Certification Industry: Cloud
Certificate Name: (OCI) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate
Certificate Issuing Authority: Oracle
Certification Price: 150 USD
Certificate Validity: See Details Below
If you have the skills of planning and designing solutions, operating databases, a desire to design for hybrid cloud structure, and designing for security and compliance, then (OCI) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate certification is for you. This certification required knowledge of topics such as:
Cloud computing concepts (HA, DR, Security), regions, availability domains, OCI terminology and services, networking, databases, load balancing, IAM, DNS, FASTCONNECT, VPN, Compartments, tagging, Terraform, with focus on how to use it with OCI and Exadata.
US: $142 – $191,311 per annum (Source)
India: 2,380k - Rs. 3,725k (Source)
· Identity and Access Management
· Advanced Networking Concepts
· Multiple VNICs, and IP addresses
· Launching Bare Metal and Virtual Compute Instances
· Advanced Database
· Architecting Best Practices
Exam Number: 1Z0-1072
Format: Multiple Choice
Number of Questions: 66
Passing Score: 65%
·Credentials earned by passing 2019/future exams after 12-Sep-2019 will remain active for 18 months from the date of earning them
·Credentials earned by passing 2019 exams on or before 12-Sep-2019 will remain active till 12-Mar-2021
·Credentials earned by passing 2018/older exams will remain active till 01-Jun-2020
Official Free Practice Exam from Oracle.
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Exam Tips for OCI Architect Associate Exam
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So, I cleared the exam on 8 may 2020. Few things that helped me a lot while preparing for the exams are as follows :
1. I watched the training videos with full concentration and being a beginner in the cloud I watched it twice as if I had missed something in the first attempt.
2. I thoroughly studied Oracle Cloud Documentation (only those topics that were mentioned in the syllabus).
3. I took the practice test of Oracle (available in the course itself), once I was confident that I was packed with all the stuff and ready to appear for the exam.
1. Don't skip the video and listen to the instructor very carefully because some really helpful points that he had told were directly came in the exam.
2. Doing the hands-on is must for the better understanding and from the exam point of view. Try to explore as much as you can from your free 30 days trial.
3. There will be some conceptual questions in the exam which you can only answer if you have done hands-on properly.
4. If possible make the notes of the services.
Thanks and all the best,
Tips on how to pass OCI Architect Associate Exam
How to prepare for OCI 2019 Architect Associate exam
How to prepare for OCI 2019 Architect Associate exam
I recently prepared for an passed the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 1Z0-1072-OCI-Architect-Associate-2019 exam. The format and the content for the exam is available on Oracle’s education site –
Become an OCI architect Associate
I would absolutely recommend a refresh of the OCI fundamentals before jumping into the OCI architect course.
I went through the course once at 2x speed and captured most of the information in a word document. The exam is supposedly not as difficult as any other AWS or GCP associate level exams. I am listing the main topics of the preparation course and some of the key elements you should understand and remember before you take the #FREE exam offered by Oracle.
All resources shared during the course are available at this training site location - OCI Architect Associate Resources
Getting Started with OCI
To better understand the OCI interface as well as all the services please review the Infrastructure as a service documentation available here at OCI IAAS Documentation site and services availability across regions across the world.
Lets now focus on individual services and some of the focus areas to remember
1. Identify and Access Management
· IAM – There are mainly 4 verbs used in IAM to define a policy and they are inspect, read, use and manage.
o Inspect – provided the ability to list resources
o Read – Includes inspect and ability to get user specified metadata/actual resource
o Use – Includes read + ability to work with existing resources (the actions vary by resource type). This verb does not allow the ability to create or delete any type of resource.
o Manage – Includes all permissions for the resource
o The most common format of an IAM policy is listed below –
The subject can be an IAM user, group, resource group etcetera
Please pay special attention to managing users, groups, Dynamic groups and network resources. You must specially understand that if you want to provide a specific role to a compute instance, you need to attach a dynamic group to it so that it is identified as “principal” and it can make API calls against other services on OCI.
· IAM-Compartment – Compartments are another way to manage your resources by relating them together and accessed by groups that are given permission.
o It must be understood that each resource can belong to one and only one compartment. However, resources can be shared across compartments.
o Resources can also be moved across compartments once they have been created.
o Compartments can have sub compartments that can go six level deep.
§ COMP1 > COMP2 > COMP3 > COMP4 > COMP5 > COMP6
§ These sub compartments inherit access permissions from compartments higher up the hierarchy
o When an IAM policy is being created, it must be specified which compartment to attach it to.
· IAM Policy Inheritance and Attachment
o Understand how IAM policy inheritance work when resources are moved across compartments.
o Tagging is an additional method to identify/categorize your services inside your compartments.
o Free form and custom tags are allowed under OCI.
2. OCI Networking
It should be emphasized that you must have understanding of creating public and private networks and how all private networks use CIDR ranges identified under RFC 1918. The major networking components of OCI networking is listed below -
o VIRTUAL CLOUD NETWORK (VCN) and Subnets
§ Default route table
§ Default Security list
§ Default DHCP options
o PRIVATE IP
o PUBLIC IP
o DYNAMIC ROUTING GATEWAY (DRG) – Connect on-premises networking and use it to peer VCNs across regions with remote peering gateway. Please understand that DRG connections are always private when used either with Fastconnect for in premises or with RPC across regions to pair VCNs.
o INTERNET GATEWAY
o NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION (NAT) GATEWAY
o SERVICE GATEWAY – These provide a way to connect resources in your VCN to other manager services like OCI object storage.
o LOCAL PEERING GATEWAY (LPG)
o REMOTE PEERING CONNECTION (RPC) – Understand the user dynamic routing gateway (DRG) with on premises versus using DRG with RPC in a multi-region configuration.
o ROUTE TABLES
o SECURITY RULES
§ Difference between security lists and network security groups.
o DHCP OPTIONS
o VPN Connect – Please do take a moment to understand how to establish cost effective and redundant connectivity with OCI using VPN connect and DRG. I found this example very interesting to read and understand.
Overview of connectivity options on OCI
3. Load Balancing on OCI
o Concepts of load balancing on OCI
§ Service discovery
§ Health Check
o Benefits of load balancing on OCI
§ Fault tolerance and high availability
§ Naming Abstraction
o Concepts of a public load balancer
§ Backend server
§ Load balancing policy
§ Round Robin
§ IP Hash (sticky connections)
§ Least Connection
§ Back end sets
§ Health Checks – this is a test to confirm the availability of backend servers. Health check is activated for backends, backend sets and overall load balancer.
o Concept of private load balancer
4. Compute on OCI
o Bare Metal
o Virtual Machines
o Dedicated VM Hosts
o Creating Custom Images of Boot Volumes
§ Pre-built OCI Images
§ Custom Images
§ Bring your own image (BYOI)
o Images Import/Export
§ Emulation Mode
§ Para virtualized Mode
§ Native Mode
o Boot Volumes
o Cloning a boot volume – Please ensure that you check out the difference between boot volume backups and clones and how they are mutually exclusive to each other.
o Instance Configuration and pools – configure and manage a set of instances/images together.
o Autoscaling configurations
o Instance Metadata
o Instance Life Cycle – start/stop/reboot/terminate
5. Storage on OCI
o Object Storage
§ Using Object Lifecycle
§ Using Multipart uploads
§ Using pre-authenticated requests
o Archive Storage
o File Storage – Please read through the concepts of creating/managing files systems, managing mount targets, snapshots , using export options (to provide granular access to a file system mounted on same mount target and accessed by two different clients/instances) etc. I found this complete section extremely useful.
o Block volume storage
§ Volume Groups
§ Attaching a volume
§ Resizing of block volumes
§ Block Volume Backups
§ Cloning a block volume
§ Volume Groups
o Local NVMe Storage
6. Databases on OCI
o Exadata cloud
o Exadata DB Systems
o Bare Metal and VB DB Systems
o Autonomous Databases
§ Autonomous transaction processing
v Managing Users
v Backup and restore
v Where does tnsames.ora reside -It resides in oracle home\NETWORK]\ADMIN directory
v How to load data into Autonomous databases with SQL*loader & Data Pump
§ Autonomous data warehouse
v Loading data on ADW using SQL*loader & data pump & OCI object storage
Some additional resources that I think are extremely useful to review that were not covered in the course are listed below –
§ Using Data Guard for database services
§ Data Flow
§ Data Safe
§ Data Science
§ Data Science
§ Oracle Audit
§ OCI DNS Service
§ OCI Traffic Management
§ OCI Vault
I want to add a few tips from my experience during the exam –
§ I noticed most of the answers are in the question, so if you are not completely confident, select what you think is right, mark the question to come back for review and then revisit it as soon as you are reviewing your exam.
§ You will notice as you traverse through rest of the tests, some of the questions that follow latter may also have answer to what you could not answer earlier.
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AUTHOR: Mukesh Sharma is a multi and hybrid cloud enthusiast with a bias for building robust hybrid cloud systems around mainframes for financial organizations. You can reach him on LinkedIn....