Google Certified Associate Cloud Engineer 2020

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Passed Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer

Earlier this week, I passed the GPC Associate Cloud Engineer exam. Here are some things that I hope will help others also pass:

Understand the basic structure of CIDR notation (how big or small a range is)

Understand how to separate workloads using VPC subnets and CIDR ranges

Understand how to apply least privilege principle both within the same account / project and across accounts / projects

Understand the difference between service accounts and user accounts and when to use them

Understand how to design self-healing deployments (e.g. GCE)

Understand basic Kubernetes concepts (nodes, pods, deployments – also StatefulSets, DaemonSets)

Understand how to secure credentials in Kubernetes

Understand which data solution to use in given a scenario – e.g. Cloud SQL vs. Cloud Spanner or which Cloud Storage class is most suitable

A lot of the questions were about understanding which solution to use in a given scenario. I would say you can work out the answer to most questions if you understand how GCE, GKE, IAM and the different data storage solutions work.

Hope this helps!

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Congratulations on passing the exam and thanks for providing your feedback to help others preparing to sit ACE!


Nice job, Tim! Congrats on taking down the ACE! 🎉 And that’s a great list of tips, so I’m happy to link here from my ACE Exam Report Mega-Thread so other students can find them. Thanks!

Keep being awesome!


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