AWS Associate Solutions Architect exam booked!


We have to do annual reviews at work. Twice a year I have to fill in a form listing all my goals and accomplishments. I used to enjoy doing it but now have become a bit jaded about the whole thing.

I can never remember everything I do during the year, and take the stuff I do as “regular work” rather than as an “accomplishment”.

I have single-handedly rolled out the Palo Alto VPN Global Protect Cloud to a couple of hundred users, as well as a bunch of other stuff. However, I view all of this work as, well, my work, as something that should be done. It’s what I am paid for. So having to sing about it during reviews gets a bit annoying. Maybe that’s just me, preferring to stay behind the scenes. Anyway…

As part of my annuals tasks/goals/what-not, I need to pass the Amazon Certified Solutions Associate exam. Then the AWS Certified Advance Networking exam.

While I have not been writing much here, I have been keeping (fairly) on track. I have been going through the ACloud Guru course, which is very good, and I would highly recommend it.

Books, books and more books!

The next step is to go back to the books. For this, I will be (mainly using) the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate book by Sybex, and the AWS Certified Advanced Networking book, also by Sybex.

Annoyingly, there is a newer version of the first book which is fully updated for the SAA-C01 exam!, and due out in April – so it may be worth waiting for this if you are looking to purchase a book.

Alternatively there is AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate All-In-One Exam Guide (Exam SAA-C01) by McGraw-Hill, which is written by a guy who works at AWS (Joyjeet Banerjee).

You don’t have to buy a load of books though. The free whitepapers from AWS do contain everything you need. However, the books are designed to help you pass the exam, so are tuned in that direction.

From what I have been able to gather, is that there are many scenario based questions. These can encompass many different areas of AWS, so I need to try and find some practice scenarios. If you know of any, then please comment below!


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