Category: Certification

AZ-801 Exam Study Guide Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services

AZ-801 Exam Study Guide Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services

Microsoft just released two new exams for Windows Server Hybrid Administrators. With the exams AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services you can gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. In this blog post I want to share my AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Certification Exam Study Guide with you. To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide
AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services
Candidates for this exam configure advanced Windows Server services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, including performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.
A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Secure Windows Server on-premises and hybrid infrastructures (25-30%)
  • Implement and manage Windows Server high availability (10-15%)
  • Implement disaster recovery (10-15%)
  • Migrate servers and workloads (20-25%)
  • Monitor and troubleshoot Windows Server environments (20-25%)

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

By passing the AZ-800 and AZ-801 exam, you will gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification.

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification
Responsibilities for this role include integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks. This role manages and maintains Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying workloads to Azure.
Candidates for this certification administer core and advanced Windows Server workloads and services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They are also experts at performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. These professionals use administrative tools and technologies, including Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration. They also work with Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.
A candidate for this certification should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

You can learn more on the certification website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-801 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-801 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-801 Study Guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-801 exam. If you want to get some hands-on experience, I also recommend checking out my Windows Server and Azure Arc Lab Kit.

Secure Windows Server On-premises and Hybrid Infrastructures (25-30%)

Secure Windows Server operating system

Secure a hybrid Active Directory (AD) infrastructure

Identify and remediate Windows Server security issues by using Azure services

Secure Windows Server networking

Secure Windows Server storage

Implement and Manage Windows Server High Availability (10-15%)

Implement a Windows Server failover cluster

Manage failover clustering

Implement and manage Storage Spaces Direct

Implement Disaster Recovery (10-15%)

Manage backup and recovery for Windows Server

Implement disaster recovery by using Azure Site Recovery

Protect virtual machines by using Hyper-V replicas

Migrate Servers and Workloads (20-25%)

Migrate on-premises storage to on-premises servers or Azure

Migrate on-premises servers to Azure

Migrate workloads from previous versions to Windows Server 2022

Migrate IIS workloads to Azure

Migrate an AD DS infrastructure to Windows Server 2022 AD DS

Monitor and Troubleshoot Windows Server Environments (20-25%)

Monitor Windows Server by using Windows Server tools and Azure services

Troubleshoot Windows Server on-premises and hybrid networking

Troubleshoot Windows Server virtual machines in Azure

Troubleshoot Active Directory

Tips and Resources

I hope this AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services for the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam and get the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator certification. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my AZ-801 Study Guide, and it helps you with exam prep. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended AZ-801 Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



AZ-800 Exam Study Guide Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Windows Server Hybrid Administrator

AZ-800 Exam Study Guide Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

Microsoft just released two new exams for Windows Server Hybrid Administrators. With the exams AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services you can gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. In this blog post I want to share my AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Certification Exam Study Guide with you. To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide
AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

My AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
Candidates for this exam administer core Windows Server workloads using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration.
A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments (30-35%)
  • Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10-15%)
  • Manage virtual machines and containers (15-20%)
  • Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Manage storage and file services (15-20%)

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

By passing the AZ-800 and AZ-801 exam, you will gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification.

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification
Responsibilities for this role include integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks. This role manages and maintains Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying workloads to Azure.
Candidates for this certification administer core and advanced Windows Server workloads and services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They are also experts at performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. These professionals use administrative tools and technologies, including Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration. They also work with Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.
A candidate for this certification should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

You can learn more on the certification website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-800 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-800 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-800 Study Guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-800 exam. If you want to get some hands-on experience, I also recommend checking out my Windows Server and Azure Arc Lab Kit.

Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments (30–35%)

Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10–15%)

Manage virtual machines and containers (15–20%)

Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15–20%)

Manage storage and file services (15–20%)

Tips and Resources

I hope this AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure for the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam and get the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator certification. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my AZ-800 Study Guide, and it helps you with exam prep. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended AZ-800 Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



Betatalks the podcast with Thomas Maurer

Betatalks podcast – Azure feedback, advocate of all new things & get certified

I am happy to let you know that I was on the betatalks podcast, to talk about my job, the cloud and much more!

In this episode, we talk with Thomas Maurer about what keeps him busy on a day-to-day basis. He tells us the two most important aspects of his job as a Senior Cloud Advocate: creating & delivering content and bringing back feedback into the engineering world. He shares with us the way they gather feedback from customers and how they hunt for those gaps. Furthermore, we discuss the importance of staying on top of new things and why you should keep learning. Should there be an ‘Advocate of all new things’? We talk about Azure certifications, how he helps other people get certified, and the enrichment it gives when owning certain Azure certificates. And if he had the possibility, what would he disinvent?

Interested, check out the full Podcast episode here.

Betatalks Podcast Collecting Azure feedback, advocate of all new things & get certified – with Thomas Maurer


Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2022-2023 - 5 years of MCT

Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2022-2023 – 5 years of MCT!

I just got confirmation that I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2022-2023. After being a Microsoft Certified Trainer in 20172019, and 2020-2021, 2021-2022, I am happy to be part of the MCT community for another year. In fact, this is my fifth year in the Microsoft Certified Trainer program! Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer is a great honor and I am happy to be part of this community.

What is a Microsoft Certified Trainer?

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Join this exclusive group of worldwide Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership. You will get exclusive benefits as an MCT including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products, substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products. In addition, you will be able to use Microsoft readiness resources to help you enhance your training career and engage with other MCT members in an online community forum. You will also receive invitations to exclusive Microsoft and local MCT community events.
As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you need to earn a Microsoft Certification validating your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions for each course you deliver.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Certified Trainer 2022-2023
Microsoft Certified Trainer 2022-2023

If you want to know more about the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) program, you can have a look at the following resources and pages:

If you want to know more about the latest Azure Certification and exams like AZ-104, AZ-204, AZ-303, AZ-900, and many more, check out my blog posts.

I also wrote a couple of Microsoft certification exam study guides, which might help you as well.

You can find a general overview of the new Azure Certifications here. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

I am happy to be a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for 2022-2023 again, let me know if you have any questions!



Learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

How To Learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

Happy New Year everyone! I often get asked about how to get started with Microsoft Azure, and what is the best way to learn cloud computing and Microsoft Azure. So, I thought I put this in a simple blog post, especially for those who made some new year’s resolutions. In this blog post, I will try to give you a quick look at how you can get started to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022 and the cloud computing era.

Get Azure hands-on experience

There is nothing better than hands-on experience to learn about a subject. What many people don’t know, there is a free Azure account offering which allows you to try out Microsoft Azure. Your Azure free account includes a limited quantity of free services for 12 months, plus over 40 Azure services which are always free. Within these limits, you have the flexibility to use free services in various configurations to meet your needs. If you sign up for a free Azure account, you also get $200 USD of Azure credit which you can use in 30 days.

Learn with Free Azure services
Learn with Free Azure services

To learn more, see the Azure free account FAQ

Create your Azure free account today and get started with 12 months of free services, plus over 40 services which are always free!

Microsoft Azure Free Account
Microsoft Azure Free Account

Use Microsoft Learn to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

Sometimes it is not that easy to get hands-on experience on Microsoft Azure since some of the services cost money or you just can’t find the right project to work on. Microsoft Learn provides you with various learning paths depending on your job role or the skills you are looking for. Most of the learning paths give you a hands-on learning opportunity so that you can develop practical skills through interactive training using free sandboxes.

Microsoft Learn Sandbox
Microsoft Learn Sandbox

Microsoft Learn is free! You get instant in-browser access to Microsoft tools and modules; no credit card required, and with that is a terrific way to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022.

Microsoft Learn also offers a learning path to learn Microsoft Azure Fundamentals and describe core Azure concepts, with the following modules:

This is also a fantastic way to prepare for the Microsoft Certification Exam AZ-900 Microsoft Azure fundamentals.

Up your game with a module or learning path tailored to today’s IT Pro, developer, and technology masterminds and designed to prepare you for industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.

Become Microsoft Azure Certified

It can be hard to know what to learn, because cloud computing and Microsoft Azure are such large fields. I often recommend picking, preparing, and taking a Microsoft certification exam and becoming Microsoft Azure certified. This is not only helpful for obvious reasons like better changes to find a job, a promotion or a salary increase, but also gives you a great overview of the skills you need depending on your job role. Most of the Microsoft certifications are based on job roles, so you can pick between certifications such as Azure Developer, Azure Administrator, Azure Security Engineer, Azure Solutions Architect, and many more, depending in which field you want to work in.

Microsoft Azure certification exams are also a great way to learn and verify your skills. A couple of months back, I wrote a series of blog posts on why you should become Microsoft Azure certified, how you prepare for Microsoft Azure exams, and how you take and pass Microsoft certification exams. Taking the new role-based Microsoft certification exams will help you to find the right topics and structure to learn, depending on your current or future job role you are looking for.

AZ-900 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide
AZ-900 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide

Earn certifications that show you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements.

If you are just getting started with Azure, look at the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. You can also have a look at my experience with the different Azure exam certifications:

If you are having difficulties picking the right certification exam, check out my blog post: How to pick the right Azure Exam Certification path.

More resources to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

There are a couple of more resources I want to point you to, to get started and learn Microsoft Azure and cloud computing, not just technology related but also how to set up your organization and more.

Azure Architecture Center
Azure Architecture Center
  • Azure Architecture Center – The Azure Architecture Center contains guidance for building end-to-end solutions on Microsoft Azure. You will find reference architectures, best practices, design patterns, scenario guides, and reference implementations.
  • Cloud Adoption Framework – The Cloud Adoption Framework is the One Microsoft approach to cloud adoption in Azure, consolidating, and sharing best practices from Microsoft employees, partners, and customers. The framework gives customers a set of tools, guidance, and narratives that help shape technology, business, and people strategies for driving desired business outcomes during their adoption effort. This guidance aligns to the following phases of the cloud adoption lifecycle, like Strategy, Plan, Ready, Migrate, Innovate, Govern, and Manage.
  • Azure Migration Center – Get all the tools and resources you need to migrate your apps, data, and infrastructure at your own pace, with confidence.
  • Azure Architecture Framework – A successful cloud solution requires to focus on these five pillars of architecture excellence: Cost, DevOps, Resiliency, Scalability, and Security. The Azure Architecture Framework helps you to build on these pillars.
  • Application architecture guide – The Azure Application Architecture Guide presents a structured approach for designing applications on Azure that are scalable, resilient, and highly available. It is based on proven practices that we have learned from customer engagements.
  • Azure Cloud Design Patterns – The Azure Cloud Design Patterns are useful for building reliable, scalable, secure applications in the cloud. Each pattern describes the problem that the pattern addresses, considerations for applying the pattern, and an example based on Microsoft Azure. Most of the patterns include code samples or snippets that show how to implement the pattern on Azure.
  • Azure Reference Architectures – The Reference Architectures are a set of recommended architectures for Azure. Each architecture includes best practices, prescriptive steps, and a deployable solution.
  • Architectural decision guides – The architectural decision guides in the Cloud Adoption Framework describe patterns and models that help when creating cloud governance design guidance.
  • Cloud Operating model – Establish an operating model for the cloud.
  • Get started guide for Azure developers – The get started guide helps developers get started with Azure and tools.
  • Azure Quickstart Templates – Deploy Azure resources through the Azure Resource Manager with community contributed templates to get more done. Deploy, learn, fork, and contribute back.
  • Code samples – Get started with Microsoft developer tools and technologies. Explore our samples and discover the things you can build.
  • Azure Hybrid – Learn about Azure Hybrid Cloud with features and services like Azure Stack, Azure Arc, and many more.
  • Azure for AWS Professionals – This article helps Amazon Web Services (AWS) experts understand the basics of Microsoft Azure accounts, platform, and services. It also covers key similarities and differences between the AWS and Azure platforms.
  • Azure Security – Learn about Azure and security
  • Azure compliance – Get an overview of compliance in Microsoft Azure, with more than 90 compliance offerings
  • Azure privacy – Learn more about Azure data privacy and protection.
  • Service Level Agreements (SLA) – Read the SLAs to learn about our uptime guarantees and downtime credit policies.
  • Azure pricing – learn about how Azure pricing works and how you can save costs and get the best value at every stage of your cloud journey.
  • TCO Calculator – Estimate the cost savings you can realize by migrating your workloads to Azure.
  • Azure Support Plans – Explore the range of Azure support options and choose the plan that best fits, whether you’re a developer just starting your cloud journey or a large organization deploying business-critical, strategic applications.

Conclusion

I hope these resources give you a great summary of how you can start learning Microsoft Azure in 2022. If you have any questions, or you feel that some resources are missing, let me know in the comments. Also, subscribe to my blog to learn about the latest updates.



Learn Live Hybrid Infrastructure Study Hall

Learn Live: Hybrid Infrastructure Study Hall

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft announced new Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification, and now we are offering some live learning experience. I am happy to let you know that our team and I will present on a couple of Microsoft Learn Live sessions on Microsoft Learn TV.

Calling all Windows Server administrators! Join us on Learn TV for this new Windows Server Hybrid study hall series. This seven-part weekly series will answer your questions live, walk through how to configure advanced Windows Server services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies, and walk through Microsoft Learn modules related to the new Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. The series will kick off at Ignite on November 2nd and will have a new episode every Thursday (and a few Tuesdays) through December 16th.

Learn Live: Hybrid Infrastructure Study Hall

We have some cool sessions available:

Ignite 2021 Learn Live: Monitor Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machines and hybrid instances: November 2 – Episode 01 (3:00pm PT – 5:00pm PT)

Azure Monitor can be used for virtual machines (VMs) to observe performance, diagnostic, and dependency information about Windows Server Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) VMs. This session will cover enabling Azure Monitor for VMs, how to use Azure Monitor to collect data in a hybrid environment, how to use it to monitor VMs, and how to integrate Azure Monitor with Operations Manager.

Manage hybrid workloads with Azure Arc: November 18 – Episode 02 (4:00pm PT – 5:30pm PT)

Learn how to describe Azure Arc, implement Azure Arc with on-premises server instances, deploy Azure policies with Azure Arc, and use role-based access control (RBAC) to restrict access to Log Analytics data. In this episode, you will:

  • Explain how to onboard on-premises Windows Server instances in Azure Arc.
  • Connect hybrid machines to Azure from the Azure portal and use Azure Arc to manage devices.
  • Restrict access using RBAC.

Implement hybrid identity with Windows Server: November 25 – Episode 03 (4:00pm PT – 5:30pm PT)

Learn how to configure an Azure environment so that Windows IaaS workloads requiring Active Directory are supported. You’ll also learn to integrate on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment into Azure. In this episode, you will:

  • Select an Azure AD integration model.
  • Plan for Azure AD integration.
  • Prepare on-premises AD DS for directory synchronization.
  • Install and configure directory synchronization using Azure AD Connect.
  • And more!

Implement hybrid network infrastructure: November 30 – Episode 04 (1:00pm PT – 2:30pm PT)

Learn how to connect your on-premises environment to Azure, implement subnets and routing between your on-premises and cloud environments, and ensure that workloads in the cloud and on-premises perform DNS resolution to locate each other. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Azure network topologies.
  • Implement an Azure VPN.
  • Explain how to create a route-based VPN gateway using the Azure portal.
  • Implement Azure ExpressRoute.
  • Implement an Azure WAN.
  • Implement DNS resolution in hybrid environments.

Implement a hybrid file server infrastructure: December 02 – Episode 05 (4:00pm PT – 5:30pm PT)

Learn how to deploy Azure File Sync, migrate from DFS, and use Storage Migration Services to migrate file servers to Azure. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe and Configure Azure file services.
  • Configure connectivity to Azure file services.
  • Describe and Implement Azure File Sync.
  • And more!

Manage Azure updates: December 07 – Episode 06 (1:00pm PT – 2:30pm PT)

Learn how to enable Azure Update Management, deploy updates, review an update assessment, and manage updates for your Azure VMs. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Azure updates.
  • Enable Update Management.
  • Deploy updates.
  • Review an update assessment.
  • Manage updates for your Azure VMs.

Implement hybrid backup and recovery with Windows Server IaaS: December 16 – Episode 07 (12:00pm PT – 1:30pm PT)

Learn about Azure Backup before learning to implement Recovery Vaults and Azure Backup Policies. You’ll also learn how to implement Windows IaaS VM recovery, perform backup and restore of on-premises workloads, and manage Azure VM backups. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Azure Backup.
  • Implement Recovery Vaults.
  • Implement Azure Backup policies.
  • Recover Windows IaaS VMs.
  • And more!

Want to join the Learn Live: Windows Server Hybrid Infrastructure Study Hall, and prepare for the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification? You can lern more here on Microsoft Learn!



DP-420 Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Developer Certification Exam Study Guide

DP-420 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Developer

Microsoft just announced a new DP-420 Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB. That is why I want to share my new updated DP-420 Azure Cosmos DB Developer Specialty Certification Exam Study Guide with you.  If you are passing the DP-420 exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Cosmos DB Developer Specialty certification, which you understand how to implement and manage the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built with Azure CosmosDB and Microsoft Azure Data Services.

Typical responsibilities for developers in this role include designing and implementing data models and data distribution, loading data into a database created with Azure Cosmos DB, and optimizing and maintaining the solution. These professionals integrate the solution with other Azure services. They also design, implement, and monitor solutions that consider security, availability, resilience, and performance requirements. Professionals in this role have experience developing apps for Azure and working with Azure Cosmos DB database technologies. They should be proficient at developing applications by using the Core (SQL) API and SDKs, writing efficient queries and creating appropriate index policies, provisioning and managing resources in Azure, and creating server-side objects with JavaScript. They should also be able to interpret JSON, read C# or Java code, and use PowerShell.

To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my DP-420 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Associate Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

DP-420 Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB
A candidate for the Azure Cosmos DB Developer Specialty certification should have subject matter expertise designing, implementing, and monitoring cloud-native applications that store and manage data.
Responsibilities for this role include designing and implementing data models and data distribution, loading data into an Azure Cosmos DB database, and optimizing and maintaining the solution. These professionals integrate the solution with other Azure services. They also design, implement, and monitor solutions that consider security, availability, resilience, and performance requirements.
A candidate for this exam must have solid knowledge and experience developing apps for Azure and working with Azure Cosmos DB database technologies. They should be proficient at developing applications by using the Core (SQL) API and SDKs, writing efficient queries and creating appropriate index policies, provisioning and managing resources in Azure, and creating server-side objects with JavaScript. They should be able to interpret JSON, read C# or Java code, and use PowerShell.

Microsoft Docs

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Design and Implement Data Models (35–40%)
  • Design and Implement Data Distribution (5–10%)
  • Integrate an Azure Cosmos DB Solution (5–10%)
  • Maintain an Azure Cosmos DB Solution (25–30%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn DP-420 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the DP-420 Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my DP-420 Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB exam study guide.

The team also just made it easier to prepare with the new DP-420 related learning paths on Microsoft Learn. I highly recommend that you take these for your DP-420 exam preparation.

Microsoft Docs DP-420 Azure CosmosDB exam study guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the DP-420 exam.

Design and Implement Data Models (35–40%)

Design and implement a non-relational data model for Azure Cosmos DB Core API

  • Develop a design by storing multiple entity types in the same container
  • Develop a design by storing multiple related entities in the same document
  • Develop a model that denormalizes data across documents
  • Develop a design by referencing between documents
  • Identify primary and unique keys
  • Identify data and associated access patterns
  • Specify a default TTL on a container for a transactional store

Design a data partitioning strategy for Azure Cosmos DB Core API

  • Choose a partition strategy based on a specific workload
  • Choose a partition key
  • Plan for transactions when choosing a partition key
  • Evaluate the cost of using a cross-partition query
  • Calculate and evaluate data distribution based on partition key selection
  • Calculate and evaluate throughput distribution based on partition key selection
  • Construct and implement a synthetic partition key
  • Design partitioning for workloads that require multiple partition keys

Plan and implement sizing and scaling for a database created with Azure Cosmos DB

  • Evaluate the throughput and data storage requirements for a specific workload
  • Choose between serverless and provisioned models
  • Choose when to use database-level provisioned throughput
  • Design for granular scale units and resource governance
  • Evaluate the cost of the global distribution of data
  • Configure throughput for Azure Cosmos DB by using the Azure portal

Implement client connectivity options in the Azure Cosmos DB SDK

  • Choose a connectivity mode (gateway versus direct)
  • Implement a connectivity mode
  • Create a connection to a database
  • Enable offline development by using the Azure Cosmos DB emulator
  • Handle connection errors
  • Implement a singleton for the client
  • Specify a region for global distribution
  • Configure client-side threading and parallelism options
  • Enable SDK logging

Implement data access by using the Azure Cosmos DB SQL language

  • Implement queries that use arrays, nested objects, aggregation, and ordering
  • Implement a correlated subquery
  • Implement queries that use array and type-checking functions
  • Implement queries that use mathematical, string, and date functions
  • Implement queries based on variable data

Implement data access by using SQL API SDKs

  • Choose when to use a point operation versus a query operation
  • Implement a point operation that creates, updates, and deletes documents
  • Implement an update by using a patch operation
  • Manage multi-document transactions using SDK Transactional Batch
  • Perform a multi-document load using SDK Bulk
  • Implement optimistic concurrency control using ETags
  • Implement session consistency by using session tokens
  • Implement a query operation that includes pagination
  • Implement a query operation by using a continuation token
  • Handle transient errors and 429s
  • Specify TTL for a document
  • Retrieve and use query metrics

Implement server-side programming in Azure Cosmos DB Core API by using JavaScript

  • Write, deploy, and call a stored procedure
  • Design stored procedures to work with multiple items transactionally
  • Implement triggers
  • Implement a user-defined function

Design and Implement Data Distribution (5–10%)

Design and implement a replication strategy for Azure Cosmos DB

  • Choose when to distribute data
  • Define automatic failover policies for regional failure for Azure Cosmos DB Core API
  • Perform manual failovers to move single master write regions
  • Choose a consistency model
  • Identify use cases for different consistency models
  • Evaluate the impact of consistency model choices on availability and associated RU cost
  • Evaluate the impact of consistency model choices on performance and latency
  • Specify application connections to replicated data

Design and implement multi-region write

  • Choose when to use multi-region write
  • Implement multi-region write
  • Implement a custom conflict resolution policy for Azure Cosmos DB Core API

Integrate an Azure Cosmos DB Solution (5–10%)

Enable Azure Cosmos DB analytical workloads

  • Enable Azure Synapse Link
  • Choose between Azure Synapse Link and Spark Connector
  • Enable the analytical store on a container
  • Enable a connection to an analytical store and query from Azure Synapse Spark or Azure Synapse SQL
  • Perform a query against the transactional store from Spark
  • Write data back to the transactional store from Spark

Implement solutions across services

  • Integrate events with other applications by using Azure Functions and Azure Event Hubs
  • Denormalize data by using Change Feed and Azure Functions
  • Enforce referential integrity by using Change Feed and Azure Functions
  • Aggregate data by using Change Feed and Azure Functions, including reporting
  • Archive data by using Change Feed and Azure Functions
  • Implement Azure Cognitive Search for an Azure Cosmos DB solution

Optimize an Azure Cosmos DB Solution (15–20%)

Optimize query performance in Azure Cosmos DB Core API

  • Adjust indexes on the database
  • Calculate the cost of the query
  • Retrieve request unit cost of a point operation or query
  • Implement Azure Cosmos DB integrated cache

Design and implement change feeds for an Azure Cosmos DB Core API

  • Develop an Azure Functions trigger to process a change feed
  • Consume a change feed from within an application by using the SDK
  • Manage the number of change feed instances by using the change feed estimator
  • Implement denormalization by using a change feed
  • Implement referential enforcement by using a change feed
  • Implement aggregation persistence by using a change feed
  • Implement data archiving by using a change feed

Define and implement an indexing strategy for an Azure Cosmos DB Core API

  • Choose when to use a read-heavy versus write-heavy index strategy
  • Choose an appropriate index type
  • Configure a custom indexing policy by using the Azure portal
  • Implement a composite index
  • Optimize index performance

Maintain an Azure Cosmos DB Solution (25–30%)

Monitor and troubleshoot an Azure Cosmos DB solution

  • Evaluate response status code and failure metrics
  • Monitor metrics for normalized throughput usage by using Azure Monitor
  • Monitor server-side latency metrics by using Azure Monitor
  • Monitor data replication in relation to latency and availability
  • Configure Azure Monitor alerts for Azure Cosmos DB
  • Implement and query Azure Cosmos DB logs
  • Monitor throughput across partitions
  • Monitor distribution of data across partitions
  • Monitor security by using logging and auditing

Implement backup and restore for an Azure Cosmos DB solution

  • Choose between periodic and continuous backup
  • Configure periodic backup
  • Configure continuous backup and recovery
  • Locate a recovery point for a point-in-time recovery
  • Recover a database or container from a recovery point

Implement security for an Azure Cosmos DB solution

  • Choose between service-managed and customer-managed encryption keys
  • Configure network-level access control for Azure Cosmos DB
  • Configure data encryption for Azure Cosmos DB
  • Manage control plane access to Azure Cosmos DB by using Azure role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Manage data plane access to Azure Cosmos DB by using keys
  • Manage data plane access to Azure Cosmos DB by using Azure Active Directory
  • Configure Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) settings
  • Manage account keys by using Azure Key Vault
  • Implement customer-managed keys for encryption
  • Implement Always Encrypted

Implement data movement for an Azure Cosmos DB solution

  • Choose a data movement strategy
  • Move data by using client SDK bulk operations
  • Move data by using Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse pipelines
  • Move data by using a Kafka connector
  • Move data by using Azure Stream Analytics
  • Move data by using the Azure Cosmos DB Spark Connector

Implement a DevOps process for an Azure Cosmos DB solution

  • Choose when to use declarative versus imperative operations
  • Provision and manage Azure Cosmos DB resources by using Azure Resource Manager templates (ARM templates)
  • Migrate between standard and autoscale throughput by using PowerShell or Azure CLI
  • Initiate a regional failover by using PowerShell or Azure CLI
  • Maintain index policies in production by using ARM templates

Additional Tips and Resources

I hope this DP-420 Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my DP-420 Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Study Guide. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended DP-420 Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



Becoming Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert Exam AZ-305

AZ-305 Exam Study Guide Azure Solutions Architect Certification

To get the Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, there is now a new exam that you need to pass, the AZ-305 Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification exam. In this blog post, I am going to share my AZ-305: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Exam Study Guide with you. To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

Becoming Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert Exam AZ-305
Becoming Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert Exam AZ-305

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my AZ-305 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Exam AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Candidates for this exam should have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platforms, and governance. A professional in this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, they should have experience in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps processes.

Microsoft Docs

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Design identity, governance, and monitoring solutions (25-30%)
  • Design data storage solutions (25-30%)
  • Design business continuity solutions (10-15%)
  • Design infrastructure solutions (25-30%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification

By passing the AZ-305 and the additional required exam, you will gain the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification.

Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
Candidates for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification should have subject matter expertise in designing and implementing solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including aspects like compute, network, storage, and security. Candidates should have intermediate-level skills for administering Azure. Candidates should understand Azure development and DevOps processes.

Responsibilities for this role include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions.

An Azure Solution Architect partners with cloud administrators, cloud DBAs, and clients to implement solutions.

A candidate for this certification should have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, this role should have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development and DevOps processes.

Microsoft

You can learn more on the certification website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-305 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-305 Microsoft Azure Architect Design Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-305 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-305 study guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-305 exam.

Design Identity, Governance, and Monitoring Solutions (25-30%)

Design a Solution for Logging and Monitoring

Design Authentication and Authorization Solutions

Design Governance

Design Identities and Access for Applications

Design Data Storage Solutions (25-30%)

Design a Data Storage Solution for Relational Data

Design Data Integration

Recommend a solution for data analysis Recommend a Data Storage Solution

Design a Data Storage Solution for Non-relational Data

Design Business Continuity Solutions (10-15%)

Design a Solution for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Design for High Availability

Design Infrastructure Solutions (25-30%)

Design a Compute Solution

Design an Application Architecture

Design Migrations

Design Network Solutions

Tips and Resources

I hope this AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam and get the Azure Solutions Architect certification. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my AZ-305 Study Guide and it helps you with exam prep. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended AZ-305 Azure Solutions Architect Expert Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

At today’s Windows Server Summit 2021, Microsoft just announced two new Windows Server exams, and by passing these exams you will earn the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. The two exams are AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services. This will be a great certification for Windows Server administrators working in a hybrid environment, on-premises, and in Microsoft Azure. Especially when focusing on Windows Server 2022.

The AZ-800 and AZ-801 exams will go into beta towards the end of 2021 and will likely be generally available early in 2022. 

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate

Candidates for the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in configuring and managing Windows Server on-premises, hybrid, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform workloads.

Responsibilities for this role include integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks. This role manages and maintains Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying workloads to Azure.

This role typically collaborates with Azure administrators, enterprise architects, Microsoft 365 administrators, and network engineers.

Candidates for this certification administer core and advanced Windows Server workloads and services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They are also experts at performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. These professionals use administrative tools and technologies, including Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration. They also work with Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.

A candidate for this certification should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

You can find more information about the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification here.

Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification
Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta)

Candidates for this exam administer core Windows Server workloads using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration.

A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

You can read more here on Microsoft Docs.

Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (beta)

Candidates for this exam configure advanced Windows Server services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, including performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.

A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

You can read more here on Microsoft Docs.

I will soon release my Exam Study Guides, until then check the videos by Orin Thomas and Jeff Woolsey providing a great overview of the exams.

And also make sure to read Orin Thomas blog post on ITOpsTalk.com which provides you more background about the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification



AZ-700 Microsft Azure Networking Solutions Certification Exam Study Guide Azure Network Engineer

AZ-700 Study Guide: Azure Network Engineer

Microsoft announced the new beta exam Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions. That is why I want to share my new updated AZ-700 Microsft Azure Networking Solutions Certification Exam Study Guide with you.  If you are passing the AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Network Engineer Associate certification, which shows that you are an are Azure administrator with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps, for any device, on Azure.

To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my AZ-700 Azure Networking Solutions Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions
Candidates for this exam should have subject matter expertise in planning, implementing, and maintaining Azure networking solutions, including hybrid networking, connectivity, routing, security, and private access to Azure services.
Responsibilities for the Azure Network Engineer include recommending, planning, and implementing Azure networking solutions. Professionals in this role manage the solution for performance, resiliency, scale, and security. They deploy networking solutions by using the Azure Portal and other methods, including PowerShell, Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI), and Azure Resource Manager templates (ARM templates).
The Azure Network Engineer works with solution architects, cloud administrators, security engineers, application developers, and DevOps engineers to deliver Azure solutions.
Candidates for this exam should have expert Azure administration skills, in addition to extensive experience and knowledge of networking, hybrid connections, and network security.

Microsoft Docs – AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Design, Implement, and Manage Hybrid Networking (10–15%)
  • Design and Implement Core Networking Infrastructure (20–25%)
  • Design and Implement Routing (25–30%)
  • Secure and Monitor Networks (15–20%)
  • Design and Implement Private Access to Azure Services (10–15%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

With this exam you will earn the following certification:

Azure Network Engineer Associate
Candidates for the Azure Network Engineer Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in planning, implementing, and maintaining Azure networking solutions, including hybrid networking, connectivity, routing, security, and private access to Azure services.
Responsibilities for this role include recommending, planning, and implementing Azure networking solutions. Professionals in this role manage the solution for performance, resiliency, scale, and security. They deploy networking solutions by using the Azure Portal and other methods, including PowerShell, Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI), and Azure Resource Manager templates (ARM templates).
The Azure Network Engineer works with solution architects, cloud administrators, security engineers, application developers, and DevOps engineers to deliver Azure solutions.
Candidates for this certification should have expert Azure administration skills, in addition to extensive experience and knowledge of networking, hybrid connections, and network security.

Microsoft Docs – Azure Network Engineer Associate

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-700 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-700 Azure Networking solutions exam study guide.

The team also just made it easier to prepare with the new AZ-700 related learning paths on Microsoft Learn. I highly recommend that you take these for your AZ-700 exam preparation.

Microsoft Docs AZ-700 Azure Networking Solutions study guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-700 exam.