• Migrating from MySQL (RDS) to Aurora with no downtime

    I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the past few weeks performing some fairly sizable migrations between MySQL instances running within Amazons Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazons newest database platform, Aurora. Anyone who’s looked at Aurora will know that its MySQL compatible both from a client and server perspective, which makes interoperability and migration fairly easy. The methods involved in migration are fairly well documented on the AWS Documentation Website but what isn’t clear is a repeatable step-by-step migration method, the associated issues/points to be aware of and how to perform it with next to no downtime. Read on, and i’ll attempt to do all of those things.

  • How to pass AWS Certifications

    I’ve been working with AWS for over seven years and last year passed my final AWS exam - joining a small group of people worldwide to achieve 5/5 certifications. Beyond that, I’m a self-confessed certification junkie and recently an online trainer, having recently co-authored a course for the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional Level with Nick Triantafillou.

    I passed all five exams in under a year and thats including a six month break. One of the most frequently asked questions is how did I do it? Did I have a method and what material did I use. This post is going to provide that information but will focus on what’s required to pass the exam.

  • Passing the AWS DEVOPS Engineer Professional Exam

    After obtaining the AWS CSA Professional (CSA-PRO) exam at the beginning of the month I decided to study for the DEVOPS Engineer professional certification. Apparently less than 80 people world-wide have all five exams, I wanted in!. I’m happy to report that I passed the exam with an 80% score. I wanted to give back to the community and take the time to give my thoughts as there isn’t a great deal of information available online.

  • My thoughts so far on the AWS DEVOPS Engineer - Professional content

    I’ve had a few days off since passing the AWS Solutions Architect - Professional Exam and I’ve been starting my preparation for the DEVOPS professional certification. For those who aren’t aware, I have a pretty rigid process for certifications in general; and it fits especially well with the AWS ones.

  • Passing the AWS Professional Solutions Architect Exam

    I’m actually happy that I get to write this post. Although I’m no stranger to exams, the last few weeks studying for the AWS Solutions Architect Professional level certification have been pretty intense. TL:dr I passed but it was hard!.

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