AWS CSA – Associate Achieved   

I recently took advantage of one of the great benefits that my employer provides and took the AWS course for the Solution Architect – Associate.  Why AWS, well public cloud is a very popular topic and AWS is one of the main integrations for vRealize Automation I am asked about on a regular basis.  Fantastic course and I learned a lot but I thought I would share my thoughts around preparation for the exam.

First off the book AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam book is a great resource.

Another resource I took advantage of was ACloudguru which I actually came across via Udemy and for the price you can’t beat it.  The course better than the actual live course I attended with an instructor (it was just a little more in depth) and would take another one if I get a chance.

The last thing I will recommend is get hands on with the labs and get used to the interface.   I took a little longer than I should have between the time I took the class and the time I took the exam so I used ACloudGuru to go through the course again.  Sign up for a free tier account and take advantage of the access to study.

The test is comprehensive so I would make sure you set aside time to make sure you understand the content as well a potential architecture situations that you may be asked about.  Also there are a couple other free resources out there like vBrownbag and the AWS Free training.

AWS Endpoint Creation with vRealize Automation

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Before you add the endpoint into vRealize Automation you will need to setup your AWS VPC.  Make sure you follow the instructions provided by AWS.  Additionally you can refer to the instructions in the vRealize Automation Configuration Guide.  As these may change refer to the appropriate versions for your deployment.

Adding an AWS Endpoint in vRealize Automation.  Once you have logged into the vRA console go to the Infrastructure tab, click Endpoints, Endpoints.  Click new+ cloud, Amazon EC2.  Provide a name for the endpoint as well as your Access Key ID and Secret access key.

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Next go to the Fabric Groups and add a new Fabric Group as well as an administrator and select the appropriate compute resources.

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Next create a reservation by going back up a level to the Infrastructure tab, Reservations

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Once you have added the appropriate resources you should be to go into the design canvas and create AWS EC2 blueprints with the resources you configured.

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Remember to reference the latest document based on the version you are running as they differ slightly.