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Studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate Exam (SAA-C01)

Study Guides The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Study Guide: Associate SAA-C01 Exam 2nd Edition ($30) by David Clinton and myself covers more than you need to know to pass the exam. If you don’t believe me, just click the link and look at the reviews on Amazon. If you are fairly new to AWS, you’re better off starting with the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide: CLF-C01 Exam, also by David Clinton and yours truly.

AWS Networking Deep Dive Courses

Puzzled by networking on AWS? Check out my AWS networking deep dive series! AWS Networking Deep Dive: Route 53 DNS Configure Route 53 for any domain name, and configure health checks and routing policies.  AWS Networking Deep Dive: Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Create secure and scalable VPCs. Implement multi-VPC topologies, build peering connections, network address translation, and more.  AWS Networking Deep Dive: Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) Securely configure load balancing for any public or private application.

Installing PowerShell Core on Amazon Linux

In preparation for my latest course in the AWS Networking Deep Dive series, I wanted to install PowerShell Core on an Amazon Linux instance to test out cross-platform compatibility for some scripts. Specifically, I wanted to see if I could use methods in the System.Net.Dns class to perform name resolution. The dnsclient PowerShell module provides some cmdlets for this very purpose, but that module is Windows-only, and I needed something that would work on across different platforms.

It’s Time to Stop Using the Term Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

I think it’s time to stop using the term “network function virtualization”. Why? Because it doesn’t exist, at least not in the way the term suggests. The term is a category error, and when people try to make sense of the term, confusion and frustration ensue. Think of it like this: what’s the difference between a “virtual network function” and a “non-virtual network function”? For example, how is “virtual IP forwarding” different than “non-virtual IP forwarding?