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So You Wanna Be Certified?
Azure Certification Exams
Dan Toomey
Mexia Consulting
No… not that.
Enabling the Digital Enterprise
Who am I?
• Senior Consultant / Integration Architect
• MCT, MCPD, MCTS BizTalk & Azure
• ...

Reasons for Certification
• Be recognised as a consummate professional
• Validate skills
• Be hired
• Get a promotion
• De...

Certification Paths
Azure Solutions
Architect
Certification Paths
Azure Solutions
Architect
Certification Paths
Certification Paths
Certification Paths

70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Pre November 2016
Design and implement websites
Deploy websites * Configure w...
70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Pre November 2016
Deploy Web Apps
Deploy Web Apps * Configur...
70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
Current
Design Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Networking
Design Azure virtual...
How to study
• Guide books
• Courses
– Next Up Exam Camps
(https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/auspartners/2016/02/29/next-up...
MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)
https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/azureskills

What to expect?
Exam tries to test/validate if you understand the information:
• Less multiple choice
• More Drag and Drop...
Scoring
• 700 is passing (not 70%)
• 40 to 60 questions
• 1 to 4 hours to complete the exam
• No partial credit (answer is...
Case Studies
Case Study 1
•5 questions
Case Study 2
•4 questions
Random
•22 questions
Case Study 3
•5 questions
Case Study...
• Some developers are working on a project that requires additional security. You need to
ensure that they can connect to ...
Exam Question Types
Exam Question Types

Resources
• MSCE – Cloud Platform and Infrastructure:
– https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/learning/mcse-cloud-platform-infra...
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Certification in Microsoft Azure

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Discusses the updated certification scopes and paths in Microsoft Azure as of the refresh in November 2016. As delivered to the Brisbane Azure User Group. Recording available at https://youtu.be/6u2HzShsyPY

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Certification in Microsoft Azure

  1. 1. So You Wanna Be Certified? Azure Certification Exams Dan Toomey Mexia Consulting
  2. 2. No… not that.
  3. 3. Enabling the Digital Enterprise Who am I? • Senior Consultant / Integration Architect • MCT, MCPD, MCTS BizTalk & Azure • Pluralsight Author • www.mindovermessaging.com • @daniel2me
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  5. 5. Reasons for Certification • Be recognised as a consummate professional • Validate skills • Be hired • Get a promotion • Develop essential skills
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  7. 7. Certification Paths Azure Solutions Architect
  8. 8. Certification Paths Azure Solutions Architect
  9. 9. Certification Paths
  10. 10. Certification Paths
  11. 11. Certification Paths
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  13. 13. 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Pre November 2016 Design and implement websites Deploy websites * Configure websites * Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics * Implement web jobs * Configure websites for scale and resilience * Design and implement applications for scale and resilience 15‒20% Create and manage virtual machines Deploy workloads on Azure virtual machines (VMs) * Create and manage a VM image or virtual hard disk * Perform configuration management * Configure VM networking * Scale VMs * Design and implement VM storage * Monitor VMs 20‒25% Design and implement cloud services Design and develop a cloud service * Configure cloud services and roles * Deploy a cloud service * Monitor and debug a cloud service 20‒25% Design and implement a storage strategy Implement Azure Storage blobs and Azure files * Implement Azure storage tables * Implement Azure storage queues * Manage access * Monitor storage * Implement SQL databases 20‒25% Manage application and network services Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory * Configure a virtual network * Modify network configuration * Design and implement a communication strategy * Monitor communication * Implement caching 15‒20% Post November 2016 Refresh Design and Implement Azure PaaS Compute and Web and Mobile Services Design Azure App Service Web Apps * Implement Azure Functions * Implement API Management * Design Azure App Service API Apps * Develop Azure App Service Logic Apps * Develop Azure App Service Mobile Apps * Design and implement Azure Service Fabric apps 25-30% Create and manage Azure Resource Manager virtual machines Deploy workloads on Azure Resource Manager (ARM) virtual machines (VMs) * Perform configuration management * Configure ARM VM networking * Scale ARM VMs * Design and implement ARM VM storage * Monitor ARM VMs * Manage ARM VM availability 30-35% Design and implement a storage and data strategy Implement Azure Storage blobs and Azure Files * Implement Azure storage tables and queues * Manage access and monitor storage * Implement Azure SQL Databases * Implement Azure DocumentDB * Implement Redis caching * Implement Azure Search 25-30% Manage identity, application, and network services Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory (AAD) * Design and implement a communication strategy * Design and implement a messaging strategy * Develop apps that use AAD B2C and AAD B2B 15-20% https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/learning/exam-70-532.aspx
  14. 14. 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Pre November 2016 Deploy Web Apps Deploy Web Apps * Configure Web Apps * Configure diagnostics, monitoring and analytics * Configure scale & resilience * Manage App Service Plans 15-20% Implement Virtual Machines Deploy workloads on Azure virtual machines (VMs) * Implement images & disks * Perform configuration management * Configure VM networking * Configure VM resiliency * Design and implement VM storage * Monitor VMs 15-20% Implement Storage Implement Azure Storage blobs and Azure Files * Manage access * Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics * Implement Azure SQL Databases * Implement recovery services 15-20% Implement Azure Active Directory Integrate an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) with existing directories * Configure the Application Access Panel * Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory (AAD) 15-20% Implement Virtual Networks Configure virtual networks * Modify network configuration * Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network 10-15% Implement Cloud Services Configure cloud services and roles * Deploy and manage cloud services * Monitor cloud services 15-20% Post November 2016 Refresh Design and Implement Azure App Service Apps Deploy Web Apps * Configure Web Apps * Configure diagnostics, monitoring and analytics * Configure Web Apps for scale & resilience 15-20% Create and Manage Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines Deploy workloads on Azure Resource Manager (ARM) virtual machines (VMs) * Perform configuration management * Scale ARM VMs * Design and implement ARM VM storage * Monitor ARM VMs * Manage ARM VM availability 20-25% Design and Implement a Storage Strategy Implement Azure Storage blobs and Azure Files * Manage access * Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics * Implement Azure SQL Databases * Implement recovery services 20-25% Implement Azure Active Directory Integrate an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) with existing directories * Configure application access * Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory (AAD) * Integrate AAD B2C and AAD B2B 15-20% Implement Virtual Networks Configure virtual networks * Modify network configuration * Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network 10-15% Design and Deploy ARM Templates Implement ARM templates * Control access * Design role-based access control (RBAC) 10-15% https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/learning/exam-70-533.aspx
  15. 15. 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Current Design Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Networking Design Azure virtual networks * Describe Azure VPN and ExpressRoute architecture and design 5-10% Secure Resources Secure resources by using managed identities * Secure resources by using hybrid identities * Secure resources by using identity providers * Identify an appropriate data security solution * Design a role-based access control (RBAC) strategy * Manage security risks by using Azure Security Center, Operations Management Suite, and other services 20-25% Design an Application Storage and Data Access Strategy Design data storage * Select the appropriate storage option 5-10% Design Advanced Applications Create compute-intensive applications * Create long-running applications * Integrate Azure services in a solution * Implement messaging applications * Implement applications for background processing * Design connectivity for hybrid applications 20-25% Design Azure Web and Mobile Apps Design web applications * Design mobile applications 5-10% Design a Management , Monitoring, and Business Continuity Strategy Design a monitoring strategy * Describe business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) by using Azure * Design a disaster recovery strategy * Design Azure Automation and PowerShell workflows * Describe the use cases for Azure Automation configuration 20-25% Architect an Azure Compute Infrastructure Design ARM virtual machines (VMs) * Design ARM template deployment * Design for availability 10-15% https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/learning/exam-70-534.aspx
  16. 16. How to study • Guide books • Courses – Next Up Exam Camps (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/auspartners/2016/02/29/next-up-exam-camps/) – Microsoft Virtual Academy (http://mva.microsoft.com) – Pluralsight • Study groups • Practice exams – Measure Up – Transcender • Nothing beats doing!
  17. 17. MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/azureskills
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  19. 19. What to expect? Exam tries to test/validate if you understand the information: • Less multiple choice • More Drag and Drop • Interacting with screen (not a VM) – screenshot and ask what options to configure • More scenarios / case studies – more real world • Expect Powershell!
  20. 20. Scoring • 700 is passing (not 70%) • 40 to 60 questions • 1 to 4 hours to complete the exam • No partial credit (answer is completely right or completely wrong) • No deductions for wrong answer (so leave nothing blank!) • Can review questions – but only within individual section
  21. 21. Case Studies Case Study 1 •5 questions Case Study 2 •4 questions Random •22 questions Case Study 3 •5 questions Case Study 4 •5 questions Case Study 5 •4 questions 150 minutes • Lots of case studies • Each section is isolated – no going back once leaving a section • Pace yourself! 45 questions total
  22. 22. • Some developers are working on a project that requires additional security. You need to ensure that they can connect to the development and test virtual machines (VMs) over a Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol(SSTP) connection. • What should you create? Exam Question Types
  23. 23. Exam Question Types
  24. 24. Exam Question Types
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  26. 26. Resources • MSCE – Cloud Platform and Infrastructure: – https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/learning/mcse-cloud-platform-infrastructure.aspx • Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications: – https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/microsoft-streamlines-technical-certifications • Microsoft Certification Changes & Goodbye MCSD Azure Solutions Architect – https://buildazure.com/2016/09/27/microsoft-certification-changes-and-goodbye-to-mcsd- azure-solutions-architect/ • Microsoft Virtual Academy – Azure Courses (146): – https://mva.microsoft.com/search/SearchResults.aspx#!prod=Microsoft%20Azure&lang=1033 • MOOC (Massively Open Online Course): – https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/azureskills • Pluralsight: – https://www.pluralsight.com/search?q=Azure+certification&categories=all
  27. 27. Thank you.

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