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Ultimate AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 2021

Become an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate! Learn all Amazon Web Services SysOps certification topics

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Jun 2021

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What you will learn

Pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate Certification (SOA-C01)

All 400+ slides available as downloadable PDF

Apply the right AWS services for your future real-world AWS projects

Master topics you know from a SysOps perspective: EC2, ELB, ASG, RDS & more

Use Systems Manager to perform automations and patching

Troubleshoot Elastic Beanstalk and CloudFormation

Store data properly with maximum performance using EBS and EFS

Master S3 and its ecosystem: Glacier, Snowball, Storage Gateway, CloudFront

Implement Monitoring, Security, Compliance, and AWS Account Management

Master networking in AWS: Route 53 and VPC in depth


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

[May 2020 Update]: 50+ videos have been updated to keep up with AWS UI changes.

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


The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate certification is one of the most challenging exams. It's great at assessing how well you understand not just AWS, but how to administer it and troubleshoot issues, which makes this certification incredibly valuable to have and pass. Rest assured, I've passed it myself with a score of 980 out of 1000. Yes, you read that right, I only made one mistake! Next, I want to help YOU pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate certification with flying colors.

Important: It is highly advised that you first pass the Developer or Solution Architect certification first.

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

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

  • It covers in-depth all the new topics on the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate SOA-C01 exam

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

  • It teaches you how to prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 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 400+ slides available as downloadable PDF

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

  • EC2 For SysOps: Placement Groups, Shutdown Behavior, Troubleshooting, AMI, CloudWatch Metrics

  • SSM - Systems Manager: Manage EC2 at Scale, Automation, Run Command, Secure Shell, Parameter Store

  • High Availability and Scalability: ELB Load Balancers (SysOps), Auto Scaling (SysOps), CloudWatch Metrics

  • Elastic Beanstalk for SysOps

  • CloudFormation for SysOps: including cfn-init scripts

  • EBS & EFS: Operations, Troubleshooting, CloudWatch metrics, RAID

  • S3 in depth: ALL you need to know about S3: MFA, Default Encryption, Policies, Access Logs, Athena, Glacier, CloudFront, Snowball, Storage Gateway, and more

  • Databases: RDS, Aurora & ElastiCache - Security, Backup, Snapshots, Performance, Metrics, Troubleshooting, Scalability

  • Monitoring, Audit & Performance: CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Config

  • AWS Account Management: Health, Organizations, Billing and Cost Monitoring and Control

  • Security and Compliance: over 10 services

  • Route 53: Practical hands-on guide to using Route 53 in the real world

  • VPC: Complete guide to building fully operational and 2019-ready VPC

  • Tips to ROCK the exam

This AWS Certified SysOps Administrator 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 SysOps Administrator 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, Developer, and AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate, and the author of highly-rated & best-selling courses on AWS Certifications, AWS Lambda, AWS CloudFormation & AWS EC2. I've already taught 500,000+ students and received 100,000+ reviews.

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

Take a look at these student reviews:

5 stars: "Got 93.8% on the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exam after taking this course. Highly recommended!" - Vasiliy S.

5 stars: "Best AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate material on Udemy. Detailed explanation and good example. I already bought a few from other sources including acloud guru, but this beats the pack." Olasunkanmi G.

5 stars: "Stephane did it again!!! The course is extremely high quality. The lecturer's rhetorical abilities are extraordinary. He has a lot of practical experience and teaches you what you will need in practice and what is needed to pass the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exam. He raised the bar for what it means high-quality course to an absolutely different level." - Marko S.

5 stars: "The slides are worth the cost of the course alone! Over 450 slides and were an awesome last-minute preparation tool I used to identify any gaps I had before taking the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exam." - Antonio C.


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 SysOps Administrator Associate Exam and master the AWS platform!


Ultimate AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 2021
Ultimate AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 2021
Ultimate AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 2021
Ultimate AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate 2021


Introduction & Requirements - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

Course Requirements - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

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Slides and Code Download - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

EC2 for SysOps

Section Introduction

Launching an EC2 Instance

Changing EC2 Instance Type

EC2 Placement Groups

EC2 Shutdown Behavior & Termination Protection

Troubleshooting EC2 Launch Issues

Troubleshooting EC2 SSH Issues

EC2 Instance Launch Modes

EC2 Launch Modes Hands On

EC2 Instance Types Deep Dive


EC2 AMI Hands On

Cross Account AMI Copy

Elastic IPs

CloudWatch Metrics for EC2

Custom CloudWatch Metrics for EC2

CloudWatch Logs for EC2

EC2 Cleanup

EC2 Quiz

Managing EC2 at Scale - Systems Manager (SSM) & Opswork

Section Introduction

Systems Manager Overview

Start EC2 Instances with SSM Agent

AWS Tags & SSM Resource Groups

SSM Documents & SSM Run Command

SSM Inventory & Patches

SSM Secure Shell

What if I lose my EC2 SSH key?

SSM Parameter Store Overview

SSM Parameter Store Hands On (CLI)

AWS Opsworks Overview

SSM Cleanup


EC2 High Availability and Scalability

Section Introduction

What is High Availability and Scalability ?

Load Balancer Overview

Load Balancer Hands On using SSM

Load Balancer Stickiness

ELBs for SysOps

Metrics, Logging and Tracing for ELBs

Auto Scaling Groups Overview

Auto Scaling Groups Hands On (with ELB Health Checks!)

ASG Scaling Processes Hands On

ASG for SysOps

CloudWatch for ASG

Section Cleanup

High Availability and Scalability Quiz

Elastic Beanstalk for SysOps

Beanstalk Intro

Beanstalk Overview

Beanstalk Hands On

Beanstalk Deployment Modes

Beanstalk Deployment Modes Hands-On

Beanstalk for SysOps

Beanstalk Cleanup

Beanstalk Quiz

CloudFormation for SysOps

CloudFormation Intro

CloudFormation Overview

CloudFormation Create Stack Hands On

CloudFormation Update and Delete Stack

YAML Crash Course

CloudFormation Parameters

CloudFormation Resources

CloudFormation Mappings

CloudFormation Outputs

CloudFormation Conditions

CloudFormation Intrinsic Functions

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CloudFormation User Data

CloudFormation cfn-init

CloudFormation cfn-signal and wait conditions

CloudFormation cfn-signal failures troubleshooting

CloudFormation Rollbacks

CloudFormation Nested Stacks

CloudFormation ChangeSets

CloudFormation DeletionPolicy

CloudFormation TerminationProtection

CloudFormation Quiz

EC2 Storage and Data Management - EBS and EFS

Section Intro

EBS Intro

EBS Intro Hands On

EBS Volume Types Deep Dive

EBS Volume Burst

EBS Computing Throughput

EBS Operation: Volume Resizing

EBS Operation: Snapshots

EBS Operation: Volume Migration

EBS Operation: Volume Encryption

EBS vs Instance Store

EBS for SysOps

EBS RAID configurations

CloudWatch & EBS

EFS Overview

EFS Hands On

Section Cleanup

EC2 Data Management - EBS & EFS Quiz

S3 Fundamentals

S3 Fundamentals Section Introduction

S3 Buckets and Objects

S3 Versioning - Basics

S3 Encryption

S3 Security & Bucket Policies

S3 Websites


S3 Consistency Model

S3 Basics Quiz

S3 Storage and Data Management - For SysOps (incl Glacier, Athena & Snowball)

Section Intro

S3 Versioning Advanced - for SysOps

S3 MFA Delete

S3 Default Encryption

S3 Access Logs

S3 Policies Hands On

S3 Cross Region Replication

S3 Pre-signed URLs

CloudFront Overview

CloudFront with S3 - Hands On

CloudFront Monitoring

S3 Inventory

S3 Storage Tiers

S3 Lifecycle Rules

S3 Analytics

Glacier Overview

Glacier S3 Storage Class - Hands On

Glacier Vault Lock - Hands On

Snowball Overview

Snowball Hands On

Storage Gateway for S3

Storage Gateway for S3 - Hands On

Athena Overview

Athena Hands On

Section Cleanup

S3 Data Management for SysOps Quiz

Databases for SysOps

Section Intro

RDS Overview

RDS Hands On

RDS Multi AZ vs Read Replicas

RDS Multi AZ vs Read Replicas Hands On

RDS Parameter Groups

RDS Backup vs Snapshots

RDS Security

RDS API & Hands On

RDS & CloudWatch

RDS Performance Insights

Aurora Overview

Aurora Hands On


ElastiCache Hands On

Section Cleanup

Quiz on Databases

Monitoring, Auditing and Performance

Section Intro

CloudWatch Metrics

CloudWatch Dashboards

CloudWatch Logs

CloudWatch Alarms

CloudWatch Events


Config Overview

Config Hands On

CloudWatch vs CloudTrail vs Config

Section Cleanup

Monitoring, Auditing and Performance Quiz

AWS Account Management

Section Intro

AWS Health Dashboards

AWS Organizations Overview

AWS Organizations Hands-On

AWS Service Catalog Overview

AWS Service Catalog Hands-On

AWS Billing Alarms

AWS Cost Explorer

AWS Budgets

AWS Cost Allocation Tags

Account Management Quiz

Security and Compliance for SysOps

Section Introduction

Shared Responsibility Model

DDoS, AWS Shield and AWS WAF

Penetration Testing on AWS

AWS Inspector

Logging in AWS


Trusted Advisor

Encryption 101

KMS Overview + Encryption in Place

CloudHSM Overview

KMS + CloudHSM Hands On

MFA + IAM Credentials Report

IAM PassRole Action

STS & Cross Account Access

Identity Federation with SAML & Cognito

JSON Policies Lab

AWS Compliance Frameworks

AWS Artifact

Security and Compliance Section Summary

Security and Compliance Quiz

Networking - Route 53

Section Introduction

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

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

VPC Flow Logs Troubleshooting for NACL and SG

Bastion Hosts

Site to Site VPN, Virtual Private Gateway & Customer Gateway

Direct Connect & Direct Connect Gateway

Egress Only Internet Gateway

VPC Section Summary

Section Cleanup

Quiz on VPC

Preparing for the Exam + Practice Exam - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Asso

Exam Preparation - Section Introduction

State of Learning Checkpoint - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

Exam Tips - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

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Jegan10 October 2020

This course covers in-depth with all the necessary topics needed for the exam and i learned a lot of new things.

Utpal9 October 2020

Very high-level clear explanation. With this completed sir's all 3 AWS associate-level courses. All are awesome.

Madupu4 October 2020

This course and content and most importantly touching on the every exam tip is so awesome and found 100% beneficial.

Eric29 September 2020

This course goes in really deep detail with it's hands-on exercises. You learn what you need to in a reasonable amount of time, and the advice the instructor gives on how to make your skills better outside the course is really well thought out.

Camlon28 September 2020

Bit disappointed with this course; I was expecting there will more slides on SysOps, like for example, a thorough discussion on the errors/troubleshooting actions per service. Although there were some, but not as thorough, emphasis is still given on providing introductory slides rehashed from other courses like the developer and solution architect exams. The practice exams even show that there are still a number of topics that have not been discussed deeply in the slides, because such topics appear in the practice exams in depth and not in the course.

Jason28 February 2020

The course was very well structured however I felt particularly let down when I sat the exam. The content is very similar but slightly more in depth (and much longer) than the ACloudGuru Solutions Architect Udemy Course. The principal problem I found was that the level of detail expected in the exam was much more specific than what is available in this course. I would reccommend finding another course given the high level of this knowledge and lack of specificity after comparison with questions asked in the exam.

Vamsi26 February 2020

Trainer is giving lot of great notes in a short videos and this is really cool. Loved the way he is explaining concepts. Thanks a lot

Doug25 February 2020

A great walk through of all the points needed for the exam as well as for future work, this course filled in alot of the gaps that others had left. Thank you, with your help I passed SysOps Assosiate

Joao24 February 2020

Stephane is a great teacher. This is the 3rd course I bought and for the 1st and the 2nd I got certified. I'm sure I'll get the SysOps with the help from this one as well.

Eric22 February 2020

Awsome course for SysOps. Stephane did a great job for all the sections in this course, especially the networking & VPC section was so helpful. All the hands-on labs are very practical. Above all, Stephane has delivered the contents with passion and expertise. I already have my Solutions Architect certification and will be taking the SysOps in the near feature. I got 81% on my first attempt on the practice test that is included at the end of this course. Thanks a lot, Stephane!

Avinash22 February 2020

Amazing course. Really liked the way course is structured and technical information is more inclined with sysops exam.

Jose21 February 2020

It's amazing how Stephane can simplify complex concepts and clarify everything. I appreciate the balance between exam focus and real-life experience. Highly recommended.

Ismael20 February 2020

Stephane is such a great and will always be an awesome IT instructor online! Definitely, he's my favorite! Two-thumbs up!!! :)

KhanhThinh20 February 2020

Thank you, Stephane. I have just passed the SysOps Exam. Some questions are out of the course but almost the questions are cover by your lessons. Good job! Wish you will have more interesting courses in the future.

Jason19 February 2020

Overall a great experience. I learned some things in this course that I did not pickup in LinuxAcademy. Especially around cloudformation topics. I am looking at your master's class for that! To make the course better, maybe incorporate real word examples that you may have used before or people have talked to you about. Also, not all of the questions have explanations on the practice exam. Overall, I loved the course and I will be looking to take more courses from you in the future! Thank You!


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