AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator – Study Guide

Updated 2020-06-25!

As Microsoft progresses it’s new strategy of role based certification, they are constantly updating the exams required for certification. As the Azure Administrator Role was the first to launch back in 2018, it’s no surprise to see it being updated again. If you’re interested in the exam, here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

The Azure Administrator implements, manages, and monitors identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment. The Azure Administrator will provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate. Candidates should have a minimum of six months of hands-on experience administering Azure. Candidates should have a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. Candidates for this exam should have experience in using PowerShell, the Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, and ARM templates.

As the exam is still in beta, if you take it, it will not be scored immediately. However, if you pass the exam, it will count towards certification and you will receive a Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate 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 have used 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-104!

Manage Azure identities and governance (15-20%)

Manage Azure AD objects

Manage role-based access control (RBAC)

Manage subscriptions and governance

Implement and manage storage (10-15%)

Manage storage accounts

Manage data in Azure Storage

Configure Azure files and Azure blob storage

Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (25-30%)

Configure VMs for high availability and scalability

Automate deployment and configuration of VMs

Create and configure VMs

Create and configure containers

Create and configure Web Apps

Configure and manage virtual networking (30-35%

Implement and manage virtual networking

Configure name resolution

Secure access to virtual networks

Configure load balancing

Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking

Integrate an on-premises network with an Azure virtual network

Monitor and back up Azure resources (10-15%)Manage Identities

Monitor resources by using Azure Monitor

Implement backup and recovery

AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator – Study Guide

Microsoft recently made a change to the certification path to earn your Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate. Gone is the requirement to pass two exams, instead the content has been collated and a single new exam is now required. Here is what Microsoft have to say:

This new exam combines the skills covered in AZ-100 and AZ-101 (which retired on May 1, 2019), with the majority of the new exam coming from AZ-100. Candidates for this exam are Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Candidates have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate. Candidates for this exam should have proficiency in using PowerShell, the Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, ARM templates, operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking.

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-103!

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.

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.

Manage Azure Subscriptions and Resources

Manage Azure subscriptions

Analyze resource utilization and consumption

Manage resource groups

Managed role based access control (RBAC)

Implement and Manage Storage

Create and configure storage accounts

Import and export data to Azure

Configure Azure files

Implement Azure backup

Deploy and Manage Virtual Machines (VMs)

Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux

Manage Azure VM

Automate deployment of VMs

Manage VM backups

Configure and Manage Virtual Networks

Create connectivity between virtual networks

Implement and manage virtual networking

Configure name resolution

Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)

Implement Azure load balancer

Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking

Integrate on premises network with Azure virtual network

Manage Identities

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

Implement and manage hybrid identities

Manage Azure AD objects (users, groups, and devices)

Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)