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Amazon Web Services

Exam Prep: AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

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This new intermediate-level course from Amazon Web Services (AWS), is designed to help you to assess your preparedness for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam. You will learn how to prepare for the exam by exploring the exam’s topic areas and how they map to SysOps Administration on AWS. You will review sample certification questions in each domain, practice skills with hands-on exercises, test your knowledge with practice question sets, and learn strategies for identifying incorrect responses by interpreting the concepts that are being tested in the exam. At the end of this course you will have all the knowledge and tools to help you identity your strengths and weaknesses in each certification domain areas that are being tested on the certification exam.

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (SOA-C02) exam is intended for system
administrators in a cloud operations role. The exam validates a candidate’s ability to deploy, manage, and
operate workloads on AWS and their ability to complete the following tasks: Support and maintain AWS workloads according to the AWS Well-Architected Framework, perform operations by using the AWS Management Console and the AWS CLI, implement security controls to meet compliance requirements, monitor, log, and troubleshoot systems, apply networking concepts (for example, DNS, TCP/IP, firewalls), implement architectural requirements (for example, high availability, performance, capacity), perform business continuity and disaster recovery procedures and identify, classify, and remediate incidents


  • Week 1
    • Welcome to Exam Prep: AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate! In this course, we present content about the six knowledge domains that are covered in the exam. All domains on the exam are covered. However, we don't present the domains in the order they are listed in the exam guide. We cover the domains in a specific sequence so that we can build on various concepts from module to module, and to help you identify areas for further study. It's important to understand that on the exam, questions from all domains are presented in random order.

      In this week, you will learn about the value of being AWS Certified. You will also get an overview of AWS Certification exams: what exams are available, how an exam is structured, and how to register and prepare for an exam.
  • Week 2
    • Welcome to Week 2! This week, you will review relevant concepts and services for Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation (Domain 3) and Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation (Domain 1) so you can get a benchmark of your knowledge in these areas. Question walkthroughs for Domain 3 address the topics of provisioning and maintaining cloud resources, and automating manual or repeatable processes. For Domain 1, question walkthroughs cover using AWS monitoring and logging services, and remediating issues. In addition, this week features optional hands-on exercises for both domains so that you can practice your skills with creating a basic environment and automating with a monitoring solution. Accompanying video walkthroughs show one possible solution for addressing the requirements for each exercise.
  • Week 3
    • Welcome to Week 3! This week, you will get an overview of relevant concepts and services for Reliability and Business Continuity (Domain 2) and Networking and Content Delivery (Domain 5) so you can get a benchmark of your knowledge in these areas. For Domain 2, the question walkthroughs focus on implementing high availability, implementing scalability, and implementing backup and restore policies. Question walkthroughs for Domain 5 address implementing networking, working with Domain Name System (DNS) services and content delivery, and troubleshooting network issues. An optional exercise for Domain 5 gives you an opportunity to practice configuring an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket through AWS CloudFormation. This exercise has an accompanying video walkthrough that shows one possible solution for completing the exercise.
  • Week 4
    • Welcome to Week 4! This week, you will review relevant concepts and services for on Security and Compliance (Domain 4) and Cost and Performance Optimization (Domain 6) so you can get a benchmark of your knowledge in these areas. The Domain 4 question walkthroughs cover data and infrastructure protection, and security and compliance policies. For Domain 6, the question walkthroughs focus on cost-optimization strategies and performance-optimization strategies. This week also includes a practice assessment that includes questions from all exam domains.

Taught by

Seph Robinson and Blaine Sundrud


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