AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam Learning Path

AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam Learning Path

NOTE – SysOps Administrator exam has been updated from 24th Sept 2018. Please check SysOps Administrator – Associate SOA-C01 Exam Learning path

AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate exam basically validates the following

  • Deliver the stability and scalability needed by a business on AWS
  • Provision systems, services and deployment automation on AWS
  • Ensure data integrity and data security on AWS technology
  • Provide guidance on AWS best practices
  • Understand and monitor metrics on AWS

Refer to the AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam Blue Print
AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate Breakup

AWS Cloud Computing Whitepapers

AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam Contents

Domain 1.0: Monitoring and Metrics

Domain 2.0: High Availability

Domain 3.0: Analysis

  • Optimize the environment to ensure maximum performance
  • Identify performance bottlenecks and implement remedies
  • Identify potential issues on a given application deployment

Domain 4.0: Deployment and Provisioning

  • Demonstrate the ability to build the environment to conform with the architected design
  • Demonstrate the ability to provision cloud resources and manage implementation automation

Domain 5.0: Data Management

Domain 6.0: Security

  • Implement and manage security policies
  • Ensure data integrity and access controls when using the AWS platform
  • Demonstrate understanding of the shared responsibility model
  • Demonstrate ability to prepare for security assessment use of AWS

Domain 7.0: Networking

  • Demonstrate ability to implement networking features of AWS
    • includes topics VPC
  • Demonstrate ability to implement connectivity features of AWS

NOTE: I have just marked the topics inline with the AWS Exam Blue Print. So be sure to check the same, as it is updated regularly and go through Whitepapers, FAQs and Re-Invent videos.

AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam Resources

  • Purchased the acloud guru AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate 2017 course from udemy (should get it for $10-$15 on discount) helps to get a clear picture of the the format, topics and relevant sections
  • Opinion : acloud guru course are good by itself but is not sufficient to pass the exam but might help to counter about 50-60% of exam questions
  • Signed up with AWS for the Free Tier account which provides a lot of the Services to be tried for free with certain limits which are more then enough to get things going. Be sure to decommission anything, if you using any thing beyond the free limits, preventing any surprises 🙂
  • Also, used the QwikLabs for all the introductory courses which are free and allow you to try out the services multiple times (I think its max 5, as I got the warnings couple of times)
  • Update: Qwiklabs seems to have reduced the free courses quite a lot and now provide targeted labs for AWS Certification exams which are charged
  • Read the FAQs atleast for the important topics, as they cover important points and are good for quick review
  • Did not purchase the AWS Practice exams, as the questions are available all around. But if you want to check the format, it might be useful.
  • You can also check practice tests

75 thoughts on “AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam Learning Path

  1. Hi, just passed sysops associate exam with 89% result. Your blog and learning path was my main study source, wouldn’t have passed without. Cheers!

    1. Hi Markus,

      Congrats !!

      I completed my Dev/SA certs. Starting on SysOps. Can you please list down, the sections here in the blog that you had to prepare.

      Jayendra did list out them as topics. But just making sure. I want to “stay in the box” and stick to needed topics only.

      Hi Jayendra,

      May be you can guide me as well 🙂

      Thanks & Regards

  2. Hi Jayendra:
    Looks like the topics missing lings are: “Storage Gateway, S3” in
    include topics Automated Backups, Storage Gateway, S3
    “VPN, Direct Connect” in
    includes topics VPN, Direct Connect

    Btw.. I completed CDA & CSA certs using your blog. Greatest resource for AWS cert paths.

    1. Congrats Rama and thanks for the feedback. Have added the links to the topics.

  3. Braincert vs Whizlabs are they similar or same? Do we need to look at both?
    Please advise.
    How is the quality of questions on BrainCert?
    I already have whizlabs.

  4. Hi Jayendra,

    I just passed my sysops cert today! I am still flipping through your blog posts right before the exam and even came across some similar concepts/questions on the exam.

    I would like to thank you for the wonderful resources in your blog and for curating a great blog for helping us to prepare AWS exams!


  5. Hi jayendrapatil,

    Thanks for your blog. I’ve cleared my AWS Sysops Exam today. Your Blog info are very useful to help clear AWS Sysops exam.

  6. >>Opinion : acloud guru course are good by itself but is not sufficient to pass the exam but might help to counter about 50-60% of exam questions

    100% True!!!

  7. Thank you, Jayndra for such a wonderful blog capturing minute details of every other service.

    I could clear my sysops certification after reading your blog. Some of the questions came from the list of questions you have put up on this site.

    Thank you so much.

  8. Hi Jayendra,

    I’ve just passed AWS SysOps with 90%

    Overall Score: 90%

    Topic Level Scoring:
    1.0  Monitoring and Metrics: 100%
    2.0  High Availability: 100%
    3.0  Analysis: 77%
    4.0  Deployment and Provisioning: 75%
    5.0  Data Management: 100%
    6.0  Security: 100%
    7.0  Networking: 85%

    I’d like to thank you for your blog. It’s very helpful. Many questions are in your blog.

    Thanks so much

  9. Hi Jayendrapatil,
    Today I cleared my sysops associate certification. Thanks for the detailed course material with sample questions related to sysops associate exam, helped me a lot to clear the exam.

    I appreciate the efforts you have been putting to constantly update the site also guiding people like me to clear the exam.

    1. Congrats Dan …… Appreciate if you can provide the exam feedback for topics, that would help other users.

  10. Hi Jayendra,

    Really nice site for certification. today I wrote AWS SYSOPS and cleared with 90 % the given materials really helped alot to enhance my knowledge.

    Thanks for taking this initiative for creating the blog.


    1. Congrats Vijay, thats great score …. Would appreciate if you provide exam feedback for other users …

  11. Optimize the environment to ensure maximum performance
    Identify performance bottlenecks and implement remedies — Links missing

  12. Hi Sir,

    The links to the below mentioned topics are missing.

    Optimize the environment to ensure maximum performance
    Identify performance bottlenecks and implement remedies

    Please do the needful.


    1. these topics are too generic and must be covered through individual topics. There is currently no specific blog post for the same.

  13. Hi Jayendra,

    Today I wrote AWS SYSOPS and cleared with 85 %. Your blog was my main preparation source. The sample questions and each topicwise description helped me a lot in cracking the exam.

    You are doing an awesome job!!

  14. Hi jayendra, I cleared my sysops exam yesterday with 95%, got 2 questions wrong . I would like to convey my sincere thanks to you for your great blog. I has really helped me to clear both my CSA and sysops certifications. Keep up the great work !

  15. Hi Guys,

    How are the sample papers at udemy ? They are providing set of 400 questions at INR 750 .
    Will they be useful ? Has anybody tried ?

  16. Hi Jayendra – The course content is just phenomenal. It helped me a lot in my prep for AWS SysOps and I was able to score 91%. One thing is, Your content is far far better and has more content than others offering the same course.

  17. DO we need to get Sys Ops Official Exam guide to face the exam or going through Jayendrapatil’s topics are enough to face the exam. Please advice

    1. I haven’t read any book and feel its a waste to clear the exams. You can find online courses and practice exams much cheaper and better then the books. Also, Almost all the topics are covered here so if you cover them you are good to go.

  18. Hi Mr. Jayendra, would you please share the answers to the AWS SysOps associate certification sample questions? Thank you

  19. Hi Mr. Jayendra, Would you please share the answers to AWS SysOps associate certification sample questions? Thank you

  20. If possible can you please review the exam guide and provide some inputs on how to prepare . I recently cleared solutions architect

  21. I can’t believe I passed AWS SysOps associate with 97%. Thanks Jayendra. I will continue the DevOps professional.

    Overall Score: 97%

    Topic Level Scoring:
    1.0  Monitoring and Metrics: 100%
    2.0  High Availability: 100%
    3.0  Analysis: 100%
    4.0  Deployment and Provisioning: 85%
    5.0  Data Management: 100%
    6.0  Security: 100%
    7.0  Networking: 100%

  22. Hi Jayendra,

    Passed AWS SA pro 4 weeks ago, and have just cleared AWS Sysops Admin with 86%.

    I used your blog for both, and it to proved to be excellent in both cases.

    Thanks for taking to the time to collate all of this information.


  23. Hi Jayendra ,

    Just pass AWS Sysops Associate exam yout blog is really useful. Thank you very much

  24. Hi Jayendra,
    I was trying to apply certification for sysops and amazon portal says that this exam will expire by sep 21. I do not see another version of this certification. Do you have any update?

    1. For SysOps there are no two versions of exams. From 22nd Sept. the format will change and will be the new format. so book accordingly.

  25. Hi Jayendra,

    Thanks for such a helpful blog. Successfully completed AWS SysOps certification with 93%.

  26. Hello,
    Thanks for your blog, it really helped me.

    I scored 95% in sysops-associate exam

  27. Hi Jayendra,

    Thanks for such a helpful blog. Successfully completed AWS SysOps certification with 95%.

    1. Hi Agyapal,

      Could you please share the details about the preparation journey?


  28. Congratulations Agyapal,

    Could you please share in details about how have you prepared for the certification?

  29. Hi there,

    I”m just finished my Classroom Training for AWS Sys ops and looking for exam questions
    Next week my exam will be commence, Kindly needs some help from you guys. Thanks

    1. Check the blog post, have mentioned couple of options for SysOps practice exams. Braincert has a good feedback from users, you can check.

  30. I read Jay’s blog and FAQ’s of all services he mentioned and that’s it. Once you have done these, feel free to attempt exam.

  31. Hello,

    I plan to give AWS SysOps exam in coming week. Wanted to check if AWS updates which are there from quite sometime (Roles can be applied to running EC2 instance, VPC peering could be done across regions, and many others which are there since few months or maybe year now) would be reflected in the exam questions already since it is old exam and if we can answer as per those updates.

    Also, which new services could we expect questions in exam – Lambda, API Gateway, ECS, etc

    Any other pointers would be helpful.

    1. Old SysOps does not cover new topics. Atleast as far as I have had feedback. But the switch is going to happy in couple of weeks, I think that should change with only the new exam. So make sure you know which one you are appearing.

  32. Okay, Thanks for the update. So answers should be selected based on earlier context (VPC cannot be resized forexample)

    Maybe people who attempted recently could also clarify. Anyone ?


  33. Hello Jayendra,
    Passed my AWS Sysops exam. Thanks to your blog and neat presentation. Much appreciated. Are you planning to update this since SYSOPS will be releasing a new version of exam from 9/24 ?. Just curious.
    Also, Any ideas of having the equivalent (Blog) for Microsoft Azure ?.

    1. Congrats Anand. I am planning to update the blog for the new SysOps by next month. Nothing yet for Azure.

  34. Hi Jayendra,
    When are you updating contents for Sysops Associate exam as per new format applicable from September 24th.

    1. Am in the process to checking on the new exam pattern and hoping to have the updated by this month end.

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