AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate

Exam Blueprint

  • 130 Minutes
  • 65 Questions
  • Aim for 70%
  • Scenario based questions
  • Multiple Choice

Skills

  • Security, Identity & Compliance
    • Identity Access Management (IAM)
      • Granular Permissions
      • Identity Federation (including Active Directory, Facebook, Linkedin, etc)
      • Multifactor Authentication
      • Supports PCI DSS Compliance
      • Terminology
        • Users
        • Groups
        • Policies
        • Roles
        • API Keys
        • AWS Organizations
  • Network & Content Delivery
    • Edge Locations
    • CloudFront – Amazon’s Content Delivery Network (CDN)
    • Route 53
      • Register a Domain Name
      • Routing Policies
      • Simple Routing Policy
      • Weighted Routing Policy
      • Latency Routing Policy
      • Failover Routing Policy
      • Geolocation Routing Policy
      • Geoproximity ROuting Policy (Traffic Flow Only)
    • VPC
      • Custom VPC
      • Network Address Translation (NAT)
      • Access Control Lists (ACL)
      • VPCs and ELBs (Elastic Load Balancing)
      • VPC Flow Logs and Access Logs
      • Bastions
      • Direct Connect
      • VPC End Points
      • High Availability versus Fault Tolerance
      • VPC Peering
  • Compute
    • EC2
    • Security Groups and Key Pairs
    • EBS
    • Volumes & Snapshots
    • AMI Types
    • Encrypted Root Device Volumes
    • CloudWatch
    • AWS Command Line
    • Boots Strap Scripts
    • Elastic File System
    • EC2 Placement Groups
    • EC2 Purchasing Options
  • Storage
    • Amazon S3
      • S3 Security and Encryption
      • S3 Version Control
      • Cross Region Replication
      • Transfer Acceleration
      • Glacier
      • Website Hosting with S3
      • Transferring Data into S3
    • CloudFront
    • Snowball
    • Storage Gateway
  • Databases
    • Relational Databases on AWS
      • SQL Server
      • Oracle
      • MySQL Server
      • PostgreSQL
      • Aurora
      • MariaDB
    • RDS
      • Multi-AZ – For Disaster Recovery
      • Read Replicas – For Performance
      • Runs on Virtual Machine
      • RDS is NOT Serverless
      • Aurora is Serverless
      • Backups
        • Automated Backups
        • Snapshots
    • DynamoDB – NoSQL
      • Stored on SSD Storage
      • Eventual Consistent Reads (Dafault)
      • Strongly Consistent Reads
    • Redshift – Data Warehousing
    • Aurora
    • Elasticache
      • Memcached
      • Redis
    • Neptune
      • Fully-managed, NoSQL Database.
      • Open Source API
        • TinkerPop Grmlin
        • RDF SPARQL
      • Storage up to 64 TB, up to 15 Read Replicas
      • Graph Database
    • Amazon QLDB
    • Amazon DocumentDB
  • HA Architecture
    • Load Balances Theory
    • Health Checks
    • Autoscaling Groups
    • HA Word Press Site
    • Resilicence and Autoscaling
    • CloudFormation
    • Elastic Beanstalk
  • Applications
    • SQS
    • SWF
    • SNS
    • Elastic Transcoder
    • API Gateway
    • Kinesis
      • Streaming Data
        • Stock Prices, Game Data, Social Network Data, Geospatial Data, IoT sensor data
      • Types of Kinesis
        • Kinesis Streams (Data is consistent and stored in Shards)
        • Kinesis Firehose (Data is not consistent, triggers a lambda function)
        • Kinesis Analytics (analysis data as it comes in, both as it comes in to Kinesis Streams and Firehose)
      • Shards
    • Web Identity Federation & Cognito
    • Amazon MQ
    • Elastic MapReduce (EMR)
  • Serverless
    • Lambda
  • AWS Structure and Organization
    • AWS Account and Service Layer
    • AWS Physical and Networking Layer
    • CSA Terminology
    • Shared Security Responsibility Model and Attributes
  • AWS Global Infrastructure
    • Region, Availability Zone (AZ), Edge Location
    • Support Plan
      • Basic Plan
      • Developer Plan
      • Business Plan
      • Enterprise Plan
  • AWS Well Architected Framework
    • Reliability Pillar
      • Encryption Key Management
      • Disaster Recovery Design Patterns
    • Security Pillar
    • Performance Efficiency Pillar
    • Cost Optimization Pillar

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