This exam readiness course is designed to prepare learners for the AWS Solution Architect Exam. Covering key topics in architecture, compute, database, encryption, high availability, management, security, and storage. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge, topic reviews, knowledge check questions and hands-on practice in a dedicated AWS sandbox playground, participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in the certification exam.

Additionally, learners will have one month of access to the Cloud Academy platform, providing a wealth of supplementary resources and practice exams.

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Learners should be preparing to write the AWS Solution Architect certification and have attended the official AWS Solution Architect course or have gained equivalent knowledge.

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Day 1: Foundation and Core Services
Compute Services
  • Introduction to EC2 Instances and Families
  • Auto Scaling and Load Balancing
  • Containers
  • Lambda
Storage Solutions
  • Amazon S3 for Object Storage
  • EBS (Elastic Block Store) and Instance Storage
  • EFS (Elastic File Store) and FSX
  • Storage Gateway
  • AWS Backup
  • AWS Global Infrastructure
  • VPC
  • VPN and Direct Connect
  • Endpoints
  • Global Accelerator
  • AWS CloudFront
  • Route 53
Database Services
  • Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon ElastiCache
  • Amazon Redshift
High Availability and Management
  • Design for Failure
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • RDS Multi AZ
  • Aurora HA
AWS Architecture
  • AWS Step Functions
  • Amazon Kinesis
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Multi-Tier Architecture
  • API Gateway
Day 2:
  • Identity Access Management (IAM)
  • Amazon Cognito
  • IAM Identity Centre
  • AWS Firewall Manager
  • AWS Shield
  • Amazon Inspector
  • Amazon Guard Duty
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS CloudTrail
  • AWS Config
  • AWS Organisations
  • AWS Control Tower
  • AWS Service Catalog
  • AWS Systems Manager
  • AWS CloudFront
  • VPC Flow Logs
  • Dashboards
  • Cost Management
  • ETL
  • AWS Artifact
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Encryption
  • CloudHSM
  • Amazon S3 Encryption
  • AWS Secrets Manager
  • AWS Certificate Manager
Lab Challenge
  • AWS Solution Architect Lab Challenge.
Exam Question Techniques
  • Different techniques on how to breakdown and tackle exam questions.
  • Review a number of different example question types.
  • Direction for continued self-study and practice on the Cloud Academy platform.
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