This video identifies resources to help prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam. This video also lists knowledge domains covered in the exam.
- [Instructor] In order to become an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator-Associate, you need to sit for an exam. The SysOps exam is quite challenging, as it is intended for people who have been operating in AWS for over a year. However, even if you haven't used AWS professionally, you can pass the exam if you are well prepared. The multiple choice exam expects you to be able to use AWS service offerings to solve complicated technical challenges. To give yourself a solid theoretical foundation, it is a great idea to start with reading all of the AWS white papers available at aws.amazon.com/whitepapers.
These excellent white papers cover a variety of subjects from an overview of AWS service offerings, to design patterns for serverless architectures. In order to prove that you can apply that theoretical knowledge, it is crucial to get hands-on experience with AWS. You can create a personal AWS account at aws.amazon.com. An AWS account gives you access to a wide variety of AWS services at no cost for a year. This lets you conduct experiments and deepen your understanding of how the AWS services actually work.
Let's briefly examine the knowledge domains represented on the SysOps Administrator exam. These domains include monitoring and metrics. Inside this domain, you need to show that you can monitor cost, performance and availability within AWS. High availability is another domain. In order to demonstrate your knowledge, you'll need to know how to use AWS services to design for scalability and fault tolerance. In the analysis domain, you'll have to demonstrate that you can troubleshoot issues within AWS.
Issues can range from general architectural flaws, to application specific performance problems. When considering deployment and provisioning, you need to understand how to automate entire service deployments within AWS. This can include web and application servers, database servers, and serverless components. An important component of any operational system is data management. Understanding where operational data lives, methods for backing data up, how to recover data, and enforcing compliance requirements, are all in scope.
Securing an operating environment keeps your organization off the front page of the newspaper. For this exam, you'll need to understand how to use identity and access management to ensure that you can properly implement the security controls needed to protect an organization. Underlying every system these days is networking. Even if you have a solid understanding of networking, there are some AWS-specific network features you'll want to be familiar with. Exploring our course library is a great way for you to learn more about these domains of knowledge.