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Time
19 hours 19 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
20
Video Transcription
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>> Hey everybody, and welcome back.
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In this lecture we're going to be continuing
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our discussion on preparing for this course.
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In this lecture we're going to be
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>> preparing for success,
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>> or covering the objectives that we need
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to review so we're
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successful while we're taking this course.
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Anyways, the learning objectives are going to be
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to break down the AWS exam guide.
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It's the official one that comes from their website.
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We'll be reviewing that.
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We're going to review
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some AWS documentation that's
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necessary for you to review,
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get familiar with before diving into the course.
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Actually during the course is good as well.
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Because as you're learning the services you
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can see how the documentation correlates.
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Then we're going to
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discuss some other domains that are being tested,
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diving a little deeper from our last discussion as well.
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Let's go ahead and dive into the official exam guide.
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What I have here before you is
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the official exam guide that I pulled up.
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Now if you just go to Google,
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and you type in AWS Certified Solution
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Architect Associate exam guide.
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It'll be like one of the first one or
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two search results that show
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up as the PDF attachment that comes from the AWS domain,
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and this is what it is here.
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You can go ahead and check it out.
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It gives you a lot of really helpful information on
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what information is going to be tested on this exam?
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What things you need to do to prepare?
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They talk about here,
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you could take some additional training
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from AWS's website where they
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have not only the course
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that you could pay for for the certification,
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but you can also review other courses on things like
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documentation and various principles
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that they teach and talk about and recommend.
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Here you can check out their whitepapers.
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I'll go ahead and hop over there.
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Here you can see they have all
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these whitepapers and guides.
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You could check it out.
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They have a lot of really cool stuff.
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They have stuff that's specific to your industry.
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If you're in robotics,
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or if you work in medicine,
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and if you work in science.
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They talk about some technical whitepapers
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for technology,
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like databases and architecting for HIPAA compliance.
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Lots of really great stuff.
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If you don't know what a whitepaper is,
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let me go ahead and open one up for you.
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They give you a couple of
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different versions on how you want to check it out.
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But this is essentially a whitepaper.
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There's your abstract,
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which gives you a summary of
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what the whitepaper is about,
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and then it dives into the material.
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Whitepaper is like an educational paper.
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It's like a document that, in college,
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depending on your profession,
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you might write an abstract for a long essay.
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That's basically what a whitepaper is,
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except it's not so tested I guess,
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the result it's so foundational it's more experienced.
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Like this is basically what it is,
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this is what the product is,
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this is what the principles,
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this is what you should do.
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That's what a whitepaper is.
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In this case, for architecting for HIPAA security,
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they're giving you guidance
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on how do you do that with Alexa for business,
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maybe you work in
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the healthcare industry here in the United States,
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and you want to integrate Alexa into your business.
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Having a whitepaper that
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tells you how to do this securely,
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even that's a lot of information,
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but it does give you an idea on
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HIPAA eligible Alexa skills.
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It gives you an outline like, hey,
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you should be using this for
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your business here in the healthcare industry.
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Let's move on to another service,
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so you can see what other things they're talking about.
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That's a whitepaper really on the high level.
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There are a whole lot of them.
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Let's go back to the exam guide.
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[NOISE] If we're back here.
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They have this in all the exam guides.
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But if you're looking to find that link for whitepapers,
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you can find it here in the exam guide.
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Or you could just search it up on Google,
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AWS whitepapers, and you'll find it that way as well.
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It's always a good idea to
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review the whitepapers before you take an exam.
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It gives you some good understanding
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on the big picture from AWS's perspective.
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Anyways, moving on.
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Within the exam guide they have got
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various exam content details,
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so they're confirming what we talked about.
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Which is this exam is going to have
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multiple choice and multiple response.
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They talk about their unscored content.
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Meaning that AWS is
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constantly trying to improve their exams,
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and some of the questions you get,
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a very small amount,
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they're not actually counting towards your score,
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they're actually to test
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the greater population to see
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if the exam question's a good one,
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is it a fair one
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for the level of the certification and all that,
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so pretty good stuff there.
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Here they talk about the exam results.
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You can get a score out of 100-1,000, 720,
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or 72 percent,
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being that a passing score right there.
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Keep that in mind. Here is your exam outline,
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your breakdown which we did cover last time.
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They go into detail on exactly what these topics are.
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You're going to have a link to this
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in the description of this lesson,
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so be sure to check it out,
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get familiar with it, study it for a little bit.
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Just drink cup of coffee, review this,
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it'll be helpful, I promise you.
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Let's go on to the next thing I want to show you here.
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This is the AWS well-architected framework,
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and you might have heard me allude
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to this a few times already.
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This is going to be helpful for
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you especially because this is
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the Solutions Architect Associate Certification.
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If you continue to go down this track and
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get the professional version of this,
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you're going to need to know
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this well-architected framework, inside and out.
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Keep that in mind. This is
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a free resource that you can check out.
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They have a well-architected tool which you
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can leverage to assist you and your Cloud architecture,
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making sure that you're
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doing everything you need to do to stay cost-effective,
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and secure, and all that good stuff.
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If we scroll down here under
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the oops Framework Overview right there.
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I want to click HTML,
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so we can pull up a web page for this.
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Again, this is another whitepaper document.
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There's going to be an abstract which you can read about.
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There's going to be an introduction.
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If we go down here over on the left side,
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you're going to see the pillars of the framework.
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They talk about operational excellence,
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security, reliability.
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These are the laws
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that make up the well-architected framework under AWS.
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They're very popular.
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Once you get familiar with them,
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and you talk to other AWS certified engineers,
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they're more than likely going to
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be familiar with this as well.
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You're going to get some exam questions from this
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basically talking about like
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what answer would reflect
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the operational excellence,
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or what answer would reflect
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the security pillar from the Well-Architected Framework.
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You're getting at a few,
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but really it's a high-level idea.
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You don't need to memorize the whole document,
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you need to understand
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the document. There is a difference.
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Being able to understand it is being able
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to teach it to somebody else,
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to articulate it to somebody else.
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That's not requiring that you memorize it necessarily,
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it just requires that you know,
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the topics that are being discussed,
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and that you can share it
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with somebody else in confidence and be
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able to lead them in the right path to
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go and pursue
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a well-architected Cloud environment as well.
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That's the difference there.
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I do recommend you take a look at this.
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I'll be dropping a link for this in
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your lesson description as well.
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Be sure to take a look.
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I will say this.
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I personally waited to review
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the Well-Architected Framework until I
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finished my course when I was studying.
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I found that to be helpful. I think
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that might be helpful for you as well,
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just because you want to
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get familiar with all the services,
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understand how the services work.
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Then once you get that,
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you can use this to tie it
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all in and see the big picture.
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That's just my recommendation.
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But make sure you review this before you take your exam.
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There's lots of good stuff there.
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This wraps up this lesson.
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In this lesson we reviewed the AWS exam guide,
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and we discussed all the details within it.
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We broke down the domains in further detail.
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Then we reviewed,
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not only the Well-Architected Framework,
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but where you can find other AWS documentation,
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that's going to be super helpful for you.
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Be sure to check all that stuff out.
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Make sure you review
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the Well-Architected Framework at the end of this course.
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Let's go ahead and dive into this course.
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I'll see you in the next lesson.
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