The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) 2019 Architect Professional exam (1Z0-997) is designed for individuals who possess strong enterprise knowledge in architecting using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. This certification validates advanced concepts of OCI services to control infrastructure, such as but not limited to: High Availability and Disaster Recovery, Data Migration, Network Connectivity, Monitoring, Data Retention, Storage and Databases. This certification is available to all professionals that were previously passed the OCI Architect Associate Exam.
Job of a professional Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Architect
• Design a cloud solution using architectural principles based on customer requirements.
• Has a strong understanding of cloud computing concepts
• Design and deploy, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on OCI
• Translates on-premises operations to a typical cloud-based infrastructure.
• Works with enterprise level architecture day to day
· Certification Name: 1Z0-997 - Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Professional
· Target Audience: Professionals responsible for architecting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services
· Platform: Available on Oracle University and delivered via Pearson VUE
· Exam Duration: 120 minutes
· Exam Cost: $245 (25% discount on this list price if you are OPN (Oracle Partner Network) and have the OPN number with you while registering for the exam)
· Passing Score: 70%
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· Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Product Documentation
· Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Professional Certification learning path
· Oracle Cloud Infrastructure White Papers
· Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Blog
Course Learning Resources
Instructor Led Course
· Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Administration Essentials Ed 2
· Architecting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Ed 2
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Exam Topics – This has been compiled using exam-prep guide and exam study guide for Oracle cloud infrastructure professional exam.
High Level Objective
Concepts That are tested
Plan and design solutions in OracleCloud Infrastructure (OCI)
• Plan and design solutions to meet business and technical requirements.• Create architecture patterns including N-tier applications, microservices, and serverless architectures.• Design scalable and elastic solutions for high availability and disaster recovery.
This section tests your ability to create basic and complex architectures using multiple services like IAM, Compute, Storage, Load Balancer, Kubernetes and Functions. Also concepts of DR and HA will be applied on this section
Implement and operate solutionsin OCI
• Implement solutions to meet business and technical requirements.• Operate and troubleshoot solutions on OCI.
This section will evaluate your skills on how to choose the best set of services to deploy new applications on OCI using the core infrastructure services. Also, you need to understand how to troubleshoot the services on event of a problem.
Design, implement, and operate databases in OCI
• Evaluate and implement databases.• Operate and troubleshoot databases.
This section will evaluate how to design architectures that include databases options like ADW, ATP and DB system on OCI
Design for hybrid cloudarchitecture
• Design and implement hybrid network architectures to meet high availability, bandwidth, and latency requirements.• Evaluate multi-cloud solution architectures.
You need to understand how to deploy applications using multi cloud environments using services like VCN and FastConnect and other networking services.
Migrate on-premises workloads toOCI
Design strategy for migrating on-premisesworkloads to OCI.• Implement and troubleshoot databasemigrations.
This section will cover migration strategies from on-premises to OCI. You need to be familiar with services like Storage Gateway, Data Transfer Appliance, Object Storage, file storage and Database migration using RMAN and data pump.
Design for Security andCompliance
• Design, implement, and operate solutions for security and governance.• Design, implement, and operate solutions to meet compliance requirements.
This topic will apply concepts used under the Governance and Administration section covering IAM, KMS, Policies and Quotas etc.
As we delve deeper into technical aspect of the exam, I want to be clear that if you have already gone through the free courses offered by Oracle then most of the information may appear to be repeated. However, I have tried to put document most of the information from the professional exam perspective. Also, as you understand the different OCI services please make an effort to determine –
1. The scope of the service as it is provisioned/launched – region/zone/global.
2. The operating ability of the service as if it is moved to a different compartment and the effect of the IAM policy attached to the service or IAM policies attached to users operating the service.
3. Review information contained in links attached to the documentation below.
Please review following blogs that you may find helpful if you have not completed the associate architect exam –
· How to prepare for OCI 2019 Architect Associate exam
· Tips on how to pass OCI Architect Associate Exam
Plan, design, implement, operate & Migrate On-premises workloads solutions in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
Networking and Compute
· Configuring Compute Quotas
Compute Quota allow administrators -
a) To allocate resources to compartments using the OCI console. The allocation is controlled by set, unset, zero commands. The IAM policy references help manage the quotas.
b) To control how resources are managed using policies in OCI.
c) Effective cost management by controlling allocation of resources
Check resource quota & policies for more information.
· Instance Pools - Instance pools allow users to provision and create multiple Compute instances based off the same configuration, within the same region.
· Instance Configurations – are used when we want to create one or more instances in an instance pool.
· Compute Instance Metrics - monitor the health, capacity, and performance of your Compute instances by using metrics, alarms, and notifications.
· Compute Instance autoscaling configurations - With autoscaling you can adjust the number of Compute VM instances in an instance pool based on performance metrics such as CPU utilization. This helps you provide consistent performance for your end users during periods of high demand, and helps you reduce your costs during periods of low demand.
· Instance console connections – enables you to remotely troubleshoot malfunctioning instances.
· Custom VM Images in OCI
o Managing Custom Images
o Bring your own Image
o Image Import/Export
o Image Import Modes
Most newer OS versions support para-virtualization launch mode as they provide maximum performance. All older OS versions can be launched using emulation mode that provides fully emulated NIC, block boot and legacy BIOS boot.
· VCN Route Tables & Route Rules - OCI VCN uses virtual route tables to send traffic out of the VCN (for example, to the internet, to your on-premises network, or to a peered VCN). A route rule specifies a destination CIDR block and the target (the next hop) for any traffic that matches that CIDR. Here are the allowed types of targets for a route rule:
Dynamic routing gateway (DRG)
For subnets that need private access to networks connected to your VCN
· Connect your on-premises network connected with an IPSec VPN or FastConnect,
· Connect to another VCN via a peered VCN in another region.
For public subnets that need direct access to the internet.
For subnets with instances that do not have public IP addresses but need outbound access to the internet.
For subnets that need private access to Oracle services such as Object Storage.
Local peering gateway (LPG)
For subnets that need private access to a peered VCN in the same region.
For subnets that need to route traffic to an instance in the VCN. For more information, see Using a Private IP as a Route Target. Also see Advanced Scenarios: Transit Routing.
· OCI Load Balancing – It is imperative to understand load balancing concepts, public & private load balancers and policy types (Round Robin , Least Connections, IP Hash) supported by the load balancing service.
· OCI DNS & Traffic Management
· Advance Networking Scenarios.
· FastConnect with multiple DRG’s and VCNs.
· FastConnect Connectivity Options
· High Availability & Disaster Recovery in OCI
Please see IAM policies for networking.
· Local NVMe SSD devices – These devices act like instance store volumes attached to compute instances in your VCN.
· Block Volume Storage - The OCI Block Volume service allows to dynamically provision and manage block storage volumes. We can create, attach, connect, and move volumes, as well as change volume performance, as needed, to meet our storage, performance, and application requirements.
o Volume Groups
o Attaching a volume
o Attaching Volume to multiple VM instances
o Volume Resizing
o Block Volume Backups
o Block Volume Performance
o Moving Block Volume across compartments
· File Storage - OCI File Storage service provides a durable, scalable, secure, enterprise-grade network file system.
o Create a file system
o Managing a File System
o Mounting File System
o Managing Mount Targets
o Troubleshooting File Systems
· Object Storage - OCI offers two distinct storage class tiers to address the need for both performant, frequently accessed "hot" - Object - storage, and less frequently accessed "cold" -Archive - storage. Storage tiers help you maximize performance where appropriate and minimize costs where possible.
o Object Storage Namespaces
o Managing Objects
o Managing Buckets
o Object Storage Life Cycle Management
o Using Pre-Authenticated Requests
o Using Multi-Part Uploads
OCI Account Management
· Billing & Cost Management
· Cost Analysis Overview
· Billing & Payments
· Autonomous database concepts – Autonomous databases are fully managed, preconfigured database environment with two workload types available, Autonomous Transaction Processing and Autonomous Data Warehouse.
o Autonomous database deployment options
o Using Autonomous data warehouse
o Using Autonomous transaction processing database
o Security & Authentication in Autonomous transaction processing database
o Autonomous database complete overview & best practices
o Using Oracle DB CLI
o Incorporating high availability with Oracle Data Guard for bare metal & VM DB Systems
o Incorporating high availability with Oracle Exadata DB Systems
o Recovering Oracle Exadata DB Systems from object storage
o Database Migration Options to Oracle Cloud
Migrate on-premises workloads to OCI
· Data Transfer and Storage Gateway
Design for Security and Compliance
· Using Oracle Data Safe - Oracle Data Safe is a fully-integrated Cloud service focused on the security of your data. It provides a complete and integrated set of features for protecting sensitive and regulated data in Oracle Cloud databases.
· Using OCI Identify & Access Management
· Using OCI Key Management
· OCI Security Overview
· OCI Traffic Management Policies
· OCI Web Application Firewall
Additional Useful Services
· OCI Events
· OCI Kubernetes Service
· OCI Functions
· OCI Monitoring Service
· OCI Resource Manager
· OCI Vault
· OCI Notifications Service
· OCI Streaming Service
· OCI Tagging – Ensure that you understand the differences between using cost tracking tags, tag variables, tag defaults and predefined tags.
· Using Oracle Golden Gate - to replicate, filter, and transform data from one database to another database.
I added the last section above because the Oracle training for professional architect did not review the usage and applicability of these services, however, there were questions around them in the exam. I have added my notes below from the exam perspective –
· Most of the questions in the professional exam are around the basis concepts so it is imperative you have reviewed these links and understood them.
· As usual while answering any questions, you always need to look for special catch phrases or words that contain latency, performance, cost, high availability, redundancy, maximum availability modes for no data-loss etc.
· While connecting from Oracle VCN to managed service like object storage and ensuring that the traffic does not traverse the public internet – the only service that can be used is service gateway. Please review the service gateway service gateway supported Oracle cloud services in OCI network.
· While establishing console connection, please remember that three tasks are required before you can connect –
o Reboot the instance from the OCI console.
o Add or reset the SSH key for the opc user
o Edit the system configuration file at the linux boot menu to enable access to the console.
· Deep dive into NVMe performance differences while using a particular RAID configuration. A protected RAID array is the most recommended way to protect against an NVMe device failure. RAID 10 Stripes data across multiple mirrored pairs. As long as one disk in each mirrored pair is functional, data can be retrieved.
· WAF Access control rules can be used to block specific IP addresses from making unauthorized application requests.
· Review available connection options from OCI to other cloud providers like Microsoft Azure.
· Managing Compartments and moving resources between compartments is one of the most important features that had few questions related to them. During movement of compartments, some of IAM policies attached to the resources are not automatically updated. This is the reason to validate the IAM policies after compartments movement from one parent to another.
· OCI File storage service (FSS/NFS) provides export option feature to control access to your file system.
· VCN peering is a widely used feature considering that the VCNs are regional and you use local VCN peering for within region pairing or remote VCN peering for across region VCN connections.
· You may encounter compartment quotas limitations defined by quota policies during auto scaling actions. This may lead to system failures.
· Review that there are three ways to connect to ADW -
o Connecting to (ADW) from Public Internet
o Connecting to ADW (via NAT or Service Gateway) from a server running on a private subnet in OCI (in the same tenancy)
o Connecting to ADW (via internet Gateway) from a server running on a public subnet in OCI (in the same tenancy)
· You may encounter some questions to be not as detailed about compartment moves. So, you may see a question about moving compute instance across compartment. However, it may not be clear if the instance is moved to a compartment defined in the same region in the same VCN or across a compartment in another region. So, please do not overthink the scenario (Which I did). An instance with public and private IP that is moved to a different compartment will continue to have its original public and private IP addresses. The instance VNIC also continues to be associated with the original VCN.
· Autonomous Database is an Oracle Managed and Secure environment. A physical database can’t simply be migrated to autonomous because:
o Database must be converted to PDB, upgraded to 19c, and encrypted
o Any changes to Oracle shipped privileges, stored procedures or views must be removed
o All legacy structures and unsupported features must be removed (e.g. legacy LOBs)
· GoldenGate replication can be used to keep database online during migration.
· Oracle also recently introduced instance principals that now eliminates the need to configure user credentials on the services running on their compute instances, or rotate those credentials. Instances themselves are a new principal type in IAM.
· A Dynamic group is a special type of group that contains resources (such as compute instances) that match rules that you define (thus the membership can change dynamically as matching resources are created or deleted). These instances act as "principal" actors and can make API calls to services according to policies that you write for the dynamic group.
· STEERING POLICIES is A framework to define the traffic management behavior for your zones. Steering policies contain rules that help to intelligently serve DNS answers.
o FAILOVER - Failover policies allow you to prioritize the order in which you want answers served in a policy (for example, Primary and Secondary). Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Health Checks are used to determine the health of answers in the policy. If the Primary Answer is determined to be unhealthy, DNS traffic will automatically be steered to the Secondary Answer.
o LOAD_BALANCE - Load Balancer policies allow distribution of traffic across multiple endpoints. Endpoints can be assigned equal weights to distribute traffic evenly across the endpoints or custom weights may be assigned for ratio load balancing. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Health Checks are leveraged to determine the health of the endpoint. DNS traffic will be automatically distributed to the other endpoints, if an endpoint is determined to be unhealthy.
o ROUTE_BY_GEO - Geolocation-based steering policies distribute DNS traffic to different endpoints based on the location of the end user. Customers can define geographic regions composed of originating continent, countries or states/provinces (North America) and define a separate endpoint or set of endpoints for each region.
o ROUTE_BY_ASN - ASN-based steering policies enable you to steer DNS traffic based on Autonomous System Numbers (ASN). DNS queries originating from a specific ASN or set of ASNs can be steered to a specified endpoint.
o ROUTE_BY_IP - IP Prefix-based steering policies enable customers to steer DNS traffic based on the IP Prefix of the originating query.
· OCI also provides an option to resize an instance using change shape feature in the OCI console.
· Autonomous transaction processing – serverless database option is not available for Oracle enterprise business suite.
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
The AWS Database exam blueprint recommends
that examinee’s have at least 5 years’ experience with database technologies
and two years’ experience working with AWS. You should be familiar with open
source SQL and NoSQL databases.
In addition, I advise you have at least AWS
Associate Developer or DevOps Professional certificate before taking the exam.
This would make it easier to answer questions on deployments and monitoring.
I went through all the material prescribed in
the ramp up guide. These included courses on AWS training website, user guides
for all AWS purpose built databases, whitepapers and AWS Databases blog posts.
I also watched re: Invent videos on DynamoDB, Elasticache, QLDB, Redshift and
As part of preparations, I also used practice
tests and video courses on DynamoDB and Migration from Whizlabs. I wrapped it up
with the practice exam from AWS (20 questions).
RDS and Aurora are the most tested products on
the exam. These products account for 50-60% of questions on the exam. You
should know the architectures of both RDS and Aurora. Features that both share
and those that supported by only Aurora. DynamoDB and DocumentDB may account
for about 20% of the questions. All other purpose built database products
account for the remaining questions.
Before you take the exam, you should know how
the following services work on AWS: VPCs, Security groups, IAM, CloudWatch,
Cloudformation, CloudTrail and S3.
Even though the exam is
theoretical, experience with the purpose built database services on AWS should
1 Workload Specific Database design
This section requires you to understand all
AWS database offerings and their use cases.
You should consider the following for the
One size does not fit all. There is a database solution for
every type of workload. The exam tests you on choosing the right database for
the given scenario.
RDS (5 engines), (PostgreSQL and MySQL), Aurora, Redshift,
Elasticache (Redis and Memcached), DynamoDB, DocumentDB, Keyspaces, Neptune,
Timestream, QLDB are the Database offerings tested on the exam.
The architectures of all the database offerings.
Understand how to implement disaster recovery and high availability when
using these services.
Understand how these services are charged, their performance
(latencies) and best practices in securing data.
RDS and Neptune use the multi-AZ architecture.
Aurora and DocumentDB use the shared volume architecture. Aurora
supports global databases, DocumentDB does not. Compute is separated from
storage and hence both are scaled differently.
DynamoDB supports global multi-write (hence gives low latency
reads and writes). Aurora Global databases support only one writer endpoint.
Aurora Multi-Master databases are regional not global.
Aurora Serverless databases are best suited for development and
can shut down when there are no reads or writes.
DynamoDB, Keyspaces and QLDB are serverless.
2 Deployment and Migration
Consider the following for the exam:
How to use Cloud Formation for deployments. Understand drifts,
stacks, stack sets and change sets.
You should be familiar with the roles DMS,SCT and WQF play in
You should know when to use native migration tools, their
limitations and which tool to use for which migration task
How to migrate LOBs
You should know which databases support cloning and when to use
Aurora read replica to migrate a database
You should be know how to validate migrated data.
When to use snowball or Direct connect
Oracle handles null and time zones differently from PostgreSQL.
DMS is used for online migration (slow but minimizes downtime),
native migration tools are used for offline migration (quick but causes
downtime). You can combine both native tools and DMS (CDC) for the best of both
3 Management and Operations
This section tests your ability to perform
everyday database management activities.
You should know the following for the exam:
Automatic/continuous backups and manual backups
Backup and maintenance windows
Considerations for minor and major engine upgrades
How backups, copying/sharing snapshots and read replicas meet
RTO and RPO objectives
Parameter Groups and Option groups (permanent and persistent
How to Secrets Manager works with Databases
When changes are applied – rebooting instances or maintenance
windows. How to applying changes immediately.
When to use DAX and Elasticache
4 Monitoring and Troubleshooting
This section tests your ability use AWS
services to monitor workloads and troubleshooting common database issues.
CloudWatch, CloudWatch Logs, RDS Events, Performance Insights,
CloudTrail , Enhanced Monitoring , CloudWatch Application Insights for .Net and
SQL Server and Trusted Advisor
Basic troubleshooting for the database offerings
Best practices for each database engine.
Read about IOPS, Tuning queries, Secondary indexes, TTL, sharding,
Read Replicas etc.
You will find questions on securing database
workloads on AWS.
KMS – which services use AWS managed keys and CMKs.
Disabled/Deleted keys and their impact on workloads. Key rotation
How IAM integrates with the various database products and how
IAM DB Authentication works. Understand which services support fine-grained
access control and those that do not
Data in Transit – How to enforce data encryption on each RDS
engine. Data in transit for all other database offerings
VPC endpoints, VPN and Direct connect
Private subnets, NACLs and Security Groups
How to auditing works for different database products
Security controls supported by the different database engines
Links to Resources used
AWS Ramp-Up Guide: Databases
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Database –
AWS DynamoDB Deepdive –Beginner to
Database Migration to AWS Masterclass ($5)
Practice Tests - 145 questions ($20)
I did it in two weeks, you can do it too. All
the best !!!
I have taken almost 3 weeks to prepare for my first AWS Cloud Practitioner exam.
First started with acloudguru cloud practitioner course and as the exam date gets closer, I have used Andrew Brown's Ad Free youtube video which helped me to get clarity on differences & use case between similar services, for eg., Cloudtrial vs CloudWatch, Inspector vs Trusted Advisor and etc). Followed by 6 practise test in Udemy and note, you may feel the practise tests are so difficult but actually not compared to actual AWS exam, if you score around 80% consistently in practise tests. I would say anyone is good to take the exam.
Personal Experience :
I actually started taking acloudguru course during Feb 2020 end and I dropped after few sessions. I have always been a person who needs something to make things serious, So one fine day in May, I said myself, its not working out, So I decided to schedule my exam first and then prepare seriously for it. It hardly took me 1 Week, scheduled exam for May 30th and started learning during memorial weekend Saturday May 23rd.
Currently preparing for AWS Solution Architect and in fact, have scheduled my exam :)
Wish you all good luck. Please get in touch (email@example.com) if you need any assistance with preparation for cloud practitioner
Adobe Experience Manager(AEM) is a Sling/OSGI based enterprise grade content management system which is one of the most sought after CMS in Fortune 500 companies.
AEM was earlier know as Day CQ or Day Communique and was acquired by Adobe. Since then the product has evolved by leaps and bounds and is now one of preferred choice for top brands to implement their digital properties and integrate it with personalisation and marketing automation engines.
You can get the details around AEM architect certification here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/t8ASQanIS7sFg/
AEM Architect exam test your on following areas of the product:
Someone who has been working on AEM for sometime should know most of the above mentioned areas. These are basic principles of implementing any enterprise level web project and AEM is no different.
The difference however is how to achieve the above said principles using AEM architecture which is slight different then other traditional CMS as it has a 3 Tier infrastructure to actually serve content to the end user.
I read through the topics listed here: helpx.adobe.com , it took me approx 40-45 days to cover most of the topics as the documentation is quite detailed.
Main topics that one must know to attempt this exam are:
Spend some time implementing the things you read on your own by setting up servers locally. You can also look through your current project implementations to get deeper understanding of AEM concepts.
I will not recommend you to take this exam if you dont have enough AEM architecture experience(It's quite expensive at $180) as most of the questions are quite specific to AEM architecture and how you will handle certain client requirements.
For more details, please write to me directly, I will be more then happy to help you guys.
I passed my CKA exam recently and had a great time preparing for it. I cleared the CKAD a week before. In September, the CKA is getting an update. It totally depends on you which one you want to take. You are going to be awarded the same certificate.
Tips for Exam:
1. Use alias and autocomplete for alias
complete -F __start_kubectl k
You can also make custom aliases for your ease. I made aliases for common commands that I knew I will be using a lot definitely.
alias kg='kubectl get pod'
alias kga='kubectl get pod --all-namespaces'
alias kc='kubectl create -f'
alias kd='kubectl delete -f'
NOTE: if you ssh into another node, these aliases won't work
2. Use documentation effectively. This is where solving problems from the mock tests will help you. The answer to your questions are given in the documentation, you just need to know where.
3. Use the --dry-run command. This command is used to check whether your command is correct and if it is you can use -o yaml flag to get the yaml code for the component and store it in a YAML file.
4. The exam uses the latest version so better if you read the latest documentation as the courses I have mentioned use bit old versions of Kubernetes.
5. In the exam, there will be multiple clusters like k8s,n8s,d8s. There will be commands to change clusters. First, read the question and see which cluster it is working on and if it is different then copy and paste the command from the question to set the cluster. A precautionary method will be to copy-paste the command for every question if you don't know which cluster you are on.
6. Try to use imperative commands to create resources. Practice will help you in knowing what can be done through commands and what cannot be done.
7. I suggest attempting the troubleshoot and managing clusters in the end after you are done with other questions as they take a lot of time.
8. When you ssh into a worker node, Kubectl may not work. So use docker commands to see if the containers are up.
9. Practice troubleshooting well and remember that in the exam the changes made during troubleshooting and installation are permanent and you cannot revert back to the state it was before you attempted the question.
10. In case you need to delete and recreate any Kubernetes resources, store a backup in case you mess up you can revert the changes.
I started off my cloud certification journey with the AWS Solution Architect Associate exam in Dec 2019.
After a while, I shifted my focus to Azure, considering its market presence in UAE, especially in Dubai. I may be wrong here.
I started reading Azure fundamentals in Microsoft Learn for about 2 to 3 weeks to familiar myself with services offered by Microsoft Azure. While doing so, i always used to compare with AWS services, because almost all the services are similar in both providers which means, bringing value to the customers.
After I got myself comfortable with Azure fundamentals, instead of writing the AZ900 exam, I made a bold decision to appear for the AZ300 exam. Then, I started following the course contents for AZ300 in Microsoft Learn at a high level to gain more insights into the various services offered by Microsoft. I have used Scott Duffy's course on Udemy website for AZ300 and watched all his videos. The key to success is, to practice the concepts at the end of each topic/video to get myself comfortable with the services.
Next comes, the practice exam with time-bound preparation. So, I purchased a practice exam from Whizlabs website. After each exam, I spend more time going through the explanation for both answers and wrong answers to gain more understanding on the questions and scenarios.
Finally, after 2 months of preparation, I booked the exam on 18th April 2020, and cleared on the first attempt.
Then comes, the AZ301 preparation. I must admit that AZ301 is pretty easy compared to AZ300. This is my view.
I spent 2 weeks preparing for AZ301. Firstly, I purchased Nick Coyler's course on Udemy website. Gone through all the videos and followed my practice on free subscription. Secondly, purchased the practice exam on Whizlabs. Did the same exact thing as I did for AZ300.
I booked the exam on 8th May 2020, and cleared on the first attempt.
Wish you all the readers a happy learning and good luck for your preparation.
Certifications on Cloud
Computing Fundamentals – Triumvirate: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft
Azure Fundamentals, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Associate.
I completed the
Fundamentals on the 3 major Cloud platforms in order to understand the basics
of what the platforms offer. Given many of the fundamentals are alike, it is
also helpful to clear the exams close to each other , as you can slice off some
of the preliminary concepts quite easily. I hope this will be a useful source
Exam # 1: AWS
Certified Cloud Practitioner
this was the first Cloud certification I was going for, I deemed it important
to go through a full round of fundamental materials
(Amazon Partner Network) courses were helpful for this. I went through
Introduction to the AWS Cloud, AWS Architecture, AWS Core Services, AWS
Integrated Services, AWS Security, Pricing and Support
went through a formal course on Udemy. There are of course many AWS CCP courses
on Udemy and you can pick up any one. I completed the one imparted by Qasim
Shah. Irrespective of your access to APN materials, it will be a good idea to
go through a Udemy course as these courses are structured and most of them
would provide you with a preliminary idea of the basics
point, I also got set up on AWS so that I could start playing around a little
2. AWS White Papers
though the Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is more on the Fundamentals, it
will be very beneficial to go through the AWS White Papers. These are very
informative and if you have experiences of Legacy Migration/Modernization
initiatives, you will be able to greatly relate to these. And even if you do
not, still very helpful. I went through all these White Papers multiple times
the White Papers that I went through (all of these are available on AWS site) :
AWS-Cloud-Best_Practices, AWS-Migration-Whitepaper, AWS-Overview,
3. Other Reference Materials
through the AWS CCP Training Notes offered by Neal Davis from Digital Cloud
Mind Maps hosted by peers in the Cloud Computing space. These are useful tools
for last-minute look-ups
4. Practice Tests
CCP Practice Test program offered by Neil Davis on Udemy is an exhaustive one
that I took quite a few times
approach worth considering is to take the tests once very early into your
studying phase – it will tell you where you stand. Then, as you take the tests
multiple times, see which areas most of your knowledge gaps lie in. You can
focus more on those in the days leading up to the actual exam
went through the AWS CCP questions on examtopics.com a few times
5. My Own Notes
a reference document for my own use (uploaded in Github) while I was going
through the many sources as above. This helped me do a last-minute look-up.
Exam # 2: Microsoft
completed the entire Foundational Course for Azure Fundamentals on Microsoft
This has 12 modules : Cloud
Concepts – Principles of cloud computing, Create an Azure account, Core Cloud
Services – Introduction to Azure, Core Cloud Services – Azure architecture and
service guarantees, Core Cloud Services – Manage services with the Azure
portal, Core Cloud Services – Azure compute options, Core Cloud Services –
Azure networking options, Security responsibility and trust in Azure, Apply and
monitor infrastructure standards with Azure Policy, Control and organize Azure resources
with Azure Resource Manager, Predict costs and optimize spending for Azure
This is a
structured course and really helps to develop a broad understanding.
took the Udemy course on Azure Fundamentals offered by Alan Rodrigues. This
course in fact covers more on Azure than what you would need for the Azure
point, I also got myself set up on Azure so I could explore some of the
2. Microsoft White Papers
a huge amount of Azure documentation that you can go through on Microsoft site.
on the ones on Architecture, Security and Pricing. I did also go through the
high-level write-up on the Azure products and services
went for Azure Fundamentals right after AWS CCP, I found the AWS to Azure
services comparison pretty useful. You can just do a search for that on the
Microsoft Azure documentation site.
Azure Fundamentals course by Alan Rodrigues that I took, had 2 sets of practice
exams that were quite useful
took the Azure Fundamentals practice tests offered by Scott Duffy on Udemy.
took the Azure Fundamentals practice tests on Whizlab
also take the Azure Fundamentals practice tests on examtopics.com. Some of the
discussions on the threads were quite useful
5. My own notes
a reference document for my own use (uploaded on Github) while I was going
through the many sources as above. This helped me do a last-minute look-up
also create my own spreadsheet mapping of the AWS and Azure services (uploaded
Exam # 3: Oracle
Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Associate
this is a new course that Oracle has come up with, there are not too many
materials that are available on this yet
said, the online training material conducted by Rohit Rathi from Oracle is
comprehensive for the purpose of clearing this exam. I went through this
material a few times
2. OCI White Papers
offers many comprehensive White Papers on their website. Obviously the
materials around the database services are very strong. I did also find the
following ones quite informative : OCI_User_Guide, OCI_Getting_Started,
Cloud_MAA_Overview, best-practices-deploying-ha-architecture-oci, paas-iaas-pub-cld-srvs-pillar-4021422
available yet , unlike AWS and Azure
medium.com, you can find one by Balaji Ashok Kumar who has done a very helpful
job of curating notes from the OCI Online training program
4. Practice tests
one I could find when I was studying for this exam was the one comprising of 20
questions offered as part of the OCI Online training program
curate module-specific notes from the OCI material. Would not be very different
from the one I referred to, as published on medium.com by Balaji Ashok Kumar.
Mine is a set of notes for the separate modules, his is a consolidated version.
You might want to go through his version.
I recently passed the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam. I started my journey approximately a month and a half back in April. I started by watching Mumshad's course on CKAD on Udemy. It gave me quite a starting point. I liked his explanations of different complex topics.