AWS 9 in 2019 - Cloud Practitioner Prep Notes

Jun 27, 2019 | Reading time: 6 minutes


A Cloud Guru

41 Lessions & 5 Hours of video - Introduction 06:25
- Cloud Concepts & Technology 04:46:24
- Billing & Pricing 01:11:28
- Security in the Cloud 26:02
- Mega Quiz
- Summary & Good luck! 02:44

Exam Cost


Exam Guide


Exam Domain

  1. Cloud Concepts 28%
    • Define the AWS Cloud and its value proposition
    • Identify aspects of AWS Cloud economics
    • List the different cloud architecture design principles
  2. Security 24%
    • Define the AWS Shared Responsibility model
    • Define AWS Cloud security and compliance concepts
    • Identify AWS access management capabilities
    • Identify resources for security support
  3. Technology 36 percent
    • Define methodsof deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud
    • Define the AWS global infrastructure
    • Identify the core AWS services
    • Identify resources for technology support
  4. Billing & Pricing 12%
    • Compare and contrast the various pricing models for AWS
    • Recognize the various account structures in relation to AWS billing and pricing
    • Identify resources available for billing support


Overview of Amazon Web Services
Architecting for the Cloud: AWS Best Practices
How AWS Pricing Works
The total cost of (non) ownership of web applications in the cloud
Compare AWS Support Plans

General Notes

  • 6 advantages of cloud computing

    • trade capital expense (data centers and servers) for varaible expense ( consumption of computing resources )
    • Benefit from massive economies of scale ( cant compete with aws purchasing power )
    • Stop guessing about capacity
    • Increase speed and agility ( ability to easily get Minimum Viable Product up fast and easily )
    • Stop spending money running and maintaining data center ( let someone else manage that for you. eg aws )
    • Go global in minutes ( deploy in multiple regions around the world )
  • 3 types of cloud computing

    • Infrastructire As A Service ( IAAS )
    • Platform As A Service ( PAAS )
    • Software As A Service ( SAAS )
  • 3 types of cloud computing deployments

    • public (eg. aws, azure, google, etc.)
    • Hybrid ( mixture of public and private )
    • private cloud or on premise ( you manage it in your data center )
  • Know the difference between a region, availability zone (AZ) and an Edge Location

    • Think of availability zone’s ( AZ ) as data-centers
    • A region is a geographical area. Each region consists of two or more AZ’s
    • Edge location are endpoints for aws which are used for caching content. ( Think Cloudfront, which is the AWS CDN )
  • AWS Support packages

    • basic (free)
    • developer ( $29/mo. )
    • business ( $100/mo. )
    • enterprise ( $15k/mo. and gets a technical account manager )
  • Access the AWS Platform in 3 ways

    • AWS Web Console
    • Programatically ( CLI )
    • Using Software Developers Kit ( SDK )
    • credentials and config are stored at ~/.aws/

      aws [...options] help

Identity Access Management

  • IAM is global, you do not specify a region. Users and groups created are created globally
  • Root account is the email address you used to setup AWS account.
  • A group is a place to store users. All users will inherit permissions of the group.
  • Set permissions in a group by assigning policies.
  • roles are universal. no need to specify region.

Billing Alarm

  • whoops, nothing here!

Simple Storage Service

  • object-based storage ( doc, pic, audio, video )
  • objects consist of key-value pair { name: data }, versionID, metadata and subresources.
  • unlimited Storage
  • buckets are S3 folders, files stored can be from 0B - 5TB
  • s3 is a universal namespace
  • s3 url format https://s3-{REGION}{BUCKET}
  • successful uploads will return HTTP 200
  • s3 consistency
    • new objects are able to read after writing to S3
    • updated or deleted objects will take some time to change
    • built for 99.99% availability but will only garantee 99.9%. although amazon garantees 99.999999999% (11x9) durability for S3 information.
  • s3 storage classes
    • s3 standard
    • s3 infrequently accessed - accessed less frequently but requires rapid access when needed
    • s3 one zone infrequently accessed - IA but do not require multiple availability zones
    • s3 Intelligent tiering - automatically moves data to the most cost-effective access tier
    • s3 glacier - data archiving
    • s3 glacier deep archive - retrieval time of 12 hours is okay
  • you can use bucket policies to make entire s3 buckets public
  • you can use s3 to host static websites
  • s3 scales automatically to meed demand.

    aws s3 ls
    aws s3 mb s3://{bucket_name}
    aws s3 cp {local_file} s3://{path}/{to}/{bucket}


  • amazon’s content delivery network
  • edge locations are where the content will be cached
  • edge locations are not just read only, you can write to them too ( s3 transfer accelleration ).
  • origin is the orgin of all the files that the cdn will distribute
  • distribution is the name we give the cdn which consists of a collection of edge locations
  • web distribution is typically used for websites
  • rtmp is used for media streaming
  • objects are cached for the life of the TTL ( time to live )
  • you can clear cached objects but you will be charged

Elastic Compute Cloud

  • virtual server in cloud
  • deployed by region
  • ec2 pricing models
  • on demand, pay by hour or second
  • reserved, locked into contract
  • spot, you bid a price. Server boots up or down based on your bid price
  • spot, if server is terminated because it went below bid and aws termiates you will not be charged for partial usage.
  • spot, if you terminate the server, you will be charged for any hour the instance ran.
  • dedicated host, physical ec2 server dedicated for your use
  • ec2 instance types
  • fight dr mcpxz (McPixie)
    • f for FPGA
    • i for IOPS
    • g for graphics
    • h for high disk throughput
    • t for t.2. cheap general purpose
    • d for density
    • r for ram
    • m for main choice general purpose apps
    • c for compute
    • p for picture ( graphics )
    • x for extreme memory
    • z for z-factor. extreme memory and cpu
  • you can apply roles to ec2 instances at any time. changes are immediate

    aws ec2 describe-instances

Elastic BeanStalk

  • ebs is the virtual disks that the virtual server runs from
  • a security group is essentially virtual firewall
  • ec2 common ports
  • ssh port 22
  • microsoft rdp 3389
  • http / https work on port 80 and 443
  • two different types: ssd and magnetic
  • ssd
  • general purpose ssd ( GP2 )
  • provisioned iops ssd ( IO1 )
  • magnetic
  • throughput optimized hdd ( ST1 )
  • cold HDD ( SC1 )

Elastic Load Balancers

  • come in 3 different flavours
  • application load balancers, layer 7 OSI model ( make intelligent decisions )
  • network load balancers, extreme preformance / static ip addresses
  • classic load balancers, test & dev. low cost

    aws elb help
    aws elbv2 help
    aws elbv2 describe-load-balancers
    aws elbv2 delete-load-balancer --load-balancer-arn {aws lb arn}


  • oltp, online transaction processing
  • olap, online analytics processing, takes a preformance hit. this is why data-warehousing is a thing


  • oltp
  • relational database

    aws rds describe-db-instances
    aws rds --create-db-instance --engine {mysql, postgres} \
    --db-instance-indentifier {mydbinstanceidentifier} \
    --db-instance-class {db.t2.micro} \
    --allocated-storage {int, number in gigabytes} \
    --master-username {username} \
    --master-user-password {password}
    aws rds delete-db-instance --db-instance-identifier {identifier}


  • oltp
  • non relational database


  • olap
  • amazon’s data warehousing service


  • this is a scalable webservice for in-memory caching of your most common queries.
  • elasicache supports two open-source in memory aching engines
    • memcached
    • redis


  • Three drivers of cost are: compute, storage and outbound data transfer.
  • Compute resources generally are per hour unless you are using a reserved instance.
  • Data storage and transfer you typically pay per GB.
  • The more data you transfer out, the less you pay per GB.

  • 4 pricing models

    • On Demand
    • Dedicated Instances
    • Spot Instances
    • Reservations


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