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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.



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.



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.



SC-900 Exam Study Guide Microsoft Security Compliance and Identity Fundamentals

SC-900 Study Guide Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals

Microsoft just released a couple of new Microsoft certifications focused on security. Of course, these exams are on my list to take, so that is why I want to share my SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Certification Exam Study Guide for 2021 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.

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

If you want to learn more about how to get started with Azure, I recommend my blog post: How to get started learning Microsoft Azure and Cloud Computing

Here is my SC-900Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals 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 SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals
This certification is targeted to those looking to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services.

This is a broad audience that may include business stakeholders, new or existing IT professionals, or students who have an interest in Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions.

Candidates should be familiar with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 and want to understand how Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions can span across these solution areas to provide a holistic and end-to-end solution.

Microsoft Learn

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

  • Describe the concepts of security, compliance, and identity (5-10%)
  • Describe the capabilities of Microsoft identity and access management solutions (25-30%)
  • Describe the capabilities of Microsoft security solutions (30-35%)
  • Describe the capabilities of Microsoft compliance solutions (25-30%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn SC-900 Exam Study Guide resources

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-900 Exam Study Guide resources

I personally believe if you are going through the Azure Fundamentals learning path on Microsoft Learn, you should be able to pass the exam. 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 SC-900 Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my SC-900 exam study guide.

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Microsoft Docs SC-900 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 SC-900 exam.

Describe the Concepts of Security, Compliance, and Identity (5-10%)

Describe security methodologies

Describe security concepts

Describe Microsoft Security and compliance principles

Describe the capabilities of Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solutions (25-30%)

Define identity principles/concepts

Describe the basic identity services and identity types of Azure AD

Describe the authentication capabilities of Azure AD

Describe access management capabilities of Azure AD

Describe the identity protection & governance capabilities of Azure AD

Describe the capabilities of Microsoft Security Solutions (30-35%)

Describe basic security capabilities in Azure

Describe security management capabilities of Azure

Describe security capabilities of Azure Sentinel

Describe threat protection with Microsoft 365 Defender (formerly Microsoft Threat Protection)

Describe security management capabilities of Microsoft 365

Describe endpoint security with Microsoft Intune

Describe the Capabilities of Microsoft Compliance Solutions (25-30%)

Describe the compliance management capabilities in Microsoft

Describe information protection and governance capabilities of Microsoft 365

Describe insider risk capabilities in Microsoft 365

Describe the eDiscovery capabilities of Microsoft 365

Describe the audit capabilities in Microsoft 365

Describe resource governance capabilities in Azure

SC-900 Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Study Guide Tips and Resources

I hope this SC-900 Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam and get other Microsoft Security certifications. 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 SC-900 Study Guide and it helps you with exam prep. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended SC-900 Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



AZ-140 Exam Study Guide Azure Virtual Desktop WVD

AZ-140 Study Guide: Azure Virtual Desktop

Microsoft announced the new beta exam Exam AZ-140 Configuring and Operating Azure Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure. That is why I want to share my new updated AZ-140 Azure Virtual Desktop Certification Exam Study Guide with you.  If you are passing the AZ-140 Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty 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-140 Azure Virtual Desktop Speciality 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-140 Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop

Candidates for this exam are Azure administrators with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps, for any device, on Azure.

Candidates for this exam should have experience in Azure technologies, including virtualization, networking, identity, storage, backups, resilience, and disaster recovery. They should understand on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure technologies as they relate to migrating to Azure Virtual Desktop. These professionals use the Azure portal and Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates to accomplish many of their tasks. They might use PowerShell and Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI) for more efficient automation.

Candidates for this exam must have expert Azure administration skills.

Microsoft Docs

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

  • Plan an Azure Virtual Desktop architecture (10-15%)
  • Implement Azure Virtual Desktop infrastructure (25-30%)
  • Manage access and security (10-15%)
  • Manage user environments and apps (20-25%)
  • Monitor and maintain an Azure Virtual Desktop infrastructure (20-25%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

With this exam you will earn the following certification:

Microsoft Certified: Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty

Candidates for the Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification are Microsoft Azure administrators with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps, for any device, on Azure.

Responsibilities for this role include deploying virtual desktop experiences and apps to Azure. Professionals in this role deliver applications on Azure Virtual Desktop and optimize them to run in multi-session virtual environments. To deliver these experiences, they work closely with Azure administrators and architects, along with Microsoft 365 administrators.

Candidates for this certification should have experience in Azure technologies, including virtualization, networking, identity, storage, backups, resilience, and disaster recovery. They should understand on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure technologies as they relate to migrating to Azure Virtual Desktop. These professionals use the Azure portal and Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates to accomplish many of their tasks. They might use PowerShell and Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI) for more efficient automation.

Candidates for this certification must have expert Azure administration skills.

Microsoft Docs

Free Online Microsoft Learn Az-140 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-140 Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-140 Azure Virtual Desktop exam study guide.

The team also just made it easier to prepare with the new AZ-140 related learning paths on Microsoft Learn. I highly recommend that you take these for your AZ-140 exam preparation.

Microsoft Docs AZ-140 Azure Virtual Desktop 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-140 exam.



AZ-600 Exam Study Guide Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator

AZ-600 Study Guide Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator

Back in 2018, Microsoft released the 70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Azure Stack exam, which was the exam for Azure Stack Hub operators. Last week, the team released an updated version of the Azure Stack Hub exam called AZ-600: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub (This exam is currently in beta and you can take it with an 80% discount). When you pass the AZ-600 exam you will get the Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate certification. As always I try to take the exam early so I started to prepare for this exam, and as always I will share my AZ-600: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub 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.

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

You can also take Microsoft exams online, check out my blog for more details.

The Azure Stack Portfolio

Azure Stack is not a single product anymore, it is a portfolio of solutions, which includes Azure Stack Hub, Azure Stack HCI, and Azure Stack Edge. If you want to learn more about the Azure Stack Portfolio, check out my blog.

Here is my AZ-600 Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate 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.

Microsoft Certified: Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate

Candidates for the Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate certification are Azure administrators or Azure Stack Hub operators who provide cloud services to end users or customers from within their own datacenter using Azure Stack Hub.

Their responsibilities are to plan, deploy, package, update, and maintain the Azure Stack Hub infrastructure. They also offer hybrid cloud resources and requested services and manage infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

They serve as part of a larger team dedicated to cloud-based management and security or hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.

Candidates for this certification should have significant experience managing and operating Azure Stack Hub environments. They should have a strong understanding of Azure, in addition to some knowledge of virtualization, networking, and identity management. They need to understand how Azure Stack Hub enables DevOps processes and the hybrid development model.

Microsoft

To earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate Certification you will need to pass one exam.

Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate Exam Certification Path
Microsoft Certified Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate Exam Certification Path

AZ-600 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub

Candidates for Exam AZ-600 are Azure administrators or Azure Stack Hub operators who provide cloud services to end users or customers from within their own datacenter using Azure Stack Hub.

Candidates for this exam should have significant experience managing and operating Azure Stack Hub environments. They should have a strong understanding of Azure, in addition to some knowledge of virtualization, networking, and identity management. They need to understand how Azure Stack Hub enables DevOps processes and the hybrid development model.

Microsoft

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

  • Provide services (30-35%)
  • Implement data center integration (15-20%)
  • Manage identity and access (10-15%)
  • Manage infrastructure (30-35%)

You can find more information on the exam website.



DP-300 Exam Study Guide Microsoft Azure Database Administrator

DP-300 Study Guide Azure Database Administrator

I am currently preparing for the new Microsoft exam DP-300 Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure. That is why I want to share my new updated DP-300 Microsoft Azure Database Administrator Certification Exam Study Guide with you.  If you are passing the DP-300 exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Database Administrator Associate certification, which you understand how to implement and manage the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Data Services. The Azure Database Administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes.

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-300 Azure Database Administrator 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.

Exam DP-300 Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure

Candidates for this exam are database administrators and data management specialists that manage on-premises and cloud relational databases built with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Data Services.

The Azure Database Administrator implements and manages the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built on Azure Data Services and SQL Server. The Azure Database Administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes.

This role is responsible for management, availability, security and performance monitoring and optimization of modern relational database solutions. This role works with the Azure Data Engineer role to manage operational aspects of data platform solutions.

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

  • Plan and implement data platform resources (15-20%)
  • Implement a secure environment (15-20%)
  • Monitor and optimize operational resources (15-20%)
  • Optimize query performance (5-10%)
  • Perform automation of tasks (10-15%)
  • Plan and implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment (15-20%)
  • Perform administration by using T-SQL (10-15%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn DP-300 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-300 Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my DP-300 Azure Database Administrator exam study guide.

The team also just made it easier to prepare with the new DP-300 related learning paths on Microsoft Learn. I highly recommend that you take these for your DP-300 exam preparation.

Microsoft Docs DP-300 Azure Database Administrator 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-300 exam.



AZ-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies Engineer Exam Study Guide

AZ-500 Study Guide: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies 2021

The content of the AZ-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies exam was just updated in January 2021. That is why I want to share my new updated AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies Certification Exam Study Guide for 2021 with you.  If you are passing the AZ-500 exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate certification, that you understand how to implement security controls and threat protection; manage identity and access; and protect data, applications, and networks in cloud and hybrid environments as part of end-to-end infrastructure.

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-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

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-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

Candidates for this exam should have subject matter expertise implementing security controls and threat protection, managing identity and access, and protecting data, applications, and networks in cloud and hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.

Responsibilities for an Azure Security Engineer include maintaining the security posture, identifying and remediating vulnerabilities by using a variety of security tools, implementing threat protection, and responding to security incident escalations.

Azure Security Engineers often serve as part of a larger team dedicated to cloud-based management and security or hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.

A candidate for this exam should be familiar with scripting and automation, should have a deep understanding of networking and virtualization. A candidate should also have a strong familiarity with cloud capabilities, Azure products and services, and other Microsoft products and services.

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

  • Manage identity and access (30-35%)
  • Implement platform protection (15-20%)
  • Manage security operations (25-30%)
  • Secure data and applications (20-25%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-500 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-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-500 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-500 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-500 exam.