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.