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Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021

Pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Certification SAA-C02. Complete Amazon Web Services Cloud training!

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What you will learn

FULLY UPDATED FOR SAA-C02: Pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Certification

All 600+ slides available as downloadable PDF

Perform Real-World Solution Architecture on AWS

Learn the AWS Fundamentals (EC2, ELB, ASG, RDS, ElastiCache, S3)

Learn the Serverless Fundamentals (Lambda, DynamoDB, Cognito, API Gateway)

Analyze 10+ Solution Architectures (traditional & serverless)

Understand the Well Architected Framework, Disaster Recovery

Master all the differences of Databases on AWS

Secure your entire AWS Cloud using KMS, IAM Policies & SSM


Welcome! I'm here to help you prepare and PASS the newest AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam.

[Dec 2020 Update]: The S3 section has been entirely re-recorded to accommodate for the AWS UI changes

[May 2020 Update]: 20+ videos have been updated to keep up with AWS UI changes.

[February 2020 Update - SAA-C02]: The course has been updated for the NEW 2020 exam version. Overall, 80 videos have been added or updated, and the course is now 22 hours long. Happy learning!

[July 2019 Update]: Few lectures refreshed, including AWS Budgets and EC2 placement groups.


Beginners welcome: no need to know anything about AWS!

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification is one of the most challenging exams. It's great at assessing how well you understand not just AWS, but making sure you are making the best architectural decisions based on situations, which makes this certification incredibly valuable to have and pass. Rest assured, I've passed it myself with a score of 982 out of 1000. Yes, you read that right, I only made one mistake! Next, I want to help YOU pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification with flying colors.

This is going to be a long journey, but passing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam will be worth it!

This AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate course is different from the other ones you'll find on Udemy. Dare I say, better (but you'll judge!)

  • We will spend over three hours discussing solution architecture on AWS in depth. 

  • It covers in-depth all the new topics on the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate SAA-C02 exam

  • It's packed with practical knowledge on how to use AWS inside and out as a solutions architect

  • It teaches you how to prepare for the AWS exam AND how to prepare for the real world

  • It's a logical progression of topics, not a laundry list of random services

  • It's fast-paced and to the point

  • It has professional subtitles

  • All 500+ slides available as downloadable PDF

Concretely, here's what we'll learn to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam:

  • The AWS Fundamentals: IAM, EC2, Load Balancing, Auto Scaling, EBS, EFS, Route 53, RDS, ElastiCache, S3, CloudFront

  • The AWS CLI: CLI setup, usage on EC2, best practices, SDK, advanced usage

  • In-Depth Database comparison: RDS, Aurora, DynamoDB, Neptune, ElastiCache, Redshift, ElasticSearch, Athena

  • Monitoring, Troubleshooting & Audit: AWS CloudWatch, CloudTrail

  • AWS Integration & Messaging: SQS, SNS, Kinesis

  • AWS Serverless: AWS Lambda, DynamoDB, API Gateway, Cognito

  • AWS Security best practices: KMS, SSM Parameter Store, IAM Policies

  • VPC & Networking in depth

  • AWS Other Services Overview: CICD (CodeCommit, CodeBuild, CodePipeline, CodeDeploy), CloudFormation, ECS, Step Functions, SWF, EMR, Glue, OpsWorks, ElasticTranscoder, AWS Organizations, Workspaces, AppSync, Single Sign On (SSO)

  • Tips to ROCK the exam

This AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate course is full of opportunities to apply your knowledge:

  • There are many hands-on lectures in every section

  • There are quizzes at the end of every section

  • There's an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate practice exam at the end of the course

  • We'll be using the AWS Free Tier most of the time

  • I'll be showing you how to go beyond the AWS Free Tier (you know... the real world!)



My name is Stephane Maarek, and I'll be your instructor in this course. I am an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, AWS Certified Developer and AWS Certified SysOps, and the author of highly-rated & best-selling courses on AWS Lambda, AWS CloudFormation & AWS EC2. I've already taught 250,000+ students and received 70,000+ reviews.

I've decided it's time for students to properly learn how to be an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate. You are in good hands!


This course also comes with:

✔ Lifetime access to all future updates

✔ A responsive instructor in the Q&A Section

✔ Udemy Certificate of Completion Ready for Download

✔ A 30 Day "No Questions Asked" Money Back Guarantee!

Join me in this course if you want to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam and master the AWS platform!


Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021
Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021
Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021
Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021


Introduction - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Course Introduction - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Creating an AWS Account

AWS Account Activation Troubleshooting

AWS Budget Setup

Important Message

About your instructor

SAA-C01 vs SAA-C02

Code & Slides Download

Slides and Code Download

AWS Fundamentals: IAM & EC2

AWS Fundamentals - Section Introduction

AWS Regions and AZs

IAM Introduction

IAM Hands On

EC2 Introduction

SSH Overview

How to SSH using Linux or Mac

How to SSH using Windows

How to SSH using Windows 10

SSH Troubleshooting

EC2 Instance Connect

Introduction to Security Groups

Security Groups Deep Dive

Private vs Public vs Elastic IP

Private vs Public vs Elastic IP Hands On

Install Apache on EC2

EC2 User Data

EC2 Mid Way Quiz

EC2 Instances Launch Types

EC2 Instances Launch Types Hands On

EC2 Instance Types Deep Dive


EC2 AMI Hands On

Cross Account AMI Copy

EC2 Placement Groups

Elastic Network Interfaces (ENI) with Hands On

[SAA-C02] EC2 Hibernate

[SAA-C02] EC2 Hibernate - Hands On

EC2 for the Solution Architect

EC2 Final Quiz

High Availability and Scalability: ELB & ASG

High Availability and Scalability

Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) Overview

Classic Load Balancer (CLB) with Hands On

Application Load Balancer (ALB) with Hands On

Network Load Balancer (NLB) with Hands On

Elastic Load Balancer - Stickiness

Elastic Load Balancer - Cross Zone Load Balancing

Elastic Load Balancer - SSL Certificates

Auto Scaling Groups (ASG) Overview

Auto Scaling Groups Hands On

Auto Scaling Groups - Scaling Policies

Auto Scaling Groups - for Solutions Architects

Fundamentals 2 Quiz

EC2 Storage - EBS & EFS

EBS Intro

EBS Intro Hands On

EBS Volume Types Deep Dive

EBS Operation: Snapshots

EBS Operation: Volume Migration

EBS Operation: Volume Encryption

EBS vs Instance Store

EBS RAID configurations

EFS Overview

EFS Hands On

EBS & EFS - Section Cleanup

EBS & EFS For Solutions Architect

EC2 Data Management - EBS & EFS Quiz

AWS Fundamentals: RDS + Aurora + ElastiCache

AWS RDS Overview

RDS Read Replicas vs Multi AZ

AWS RDS Hands On

RDS Encryption + Security

Aurora Overview

Aurora Hands On

AWS ElastiCache Overview

AWS ElastiCache Hands On

ElastiCache for Solution Architect

RDS / Aurora / ElastiCache Quiz

Route 53

Route 53 Overview

Route 53 Hands On

Route 53 - EC2 Setup

Route 53 - TTL

CNAME vs Alias

Routing Policy - Simple

Routing Policy - Weighted

Routing Policy - Latency

Route 53 Health Checks

Routing Policy - Failover

Routing Policy - Geolocation

Routing Policy - Multi Value

3rd Party Domains & Route 53

Section Cleanup

Route 53 Quiz

Classic Solutions Architecture Discussions

Solutions Architecture Discussions Overview




Instantiating applications quickly

Beanstalk Overview

Beanstalk Hands On

Solutions Architecture Discussions - Classic

Amazon S3 Introduction

Amazon S3 - Section Introduction

AWS S3 Buckets and Objects

AWS S3 Versioning

AWS S3 Encryption

AWS S3 Security & Bucket Policies

AWS S3 Websites


AWS S3 Consistency Model

AWS S3 Quiz

AWS CLI, SDK, IAM Roles & Policies

Developing on AWS Introduction

AWS CLI Setup on Windows

AWS CLI Setup on Mac OS X

AWS CLI Setup on Linux

AWS CLI Configuration


AWS CLI Practice with S3

IAM Roles and Policies Hands On

AWS Policy Simulator

AWS EC2 Instance Metadata

AWS SDK Overview

CLI & SDK Quiz

Advanced Amazon S3 & Athena

S3 MFA Delete

S3 Default Encryption

S3 Access Logs

S3 Cross Region Replication

S3 Pre-signed URLs

S3 Storage Tiers + Glacier

[SAA-C02] S3 Lifecycle Policies

[SAA-C02] S3 Performance

[SAA-C02] S3 Select & Glacier Select

Athena Overview

Athena Hands On

[SAA-C02] S3 Lock Policies & Glacier Vault Lock

Section Cleanup

S3 Advanced - Quiz

CloudFront & AWS Global Accelerator

CloudFront Overview

CloudFront with S3 - Hands On

[SAA-C02] CloudFront Signed URL / Cookies

[SAA-C02] AWS Global Accelerator - Overview

[SAA-C02] AWS Global Accelerator - Hands On

CloudFront & AWS Global Accelerator Quiz

AWS Storage Extras

Snowball Overview

Snowball Hands On

Storage Gateway Overview

Storage Gateway Hands On

[SAA-C02] Amazon FSx - Overview

[SAA-C02] Amazon FSx - Hands On

[SAA-C02] All AWS Storage Options Compared

AWS Storage Extras - Quiz

Decoupling applications: SQS, SNS, Kinesis, Active MQ

Introduction to Messaging


AWS SQS Console Hands On


SQS + Auto Scaling Group


AWS SNS Hands On

Kinesis Data Streams Overview

Kinesis Data Streams Hands On

Kinesis Firehose & Kinesis Data Analytics

SQS vs SNS vs Kinesis

Amazon MQ

Messaging and Integration Quiz

Serverless Overviews from a Solution Architect Perspective

Serverless Introduction

Lambda Overview

Lambda Hands-On

Lambda Configuration

AWS Lambda Limits

AWS Lambda@Edge

DynamoDB Overview

DynamoDB Hands-On

[SAA-C02] DynamoDB Advanced Features

API Gateway Overview

API Gateway Basics Hands-On

API Gateway Stages and Deployments Hands-On

API Gateway Security

AWS Cognito Overview

[SAA-C02] Serverless Application Model (SAM) Overview

Serverless Quiz

Serverless Solution Architecture Discussions

Mobile Application: MyTodoList

Serverless Website: MyBlog.com

MicroServices Architecture

Distributing Paid Content

Software updates distribution

Big Data Ingestion Pipeline

Serverless Architectures Quiz

Databases in AWS

Choosing the right database










Databases Quiz

AWS Monitoring & Audit: CloudWatch, CloudTrail & Config

AWS Monitoring - Section Introduction

AWS CloudWatch Metrics

AWS CloudWatch Dashboards

AWS CloudWatch Logs

AWS CloudWatch Alarms

AWS CloudWatch Events

AWS CloudTrail

[SAA-C02] AWS Config - Overview

[SAA-C02] AWS Config - Hands On

[SAA-C02] CloudTrail vs CloudWatch vs Config

Monitoring Quiz

Identity and Access Management (IAM) - Advanced

Security Token Service (STS) Overview

Identity Federation & Cognito

[SAA-C02] Directory Services - Overview

Organizations - Overview

Organizations - Hands On

IAM - Advanced

[SAA-C02] Resource Access Manager (RAM)

[SAA-C02] AWS Single Sign On (SSO) - Overview

[SAA-C02] AWS Single Sign On (SSO) - Hands On

Identity and Access Management (IAM) - Advanced - Quiz

AWS Security & Encryption: KMS, SSM Parameter Store, CloudHSM, Shield, WAF

AWS Security - Section Introduction

Encryption 101

KMS Overview + Encryption in Place

KMS and AWS Lambda Practice

SSM Parameter Store Overview

SSM Parameter Store Hands On (CLI)

SSM Parameter Store Hands On (AWS Lambda)

AWS Secrets Manager - Overview

AWS Secrets Manager - Hands On

[SAA-C02] CloudHSM

[SAA-C02] Shield - DDoS Protection

[SAA-C02] Web Application Firewall (WAF)

[SAA-C02] WAF & Shield - Hands On

Shared Responsibility Model

Security & Encryption Quiz

Networking - VPC

Section Introduction

CIDR, Private vs Public IP

Default VPC Overview

VPC Overview and Hands On

Subnet Overview and Hands On

Internet Gateways & Route Tables

NAT Instances

NAT Gateways

DNS Resolution Options & Route 53 Private Zones

NACL & Security Groups

VPC Peering

VPC Endpoints

VPC Flow Logs + Athena

Bastion Hosts

Site to Site VPN, Virtual Private Gateway & Customer Gateway

Direct Connect & Direct Connect Gateway

Egress Only Internet Gateway

[SAA-C02] AWS PrivateLink - VPC Endpoint Services

[SAA-C02] AWS ClassicLink

[SAA-C02] VPN CloudHub

VPC Section Summary

Section Cleanup

Quiz on VPC

Disaster Recovery & Migrations

Disaster Recovery in AWS

[SAA-C02] Database Migration Service (DMS)

[SAA-C02] Database Migration Service (DMS) - Hands On

[SAA-C02] On-Premise Strategies with AWS

[SAA-C02] DataSync - Overview

[SAA-C02] Transferring Large Datasets into AWS

Disaster Recovery Quiz

More Solution Architectures

[SAA-C02] Event Processing in AWS

[SAA-C02] Caching Strategies in AWS

[SAA-C02] Blocking an IP Address in AWS

[SAA-C02] High Performance Computing (HPC) on AWS

More Solution Architectures - Quiz

Other Services

Other Services Section Introduction

CICD Introduction

CloudFormation Intro

CloudFormation Hands-On

[SAA-C02] CloudFormation - Extras

ECS Introduction

[SAA-C02] ECS - Extras

Step Functions & SWF


AWS Glue



AWS Workspaces


Other Services: Cheat Sheet

Other Services: Quiz

WhitePapers and Architectures - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

WhitePaper Section Introduction

Well Architected Framework Overview + Well Architected Tool

1st pillar: Operational Excellence

2nd pillar: Security

3rd pillar: Reliability

4th pillar: Performance Efficiency

5th pillar: Cost Optimization

AWS Trusted Advisor Overview + Hands-On

Examples of Architecture - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

WhitePaper Quiz

Preparing for the Exam + Practice Exam - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Assoc

Exam Preparation - Section Introduction

State of Learning Checkpoint - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Exam Tips - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Exam Walkthrough and Signup

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Practice Exam - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Congratulations - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

Congratulations - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate


Bonus Lecture: Special discounts for my other courses


Guy9 October 2020

Great content - a huge amount of well presented info. If each section had an exam tips/exam cram summary it would have had a 5-star rating.

Saurabh9 October 2020

This is the best course on udemy for ' AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate '. Stephane Maarek has explained in very nice way. Wonderful.

Constantine9 October 2020

Very good course! I enjoyed it very much. Structured correctly, well explained in good pace and step by step hands-on demonstrations emphasizing the important points for the exam. But most of all I liked the architectural solutions' sections, they are really unique. You are doing great work! Thank you.

Mahmood9 October 2020

This instructor is awesome! He breaks complicated topics in simple form. He is very easy to understand. I did not even bother to look elsewhere for this course. In our company he is everyone's favorite.

Asi9 October 2020

Thank you Stephan - thanks to this course i have passed the aws solution architect associate. The course was very thorough and detailed! thank alot! Asaf

Jithendra8 October 2020

Great course! Loved the teaching and the ppts shown were really well made and played well with the lecture timely popping up keeping us focused. Thank you.

Anne8 October 2020

This was the second curriculum I have taken to prepare for the SAA certification. It was a much better fit for me than the first curriculum because it provided much more context, background, and level of detail needed for me to properly prepare for the exam since I am not a developer or architect by background (I'm a business analyst by background). Thank you Stephane! See you next year for the Security Certification and the Architect Professional Certification! :)

Juan27 February 2020

I have completed one-third of the course and loving it. Content is very well organized to build from basic concepts to more advanced concepts. Also, it is all broken down into digestible chunks across videos. There is no fluff, just straight to the point knowledge and advice to help you pass the exam.

Ramanjaneyulu26 February 2020

good explanation. can i also know how to associate public ip to DNS so that it may not change after restart of the instance every time.

Jatinder26 February 2020

Cleared the exam yesterday in first attempt.Thanks Stephane for creating such a a amazing course. I really enjoyed your style of teaching. Waiting for solution architect Professional course.

Rajesh26 February 2020

this instructor is amazing. clears the concept very nicely. i think best teacher for this course. very worth course by this teacher.

Rajan24 February 2020

I like all your courses. Don't even read reviews because based on my learning experience i know your courses are awesome.Thanks Stephane !!

Anuj23 February 2020

The Course is designed very well and Explanations are to the point. The course is very good for beginners as well as advanced.

Haris23 February 2020

I have watched IAM lectures on few other platforms, but Stephane's focus is much better. Second, he gives reasons for why to do or not do something; e.g if IAM credentials end up in wrong hands, someone could mine bitcoin and give you thousands of dollars in bills. Now that kind of reasoning is what will stick to one's mind

Scott22 February 2020

The hands on are great examples and the order of information is presented in a way that makes it easy to learn


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