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1 year ago

Passed CSA - 2018 Today

​Hi Guys,

I have passed the AWS CSA 2018 version Today. Questions i have faced are pretty medium level 15 -20 were tricky remaining all are straight forward like which service used in the scenario.

Types of questions

1. VPC - NACL and SG configuration for private subnet communication to the internet .

Bastion host from on-premise to VPC deployment .

Subnet design for the /24 VPC for a Highly Available 2 tier architecture along with ELB.

How to deny IP Addresses - NACL

VPN connection Monitoring - TunnelState Metric

2. EC2 - Based on the reserved EC2 instances types such as scheduled/convertible/Normal

3. ELB - Bottleneck in the given design

Decoupling the users from using the EC2 DNS names

Adding the EC2 to make multi AZ and how can we attain more more scalability - By adding ELB & ASG

3.RDS - Few Multi-AZ scenario questions

Read contention solving using read replicas ( some tricky with wordings)

4. Dynamodb - To store session data

Few scenarios where we have to use Dynamodb for millisecond latency

5. S3 - Cross region replication

Encryption where we have rotate keys - KMS

Pre-signed URL's

6. Cloudtrail - Logging KMS Usage

7. Cloudwatch - Custom EC2 metrics such as memory , disk space utilization

8. Lambda - Encrypted Environment variables

9. API Gateway - To enhance functionality of the backend EC2 Instance

10. Cloufront - To limit the traffic from the on premise and vpc resources

11. Route53 - Active-Active Latency based routing

Alias for apex record

Failover to s3 static

Health Checks for On-premise load balancer

12. ALB - Path based routing and websocker support in the scenarios of ECS

To load balance the on-premise servers ( Through the ip address)

13. ECS- Migrate on -premise Docker containers to AWS

14. CLB - For not changing the incoming header ( Not sure whether it can done using NLB as well)

15. EBS - Types of volumes based on the scenario such big data , random I/O , Intensive I/O ( 4 Questions)

16. Kinesis - Analytics & Streams

17. Active Directory - Corporate users using MFA to post the pics to s3

These are few senario based questions that I remember.


I have started with Linux acadmey course (outdated) and Eissa's course from udemy helped to understand AWS in deep dive manner

After going through this Eissa course ( 2 times) i have taken many tests from the LA , ACG , Whizlabs , Braincert where i have scored all the tests somewhere between 85-95%. So it has given me the required confidence to appear the exam. Before going to the exam i have read almost all the servcies FAQ's. On the day of the exam before i have gone through the jayendrapatil blog.

Thank You Thomas for helping me get started with AWS

Next Step: Sysops 

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1 year ago
Congratulations! Best of luck with sysops, you can do it!
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1 year ago
AWSome job and congratulations! Thank you for sharing your experience!!
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1 year ago
Way to go!
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1 year ago
Excellent work!
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
Congratulations on passing the CSA 2018! Best of luck on the SysOps course!
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1 year ago
Well done and thanks for all the great feedback on the exam!
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1 year ago
Wow - way to share your experience and recommendations! Congratulations on your certification!
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1 year ago
Well done, Congratulations! 
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1 year ago
Excellent information! Congratulations on your cert!
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
Congrats.  Thanks for the additional feedback.  Really helps out.
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1 year ago
Way to go! We appreciate the feedback as well! 
Good luck on your SysOps exam.
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1 year ago
Congrats!  Great job.
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1 year ago
congratulations . 
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1 year ago
Amazing job! Keep up the great work!
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1 year ago
Well done!
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1 year ago
Great job! Congratulations!
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1 year ago
Thanks for sharing all that information - congratulations!
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1 year ago
Excellent feedback report!  Good job, and congratulations on the pass!
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1 year ago
Wow, thank you for sharing that feedback!  Congrats on the pass!
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1 year ago
Thanks so much for the report and congratulations! 
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
Woohoo!  Congrats on passing the exam!
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
Great feedback. Congrats!
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
Nice job, congrats!
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1 year ago
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1 year ago


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1 year ago
Congratulations and good luck with Sysops!
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1 year ago
Well done!  Good luck with Sysops!
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1 year ago
congratulations !

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1 year ago
Great work! Congrats!
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1 year ago

Yeeaaahhh! Good luck with sysops too. You'll have to let us know how it goes. 

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1 year ago
Congrats.  Thanks for all this info!
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1 year ago

Thanks for making us part of your journey!