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Amazon Web Services: AWS Managed Services

Solutions Architect - Associate Certification

Topic: System Administration
Mark Wilkins

This online course explains how to use the key management services provided by Amazon Web Services to administer and support the core AWS components of compute, storage, and networking. AWS-recommended architectural principles and best practices will be explored as we create databases using the Relational Database Service(RDS), explore other database options such as Aurora and DynamoDB; and setup and configure load-balancing (ELB) and auto scaling for additional application redundancy and high-availability. We will also explore how to deploy security for both users and systems using identity and access management (IAM), and review the important management services to know about including Trusted Advisor, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, and an overview of AWS tools designed to help with automation and application development

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, online course, you’ll understand:

  • Administration concepts using the built-in management services at AWS
  • Manage security and compliance administration
  • Deploy hosted databases
  • Design load-balancing and auto scaling solutions
  • What scale and redundancy means at AWS
  • Automation concepts

And you’ll be able to:

  • Design effective security controls using the IAM console
  • Deploy managed database solutions
  • Maintain deployed resources at AWS with built-in administrative tools
  • Prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification exam

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re a system administrator moving to AWS.
  • You’re a cloud architect and you need to understand AWS managed services.
  • You’re an IT professional who needs to develop AWS technical knowledge and skills.
  • You’re working toward the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification.


  • A basic understanding of general networking concepts, cloud computing, and multi-tier architectural design
  • Completion of AWS Core Architecture Concepts course

Required materials and setup:

  • AWS Managed Services (A PDF will be shared prior to the course.)
  • Terra Firma case study: the case study will be used in class discussions and demonstrations.

Recommended preparation:

AWS Administration: The Definitive Guide (book)

AWS System Administration (book)

About your instructor

  • Mark Wilkins has more than 20 years’ experience designing, deploying, and supporting software and hardware technology in the corporate and small business world. Currently, Mark provides training and consulting services to corporate customers throughout North America. Previously, as course director for Global Knowledge, Mark developed and taught technical seminars and developed courseware for the 2008 Microsoft official curriculum stream.

    Since 2010, Mark has focused on cloud services, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer. Mark holds Amazon Web Services Architect - Associate and AWS Sys-Ops - Associate as well as certifications in MCSA (2012) He is the author of Learning AWS which has been published in 2019 by Pearson Education.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

Discussion: Introduce Terra Firma case study: the case study will be used throughout the class in discussions and demonstrations

The Root Account

  • Discussion: Managing the Root user account
    • Demo: The Root Account

Identity and Access Management

  • Discussion: What is IAM?
  • Discussion: User Authentication and Authorization

    • Demo: Creating IAM users and groups
  • Discussion: IAM roles; Cross-account access,

  • Discussion: Policy Simulator
    • Demo: Using the Policy Simulator
  • Discussion: Password policy, Password management tools, Credential report
  • Demo: Password management, Credential report
  • Discussion: IAM Roles
    • Demo: Create IAM roles, explorer role options
  • Discussion: Cross Account Access
  • Discussion: Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
    • Demo: Setup MFA

Creating Managed Databases

  • Discussion: Databases at AWS, RDS Platforms and Features
    • Demo: Create RDS Database, Subnet groups
  • Discussion: DB instances and snapshots; Read Replicas
  • Discussion: High availability (Multi-AZ)
  • Discussion: Aurora
    • Demo: Create Aurora database

Elastic Load Balancing Services (ELB)

  • Discussion: ELB - Elastic load balancers; Classic / Application load balancer / Network load balancer; Target groups; ELB features
    • Demo: Add an Application load balancer

Day 2

Auto Scaling Services

  • Discussion: Auto Scaling; Auto scaling groups; Launch configuration
    • Demo: Add Auto Scaling service

Connectivity Options

  • Discussion: VPN Connections; External connectivity options; Customer gateway; Virtual private gateways; VPN connections; Direct Link
  • Discussion: External connectivity options

Monitoring with CloudWatch

  • Discussion: Monitoring with CloudWatch
    • Demo: Alerts and Alarms

Auditing Services

  • Discussion: AWS Config; CloudTrail;Trusted Advisor
    • Demo: Setup Config, CloudTrail, and review Trusted Advisor’s findings

Content Distribution Network

  • Discussion: CloudFront
    • Demo:CloudFront for S3 resources

Automation Services

  • Discussion: Automation at AWS: CloudFormation, Lambda
    • Demo: CloudFormation, Lambda

DevOps Services

  • Discussion: Kinesis; Elastic Beanstalk; Simple Queue Service (SQS);Simple Notification Service (SNS), Elastic Transcoder
  • Discussion: Set up application services for stateless operation
  • Wrap-up and Q&A