For those who couldn’t make Wednesday night’s call (or want a review), here is little of what we discussed.

Attendees (9):

  • Franklin
  • Eric
  • Alex
  • Gene
  • William
  • Jim
  • AKR
  • Charles
  • Luber

Discussion Points:

  • CBTs
    • A Cloud Guru – I’m currently about halfway done with the material. Felt it goes into little more than what is just on the AWS Solutions Arch Associate exam, which maybe a good thing if you work with AWS on a daily basis. Might be too much for someone who is brand new to AWS. The course only has Quizzes you can take which I assume are similar to the exam questions. Course is only 30$ bucks, can’t beat the price.
    • Linux Academy – Finished the course. Great for a newbie, as it only stays on the topics of the exam. It also has Quizes but what I like about it over A Cloud Guru is it has Sandbox Labs, so you can spin them up and follow Thomas Haslett for real hands on. Then again, you should already have a AWS Free Tier account, so you should have the hands on access already. Also, it also has a ton of other courses like Git, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes, Linux LPIC-1, LPIC-2, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, etc. You pay either 20$ a month subscription, or 230$ for a year subscription.
    • CBTNuggets – Jeremy Cioara is back from the CCNA/CCNP days of yore, this time focusing on AWS. Course was OK, but I’d recommended Linux Academy first, then move to CBTNuggets, and leave A Cloud Guru for last.
    • QwikLabs – suggested by Jim, I haven’t tried this but suppose to be free hands on labs.
    • Cloud Academy – haven’t tried this one, but if someone has – please let a comment below for your feedback.
  • Books
    • Sybex – AWS Cert Solutions Arch – Official Study Guide┬áproblem with the book is that the screenshots are already out of date, especially being AWS is constantly being updated and changes. I skimmed through the material, but I think the CBT’s will do a better job than a static book.
  • Read up the AWS Wiki Page for an all around intro.
  • Watch the latest updates on AWS’s official YouTube channel. AWS Summit (local AWS events) and AWS re:Invent sessions are recorded and posted.
  • Sign up for a free 12 month “Free Tier” service, to run Instances, storage, etc. I’d suggest to either put a reminder in your calendar after the years over, or setup a CloudWatch alert to send you an alert if billing goes past a certain amount.
  • Visit a local AWS meetups dubbed “AWS Loft” to meet with other AWS users. The NYC one can be found here.

Follow Up Items

  • Do we need a Slack room?
  • Do we need an inperson meetup? Logicworks, AWS Loft office?
  • We will setup another meetup weekly to make sure we all get Associates cert. (I personally plan to get it by end of Oct 2017)
  • In the future would love to setup quick 5,10 minute AWS demos sharing screens.
William Zambrano

William Zambrano

NYC networkers is run by William Zambrano, a passionate network engineer who has been in the IT industry for eight years who posts up blog articles, YouTube videos, and holds events in the NYC area. He lives in Queens, New York and has consulted in various different companies in the NY area. Previously William worked as a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI) but now currently works for Arista Networks serving as a Systems Engineer. William can be reached by email at

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