After completing all 5 certifications on AWS, Boss asked me to get certified on GCP, that was worrying and it took around a month to prepare thoroughly for this toughest exam.
WE(CloudCover) are premier partners with GCP and it was an additional benefit for my study path. I got access to the course material and case study breakdowns.
My exam experience and tips :It was quite horrible, I have got 3 case studies out of four, where 1 case study had 17 questions.
I would highly recommend practising on GCP using the hands-on labs( if you don’t fight production fires :D) and reviewing the official documentation which is really useful to understand the platform and use-cases.
The exam was quite tough, all sections from the study guide were thoroughly assessed. There are multiple ways a solution can be designed for a problem, however, you are asked to choose most appropriate way. This was really put to test on the exam.
Linux Academy courses are very helpful, I would highly recommend enrolling for the same.
Hopefully, this helps you to get ready.
I am sure it will be a fun experience preparing for the certification.
Good luck to everyone taking this!
To present an ever-cheerful demeanour is far greater in value than presenting a treasure of pearls. - ElixirOfLife
Guys, Finally I achieved AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional Certification with this became all 5/5 AWS certified.
I already completed my AWS Certified Solution Architect professional exam 3 months ago and it helped me to study and reutilize my knowledge
SA Pro requires more breadth across AWS and DevOps Pro requires more depth in deployment, I took this advice to heart and prepared for both exams.
My exam experience :In the exam, I found there was a heavy emphasis on Lifecycle hooks (AutoScaling), Lifecycle Events (OpsWorks), and Lifecycle Policies (S3)! and I got a number of questions like, Which of these options are Blue/Green deployment? or Which of these options is A/B testing?
Some of these questions were really simple, but some of them were pretty nasty,
The way these Pro tests are structured, test takers need to be very quick at picking apart the questions and answers. I strongly suggest you pay close attention to the clock because the time constraint is what I found to be the most difficult aspect of this exam.
Tips for aspiring people :Read AWS Resources - I would highly recommend going through AWS documentation as it covers lot syllabus also read AWS White papers, AWS FAQ, Discussion forums/Blogs related with exam
Get Online Training - Go through Linux academy, Acloud guru courses those are really helpful.
Get Yourself an AWS Account & drill it !! - This is the most important point, Make sure you have your own RnD account to practice.
Get advice from the people who’ve already done - This helped me a lot, I talked with many people who already cleared this and understood the challenges they faced in the exam.
The power of elimination. - Using the process of elimination, you can reduce the chances of failure and get the answer quickly
Practice test - Go for the practice tests provided by AWS, it helps you calculate your knowledge on the specific topic.
The professional exams required a lot more focus on the labs and practice with your AWS account.
I hope what I've written can give you some ideas on how you can forge your own path there. Good luck !!
My AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional Certification Exam Tips: https://utkarshblog.weebly.com/blog/passed-aws-solutions-architect-pro-exam-some-tips-for-aspiring-people
I'm really happy to share that I have completed 4 AWS certifications with the AWS Solutions Architect - Professional... just in time to achieve my 2017 goal.
I'd like to express one big Thank You to the ACloudGuru crew for brilliant content. I found it extremely helpful in learning how to think the AWS way and how to properly apply "exam question surgery".
My two cents for the aspiring candidates who are preparing:
Professional exam really tests your knowledge in the topics and not a test on pure memorizing skills. This exam is more focused towards practical implementation of different AWS services and how they fit together to solve a given business problem. So, do not rush for this exam if you do not have some experience working/building solutions with AWS. Please focus on understanding the concepts, benefits & Anti-Patterns of each AWS service clearly. If you have cleared the Associate exam, you need not worry about memorizing some numbers/metrics.
Here’s how I prepared:
• Ryan’s video course
The course is good for an overview, itself is not sufficient to pass the exam. Certainly recommended going through Ryan's 'Exam Tips' for each section, before a day or two of the exam.
• reInvent videos - at 2x speed
Re-invent videos are very long ones but definitely helps to understand the concept clearly. Again while watching these videos, no need to attempt for memorization.
• AWS Whitepapers & FAQ - for any service I wasn't completely clear on.
Core services such as EC2 (including cost models), EBS (PIOPS, RAID Configuration), AutoScaling, ELB, Route53, CloudFormation, S3, CloudFront, Kinesis. I got some questions on OpsWorks as well.
• Jayendra Patil's blog (the real treasure)
Practice Exam was very tough. I also took WhizLabs practice exams. well worth, it gives you a lot of good questions to practice, which is really helpful.
In the last 24 hours, I was mainly working on the practice exam question screenshots, looking up concepts I wasn't familiar with. I practiced the technique of looking at the last sentence in a question and quickly analyzing what is required.
My biggest fear was running out of time, so at the start (before clicking start) I split out what question I should be up to at 20-minute intervals. I managed to get 77% and had 30 mins spare at the end
In my next article, I will share the study material I referred to clear this gigantic exam !!
What next? Time to book the DevOps pro exam to complete set of all 5 certs and get cracking.
Happy Learning to all.
Here is the link for all certifications I have achieved till date : https://utkarshblog.weebly.com/my-certifications.html
Whenever grief and worry envelop you, remind yourself of the glory of your blissful Self and remove your delusion. - ElixirOfLife
The internet is getting scarier by each passing day. Apart from the vicious web of social media network (read: trolling/cyber-bullying), even online trade is becoming increasingly unscrupulous and is far away from being credible.
If you have been following news, you know what duping schemes I’m talking about. If you haven’t, I’m sorry but you are in for a surprise and not a good one.
Velpuri Pavithra, from Pune, recently posted an ad on OLX to sell a stroller, but her experience in the aftermath will not only shock you but will make you think twice before making a sale/purchase online in future. In a Facebook post, she explains her ordeal…
I urge you to note that this post is NOT against OLX. Nor am I against technology which I use extensively. This is just a word of caution to be careful. I have always had good experiences with OLX in buying stuff. That is the reason I posted an Ad on their site. OLX team has been supportive and have sent a mail saying that they have blocked that user’s account. Let me reiterate that this is about a fraudster using their platform to con people.
I have lodged a complaint at the local police station. Also, I have sent a copy of the lodged complaint to the cyber cell’s email id of Pune.
Thanks everyone for your concern and support! Realise the power of social media.
Here is something you must read if you are a person like me, who believes that technology has eased our lives. It definitely has, by letting us buy groceries, transfer money, book a cab, order everything under the sun with just a click. Something happened this morning that asked me to pause a bit and be wary while I happily make financial transactions right left and centre.
It has been two months since I put up an Ad on OLX mentioning that I would like to sell Desh’s stroller. Somehow, I didn’t find a customer who would pay anywhere close to what I had quoted. I had almost forgotten that the Ad was up as there was no activity on the Ad. A couple of days ago, I received a message on the website’s chat messenger asking if it was still available.I replied saying it was still available and the person agreed to pay the quoted amount. I didn’t hear from him for a day. He called up this morning.
He introduced himself as Vishal and told me that he likes the pram and wants to buy it. He asked why I was selling it for such a low price when the pictures are so impressive. I told him that there was no damage and it is in great condition. I suggested to him that it would be good if he came in person and checked the condition before agreeing to buy it. He said that he lives in Mumbai and he wants to buy it for her sister who lives in Pune and it is a surprise. (In my head, I went “How sweet of an uncle to do this to his niece/nephew”). He offered to make an online transfer to my account and said that his sister would come and collect it tomorrow. On asking for his email id for sending the details, he asked if I could share my account details on WhatsApp. I did. Within 3 minutes of me sharing the details, I received an SMS from one of these 5 digit numbers (like 59444) saying my account has been credited with 13,500 while the money that had to be transferred was 3,500.
I was not sure what was happening. I pinged this person on WhatsApp to check what had happened. He said it was done by mistake.
He portrayed as if it was a transfer that was intended to reach his mom and requested me to transfer 10K. He said it was urgent, he had to send it to his mom who was waiting at a hospital to pay the bill.
When I asked for his account details, he asked if I could transfer through Paytm to his mom’s number.
I agreed though I sensed something was fishy.
For a moment before I transferred, I wanted to check my account online and not trust the SMS. I found that there was no money transferred. I called my bank’s customer care to check if there is a possibility for such a quick transfer within three minutes. He asked me to check the transfer mode( NEFT or IMPS). In either of the cases, it would take at least 2 hours for a transfer to happen, is what the personnel informed.
As I kept talking to the customer care, I kept receiving messages from Vishal saying it is urgent and his mom is waiting for the money.
I told him that I didn’t receive the money. I called him up to tell that it would take two hours for the transfer to happen(even if he had transferred), check what he was up to, asked him which bank he transferred from etc. He said ICICI, figured that I was probing and hung up the call.
I called him 3-4 times after that and his number was busy.
It took me a while to digest that I was on the verge of getting tricked and the convoluted nature of the trick shook me quite a bit. Until I sat to key in this post, I kept giving myself that benefit of the doubt that he does have a sister and he wants to buy the stroller for her baby and his mom isn’t in trouble. In the hindsight, it dawned on my mind that no bank would allow a transfer until at least half an hour after adding the beneficiary. Had it occurred to me when I received the credit SMS, I wouldn’t have fallen for that mom sentiment for 10 more minutes.
I received a call from him after two hours which I chose to ignore. Sent him a message on WA saying ‘I didn’t receive any money in my account. Hope you stop tricking people into traps like these. I really wish you had a sister and you wanted to buy it for her son/daughter. Also, I wish your mother doesn’t fall sick and stand in a hospital queue waiting for 10,000 rupees from you’.
How much can one misuse technology, stoop to new lows, manipulate your emotions for quick bucks! I really wish he used his intelligence that he invested in creating an account on a portal, making seemingly genuine inquiries, faking bank SMS es, cooking up tales and sharing Paytm details in something else and earned 10 rupees through honesty and hard work. Here are the numbers that I received calls from and was asked to transfer money to.
Call :+91 9967957477
Paytm: +91 8948413565
A small mistake, a tiny miss and Pavithra could have ended up losing her money to this fraudster. But thanks to her presence of mind that saved the day, hers and ours by opening our eyes to online scams like these.
Do not trust anyone blindly and make a transaction only when you’ve verified the credentials because today it was Pavithra, tomorrow it could be anyone of us.