Amazon CloudFront with Origin Access Identity

    7:29

    Demo: Interpreting CloudFront Logs

    6:30

    Identifying CloudFront Caching Errors

    10:33

    CloudFront Cache Hit Ratio

    5:07

    Improving CloudFront Cache Hit Ratio When Forwarding Request Headers and Cookies

    5:05

    Advanced CloudFront

    4:29

    Section Review: Networking and Content Delivery Summary - Part 1

    8:52

    Section Review: Networking and Content Delivery Summary - Part 2

    11:11

    Networking and Content Delivery Overview Quiz

    30:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 17 Lessons Cost and Performance Optimization 3:06:35

    Section Introduction

    1:05

    AWS Cost Explorer and Cost Allocation Tags

    9:06

    Using AWS Tags and Resource Groups in AWS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Improving Costs with AWS Budgets

    8:16

    Demo: Creating an AWS Budget and Billing Alarm

    10:52

    Reducing Cost through Managed Services

    6:43

    AWS Compute Optimizer

    4:45

    Using Metrics to Improve Performance and Costs

    6:31

    Increasing S3 Transfer Speeds with Transfer Acceleration

    3:19

    Enhancing S3 Performance with Multipart Upload

    2:59

    Using Placement Groups to Increase TCP/IP Traffic Flow

    5:42

    Identifying Underutilized Resources Using Trusted Advisor

    2:28

    Demo: Performance Analysis Using RDS Performance Insights

    12:47

    Increasing Scalability with RDS Proxy

    4:41

    Enhancing EC2 Performance Using Instance Store

    6:04

    Section Review: Cost and Performance Optimization Summary

    11:17

    Cost and Performance Optimization Quiz

    30:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 10 1 Lesson Additional Resources to Help You Prepare for the Exam 6:34

    Additional Resources to Help You Pass the Exam

    6:34
  • Chapter 11 7 Lessons Challenge Labs 7:46:46

    Introducing Challenge Labs

    1:46

    Creating an AWS Config Rule

    2:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Configure an Application Load Balancer and Auto Scaling Group

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Configuring a CloudFormation Template

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Creating a Highly Available VPC

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Configuring S3

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    Configure an Alert Based on Logging Content

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab
  • Chapter 12 1 Lesson Practice Exam 3:00:00

    AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate Practice Exam

    3:00:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 13 1 Lesson Good Luck and What's Next 3:20

    Summary and Next Steps

    3:20

What you will need

  • This course assumes that you have passed the AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate exam

  • Alternatively, you have worked as a SysOps Administrator with AWS for at least 1 year

What you can expect

  • You'll gain the ability to Deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS

  • You'll be able to select the appropriate AWS service based on compute, data or security requirements

  • You'll learn to identify appropriate use of AWS operational best practices

  • You'll be able to implement and control the flow of data to and from AWS

  • You'll be able to Identify operational cost control mechanisms

  • You'll understand how to approach migrating on-premises workloads to AWS

  • You'll be ready to pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 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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