Passing on Google Cloud Architect Exam
I know there are a lot of blogs around with information about the Google Cloud Architect certification but is always good to have an up to date details, as I just passed on this exam 07/2019, yay. Also, I would like to share with you how was my study process to pass, and how to split the content.
It was a long journey but was really good to see the expected PASS word after weeks of strong dedication.
I mostly studied reading the documentation, using Qwiklabs and Whizlabs. IMO Whizlabs is a good start as will show you what is the content you should study. Besides that, passing in the Whizlabs test is not a guarantee you will pass in the real test, as there are lots of interpretation questions.
I also believe you need some experience in GCP in order to pass, but long hours of Qwiklabs could do the job ;)
I think almost 50% of the test was focused on the 3 study cases, where you need to find the best solution for their problem. There are a few trick questions, but if you pass a few hours studying and understanding the requirements of those I’m sure you can ace it.
Almost the rest of the test was focused on understanding the requirements of a company X, and find the best solution. Honestly, I was expecting questions more in-depth in general, that was the case to only a few questions. I believe the Developer exam will cover this in-depth question.
VPC, Firewall, VPC Peering, VPC Service Controls, Firewall, VPN x Cloud Interconnect x Direct Peering, Routing
BigTable: Partitions, Indexes
Big Query: indexes, expiration time, partitions, when using BQ instead of BigTable/Cloud SQL
GCS: Multi Region, Regional, Nearline, Coldline. Standard (Multiregional or regional). Credentials on .boto file. Transfer Service x Transfer Appliance x Gsutil
GKE: gcloud x kubectl commands, logs
AppEngine: languages, use cases
GCE: disks, snapshots, images, sustained use, managed/unmanaged instances
LoadBalance: HTTP(s), SSL Proxy, TCP Proxy, Network LB, Internal LB
Service Accounts: Credentials type
Roles: Primitives, predefined, Custom
DDOS attack, Global LB
Agent, uptime check, export logs from…
Remember, pass in the exam is not the most important thing, but get the knowledge and experience.
“The journey is more important than the destination”
I hope you enjoy!