Assess your skill level

Benchmarking and load testing

I can:

  • Write performance tests, using tools such as Gatling and Apache JMeter, to ensure that the system meets required performance thresholds and service level agreements (SLAs).

  • Resize a Kubernetes cluster, taking into account performance test results, thresholds, and SLAs.

  • Run Linux performance monitoring utilities, such as top.

CI/CD for cloud deployments

I have experience:

  • Designing and implementing a CI/CD process for a cloud-based deployment running in production.

  • Using a cloud CI/CD tool, such as Tekton, Google Cloud Build, Codefresh, AWS CloudFormation, or Jenkins, to implement a CI/CD process for a cloud-based deployment running in production.

  • Integrating GitOps into a CI/CD process.


I know how to:

  • Write Dockerfiles.

  • Create Docker images, and push them to a private Docker registry.

  • Pull and run images from a private Docker registry.

I understand:

  • The concepts of Docker layers, and building images based on other Docker images using the FROM instruction.

  • The difference between the COPY and ADD instructions in a Dockerfile.


I know how to:

  • Use a Git repository collaboration framework, such as GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket Server.

  • Perform common Git operations, such as cloning and forking repositories, branching, committing changes, submitting pull requests, merging, viewing logs, and so forth.

External application and database integration

I have expertise in:

  • AM policy agents.

  • Configuring AM policies.

  • Synchronizing and reconciling identity data using IDM.

  • Managing cloud databases.

  • Connecting ForgeRock Identity Platform components to cloud databases.

ForgeRock Identity Platform

I have:

  • Attended ForgeRock University training courses.

  • Deployed the ForgeRock Identity Platform in production, and kept the deployment highly available.

  • Configured DS replication.

  • Passed the ForgeRock Certified Access Management and ForgeRock Certified Identity Management exams (highly recommended).

Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure (basic)

I can:

  • Use the graphical user interface for Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure to navigate, browse, create, and remove Kubernetes clusters.

  • Use the cloud provider’s tools to monitor a Kubernetes cluster.

  • Use the command user interface for Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure.

  • Administer cloud storage.

Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure (expert)

  • Review Terraform artifacts in the forgeops-extras repository to see how clusters that support ForgeOps deployments are configured.

  • Create and manage a Kubernetes cluster using an infrastructure-as-code tool such as Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, or Pulumi.

  • Configure multi-zone and multi-region Kubernetes clusters.

  • Configure cloud-provider identity and access management (IAM).

  • Configure virtual private clouds (VPCs) and VPC networking.

  • Manage keys in the cloud using a service such as Google Key Management Service (KMS), Amazon KMS, or Azure Key Vault.

  • Configure and manage DNS domains on Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure.

  • Troubleshoot a deployment running in the cloud using the cloud provider’s tools, such as Google Stackdriver, Amazon CloudWatch, or Azure Monitor.

  • Integrate a deployment with certificate management tools, such as cert-manager and Let’s Encrypt.

  • Integrate a deployment with monitoring and alerting tools, such as Prometheus and Alertmanager.

I have obtained one of the following certifications (highly recommended):

  • Google Certified Associate Cloud Engineer Certification.

  • AWS professional-level or associate-level certifications (multiple).

  • Azure Administrator.

Integration testing

I can:

  • Automate QA testing using a test automation framework.

  • Design a chaos engineering test for a cloud-based deployment running in production.

  • Use chaos engineering testing tools, such as Chaos Monkey.

Kubernetes (basic)

I’ve gone through the tutorials at, and am able to:

  • Use the kubectl command to determine the status of all the pods in a namespace, and to determine whether pods are operational.

  • Use the kubectl describe pod command to perform basic troubleshooting on pods that are not operational.

  • Use the kubectl command to obtain information about namespaces, secrets, deployments, and stateful sets.

  • Use the kubectl command to manage persistent volumes and persistent volume claims.

Kubernetes (expert)

In addition to the basic skills for Kubernetes, I have:

  • Configured role-based access to cloud resources.

  • Configured Kubernetes objects, such as deployments and stateful sets.

  • Configured Kubernetes ingresses.

  • Configured Kubernetes resources using Kustomize.

  • Passed the Cloud Native Certified Kubernetes Administrator exam (highly recommended).

Kubernetes backup and restore

I know how to:

  • Schedule backups of Kubernetes persistent volumes on volume snapshots.

  • Restore Kubernetes persistent volumes from volume snapshots.

I have experience with one or more of the following:

  • Volume snapshots on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), or Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

  • A third-party Kubernetes backup and restore product, such as Velero, Kasten K10, TrilioVault, Commvault, or Portworx PX-Backup.

Project planning and management for cloud deployments

I have planned and managed:

  • A production deployment in the cloud.

  • A production deployment of ForgeRock Identity Platform.

Security and hardening for cloud deployments

I can:

  • Harden a ForgeRock Identity Platform deployment.

  • Configure TLS, including mutual TLS, for a multi-tiered cloud deployment.

  • Configure cloud identity and access management and role-based access control for a production deployment.

  • Configure encryption for a cloud deployment.

  • Configure Kubernetes network security policies.

  • Configure private Kubernetes networks, deploying bastion servers as needed.

  • Undertake threat modeling exercises.

  • Scan Docker images to ensure container security.

  • Configure and use private Docker container registries.

Site reliability engineering for cloud deployments

I can:

  • Manage multi-zone and multi-region deployments.

  • Implement DS backup and restore in order to recover from a database failure.

  • Manage cloud disk availability issues.

  • Analyze monitoring output and alerts, and respond should a failure occur.

  • Obtain logs from all the software components in my deployment.

  • Follow the cloud provider’s recommendations for patching and upgrading software in my deployment.

  • Implement an upgrade scheme, such as blue/green or rolling upgrades, in my deployment.

  • Create a Site Reliability Runbook for the deployment, documenting all the procedures to be followed and other relevant information.

  • Follow all the procedures in the project’s Site Reliability Runbook, and revise the runbook if it becomes out-of-date.

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