Azure Certification guide: AZ-103 / AZ-104

Now the time has come for a guide on how to succeed in the Azure Administrator Associate exam

I managed to succeed this one on Ignite 2019 where the possibility to do exams the whole week free! There was though based on the amount of attendees a limit of one (1) per person.

Skills measured:

  • Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (15-20%)
  • Implement and manage storage (15-20%)
  • Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs) (15-20%)
  • Configure and manage virtual networks (30-35%)
  • Manage identities (15-20%)

As you might see on the cert page there is a transition now happening and as the content have changed quite a bit there is a good idea to do the AZ-104 instead to be future proof!

Learning resources:

I used some different resources for preparing me, I have already the 70-533 in the bagage so I did have some understanding of the administrator exams..

First of all the Microsoft learn have a learning path that covers a great deal of the required skills.

Secondly I used a book from Packt written by Sjoukje Zaal that was very good and got me even more prepared.

The book goes through the different skills required in a structured way and helps in the learning process.

What you learn from the book:

  • Configure Azure subscription policies and manage resource groups
  • Monitor activity log by using Log Analytics
  • Modify and deploy Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates
  • Protect your data with Azure Site Recovery
  • Learn how to manage identities in Azure
  • Monitor and troubleshoot virtual network connectivity
  • Manage Azure Active Directory Connect, password sync, and password writeback

Good luck in your preparations and hope you will be as successful as me!

Microsoft Ignite on Tour Stockholm May 5-6

It is time again for Microsoft Ignite on tour in Stockholm and this time it is in May and it will be the last one on the On Tour serie 2019-2020. It will be two packed days with awesome content and learnings! I will of course be there and network and watch sessions..

To register, go to the event site and do it right now, as I have been informed already about 2900 have already done it and the seats may run out!

The different learning paths are :
  • Managing Cloud Operations
  • Azure Fundamentals
  • Journey to Microsoft Teams
  • Securing your organisation
  • Migrating Server Infrastructure
  • Content collaboration, communication, and engagement in the intelligent workplace Learning Path
  • Deploying, managing, and servicing windows, office and all your devices Learning Path
  • Meeting organizational compliance requirements Learning Path
  • Power Platform
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • Modernizing web applications and data Learning Path
  • IT administrator’s guide to managing productivity in the cloud Learning Path
  • Improving reliability through modern operations practices Learning Path
  • Developing cloud native applications Learning Path
  • Develop integrations and workflows for your productivity applications Learning Path

See you there!

Azure Certification guide: AZ-900

Last year I took the exams AZ-900, AZ-103 and AZ-301 and wanted to give you an insight into how I studied and what you need to do to have a successful shot at the exams.

AZ – 900

In this first post I will go through the resources for AZ-900. The exam page on Microsoft Learn takes you to the exam registration and also a detailed list on what you need to know!

Skills measured

  • Understand cloud concepts (15-20%)
  • Understand core Azure services (30-35%)
  • Understand security, privacy, compliance, and trust (25-30%)
  • Understand Azure pricing and support (20-25%)

Resources:

I used two different resources for preparing for the exam. That being said I have been working with Azure for some years so maybe if you are new to the Microsoft cloud you might need to do some more studying!

First I used Openedx but their AZ-900 course have been closed down. Microsoft Partner site have an alternative that you can utilize, it is a virtual course that is recorded. Secondly I used Microsoft Learn that has a learning path that is really good!

Good luck on your Azure adventure!

Azure Hybrid Virtual Event

Me and Julia on last years Microsoft Ignite

On Tuesday the 31 of March Corporate VP of Azure, Julia White will talk about hybrid cloud on a webinar. The time of the event is 8-9 PST or 17-18 CET

Learn on-premises, multicloud, and the edge. And, be among the first to hear about the latest innovations in Azure Arc and Azure Stack—two game-changing hybrid cloud offerings from Microsoft.  

There will be some nice announcements on Azure Stack and Azure Arc so do tune in and watch!

sign up here