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- Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (7 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119138558
- ISBN-13: 978-1119138556
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Covers exam objectives, including designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems, implementation and deployment, data security, troubleshooting, and much more....
Includes interactive online learning environment and study tools with: + 2 custom practice exams
+ More than 100 electronic flashcards
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Your complete guide to preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide is your one-stop resource for coverage of the Associate Level Exam. This Sybex Study Guide covers the Associate Exam objectives. You'll prepare smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to expert content, including assessment tests that check your exam readiness, an objective map, real-world scenarios, hands-on exercises, key topic exam essentials, and challenging chapter review questions. Reinforce what you have learned with the Sybex online learning environment and test bank, accessible across multiple devices. Get prepared for the AWS Associate Level Exam today.
Coverage of the exam objectives in this Study Guide means you'll be ready for:
- Mapping Multi-Tier Architectures to AWS Services, such as web/app servers, firewalls, caches, and load balancers
- Understanding managed RDBMS through AWS RDS (MySQL®, Oracle®, SQL Server®, Postgres, Aurora)
- Understanding Loose Coupling and Stateless Systems
- Comparing Different Consistency Models in AWS Services
- Understanding how AWS CloudFront can make your application more cost efficient, faster, and secure
- Implementing Route tables, Access Control Lists, Firewalls, NAT, and DNS
- Applying AWS Security Features along with traditional Information and Application Security
- Using Compute, Networking, Storage, and Database AWS services
- Architecting Large Scale Distributed Systems
- Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability Concepts
- Understanding of Network Technologies Relating to AWS
- Deploying and Managing Services with tools such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks, and Elastic Beanstalk
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Take your exam prep to the next level with Sybex's superior interactive online tools. To access our interactive learning environment simply visit www.wiley.com/go/sybextestprep type in your unique PIN, and instantly gain access to:
- Interactive test bank with 2 custom practice exams helps you identify where you need additional study. Practice exams help you identify areas where further review is needed. Get more than 90% of the answers correct, and you're ready to take the certification exam. 100 questions total!
- More than 100 electronic flashcards to reinforce learning and last-minute prep before the exam
- Comprehensive glossary in PDF format gives you instant access to the key terms so you are fully prepared
AWS Certifications recognize IT professionals with the technical skills and expertise to design, deploy, and operate applications and infrastructure on AWS. Exams are offered in multiple languages at testing centers around the world.
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS Cloud.
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But what this book did do was give me the ability to sit down and read, at my own pace, and fill in the gaps inevitably left by the videos. YES, this book was written for the old interface. It doesn't mean you can't find anything on AWS now. In fact, if UI changes have completely derailed your study of the AWS CSA-A syllabus, then you're probably going to have trouble passing the exam anyway. It's not easy, even the Associate level. I am not a developer, I am a sysadmin. I will quickly become an obsolete dinosaur if I do not get up to speed on the "Dev" side of "DevOps", at least to a baseline degree of competency, and on the world's largest cloud platform.
Amazon changes things on AWS at a frightening pace. No book ever published is going to be able to keep up with those changes. But the mechanics, the fundamentals, the underlying frameworks, are still the same. This book will teach you those. I highly recommend you also use a video training course. The video courses I used are for the 2017 exam - and you will never be tested on the UI itself. Having trained for the 2017 exam, I also agreed to take a beta exam (because it was 50% off) when registering on WebAssessor. The exam I took was 80 questions, instead of 60, and included questions on Kinesis, as well as making a clear distinction between NAT Gateways and NAT instances. Lots of VPC questions, lots of EC2, lots of RDS.
Bottom line - don't rely on only a single source for study, especially on a platform as vast and complex as AWS. I became very frustrated a few days before my exam. Frankly, I didn't expect to pass. It didn't help that the staff at the Kryterion testing center had never given an Amazon exam before and I saw them refer to handwritten notes repeatedly (!!). You will not receive any sort of hardcopy confirmation that you passed from the testing center, so if they're not really sure what they're doing, stick around and make sure it gets submitted properly. I had an email from Kryterion waiting on me when I arrived home with a PDF of my certificate and the Certified AWS logos you're entitled to use once you pass. I don't even know if I'll receive a paper certificate in the mail!
But if you study hard and you do the labs, you can pass. I'm living proof of that.
So far it's a good book and I will update this score when I finish reading it or find another way to contact the authors (I found no contact information regarding errata listed in the book). I was waiting to finish the book before posting but I thought I should let everyone know before everything else is drowned out by the 5 stars reviews written by people that haven't finished reading it either.
UPDATE 10/31/2016 (comment I posted answering someone)
I haven't taken the exam yet. I'm going to update my review eventually (I haven't finished the book) but the best I can tell you is that I can follow the book more effectively because I previously read: Amazon Web Services in Action they compliment each other very well since the latter is more hands on but doesn't describe the concepts as throughly as I expected it would (this is my review of that book: https://www.amazon.com/review/R35XQT20R1LYWB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1617292885) but in a way the same can be said of this one too since it expects you to delve into the online documentation in order to do the exercises at the end of each chapter. For some it's not needed but for others it definitely is if you're completely new to AWS. In a way this book kind of outsources the "In Action" part to the online docs. Which is kind of ridiculous because most people that are looking to learn AWS from a book are doing so specifically to avoid the messiness of the online documentation. Luckily what I learned from the AWS in Action book has saved me from having to go into the online docs for most chapters so far but in others I definitely had to delve into it and do some google searches in order to finish the exercises. If you decide to buy this book you definitely need to read the online resources before going into the exercises because a lot of the practical fundamentals are actually described there (like setting up the CLI interface, etc.). The book is dedicated almost exclusively to describe the theory behind AWS which I take it to mean that that's what the exam does for the most part. This book is the first exam related resource that I read, if I decide to take it I'll have to do some further research.
I just finished the book and sadly, I can't say that it made me change the score. While there's a lot of content crammed inside the book (enough to point you in the right direction when starting AWS) my first observations remained accurate throughout the book, not only that but it got worse in some aspects. For example, some chapters seem like they were taken straight out of the online documentation. The editing is poor and some review questions are just wrong or out of place (in some chapters they ask you something they talk about in a future chapter). Reading other reviews from people that took the exam it seems that it is advisable to do as much online exam prep as possible before taking the exam which is what I'll do next. It's not a complete waste but it's not a silver bullet for learning AWS either. The book doesn't add that much to the online docs so do consider taking a look at it before buying.
UPDATE 05/02/2017: As J. Norman says, after a while they do mention in the book that EC2-Classic is no longer available to new clients but it was way after they had already referenced EC2-Classic several times from the beginning of the book. They should've mentioned this fact since the very beginning, otherwise it can be a little bit disorienting.
There are quizzes at the end of each chapter which are fairly challenging. You have to read the chapter very carefully to get all the answers correct. Chapters start on basic AWS services such as EC2 and S3, and the book logically progresses to newer more complicated services. The last chapter focuses on best practices.
Language in the book is direct and well written. The book does not feel like it has 7 authors as transitions are seamless from chapter to chapter. I learned a good deal about how the services work. The balance was reasonable between text and diagrams of architecture.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you are studying for the exam, or if you are just looking to learn more about AWS.