AZ-700: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (beta) – Study Guide

Microsoft continues to expand it’s Azure exams and next on the list is AZ-700. This exam is brand new and should be available in mid-July 2021. Here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

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.

Candidates for this exam should also have expert Azure administration skills, in addition to extensive experience and knowledge of networking, hybrid connections, and network security.

If you pass the exam, it will count towards a new associate certification – Microsoft Certified: Azure Network Engineer Associate.

As always, a great place to start is Microsoft Learn. While there are no specific learning paths aligned to this exam as yet, there are many that cover Azure networking like this one or have a look at many others that include networking here. As always, these are free and you can work through them 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 networking 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-700! Don’t forget, if you sit the beta, you will not be scored immediately.

Design, Implement, and Manage Hybrid Networking (10–15%)

Design, implement, and manage a site-to-site VPN connection

Design, implement, and manage a point-to-site VPN connection

Design, implement, and manage Azure ExpressRoute

Design and Implement Core Networking Infrastructure (20–25%)

Design and implement private IP addressing for VNets

Design and implement name resolution

Design and implement cross-VNet connectivity

Design and implement an Azure Virtual WAN architecture

Design and Implement Routing (25–30%)

Design, implement, and manage VNet routing

Design and implement an Azure Load Balancer

Design and implement Azure Application Gateway

Implement Azure Front Door

Implement an Azure Traffic Manager profile

Design and implement an Azure Virtual Network NAT

Secure and Monitor Networks (15–20%)

Design, implement, and manage an Azure Firewall deployment

Implement and manage network security groups (NSGs)

Implement a Web Application Firewall (WAF) deployment

Monitor networks

Design and Implement Private Access to Azure Services (10–15%)

Design and implement Azure Private Link service and Azure Private Endpoint

Design and implement service endpoints

Configure VNet integration for dedicated platform as a service (PaaS) services

AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop – Study Guide

Microsoft continues to expand it’s specialty exams and next on the list is AZ-140. This exam is brand new and should be available in March 2021. Here is what Microsoft have to say about it:

Candidates for this exam are 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 the Azure administrators and architects, along with Microsoft 365 Administrators.

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 templates to accomplish many tasks. This role may use PowerShell and Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI) for more efficient automation.

Candidates for this exam must have expert Azure administration skills.

If you pass the exam, it will count towards a new specialty certification – Microsoft Certified: Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty

As always, a great place to start is Microsoft Learn. There are several interactive learning modules specifically for AVD 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-140!

Plan an Azure Virtual Desktop Architecture (10-15%)

Design the Azure Virtual Desktop architecture

Design for user identities and profiles

Implement an Azure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (25-30%)

Implement and manage networking for Azure Virtual Desktop

Implement and manage storage for Azure Virtual Desktop

Create and configure host pools and session hosts

Create and manage session host images

Manage Access and Security (10-15%)

Manage access

Manage security

Manage User Environments and Apps (20-25%)

Implement and manage FSLogix

Configure user experience settings

Install and configure apps on a session host

Monitor and Maintain an Azure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (20-25%)

Plan and implement business continuity and disaster recovery

Automate Azure Virtual Desktop management tasks

Monitor and manage performance and health