I just got the great mail in my inbox that I passed the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam to receive and renew the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification. Back in 2018, I got certified as an Azure Administrator doing the AZ-102 transition exam, which kind of later became AZ-103. Now, after two years it was time to renew my Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certification. I took the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator beta exam online at the beginning of April. When you take a beta exam you get the test results after a couple of days the exam in generally launched, and today was the day.
What is the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam?
The AZ-104 exam is focused on Azure Administrators who implement, manage, and monitor identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment. It is the only exam you need to pass to get the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate.
The Azure Administrator implements, manages, and monitors identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment. The Azure Administrator will provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate.
Candidates should have a minimum of six months of hands-on experience administering Azure. Candidates should have a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. Candidates for this exam should have experience in using PowerShell, the Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, and ARM templates.
The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:
- Manage Azure identities and governance (15-20%)
- Implement and manage storage (10-15%)
- Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (25-30%)
- Configure and manage virtual networking (30-35%)
- Monitor and back up Azure resources (10-15%)
How to prepare and pass the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam
The skills measured in AZ-104 are a mix of Azure Administrator tasks focusing on Azure Infrastructure and deployment, Azure Integration, governance and configuration. If you are just getting started with Microsoft Azure, I recommend that you take first the exam AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals. This is not a required exam, but it is a great way to validate your knowledge and get started with the cloud. If you feel comfortable you can directly start with the Azure Administrator Associate exam. I have written an AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam study guide, with all the information and resources I used to prepare for the exam.
I also have a blog post on generally prepare for Microsoft certification exams as well as some tips on how to take Microsoft exams.
Are you also interested in becoming Microsoft Azure Certified? Check out my blog posts about why you should become Microsoft Azure Certified, how to pick the right Azure exam certification path and how to prepare and pass a Microsoft Azure certification exam. I hope this helps you to prepare, study, and pass the AZ-104 exam.
I am super happy I passed AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam, it is a great way of validating your skills. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.Tags: Administrator, AZ-104, Azure, Azure Administrator, Certification, Certified, Exam, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure, Pass, Passed Last modified: June 25, 2020
I have scheduled my Az-104 beta after few days. Will I get immediate results or I will have to wait a few weeks ?
Thanks for the wonderful post.
I had a couple of questions:
1. Do we have access to the Azure microsoft during the exam?
2. What is the length of the exam?
3. Are there are lab based questions where we need to create or alter resources on azure portal?
Akshay, not Thomas, but sat today.
61 questions, + 4 case studies
no you don’t have access to Azure, but they will give you scripts, with drop down menus to “fill in the blanks” you will have to know the commands in order to identify what is missing. or they will give you some JSON files and you have to interpret what this file will allow this to do, ie here is the file in the exhibit, what needs to be added in order to achieve this aim.
the length of the exam is 210 minutes.
Portal questions are static at the moment, here is a screen shot of the portal, in order to do this requirement, what item do you need to edit. or looking at this what do we need to do next..
I hope that this helps