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

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-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-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)