HashiCorp Vault Certified Associate Preparation Guide
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HashiCorp Vault Certified Associate Preparation Guide

About the Book

HashiCorp Vault provides full lifecycle management for sensitive information like cloud credentials, API keys, and certificates. Open source and cloud agnostic, Vault has quickly become a leading solution in its category. To help prove your acumen with the technology, HashiCorp has introduced the Vault Associate certification. This book serves as a guide to prepare you for the certification exam. Author and HashiCorp Ambassador, Ned Bellavance provides an overview of the certification objectives, detailed examples, and key takeaways to aid you in studying for the exam. Get Vault, get the guide, and get certified!

About the Author

Ned Bellavance
Ned Bellavance

Ned is an IT professional with almost 20 years of experience in the field. He has been a helpdesk operator, systems administrator, cloud architect, and product manager. In his newest incarnation, he is the Founder of Ned in the Cloud LLC. As a one-man-tech-juggernaut, he develops courses for Pluralsight, runs a podcast for Packet Pushers, runs a podcast for himself, and creates original content for technology vendors.

Ned has been a Microsoft MVP since 2017 and holds a bunch of industry certifications that have no bearing on anything beyond his exceptional ability to take exams and pass them.

Ned has three guiding principles:

  • Embrace discomfort
  • Fail often
  • Be nice

You can learn more about Ned on his website https://nedinthecloud.com.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
    • Ned Bellavance
  • Tech Reviewers
    • Reviewer 1
    • Reviewer 2
  • Exam Overview
    • Setting Expectations
    • Prerequisites
    • Product Version Tested
    • Chapter Summary
  • Exam Objectives
    • High-Level Objectives
    • Chapter Layout
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 1: Compare Authentication Methods
    • 1A: Describe authentication methods
    • 1B: Choose an authentication method based on use case
    • 1C: Differentiate human vs. system auth methods
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 2: Create Vault policies
    • 2A: Illustrate the value of Vault policy
    • 2B: Describe Vault policy syntax: path
    • 2C: Describe Vault policy syntax: capabilities
    • 2D: Craft a Vault policy based on requirements
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 3: Assess Vault tokens
    • 3A: Describe Vault token
    • 3B: Differentiate between service and batch tokens. Choose one based on use-case
    • 3C: Describe root token uses and lifecycle
    • 3D: Define token accessors
    • 3E: Explain time-to-live
    • 3F: Explain orphaned tokens
    • 3G: Create tokens based on need
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 4: Manage Vault leases
    • 4A: Explain the purpose of a lease ID
    • 4B: Renew leases
    • 4C: Revoke leases
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 5: Compare and configure Vault secrets engines
    • 5D: Define secrets engines
    • 5A: Choose a secret method based on use case
    • 5B: Contrast dynamic secrets vs. static secrets and their use cases
    • 5C: Define Transit engine
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 6: Utilize Vault CLI
    • CLI Primer
    • 6A: Authenticate to Vault
    • 6B: Configure authentication methods
    • 6C: Configure Vault policies
    • 6D: Access Vault secrets
    • 6E: Enable Secret engines
    • 6F: Configure environment variables
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 7: Utilize Vault UI
    • 7A: Authenticate to Vault
    • 7B: Configure authentication methods
    • 7C: Configure Vault policies
    • 7D: Access Vault secrets
    • 7E: Enable Secret engines
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 8: Be aware of the Vault API
    • 8A: Authenticate to Vault via Curl
    • 8B: Access Vault secrets via Curl
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 9: Explain Vault architecture
    • 9A: Describe the encryption of data stored by Vault
    • 9B: Describe cluster strategy
    • 9C: Describe storage backends
    • 9D: Describe the Vault agent
    • 9E: Describe secrets caching
    • 9F: Be aware of identities and groups
    • 9G: Describe Shamir secret sharing and unsealing
    • 9H: Be aware of replication
    • 9I: Describe seal/unseal
    • 9J: Explain response wrapping
    • 9K: Explain the value of short-lived, dynamically generated secrets
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 10: Explain encryption as a service
    • 10A: Configure transit secret engine
    • 10B: Encrypt and decrypt secrets
    • 10C: Rotate the encryption key
    • Chapter Summary
  • Conclusion

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