AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta) – Study Guide

Microsoft continues to update it’s role based exams and next on the list is AZ-304. This is the updated version of AZ-301 and launched at the end of June 2020. Currently this exam is arguably part of the most difficult certification path as it is one of only two Expert level certifications for Azure. Here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

Candidates for this exam are Azure Solutions Architects who advise stakeholders and translate business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. Candidates 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 requires managing how decisions in each area affects an overall solution. Candidates must have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development processes and DevOps processes.

As the exam is still in beta, if you take it, it will not be scored immediately. So bear that in mind before you sit it! Of course, if you pass the exam, once scored, it will count towards the certification.

As always, a great place to start is Microsoft Learn. There are several interactive learning paths that are free that you can work through at your own pace. I find this a great way to study and gain greater understanding of the services by actually using them and you will need to be very familiar with Azure to pass this exam.

Below I’ve put together a collection of links relevant to the sections Microsoft have highlighted as being part of the skills measured for this exam. These are only guide links, sometimes you need to explore a topic much more deeply if you are not familiar with it. Hopefully these study materials will help guide you to successfully passing AZ-304!

Design Monitoring (10-15%)

Design for cost optimization

Design a solution for logging and monitoring

Design Identity and Security (25-30%)

Design authentication

Design authorization

Design governance

Design security for applications

Design Data Storage (15-20%)

Design a solution for databases

Design data integration

Select an appropriate storage account

Design Business Continuity (10-15%)

Design a solution for backup and recovery

Design for High Availability

Design Infrastructure (25-30%)

Design a compute solution

Design a network solution

Design an application architecture

Design migrations

AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta) – Study Guide

Microsoft continues to update it’s role based exams and next on the list is AZ-303. This is the updated version of AZ-300 and should launch at the end of June 2020. Currently this is arguably the most difficult exam certification path as it is one of only two Expert level certifications for Azure. This post will cover AZ-303 and here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

Candidates for this exam are Azure Solutions Architects who advise stakeholders and translate business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. Candidates 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 requires managing how decisions in each area affects an overall solution. Candidates must have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development processes and DevOps processes.

As the exam is still in beta, if you take it, it will not be scored immediately. So bear that in mind before you sit it! Of course, if you pass the exam, once scored, it will count towards the certification.

If you do want to sit the exam and register before August 10th 2020, there are 300 discounted exams on offer if you use the code – AZ303DonSuperStar

As always, a great place to start is Microsoft Learn. There are several interactive learning paths that are free that you can work through at your own pace. I find this a great way to study and gain greater understanding of the services by actually using them and you will need to be very familiar with Azure to pass this exam.

Below I’ve put together a collection of links relevant to the sections Microsoft have highlighted as being part of the skills measured for this exam. These are only guide links, sometimes you need to explore a topic much more deeply if you are not familiar with it. Hopefully these study materials will help guide you to successfully passing AZ-303!

Implement and Monitor an Azure Infrastructure (50-55%)

Implement cloud infrastructure monitoring

Implement storage accounts

Implement VMs for Windows and Linux

Automate deployment and configuration of resources

Implement virtual networking

Implement Azure Active Directory

Implement and manage hybrid identities

Implement Management and Security Solutions (25-30%)

Manage workloads in Azure

Implement load balancing and network security

Implement and manage Azure governance solutions

Manage security for applications

Implement Solutions for Apps (10-15%)

Implement an application infrastructure

Implement container-based applications

Implement and Manage Data Platforms (10-15%)

Implement NoSQL databases

Implement Azure SQL databases

AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design – Study Guide

Now that AZ-302 has officially been retired, there is only one route to earn your Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. That route is to sit and pass both the AZ-300 and the AZ-301 exams. Currently this is arguably the most difficult exam certification path as it is one of only two Expert level certifications for Azure. This post will cover AZ-301, here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: determine workload requirements; design for identity and security; design a data platform solution; design a business continuity strategy; design for deployment, migration, and integration; and design an infrastructure strategy.

Below I’ve put together a collection of links relevant to the sections highlighted as being part of the skills measured for this exam. As always, these are only guide links, sometimes you need to explore a topic much more deeply if you are not familiar with it. Hopefully these study materials will help guide you to successfully passing AZ-301!

If you spot something, or have a better link for a topic, get in touch! I will update this post as regularly as possible and always appreciate any feedback.

A good place to start is Microsoft Learn. there are several interactive learning paths that are free that you can work through at your own pace. I find this a great way to study and gain greater understanding of the services by actually using them.

Determine workload requirements

Gather Information and Requirements

This section requires broad knowledge of the platform and general IT architecture experience. My recommendation would be to familiarise yourself with the Azure Architecture Center.

Optimize Consumption Strategy

Design an Auditing and Monitoring Strategy

Design for identity and security

Design Identity Management

Design Authentication

Design Authorization

Design for Risk Prevention for Identity

Design a Monitoring Strategy for Identity and Security

Design a data platform solution

Design a Data Management Strategy

Design a Data Protection Strategy

Design and Document Data Flows

Design a Monitoring Strategy for the Data Platform

Design a business continuity strategy

Design a Site Recovery Strategy

Design for High Availability

Design a Data Archiving Strategy

Design for deployment, migration, and integration

Design Deployments

Design Migrations

Design an API Integration Strategy

Design an infrastructure strategy

Design a Storage Strategy

Design a Compute Strategy

Design a Networking Strategy

Design a Monitoring Strategy for Infrastructure

AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies – Study Guide

Now that AZ-302 has officially been retired, there is only one route to earn your Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. That route is to sit and pass both the AZ-300 and the AZ-301 exams. Currently this is arguably the most difficult exam certification path as it is one of only two Expert level certifications for Azure. This post will cover AZ-300, here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy and configure infrastructure; implement workloads and security; create and deploy apps; implement authentication and secure data; and develop for the cloud and Azure storage.

Below I’ve put together a collection of links relevant to the sections highlighted as being part of the skills measured for this exam. As always, these are only guide links, sometimes you need to explore a topic much more deeply if you are not familiar with it. Hopefully these study materials will help guide you to successfully passing AZ-300!

If you spot something, or have a better link for a topic, get in touch! I will update this post as regularly as possible and always appreciate any feedback.

A good place to start is Microsoft Learn. there are several interactive learning paths that are free that you can work through at your own pace. I find this a great way to study and gain greater understanding of the services by actually using them.

Deploy and configure infrastructure

Analyze resource utilization and consumption

Create and configure storage accounts

Create and configure a Virtual Machine (VM) for Windows and Linux

Automate deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs)

Implement solutions that use virtual machines (VM)

Create connectivity between virtual networks

Implement and manage virtual networking

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

Implement and manage hybrid identities

Implement workloads and security

Migrate servers to Azure

Configure serverless computing

Implement application load balancing

Integrate on-premises network with Azure virtual network

Manage role-based access control (RBAC)

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Create and deploy apps

Create web apps by using PaaS

Design and develop apps that run in containers

Implement authentication and secure data

Implement authentication

Implement secure data solutions

Develop for the cloud and for Azure storage

Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage

Develop solutions that use a relational database

Configure a message-based integration architecture

Develop for autoscaling

AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition Study Guide

NOTE: This exam is now retired. I now have guides for AZ-300 and AZ-301.

The first thing to note about this exam is that it is intended only for those who have previously sat and passed the 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam. So if you’ve passed that exam, read on!

Next thing to note, this exam isn’t here to stay. It’s a transition exam to earn the more up to date certification. As such, Microsoft are retiring it on June 30, 2019.

What’s great is that if you pass, you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert with just the one exam.

Here is what Microsoft have to say about this exam:

The transition exam is intended for people who have already demonstrated skills in the content domain by passing the existing exam(s) that the new role-based certification exams will be replacing. They cover the delta between the current certification and what we expect people who earn the new certification to be able to do. We don’t want to retest people on the same content where they have already demonstrated competence by passing the existing exam.

Transition exams cover net new content, content that wasn’t covered in enough depth, and content on aspects of the technology that have likely changed since someone took the exam. As a result, the transition exam is not shorter than a typical exam but more focused on the key tasks and skills that were not assessed in the existing exam or certification that is being replaced.

Candidates for this exam are Azure Solution Architects who advise stakeholders and translates business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions.

Candidates should have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. This role requires managing how decisions in each area affects an overall solution.

Candidates must be proficient in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps, and have expert-level skills in at least one of those domains.

Below I’ve put together a collection of links relevant to the sections highlighted as being part of the skills measured for this exam. As always, these are only guide links, sometimes you need to explore a topic much more deeply if you are not familiar with it.

One final important note, as this is a solution architecture exam, there is a presumption that you are aware of service SLAs, performance tiers, dependencies etc. This sort of knowledge will only come with experience and practise. Again, you would have needed to know these to pass 70-535 so nothing new there!

If you spot something, or have a better link for a topic, get in touch! I will update this post regularly as I work my way towards taking this exam and appreciate any feedback.

Determine workload requirements

Determine feasibility and refine requirements

  • There are no real links that help with this section as it is so broad. This requires that prior over-arching knowledge of the platform I mentioned earlier.

Optimize consumption strategy

Design for identity and security

Design authorization

Design a business continuity strategy

Design a site recovery strategy

Design for high availability

Implement workloads and security

Configure serverless computing

Implement authentication and secure data

Implement secure data solutions

Develop for the cloud

Develop long-running tasks

Configure a message-based integration architecture

Develop for asynchronous processing

Develop for autoscaling

Implement distributed transactions

Develop advanced cloud workloads

**This section is vast. A lot of practise and reading required**

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