AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C03)

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The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification assesses the skills and knowledge of AWS technology across a wide range of AWS services. This certification focuses on cost and performance-optimized solutions and a strong understanding of the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

This course begins with a thorough understanding of the certification program. The AWS Technical Essentials course mirrors the class that AWS offers online. The Technical Essentials course covers terminology and concepts related to the AWS platform, navigating the AWS Management Console, key concepts of AWS security measures and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon CloudWatch, and AWS Trusted Advisor.

The AWS Certified SAA-C03 exam domains covered include Design Secure Architectures (30%), Design Resilient Architectures (26%), Design High-Performing Architectures (24%), and Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (20%).

Upon completion of the course, you will thoroughly understand how to prepare for the AWS SAA-XC03 certification and be prepared for the exam comprehensively.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn to navigate the AWS Management Console and AWS terminology
  • Explore AWS security, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Understand Amazon DynamoDB and Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Explore Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Know Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Understand AWS Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, and Trusted Advisor


This course is intended for individuals looking to move their business solutions to the AWS Cloud and learn how AWS can help manage costs, security, storage, and computational needs. The course will help you prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) certification and help you pass the exam. The AWS SAA-C03 certification is ideal for those in roles such as a solutions architect, DevOps engineer, Site Reliability Engineer (SRE), data engineer, and senior solutions architect. There are no prerequisite requirements for this course.

About The Author

Total Seminars: Total Seminars, LLC, is a provider of PC and network repair seminars and certification training services through books, videos, and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world including the United Nations, the FBI, and all branches of the US Department of Defense.

Mike Meyers is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, which produces the best-selling CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certification books with over 1 million books in print. He is affectionately called the “Alpha Geek” and is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA Certifications. He has created several other best-selling video courses on CompTIA certifications with the Total Seminars team of instructors.

Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant, and speaker. He is the author of numerous popular PC books and videos, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide. His humorous and easy-to-follow approach to teaching comes through in his video training courses as well as his classroom instructor-led courses. Making IT concepts easy to understand and fun to learn helps students stay engaged and retain the information.

Tom Carpenter: Tom Carpenter is the chief technical officer at CWNP (Certified Wireless Network Professionals). He has been engaged with the IT industry for 25+ years, has published 20 books on IT-related content, and is heavily involved in objective development and exam creation in the certification industry. The author uses AWS daily to run several business websites and operates test labs for content creation and management, among other things.

The author delivers course content in a casual and informal structure. He prefers to make the courses fun while you learn the practical applications of AWS. He welcomes individuals to join his classes and plan to use AWS in their personal or professional lives!

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Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction
    1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 2 : Exam Tips and Tricks
    1. What is AWS?
    2. Why Use AWS?
    3. How to Get Started with AWS
    4. AWS Certifications
    5. Preparation Resources
    6. Benefits of Certification
    7. AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Overview
    8. What's New on the SAA-C03 Exam?
    9. AWS SAA-C03 Exam Objectives
    10. The Four Key Areas (Compute, Networking, Storage, and Databases)
    11. Master the Knowledge Areas
    12. Use the System
    13. Take Notes
    14. Be Mentally and Physically Prepared
    15. Take the Exam
  3. Chapter 3 : Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services
    1. So You Want to Be an AWS Rock Star?
    2. What's in a Name?
    3. Ready, Set, Go
    4. Exploring the Management Console
    5. Creating an S3 Bucket
    6. Creating an EC2 Instance
    7. AWS Databases
    8. Other Cool Services
  4. Chapter 4 : Essentials Chapter 2 - AWS Security and Costs
    1. IAM…What?
    2. AWS Costs
    3. AWS Documentation
    4. AWS Certification Path
  5. Chapter 5 : Solutions Architect Chapter 1 - AWS Cloud Services Overview
    1. Cloud Computing Defined
    2. Benefits of Cloud Computing
    3. Cloud Computing Models
    4. History
    5. Platform
    6. Services, Part 1
    7. Services, Part 2
    8. Services, Part 3
    9. Security and Compliance
    10. Regions and Availability
  6. Chapter 6 : Solutions Architect Chapter 2 - AWS Storage Design
    1. Storage Services
    2. S3 Storage Class
    3. S3 Terminology
    4. S3 Advanced Features
    5. Creating S3 Buckets Lab
    6. S3 Bucket Properties
    7. S3 Managing Objects Lab
    8. Glacier
    9. Setting Up a Glacier Vault Lab
    10. S3 and Tape Gateway
    11. S3 Enhanced Features
    12. Elastic Block Store (EBS)
    13. Creating EBS Volumes Lab
    14. Elastic File System (EFS)
    15. Creating an EFS File System Lab
    16. EFS and PrivateLink
    17. Introduction to Amazon FSx
    18. Hands-On with FSx
    19. Integrating On-Premises Storage
    20. Storage Access Security Lab
    21. Storage Performance
  7. Chapter 7 : Solutions Architect Chapter 3 - Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
    1. Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Overview
    2. Creating a VPC Lab
    3. Configuring DHCP Options Lab
    4. Elastic IP Addresses
    5. Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs)
    6. Endpoints
    7. VPC Peering
    8. Creating a VPC Peering Connection Lab
    9. Security Groups Overview
    10. Network Address Translation (NAT)
    11. Gateways (VPGs and CGWs)
    12. VPN Configuration Option
  8. Chapter 8 : Solutions Architect Chapter 4 - Compute Services Design
    1. EC2 Overview
    2. EC2 Instance Types
    3. EC2 Pricing
    4. EBS and EC2
    5. AWS Compute Optimizer
  9. Chapter 9 : Solutions Architect Chapter 5 - Compute Services Implementation
    1. Launching an EC2 Linux Instance Lab
    2. Configuring an EC2 Linux Instance Lab
    3. Setting Up an EC2 Windows Instance Lab
    4. Shared Tenancy
    5. Dedicated Hosts
    6. Dedicated Instances
    7. AMI Virtualization
  10. Chapter 10 : Solutions Architect Chapter 6 - Compute Services Management
    1. Instance Management
    2. Connecting to Instances Lab
    3. Working with Security Groups
    4. Working with Security Groups Lab
    5. Advanced EC2 Management
    6. AWS Batch
    7. Elastic Container Service (ECS)
    8. Elastic Beanstalk Environment
  11. Chapter 11 : Solutions Architect Chapter 7 - Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    1. Identity and Access Management (IAM) Overview
    2. Principals
    3. Root User
    4. Authentication
    5. Authorization Policies
    6. Multi-Factor Authentication
    7. Key Rotation
    8. Multiple Permissions
    9. AWS Compliance Program
    10. AWS Security Hub
    11. Shared Responsibility Models
    12. Data Security Control
    13. Federated Directory Services
  12. Chapter 12 : Solutions Architect Chapter 8 - IAM Best Practices
    1. User Accounts
    2. Password Policies
    3. Credential Rotation
    4. Principle of Least Privilege
    5. IAM Roles
    6. Amazon STS
    7. Policy Conditions
    8. CloudTrail
    9. AWS Control Tower
    10. Service Control Policies
    11. Key Security Services
    12. Additional Security Services
  13. Chapter 13 : Solutions Architect Chapter 9 - Autoscaling Solutions
    1. Autoscaling Overview
    2. Autoscaling Groups
    3. Termination Policies
    4. Autoscaling Configuration Lab
    5. Launch Methods
    6. Load Balancer Concepts
    7. Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  14. Chapter 14 : Solutions Architect Chapter 10 - Virtual Network Services
    1. DNS
    2. Configuring DNS Lab
    3. Configuring Route 53 Lab
    4. Configuring ACLs and NACLs Lab
    5. Flow Logs
  15. Chapter 15 : Solutions Architect Chapter 11 - AWS Application Deployment
    1. Application and Deployment Services
    2. Additional Application Services
    3. Lambda
    4. API Gateway
    5. Kinesis
    6. Kinesis Data Streams and Firehose
    7. Kinesis Data Analytics
    8. Reference Architectures
    9. CloudFront
    10. Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    11. Simple Queue Service (SQS)
    12. Simple Notification Service (SNS)
    13. Simple Workflow (SWF)
    14. Step Functions
    15. OpsWorks
    16. Cognito
    17. Elastic MapReduce (EMR)
    18. CloudFormation
    19. CloudFormation Properties
    20. CloudWatch
    21. Trusted Advisor
    22. Organizations
  16. Chapter 16 : Solutions Architect Chapter 12 - AWS Database Design
    1. Database Types
    2. Relational Databases
    3. Database Hosting Methods
    4. High Availability Solutions
    5. Scalability Solutions
    6. Database Security
    7. Aurora
    8. Redshift
    9. DynamoDB
    10. Data Security Policies
  17. Chapter 17 : Solutions Architect Chapter 13 - Database Deployment
    1. DynamoDB Tables Lab
    2. MySQL Lab
    3. Configuration Lab
    4. Backups Lab
    5. Restore Lab
    6. Snapshot Lab
    7. Monitoring Lab
  18. Chapter 18 : Solutions Architect Chapter 14 - Additional AWS Services
    1. Media Content Delivery
    2. Desktop and Appstreaming
    3. ElastiCache
    4. Security Services Lab
    5. Analytics Engines
    6. Development Operations (DevOps)
    7. AWS Solutions
    8. AWS Transit Gateway
    9. AWS Backup
    10. AWS Cost Explorer
  19. Chapter 19 : Solutions Architect Chapter 15 - Operational Excellence with AWS
    1. The Operational Excellence Process
    2. Widget Makers Scenario
    3. Resilient Design
    4. Resilient Design Scenario
    5. Performant Design
    6. Performant Design Scenario
    7. Secure Design
    8. Secure Design Scenario
    9. Cost Optimization
    10. Cost Optimization Scenario
    11. General Best Practices

Product information

  • Title: AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C03)
  • Author(s): Total Seminars, Tom Carpenter
  • Release date: February 2023
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781837635535