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Amazon Web Services: AWS Managed Services

Solutions Architect - Associate Certification

Mark Wilkins

In this online fast-paced course, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of using Amazon Managed Services administrative tools for the administration and management of deployed solutions in the AWS cloud as you prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification. Join Mark Wilkins to learn how to administrate and support the core AWS components—compute, storage, database, and managed services—that utilize AWS-recommended architectural principles and best practices.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, online course, you’ll understand:

  • AWS administration basic concepts
  • How to do security and compliance administration using built-in AWS Managed Services tools
  • IAM and VPC deployment best practices
  • Automation basic concepts and available tools

And you’ll be able to:

  • Design effective security controls using the IAM console
  • Deploy managed database solutions
  • Administrate AWS deployed resources
  • Maintain deployed resources at AWS with built-in administrative tools
  • Prepare for the AWS Architect - Associate certification exam

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re a system administrator moving to AWS.
  • You’re a cloud architect responsible for AWS design.
  • You’re an IT professional who needs to develop AWS technical knowledge and skills.
  • You’re working toward the AWS Architecture - Associate certification.


  • A basic understanding of general networking concepts, cloud computing, and multitier architectural design
  • Completion of AWS Core Architecture Concepts course

Required materials and setup:

AWS Managed Services (A PDF will be shared prior to the course.)

Recommended preparation:

AWS Administration: The Definitive Guide (book)

AWS System Administration (book)

About your instructor

  • Mark Wilkins is a former electronic design technologist with more than 20 years’ experience designing, deploying, and supporting software and hardware technology in the corporate and small business world. Currently, Mark provides training and consulting services to corporate customers throughout North America. Previously, as course director for Global Knowledge, Mark developed and taught technical seminars and developed courseware for the 2008 Microsoft official curriculum stream. Since 2010, Mark has focused on cloud services, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer. His most recent courses include Supporting and Maintaining Windows 10 Enterprise and AWS Security Operations: Securing Core AWS Infrastructure Services, both for Pluralsight. Mark holds Amazon Web Services Architect - Associate and AWS Sys-Ops - Associate as well as certifications in MCSA (2012) He is the author of Learning AWS to be published in 2019 by Pearson Education, and Administering SMS 3.0, and Administering Active Directory for McGraw-Hill.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

Root users (10 minutes)

  • Lecture: Managing the root user

Identity and access management (IAM) (50 minutes)

  • Lecture: Creating IAM users and groups; IAM roles; IAM policies; policy simulator; password policy; credential report; cross-account access
  • Hands-on exercises: Create users and groups; create policies

Break (10 minutes)

Amazon RDS (50 minutes)

  • Lecture: Amazon RDS; DB instances; snapshots; security groups; Amazon Dynamo DB; RedShift and Aurora; ElastiCache; RDS scaling
  • Hands-on exercises: Order a DB server; scale database services

Break (10 minutes)

Managed Services (50 minutes)

  • Lecture: EC2 managed services; load balancers; classic/application load balancer; target groups; Auto Scaling; launch configurations; AWS managed services
  • Hands-on exercises: Add a classic load balancer; set up Auto Scaling for a web tier; use managed instances

Day 2

AWS Lambda (50 minutes)

  • Lecture: Lambda; VPC managed services; AWS external connectivity options; customer gateways; virtual private gateways; VPN connections; direct link
  • Hands-on exercises: Use Lambda; set up external connectivity options

Break (10 minutes)

CloudFront (50 minutes)

Lecture: CloudFront; CloudWatch; CloudFormation; Elastic Beanstalk and Config; CloudTrail; Trusted Advisor Hands-on exercises: Set up CloudFront for S3 resources; monitor with CloudWatch; automate with CloudFront; troubleshoot with CloudTrail

Break (10 minutes)

Directory Services (50 minutes)

  • Lecture: Amazon Cloud Directory, Microsoft AD, Simple AD, and AD connector; Kinesis; Elastic Transcoder; API Gateway; Simple Queue Service (SQS); Simple Workflow Service (SWF); Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Discussion: Set up application services for stateless operation

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)