With so many opportunities within Azure, Microsoft’s suite of cloud-based applications and services, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. The good news is that Azure comes with a few different paths to get you started in cloud computing and even earn an Azure certification along the way.
1) Azure – Overview
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform that gives you everything you need to build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. With Azure, you can develop your apps using whatever language and frameworks you want. Store your data on-premises or in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud; it doesn’t matter as long as your code runs in Azure you are free to choose what works best for you.
2) AZ-100 – Introduction to Microsoft Azure
The Azure certification path starts with learning what Azure is, where it came from, and its feature set. This course focuses on technical requirements, architecture of Azure, network integration, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). You will learn about virtual machines in Azure, while also learning how they differ from other types of computer instances you may have encountered before. Introduction to Microsoft Azure is designed for IT professionals who have little or no experience working with cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure.
3) AZ-101 – Fundamentals of Azure
This foundational course for Azure provides a comprehensive overview of Azure and its services. You’ll learn about core Azure services, such as Virtual Machines and Storage, how they work together, and how to deploy, configure, and manage them. In addition, you’ll get an overview of Azure Resource Manager. You should have some experience with cloud technologies before taking AZ-101.
4) AZ-102 – Implementing and Managing Azure Virtual Machines
This exam covers how to create and deploy Azure virtual machines\ (VMs), as well as how to manage and monitor these VMs. If you plan on creating, deploying, and managing VMs in Azure, you should take AZ-102. If you’re not planning on using Azure for anything other than storing data or creating websites, skip AZ-102.
5) AZ-200 – Install and Configure Windows Server in Azure
Passing AZ-200 will give you a thorough understanding of Azure, as well as Windows Server in Azure. It’ll also help you become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA). First, you’ll earn MCSA certification by passing two exams: AZ-100 and either AZ-101 or CSA+DCA. Once you have both, register for your third exam AZ-200. Once passed, it’ll make obtaining your MCSE that much easier.
6) AZ-300 – Design and Implement a Storage Solution with Azure
The AZ-300 exam covers designing and implementing solutions using Azure storage. This exam contains 55 questions and you have 90 minutes to answer them. After taking and passing your first three exams, you will be able to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Cloud Platform. AZ-301 Implement and Manage Azure Resources: The AZ-301 exam covers implementing and managing Azure resources. This exam contains 55 questions and you have 90 minutes to answer them.
7) AZ-400 – Designing a Cloud Data Solution
Designed for experienced professionals responsible for implementing and managing a cloud data solution. This exam measures your ability to plan, design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot a cloud data solution based on Microsoft Azure technologies. Exam 70-532 is a prerequisite. AZ-300 – Implementing a Cloud Data Solution: Designed for experienced professionals who are implementing and managing cloud data solutions using Azure services. This exam measures your ability to plan, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot a cloud data solution using Azure services. Exam 70-533 is a prerequisite.
8) AZ-500 – Designing an Application Architecture
You must pass all five exams in either track to become certified. This exam tests you on your ability to design a solution that meets technical, functional, operational and performance requirements using Azure cloud services. AZ-501 Implementing an Application Architecture: You must pass all five exams in either track to become certified. This exam tests you on your ability to configure and deploy a design into a production environment using Azure cloud services.
9) AZ-600 – Troubleshooting & Debugging in Microsoft Azure
Prepare for Exam AZ-600. Includes a 70-question exam. The exam consists of 50 questions designed to assess troubleshooting and debugging skills, with a score of 70 percent or higher required to pass. It also includes 20 scenario based case study questions, which have no right or wrong answers. Microsoft states that passing scores will be determined by statistical analysis of candidate performance on both types of questions in order to ensure that candidates who earn passing scores on both types of questions demonstrate strong knowledge and understanding across all objectives covered by AZ-600.