My Recommendations on Passing the AWS Associate Exams

I get asked on a regular basis what do I do to learn AWS? How do I get started? How did I study for the exams? Here is a list of what I did:

Getting Started

My 1st step towards AWS Certification started with A Cloud Guru.  I knew several folks that had used them for studying so that is where I started.  I started with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Course.  This was a great course to start with.

Soon after that I began reading all of the AWS Whitepapers.  The AWS Well-Architect Framework and AWS Cloud Adoption Framework are critical to your AWS certified journey.  This is where AWS really made me see how they lead in innovation.

Technical Training

Signing up for a personal AWS account and utilizing the Free Tier option is critical. Getting hands on as much as possible was that best way for myself to learn.

Soon after starting the Free Tier I discover a site called “Linux Academy”.  I must give them the most credit for passing the exam.  There is so much to talk about with Linux Academy.  Not only do they have great courses, there are hands on labs, learning activities and cloud servers you can use.  There is so much content that is not just AWS, but other Public Clouds, Automation and Linux courses.

Practice Exams

Take practice exams to prove your knowledge, not as a test dump to pass a certification.  A Cloud Guru, Linux Academy and AWS have practice exam you can take.

Final Thoughts

Making the change to Public Cloud is a challenge that comes with great rewards.  The key is grasping AWS methodologies and understanding that the cloud is really about your applications and data.

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New Career, Same Place, Exciting Times!!

It has been a slow year for blogging this year, so it is time to start it back up!  I want to start off with a career update.  VMworld 2017 was an eye-opening experience for me.  I finally saw the paradigm shift that so many have talked about over the years, Public Cloud.  At that point I started down the path of really trying to learn Public Cloud and DevOps.  Started diving into AWS and Automation.

For 10 years I was an engineer around Storage, VMware, Backups, Disaster Recovery, etc… Now, 1 year after my VMworld experience, I am a Public Cloud Architect!  It is a big change, but a change that was necessary for many reasons.  My goal now with this blog is to help engineers with the same career challenges, make the transition to Public Cloud and Automation.  I also plan on diving into AWS with posts on solutions that I am building to help customers.  Going forward this blog will be all Cloud!!