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    Hi all,
    I have been in the lv2/lv3 system support area for about 6+ years now with abit of network and server knowledge. I have completed my MCSA windows 10 recently and I would like to further improve my skills in IT field and looking to go into the cloud.
    I have a few uncertainty to which I should take (AWS or Azure) and if I'm taking AWS cert, should I start from SysOps as from i see from the web, it is more technical and does not require In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language compare to architect and developer. But I also read that SysOps is the hardest of the 3 associate certs. I have a little of programming knowledge but not in-depth.
    Or should I start elsewhere before I dive myself into Cloud cert?

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    Cloud is certainly the way a lot of organizations are going, either AWS or Azure certification will no doubt be of benefit. If you are able to get any experience or exposure to Cloud technologies in your enterprise, then try to get involved where possible.

    If you do go down the AWS certification track, I would start with the Solutions Architect exam. There is quite a lot of overlap from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gateway View Post
    Cloud is certainly the way a lot of organizations are going, either AWS or Azure certification will no doubt be of benefit. If you are able to get any experience or exposure to Cloud technologies in your enterprise, then try to get involved where possible.

    If you do go down the AWS certification track, I would start with the Solutions Architect exam. There is quite a lot of overlap from there.
    Thanks gateway. Do I need to have in depth programming knowledge to get this cert?
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    I don't think in-depth programming knowledge required for AWS SA exam although it did mention you need to know at least one high level programming language in the exam blueprint.
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    You will at some point need to learn and understand code though if you want to be a successful Cloud/Devops/Sysops/Winops engineer. To get the best use out of the Cloud and it's products, you need to be able to Automate and manage those servers in the cloud and spawn new ones quickly. This is mainly done via scripting along with other Automation products like Puppet & Chef.

    I've worked for companies who have introduced AWS into their environment, and if you want to be quick and efficient with Zero Touch to your servers, you need to code.
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    Well, at least not for Solutions Architect track which I think it's more theoretical and high-level overview of AWS products.
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    I can do some powershell scripts, if I'm going to start pick up some scripting skills for AWS, what language I should look or dive deep into it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloudal View Post
    I can do some powershell scripts, if I'm going to start pick up some scripting skills for AWS, what language I should look or dive deep into it?
    Python....
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    I'd agree with Python as a general recommendation for what to learn but in my experience it is not a prerequisite for the AWS associate level exams, at least the two I've passed (solutions architect and developer), didn't rely on any of that type of knowledge.
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