AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02)

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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02)

Authors: David Tucker, Wes Novack, Danny Jessee, Amber Israelsen, Andru Estes, Michael Brown, Ned Bellavance, Mateo Prigl

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02) is intended for systems administrators in a systems operations role. This path covers the six key areas that are

  • Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation
  • Reliability and Business Continuity,
  • Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation
  • Security and Compliance
  • Networking and Content Delivery
  • Cost and Performance Optimization
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What you will learn

  • Introduce the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02) exam
  • Implement scalability and elasticity
  • Create an Amazon Aurora DB Cluster with Custom Scaling Policy
  • Implement high availability and resilient environments
  • Create an Auto-scaling Group for a Web Server using a Launch Template
  • Implement backup and restore strategies
  • Implementing Custom Lifecycle Rules and Data Protection on Amazon S3
  • Provision and maintain cloud resources
  • Implement an AWS Fargate Service with Blue/Green Deployment
  • Automate manual or repeatable processes
  • Automate Command Execution for Multiple Amazon EC2 Instances
  • Implement and manage security and compliance policies
  • Manage IAM Group and User Permissions
  • Implement data and infrastructure protection strategies
  • Enable Secure Credential Rotation for Amazon RDS
  • Implement networking features and connectivity
  • Create Connections and Routing Between Multiple VPC's
  • Configure domains, DNS services, and content delivery
  • Serve Static Content using Amazon S3 and CloudFront
  • Troubleshoot network connectivity issues
  • Implement cost optimization strategies
  • Group AWS Resources using the Tag Editor
  • Implement performance optimization strategies
  • Create and Use an EBS Volume Based on Projected IOPS Requirements
  • Navigate the logistics of the examination process
  • Understand the exam structure and question types

Pre-requisites

At least one year of experience in deployment, management, and operations on AWS is recommended.

Introduction to the Exam

Welcome to Pluralsight's certification learning path for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02) certification exam! This path is structured to mimic the organization of the exam so you can more easily follow along during your study preparation.

TO NAVIGATE THIS PATH: Our paths follow the same pattern as reading a book in English. Start at the top from the left. Work your way left to right as you work down the page. Left to right and top to bottom. You'll find mixed content modalities with video content and labs. Now let's jump in! Just click on the title of the first learning resource in the top left of the list.

AWS SysOps Admin: Introduction to the SOA-C02 Exam

by David Tucker

Jun 30, 2021 / 22m

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Knowing how to start preparing for an AWS certification is a daunting challenge. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Introduction to the SOA-C02 Exam, you’ll learn how to leverage the resources provided within this learning path. First, you’ll explore how the courses in the learning path map to the AWS exam objectives. Next, you’ll discover how to utilize both the videos courses and interactive labs within the path. Finally, you’ll learn how to evaluate the benefits of this exam and certification based on where you want to be working within the platform. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of this learning path needed to begin your certification preparations.

Table of contents
  1. Reviewing the Certification
  2. Leveraging This Learning Path

Domain 1: Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation domain of the exam guide, including:

  • 1.1 Implement metrics, alarms, and filters by using AWS monitoring and logging services
  • 1.2 Remediate issues based on monitoring and availability metrics

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Metrics, Alarms, and Filters

by Wes Novack

Jul 1, 2021 / 1h 33m

1h 33m

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Creating and deploying cloud objects and applications can get complex quickly. In order to manage this complexity and gain visibility, you need observability! In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Metrics, Alarms, and Filters, you’ll learn to implement metrics, alarms, and filters with AWS services and tools to prepare you for the first portion of the Monitoring, Logging and Remediation domain of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam. First, you’ll explore identifying, collecting, analyzing, and exporting logs. Next, you’ll discover how to use the Amazon CloudWatch Agent. Finally, you’ll learn how to configure notifications and alarms. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of logging, monitoring, and alerting services covered in Domain 1 of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam

Table of contents
  1. Identify, Collect, Analyze, and Export Logs in AWS
  2. Collect Metrics and Logs Using the Amazon CloudWatch Agent
  3. Create Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards
  4. Configure Notifications in AWS

AWS SysOps Admin: Remediate Issues Based on Monitoring and Availability Metrics

by Wes Novack

Jul 1, 2021 / 35m

35m

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Troubleshooting and remediating issues in AWS can be daunting. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Remediate Issues Based on Monitoring and Availability Metrics, you’ll learn to remediate a variety of issues in AWS. First, you’ll explore troubleshooting notifications and alarms. Next, you’ll discover how to configure Amazon EventBridge rules to trigger actions. Finally, you’ll learn how to use AWS Systems Manager Automation documents to take actions based on AWS Config rules. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of AWS notifications, alarms and other tools needed to remediate issues in AWS and successfully answer questions in Domain 1: Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02) exam.

Table of contents
  1. Remediate Issues in AWS

Domain 2: Reliability and Business Continuity

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Reliability and Business Continuity domain of the exam guide, including:

  • 2.1 Implement scalability and elasticity
  • 2.2 Implement high availability and resilient environments
  • 2.3 Implement backup and restore strategies

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Scalability and Elasticity

by Danny Jessee

Jul 1, 2021 / 54m

54m

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Simply deploying your application to the AWS cloud does not guarantee that it will be scalable or responsive to changing levels of demand. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Scalability and Elasticity, you’ll learn how to use AWS tools and services to implement scalability and elasticity. First, you’ll explore the differences between horizontal and vertical scaling and see how to implement scalable, loosely coupled architectures on AWS. Next, you’ll discover how to use AWS Auto Scaling to achieve scalability and elasticity that is responsive to changing levels of demand. Finally, you’ll analyze how to incorporate scalable and elastic databases into your applications, implementing caching strategies where appropriate to maintain high performance. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of a SysOps administrator needed to answer questions from the “Reliability and Business Continuity” domain of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Implementing Scalable Architectures Using AWS Auto Scaling
  2. Implementing Scalable and Elastic Databases on AWS

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement High Availability and Resilient Environments

by Danny Jessee

Jul 1, 2021 / 54m

54m

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Simply deploying your application to the AWS cloud does not guarantee that it will be highly available or resilient in the event of a disaster.

In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement High Availability and Resilient Environments, you’ll delve into how to use AWS tools and services to implement highly available environments that are resilient to failures within an availability zone (AZ) or even an entire region.

First, you’ll explore the AWS global infrastructure and learn how to differentiate between deployments that leverage a single AZ and those that span multiple availability zones.

Next, you’ll discover how to implement fault-tolerant workloads that are self-healing and minimize system downtime.

Finally, you’ll learn how to leverage Amazon Route 53 health checks and routing policies to ensure users are always able to access your application as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of a SysOps administrator needed to answer questions from the “Reliability and Business Continuity” domain of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Implementing Highly Available Architectures on AWS
  2. Implementing Resilient Environments on AWS with Route 53

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Backup and Restore Strategies

by Amber Israelsen

Jul 1, 2021 / 1h 9m

1h 9m

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Today more than ever, cloud solutions must be reliable and must support an organization’s business continuity plan. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Backup and Restore Strategies, you’ll learn about the AWS services and approaches you can use for backup and restoration. First, you’ll explore how to automate snapshots and backups, as well as restore databases. Next, you’ll discover S3 versioning, lifecycle rules, and cross-region replication. Finally, you’ll learn about the AWS services you can use to execute disaster recovery procedures. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of a SysOps administrator needed to answer questions from the “Deployment and Provisioning” domain of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator-Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Automating Snapshots and Backups in AWS
  2. Restoring Databases with AWS
  3. Implementing Amazon S3 Versioning and Lifecycle Rules
  4. Configuring Amazon S3 Cross-region Replication
  5. Executing Disaster Recovery Procedures in AWS

Domain 3: Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation domain of the exam guide, including:

  • 3.1 Provision and maintain cloud resources
  • 3.2 Automate manual or repeatable processes

AWS SysOps Admin: Provision and Maintain Cloud Resources

by Amber Israelsen

Jul 1, 2021 / 1h 22m

1h 22m

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The core of an AWS solution is the infrastructure (whether raw or managed), and the application components deployed to it. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Provision and Maintain Cloud Resources, you’ll learn how to use AWS services to create, manage, and troubleshoot your solution. First, you’ll explore how to work with EC2 Image Builder to create and manage Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). Next, you’ll use CloudFormation to provision and update infrastructure as code. Finally, you’ll learn about the different deployment scenarios and how to troubleshoot when something goes wrong. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of a SysOps administrator needed to answer questions from the “Provision and Maintain Cloud Resources” domain of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Creating and Managing Amazon Machine Images (AMIs)
  2. Creating, Managing, and Troubleshooting in AWS CloudFormation
  3. Provisioning Resources Across Multiple AWS Regions and Accounts
  4. Understanding Different Deployment Types in AWS
  5. Troubleshooting Deployment Issues in AWS

AWS SysOps Admin: Automate Manual or Repeatable Processes

by Andru Estes

Jul 1, 2021 / 1h 34m

1h 34m

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Do you want to learn how to automate all of your manually repeated workload and tasks? In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Automate Manual Repeatable Processes, you’ll learn to fully automate your AWS workloads. First, you’ll explore deploying infrastructure as code with CloudFormation, as well as automating code deployments using AWS Code services. Next, you’ll work with AWS Systems Manager to patch instances. Finally, you’ll learn how to schedule automated tasks using services like AWS EventBridge. When you’re finished with this course, you will not only have the skills and knowledge to automate your manual processes in AWS, but you will also be prepared for the Storage and Data Management Domain of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Automating Deployments Using AWS Services
  2. Implementing and Scheduling Automation in AWS

Domain 4: Security and Compliance

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Security and Compliance domain of the exam guide, including:

  • 4.1 Implement and manage security and compliance policies
  • 4.2 Implement data and infrastructure protection strategies

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement and Manage Security and Compliance Policies

by Andru Estes

Jul 1, 2021 / 1h 21m

1h 21m

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Knowing how to implement these cloud standards is important, and taking this course will allow you to gain the knowledge to secure your cloud computing environment in the most efficient manner possible. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement and Manage Security and Compliance Policies, you’ll learn to implement strong security standards within your AWS account. First, you’ll explore IAM best practices, including implementing federated access. Next, you’ll discover how to audit any issues that occur using tools like IAM Access Analyzer, CloudTrail, and AWS Trusted Advisor. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement compliance standards and multi-account strategies. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to implement security and compliance policies to successfully manage an AWS environment and be prepared for questions on the Security and Compliance Domain of the AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Implementing Identity Access Management in AWS
  2. Reviewing and Validating Compliance and Security in AWS

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Data and Infrastructure Protection Strategies

by Michael Brown

Jun 30, 2021 / 1h 4m

1h 4m

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The amount and variety of data that organizations store today is huge, keeping that data secure and safe is a massive challenge for security and operations teams. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Data and Infrastructure Protection Strategies, you’ll learn to implement AWS services that will help you keep your data secure, and inform you of threats and vulnerabilities targeted against your AWS services. First, you’ll explore encryption services in AWS. Next, you’ll discover how we can leverage AWS services to store our secrets. Finally, you’ll learn how to use AWS services such as GuardDuty and Amazon Inspector as part of your threat protection toolset. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of AWS data and infrastructure protection services needed to be a productive member of a security operations team and to pass Security and Compliance Domain of the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate certification.

Table of contents
  1. Implementing Encryption in AWS
  2. Implementing Secret Management in AWS
  3. Implementing Security Reporting Tools in AWS

Domain 5: Networking and Content Delivery

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Networking and Content Delivery domain of the exam guide, including:

  • 5.1 Implement networking features and connectivity
  • 5.2 Configure domains, DNS services, and content delivery
  • 5.3 Troubleshoot network connectivity issues

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Networking Features and Connectivity

by Michael Brown

Jul 1, 2021 / 1h 9s

1h 9s

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There are many moving parts that go into implementing AWS networking. Understanding which parts you need to focus on during your study for the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate certification can be challenging. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Networking Features and Connectivity, you’ll learn to implement key AWS networking features and how they come together to provide network connectivity in the cloud and to on-premise. First, you’ll explore Amazon VPC and its key components. Next, you’ll discover how to use these components to build a secure network capable of hosting public and private resources. Finally, you’ll learn how to protect your VPC deployed services by implementing AWS network protection features. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of AWS networking needed to become a productive member of an AWS networking team and will have covered the networking features needed to pass the Networking and Content Delivery Domain of the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate certification.

Table of contents
  1. Implementing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  2. Implementing VPC Connectivity on AWS
  3. Implementing Amazon VPC Protection Services

AWS SysOps Admin: Configure Domains, DNS Services, and Content Delivery

by Ned Bellavance

Jul 1, 2021 / 2h 22m

2h 22m

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Amazon Web Services has unique network offerings to work with DNS and content delivery. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Configure Domains, DNS Services, and Content Delivery, you’ll learn to configure Route 53 to provide internal and external name resolution and distribute content with S3 and CloudFront. First, you’ll explore the options for providing DNS services to VPCs and to external clients with Route 53. Next, you’ll discover how to use Amazon S3 and Route 53 to host static websites on AWS. Finally, you’ll learn how to configure CloudFront to distribute content stored in S3 across the globe. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Amazon Web Services needed to prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring DNS in AWS
  2. Configuring Amazon Route 53
  3. Hosting Static Websites on Amazon S3
  4. Using Amazon CloudFront

AWS SysOps Admin: Troubleshoot Network Connectivity Issues

by Ned Bellavance

Jun 30, 2021 / 2h 10s

2h 10s

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Proper networking keeps you connected to your apps and services, but what do you do when things go wrong? In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Troubleshoot Network Connectivity Issues, you’ll learn to diagnose and remedy networking problems in Amazon Web Services. First, you’ll explore troubleshooting network issues within a VPC. Next, you’ll discover how to extend that troubleshooting out to private and hybrid connections. Finally, you’ll learn how to monitor and manage advanced features like Elastic Load Balancing and Web Application Firewalls. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of AWS Networking needed to effectively troubleshoot connectivity issues and prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Identifying Network Configuration Issues in Amazon VPCs
  2. Troubleshooting Network Interconnections with Amazon VPCs
  3. Troubleshooting Advanced Networking Configurations with AWS VPCs

Domain 6: Cost and Performance Optimization

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Cost and Performance Optimization domain of the exam guide, including:

  • 6.1 Implement cost optimization strategies
  • 6.2 Implement performance optimization strategies

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Cost Optimization Strategies

by Mateo Prigl

Jul 1, 2021 / 58m

58m

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Companies and individuals alike always need to think about the cost of utilized services on the AWS cloud. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Cost Optimization Strategies, You’ll learn about cost optimization strategies required for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02) exam. First, you’ll explore how to organize bills by implementing cost allocation tags and using AWS cost management services. Next, you’ll discover how to recognize patterns in computing resources and choose the appropriate purchasing options. Finally, you’ll learn how to identify opportunities to use managed AWS services. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of cost optimization strategies needed to pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (SOA-C02) exam.

Table of contents
  1. Managing the Utilization of Resources in AWS
  2. Assessing Resource Usage Patterns in AWS
  3. Transitioning to Managed Services in AWS

AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Performance Optimization Strategies

by Mateo Prigl

Jul 1, 2021 / 52m

52m

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Optimizing AWS resources to achieve the best performance is the key to making successful cloud-based projects. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Implement Performance Optimization Strategies, you’ll learn about performance optimization strategies required for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate (SOA-C02) exam. First, you’ll explore how to recommend compute resources based on performance metrics. Next, you’ll discover how to monitor the efficiency of RDS and EC2 to implement some enhanced capabilities if needed. Finally, you’ll learn how to optimize configuration of EBS and S3 storage to optimize them for efficiency. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of performance optimization strategies needed to pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (SOA-C02) exam.

Table of contents
  1. Increasing Efficiency of Computing Resources in AWS
  2. Optimizing Storage Performance in AWS

Preparing for the Exam

Knowing what to expect when you sit for an AWS certification exam is an essential part of exam preparation. This final course will teach you how to register and prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exam.

AWS SysOps Admin: Preparing for the SOA-C02 Exam

by David Tucker

Jun 30, 2021 / 33m

33m

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The SysOps Administrator Associate exam is a new breed of certification exam for AWS. In this course, AWS SysOps Admin: Preparing for the SOA-C02 Exam, you’ll learn how to register and prepare for this exam. First, you’ll explore the different testing options that are available. Next, you’ll review the different question and lab types for this exam. Finally, you’ll learn how to prepare for the day when you are taking the exam. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of this certification exam needed to sit for the exam.

Table of contents
  1. Preparing for the Exam
  2. Registering for the Exam