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AWS300: Amazon Web Services Architecture and Operations


  • 4 Days
  • Taught by Mike Pfeiffer
  • Gain mastery in AWS - you'll be ready to start deploying in a production environment
  • 2 Classes in 1 – content maps to AWS Architect + SysOps Certs
  • Replay™ Class Recordings Included

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Course Description

This course is designed to teach systems administrators, developers, or IT architects how to optimize the use of the AWS Cloud. You’ll understand the best practices for design, deployment, networking, load balancing and more. Mike Pfeiffer will identify some effective AWS Cloud design patterns and teach you how a service may fit in the overall cloud design. The course also covers System Operations – you’ll learn how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on the AWS platform including tools related to configuration and deployment. Plus,  you’ll learn common techniques used throughout the industry for configuring and deploying systems.

Interface Instructor Mike Pfeiffer is an accomplished IT architect, instructor, consultant, writer and conference speaker with 20 years of experience in the tech industry. After spending many years as an enterprise consultant and technical trainer, Mike went to work for Microsoft helping some of their biggest customers move to the cloud. Later, he joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he worked as a solutions architect, spending most of his time speaking at live events, writing code to build fully automated solutions, and helping customers and partners architect solutions in the cloud.


Module 1: Introduction to Amazon Web Services

  • Understanding the AWS Global Infrastructure
  • Navigating the AWS Management Console
  • AWS Security Measures
  • Understanding Compute & Networking Services
  • Working with AWS Storage & Content Delivery
  • Understanding Managed Databases


Module 2: Working with Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Understanding the IAM Service
  • Setting up IAM Users & Policies
  • Multi-factor Authentication
  • Working with the Security Token Service (STS)
  • Security Best Practices on AWS


Module 3: EC2 – The Elastic Compute Cloud

  • Choosing the Right Instance Type
  • Launching EC2 Instances
  • Restricting Network Traffic with Security Groups
  • Understanding EC2 Storage: EBS vs. Instance Store
  • Working with Volumes and Snapshots
  • Understanding Amazon Machine Images
  • Setting up IAM Roles for EC2 Instances
  • Bootstrapping Instances at Launch
  • Remotely Managing EC2 Instances


Module 4: Networking with the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VCP)

  • Introduction to Networking on AWS
  • Architecting and Building your own VPC
  • Providing Outbound Internet Access with NAT
  • Controlling Traffic Flow with Network Access Control Lists (NACLs)
  • Connecting your On-Premises Environment to your VPC


Module 5: Object Storage, Data Management, and Content Delivery Network (CDN)

  • Introduction to Amazon S3
  • Creating S3 Buckets
  • S3 Lifecycle Management and Archiving with Glacier
  • Backing up On-Premises Data to the Cloud with AWS Storage Gateway
  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Exploring Backup Storage and Disaster Recovery Considerations
  • Working with the Amazon CloudFront CDN


Module 6: DNS Load Balancing with Route 53

  • Introduction to Route53
  • Architecting for Regional Failover
  • Using Weighted DNS Records
  • Implementing Latency Based Routing


Module 7: Working with AWS Database Services

  • Working with the Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Storing Data in DynamoDB
  • Data Warehousing with Redshift
  • Understanding Elasticache
  • Working with Amazon Aurora


Module 8: Implementing High Availability

  • Understanding Elasticity & Scalability
  • Architecting for Multiple Availability Zones and Regions
  • Implementing an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
  • Implementing Autoscaling


Module 9: Monitoring and Analysis

  • Introduction to Amazon Cloudwatch
  • Creating Cloudwatch Roles
  • Monitoring EC2
  • Monitoring RDS
  • Consolidating Billing and Cost Optimization
  • Implementing Billing Alerts


Module 10: Setting Up Application Services

  • Working with the Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Understanding the Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Management with Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF)


Module 11: Using Application Management Services

  • Overview of Application Management on AWS
  • Understanding Infrastructure as Code
  • Building Infrastructure with CloudFormation
  • Creating Stacks with AWS Opsworks


Module 12: Mastering the Command Line: AWS CLI and PowerShell

  • Introduction to the AWS API’s and Available Tools
  • Installing SDKs and the AWS CLI
  • Common API Actions
  • Running Commands and Scripts with the AWS CLI
  • Scripting AWS with Windows PowerShell

This 4-day course is intended for IT professionals who are new to Amazon Web Services, including those working in systems architecture, systems operations, application development, or DevOps roles. This course can be used to gain an understanding of the core services used for running workloads on the AWS cloud. In addition, this course prepares students for both the AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate and AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exams.


We recommend that students have experience with general networking concepts and systems administration or software development. Familiarity with either the Windows or Linux operating systems is also recommended.

What You Will Learn

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of the AWS cloud platform and global infrastructure
  • Design architectures based on AWS recommended principles and best practices
  • Deploy EC2 Instances using the console and command line tools
  • Demonstrate knowledge of user identity, permissions, and security best practices used with AWS
  • Setup networking services with Amazon VPC
  • Implement elasticity and scalability for servers and applications
  • Build systems and applications with high availability, load balancing, and redundancy
  • Monitor the health of EC2 instances
  • Manage resource consumption and understand cost optimization
  • Operate application management services such as CloudFormation and AWS OpsWorks
Student Comments (50)
Comments about the Instructor
"Excellent instructor. Kudos!"
January 16, 2020 | AWS300 Student
Comments about the Instructor
"Mike is a great instructor, very knowledgeable and not boring!"
July 25, 2019 | AWS300 Student
Comments about the Physical Environment
"Classroom environment was great"
July 25, 2019 | AWS300 Student
Comments about the Courseware
"Labs worked perfectly. It's been more than a decade since I've experienced that anywhere. Made for a great learning experience."
July 25, 2019 | AWS300 Student
Comments about the Instructor
"Mike's excited about the material he teaches and it shows."
July 25, 2019 | AWS300 Student
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