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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide CLF-C01 Exam

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  • Copyright: 2019-07-02
  • Publisher: Sybex

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Set yourself apart by becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Take the next step in your career by expanding and validating your skills on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide: Exam CLF-C01 provides a solid introduction to this industry-leading technology, relied upon by thousands of businesses across the globe, as well as the resources you need to prove your knowledge in the AWS Certification Exam. This guide offers complete and thorough treatment of all topics included in the exam, beginning with a discussion of what the AWS cloud is and its basic global infrastructure and architectural principles. Other chapters dive into the technical, exploring core characteristics of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud Platform, as well as basic security and compliance aspects and the shared security model. In addition, the text identifies sources of documentation or technical assistance, such as white papers or support tickets.

To complete their coverage, the authors discuss the AWS Cloud value proposition and define billing, account management, and pricing models. This includes describing the key services AWS can provide and their common use cases (e.g., compute, analytics, etc.).

  • Distinguish yourself as an expert by obtaining a highly desirable certification in a widely used platform
  • Hone your skills and gain new insights on AWS whether you work in a technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial field
  • Fully prepare for this new exam using expert content and real-world knowledge, key exam essentials, chapter review questions, and other textual resources
  • Benefit from access to the Sybex online interactive learning environment and test bank, including chapter tests, practice exams, key term glossary, and electronic flashcards

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide is essential reading for any professional in IT or other fields that work directly with AWS, soon-to-be graduates studying in those areas, or anyone hoping to prove themselves as an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

Author Biography

Ben Piper, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, is an IT consultant who has created more than 20 training courses, covering Amazon Web Services, Cisco routing and switching, Puppet configuration management, and Windows Server Administration.

David Clinton, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, is a Linux server admin who has worked with IT infrastructure in both academic and enterprise environments. He has created more than 15 video courses, teaching Amazon Web Services and other technologies.

Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

Assessment Test xxvii

Chapter 1 The Cloud 1

Introduction 2

What Is Cloud Computing? 2

Highly Available and Scalable Resources 2

Professionally Secured Infrastructure 3

Metered Payment Model 3

Server Virtualization: The Basics 4

Cloud Platform Models 5

Infrastructure as a Service 5

Platform as a Service 5

Software as a Service 5

Serverless Workloads 6

Scalability and Elasticity 7

Scalability 7

Elasticity 7

Summary 8

Exam Essentials 9

Review Questions 10

Chapter 2 Understanding Your AWS Account 13

Introduction 14

The Free Tier 15

How Does the Free Tier Work? 15

Tracking Your Free Tier Usage 15

What’s Available Under the Free Tier? 17

Product Pricing 18

Finding AWS Pricing Documentation 18

Working with Online Calculators 19

Service Limits 23

Billing and Cost Management 23

The AWS Billing Dashboard 24

AWS Budgets 24

Monitoring Your Costs 25

AWS Organizations 26

Summary 26

Exam Essentials 27

Review Questions 28

Chapter 3 Getting Support on AWS 33

Introduction 34

Support Plans 34

Support Plan Pricing 34

The Basic Support Plan 36

The Developer Support Plan 36

The Business Support Plan 37

The Enterprise Support Plan 37

AWS Professional Services 37

Documentation and Online Help 38

Documentation 38

Discussion Forums 40

Trusted Advisor 40

Summary 42

Exam Essentials 43

Review Questions 44

Chapter 4 Understanding the AWS Environment 49

Introduction 50

AWS Global Infrastructure: AWS Regions 50

Regionally Based Services 52

Globally Based Services 53

Service Endpoints 53

AWS Global Infrastructure: Availability Zones 54

Availability Zone Designations 54

Availability Zone Networking 55

Availability Zones and High Availability 56

AWS Global Infrastructure: Edge Locations 57

Edge Locations and CloudFront 58

Regional Edge Cache Locations 59

The AWS Shared Responsibility Model 59

Managed Resources 60

Unmanaged Resources 61

Service Health Status 61

AWS Acceptable Use Policy 61

Summary 61

Exam Essentials 62

Review Questions 63

Chapter 5 Securing Your AWS Resources 67

Introduction 68

AWS Identity and Access Management 68

Protecting the Root User 69

Authentication 69

Users, Groups, and Roles 72

Providing Federated Access 74

Credential Report 75

Encryption 75

Regulatory Compliance (AWS Artifact) 76

Summary 77

Exam Essentials 77

Review Questions 78

Chapter 6 Working with Your AWS Resources 83

Introduction 84

The AWS Management Console 85

Accessing the AWS Management Console 85

Opening a Service Console 87

Working with Shortcuts 88

Selecting a Region 88

The Account Name Menu 90

Resource Groups 90

Tag Editor 91

Tagging Strategies 92

The AWS Console Mobile Application 94

The AWS Command Line Interface 98

Requirements 99

Installation 99

Software Development Kits 101

Mobile Software Development Kits 101

Internet of Things Device Software Development Kits 102

CloudWatch 103

CloudWatch Metrics 103

CloudWatch Alarms 104

CloudWatch Dashboards 104

CloudWatch Logs 105

CloudWatch Events 106

CloudTrail 107

API and Non-API Events 107

Management and Data Events 107

Event History 108

Trails 108

Log File Integrity Validation 108

Cost Explorer 109

Cost and Usage 109

Reservation Reports 111

Reserved Instance Recommendations 112

Summary 113

Exam Essentials 113

Review Questions 115

Chapter 7 The Core Compute Services 119

Introduction 120

Deploying Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Servers 120

Amazon Machine Images 120

Understanding EC2 Instance Types 123

Server Storage: Elastic Block Store and Instance

Store Volumes 124

Understanding EC2 Pricing Models 125

Simplified Deployments Through Managed Services 127

Amazon Lightsail 128

AWS Elastic Beanstalk 128

Deploying Container and Serverless Workloads 129

Containers 129

Serverless Functions 129

Summary 130

Exam Essentials 130

Review Questions 132

Chapter 8 The Core Storage Services 137

Introduction 138

Simple Storage Service 138

Objects and Buckets 139

S3 Storage Classes 139

Access Permissions 142

Encryption 143

Versioning 143

Object Life Cycle Configurations 144

S3 Glacier 145

Archives and Vaults 145

Retrieval Options 145

AWS Storage Gateway 146

File Gateways 146

Volume Gateways 146

Tape Gateways 147

AWS Snowball 147

Hardware Specifications 148

Security 148

Snowball Edge 149

Summary 150

Exam Essentials 150

Review Questions 152

Chapter 9 The Core Database Services 157

Introduction 158

Database Models 158

Relational Databases 159

Structured Query Language 160

Nonrelational (No-SQL) Databases 160

Amazon Relational Database Service 161

Database Engines 161

Licensing 162

Instance Classes 162

Scaling Vertically 163

Storage 163

Scaling Horizontally with Read Replicas 164

High Availability with Multi-AZ 164

Backup and Recovery 165

Determining Your Recovery Point Objective 165

DynamoDB 166

Items and Tables 166

Scaling Horizontally 167

Queries and Scans 167

Amazon Redshift 168

Summary 169

Exam Essentials 170

Review Questions 171

Chapter 10 The Core Networking Services 175

Introduction 176

Virtual Private Cloud 176

VPC CIDR Blocks 176

Subnets 177

Internet Access 178

Security Groups 178

Network Access Control Lists 178

VPC Peering 179

Virtual Private Networks 179

Direct Connect 179

Route 53 180

Resource Records 180

Domain Name Registration 180

Hosted Zones 181

Routing Policies 181

Health Checks 182

Traffic Flow and Traffic Policies 182

CloudFront 183

Summary 183

Exam Essentials 184

Review Questions 185

Chapter 11 Automating Your AWS Workloads 189

Introduction 190

The Imperative Approach 190

The Declarative Approach 191

Infrastructure as Code 191

CloudFormation 191

Templates 192

Stacks 192

CloudFormation vs. the AWS CLI 193

AWS Developer Tools 194

CodeCommit 194

CodeBuild 195

CodeDeploy 196

CodePipeline 197

EC2 Auto Scaling 199

Launch Configurations and Launch Templates 199

Auto Scaling Groups 199

Scaling Actions 200

Configuration Management 200

Systems Manager 200

OpsWorks 201

Summary 203

Exam Essentials 204

Review Questions 205

Chapter 12 Common Use-Case Scenarios 209

Introduction 210

The Well-Architected Framework 210

Reliability 211

Performance Efficiency 211

Security 211

Cost Optimization 212

Operational Excellence 213

A Highly Available Web Application Using Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing 213

Creating an Inbound Security Group Rule 214

Creating an Application Load Balancer 216

Creating a Launch Template 218

Creating an Auto Scaling Group 219

Static Website Hosting Using S3 222

Summary 224

Exam Essentials 224

Review Questions 226

Appendix A Answers to Review Questions 231

Chapter 1: The Cloud 232

Chapter 2: Understanding Your AWS Account 232

Chapter 3: Getting Support on AWS 234

Chapter 4: Understanding the AWS Environment 235

Chapter 5: Securing Your AWS Resources 237

Chapter 6: Working with Your AWS Resources 238

Chapter 7: The Core Compute Services 240

Chapter 8: The Core Storage Services 242

Chapter 9: The Core Database Services 244

Chapter 10: The Core Networking Services 245

Chapter 11: Automating Your AWS Workloads 247

Chapter 12: Common Use-Case Scenarios 248

Appendix B Additional Services 251

Athena 252

AWS Backup 252

AWS Glue 252

Batch 252

Cognito 253

Database Migration Service 253

Elastic File System 253

Elastic MapReduce 253

Inspector 254

Kinesis 254

Macie 254

Neptune 254

Simple Queue Service 254

WorkDocs 254

WorkSpaces 255

Index 257

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