AWS Essentials and Solutions Architect Associate: The Total Course

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Are you looking to learn more about AWS and what it can do for you or your company? Have you heard about it, but don't know how to take your business and network solutions to the AWS cloud? Perhaps you're a seasoned network techie looking to become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate. If you can relate to any of those, the AWS Essentials and Solutions Architect Associate course is for you.

This course includes both AWS Technical Essentials and AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate courses. If you're new to AWS and looking for a crash course to get to grips with the foundations, we recommend that you start right from the beginning with the Technical Essentials course, which isn't a certification exam prep course and doesn't cover exam domains, however, the following is a list of what it covers:

  • Terminology and concepts related to the AWS platform
  • How to navigate the AWS Management ConsoleKey concepts for AWS security measures and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Foundational services—Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
  • Database services—Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
  • Management services—AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), and AWS Trusted Advisor

Once you're well-versed with the basics, you'll move on to the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate video course, which will take you through the exam domains which are as follows:

  • Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures (34%)
  • Domain 2: Define Performant Architectures (24%)
  • Domain 3: Specify Secure Applications and Architectures (26%)
  • Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (10%)
  • Domain 5: Define Operationally Excellent Architectures (6%)

What You Will Learn

  • This course covers all the basics of AWS, from understanding the cloud and setting up a free AWS account to learning how to run an instance
  • With this 2-for-1 course, you ll gain access to both the AWS Essentials and AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification prep courses
  • You ll learn about the AWS Management Console, S3 buckets, EC2 instances, database services, security in the cloud, and the costs associated with AWS


This course is intended for anyone who's ever heard the term AWS and wants to know more about it. This course is also great for anyone who wants to move their business solutions to the AWS cloud and learn how AWS can help manage costs, security, storage, and computational needs. The AWS Solutions Architect – Associate course goes into detail and teaches you everything you need to pass the AWS Solutions Architect certification exam.

About The Authors

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 a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. Like many, he started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded SysEdCo in 1997 and have continued operating this technical content development and training company since that time. Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and hold many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations.He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and am heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction
    1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 2 : Essentials Chapter 1 - AWS Foundations and Services
    1. So You Wanna 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
  3. Chapter 3 : Essentials Chapter 2 - AWS Security Costs
    1. IAM...What?
    2. AWS Costs
    3. AWS Documentation
    4. AWS Certification Path
  4. Chapter 4 : 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. Security and Compliance
    9. Regions and Availability
  5. Chapter 5 : 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. Elastic Block Store (EBS)
    11. Creating EBS Volumes Lab
    12. Elastic File System (EFS)
    13. Creating an EFS File System Lab
    14. Integrating On-Premises Storage
    15. Storage Access Security Lab
    16. Storage Performance
  6. Chapter 6 : 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)
  7. Chapter 7 : Solutions Architect Chapter 4 - Compute Services Design
    1. EC2 Overview
    2. EC2 Instance Types
    3. EC2 Pricing
    4. EBS and EC2
  8. Chapter 8 : 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
  9. Chapter 9 : 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. Elastic Container Service (ECS)
    6. Elastic Beanstalk Environment
  10. Chapter 10 : 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. Shared Responsibility Model
  11. Chapter 11 : 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. Policy Conditions
    7. CloudTrail
  12. Chapter 12 : Solutions Architect Chapter 9 - Auto Scaling Solutions
    1. Auto Scaling Overview
    2. Auto Scaling Groups
    3. Termination Policies
    4. Auto Scaling Configuration Lab
    5. Launch Methods
    6. Load Balancer Concepts
    7. Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  13. Chapter 13 : 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
  14. Chapter 14 : Solutions Architect Chapter 11 - AWS Application Deployment
    1. Application and Deployment Services
    2. Lambda
    3. API Gateway
    4. Kinesis
    5. Kinesis Data Streams and Firehose
    6. Kinesis Data Analytics
    7. Reference Architectures
    8. CloudFront
    9. Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    10. Simple Queue Service (SQS)
    11. Simple Notification Service (SNS)
    12. Simple Workflow (SWF)
    13. Step Functions
    14. OpsWorks
    15. Cognito
    16. Elastic MapReduce (EMR)
    17. CloudFormation
    18. CloudWatch
    19. Trusted Advisor
    20. Organizations
  15. Chapter 15 : 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
  16. Chapter 16 : 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
  17. Chapter 17 : Solutions Architect Chapter 14 - Additional AWS Services
    1. Media Content Delivery
    2. Desktop Appstreaming
    3. ElastiCache
    4. Security Services Lab
    5. Analytics Engines
    6. Development Operations (DevOps)
  18. Chapter 18 : 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 Essentials and Solutions Architect Associate: The Total Course
  • Author(s): Total Seminars, Tom Carpenter
  • Release date: July 2019
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781838553722