Passed AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Yesterday I passed for my AWS SAA exam with 939/1000. I used Linux Academy as course. Went through all the videos/demo's and took a lot of notes (the demo about creating a VPC with NAT, bastion host, IGW, route tables etc is really really important. I translated this to CloudFormation so I was able to know the setup in details (for example: NAT is in public subnet, instances behind a loadbalancer should reference the security group of the LB in their security group etc). After that I learned the notes and started getting through the faq's. I have to admit it's a lot. I didn't read every question but scrolled through them and read things I didn't knew/seemed to be interessting. I also used the blog of jayendrapatil during learing/reviewing.

To exercise I used the quizess and final exam of Linux Academy (twice) and also Whizlabs and Braincert (I prefer braincert).

The exam itself went better than expected. I passed the Cloud Practitioner in October. The curriculum of Cloud Practitioner was easier en less than SAA but the exam wasn't easy at all in my opinion. So I prepared better for my SAA exam. The time restriction scared me but I finished the 65 questions after a bit more than 1 hour and had enough time to review. I went through all the questions again and had still 30 mins left when I finished (I had questions about SQS, Lambda, API GW, DynamoDB, RedShift, EBS, S3, EFS, Kinesis, Redis (detailed), RDS, LB, CloudFormation, VPC, ... etc (nearly every service was touched except EMR). It was one of the better certification exams I did (it was focussing on the solutions architect part, no 'stupid' syntax questions). The  Linux Academy course was really good to understand the basics and mentions also some details which were important for the exam. Although I would recommend a bit more focus on security (encryption), when is it automatically encrypted + EBS/Snapshot encryption + DR per service (RedShift or EMR is only 1 AZ)). How to recover.

Now I wanted to learn Kubernetes a bit more but  I read the certification course will be updated during Q1 so I will first start with the AWS SysOps (I still want sysops and devOps).


Thanks LinuxAcademy for this great course.

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    Michael M
    01-22-2019

    Congratulations on your accomplishment and thank you for your insights! Keep it going!

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    Will B
    01-22-2019

    Great work, Lorenz!! Thank you for sharing your experience with the exam.

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    Tia W
    01-22-2019

    Great job congrats.

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    Keith T
    01-22-2019

    Congratulations!

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    Elle K
    01-22-2019

    Congratulations, Lorenz! Awesome work!

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    Elizabeth M
    01-22-2019

    Congratulations! Great job!

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    Gary M
    01-22-2019

    Congrats and thanks for the feedback!!!

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    Bob S
    01-22-2019

    Well done Lorenz! Thanks for all the great feedback!

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    Michael H
    01-22-2019

    Congrats!

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    Matthew P
    01-22-2019

    Awesome! Congratulations!!

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    Patrick S
    01-22-2019

    Congrats!

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    Phil Z
    01-22-2019

    Congrats Lorenz!

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    Rebecca S
    01-22-2019

    Nice work!!

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    Michael O
    01-22-2019

    Great job!  

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    Paul S
    01-22-2019

    Wow!  So jealous.  I'm studying for it also.  Thanks for taking the time to give the report back.  Congrats!

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    Anthony J
    01-22-2019

    Congratulations Lorenz!

    I’d love to endorse/recommend you on LinkedIn if you want. All you have to do is add me as a connection. Once you do that, post a picture of your cert in your feed and reference me within the original post. Once I see this, I’ll be able to recommend you for your hard work on your LinkedIn profile.

    Thanks,

    Anthony

    Founder/CEO LinuxAcademy.com 

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    Stosh O
    01-22-2019

    Way to go!  Good luck on your next certificates!

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    Justin M
    01-22-2019

    Congrats Lorenz!! And thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback!!

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    Joseph L
    01-23-2019

    Looking good, Lorenz! Congratulations!

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    Chetan S
    01-23-2019

    Congratulations!!!

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    Ashley E
    01-23-2019

    Way to go, Lorenz! And thank you for sharing these notes. 

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    Michael C
    01-23-2019

    Well done!

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    Broadus P
    01-23-2019

    Great Job, Thank you for sharing your feedback! Lets get this SysOps done!

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    Sean G
    01-23-2019

    Congrats, thanks for the feedback!

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    Johnna W
    01-23-2019

    Wow, really nice job!  We congratulate you on your accomplishment!!

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    Angelia B
    01-23-2019

    Excellent news, Lorenz! Congratulations!! 

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    Myles Y
    01-23-2019

    Congratulations!

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    John M
    01-23-2019

    Congratulations. When you are ready for kubernetes check out the Kubernetes Essentials, and then Kubernetes The Hard Way. It will prime you for the certification course and give you a depth of understanding that will help you with the test. Best of luck -John

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    Ell M
    01-23-2019

    Woot Woot! 

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    Kenneth A
    01-23-2019

    Well done, Lorenz!

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    Travis T
    01-23-2019

    Well done Lorenz!

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    Rob M
    01-23-2019

    Great job and Great score!

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    Shawn J
    01-23-2019

    Fantastic job, Lorenz!

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    Ermin K
    01-23-2019

    Way to go!

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    Kimmy H
    01-23-2019

    Wow! AWSome score and congratulations, Lorenz! Thank you for sharing about your experience!

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    Jason C
    01-23-2019

    Great job Lorenz, congratulations!

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    Chad C
    01-23-2019

    Way to go! Congratulations!

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    Tony S
    01-24-2019

    Well done, Lorenz!  Good luck learning Kubernetes!

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    Treva W
    01-25-2019

    Congrats!

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