Study guide for Azure Administrator

Hey guys! Today I come here to share with you my journey to achieve Azure Administrator certification. To get the title of Azure Administrator, you need to pass the Az-104 exam.

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What is expected from an Azure Administrator?

Azure Administrator implements, manages and monitors identity, governance, storage, compute and virtual networks in a cloud environment. Azure Administrator will provision, scale, monitor and adjust resources as appropriate. Candidates must have at least six months of hands-on experience in Azure administration. Candidates should have a strong understanding of Azure core services, workloads, security, and Azure governance.

Candidates for this exam should have experience using PowerShell, Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, and ARM templates.

The exam content:

Manage Azure identities and governance (15-20%)
Implement and manage storage (15-20%)
Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (20-25%)
Configure and manage virtual networking (25-30%)
Monitor and back up Azure resources (10-15%)

What was asked for on my exam?

Many questions based on RBAC (Role-Based Access Control), basically asked what permissions would be needed to perform certain tasks in Azure. I also remember seeing a lot of questions related to locations, ie whether you can interact between resources located in different Azure’s regions. Questions about minimum computing requirements (Virtual Machines), questions about Azure Monitor, Azure Advisor and general questions related to networking.

Some links from previous posts covering the exam content.

RBAChttps://getpractical.co.uk/2021/03/08/understand-azure-role-based-access-control-rbac/

Azure Advisorhttps://getpractical.co.uk/2021/05/03/azures-advisor/

Azure Storagehttps://getpractical.co.uk/2021/06/14/creating-a-storage-on-azure/

Az-Copyhttps://getpractical.co.uk/2021/05/17/how-to-download-and-install-the-azcopy-tool/

My study method:

  1. I always read the outline of the skills measured in each exam.
  2. If there’s anything I’m not familiar with, I’ll read the documentation available in Microsoft Docs (always free and up-to-date).
  3. If I don’t understand what the documents are saying, I use my tenant for proper validations.
  4. I always dedicate 20 to 40 hours (per exam) to perform the laboratories (On Azure you can have a free tenant for 30 days to do your validations).
  5. When it comes to new technology, I start by watching the training available in Microsoft Learn, Pluralsight and/or Udemy.

Azure Free tenant: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/free/

Microsoft Learning: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/

Exam skills outline Az-104: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-104

I would soon renew my Microsoft 365 certifications, after all I have a large part of my background in Microsoft 365 migrations and I will no doubt share my journey here.

Take as much time as you need to prepare and first of all, don’t be afraid to fail. I’ve failed exams before and this is part of any IT professional’s journey, whether you’re a beginner or not.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments that I will try to help you improve. In 2022 I will try the Azure Solution Architect exam, which will be my next goal with Azure (Until Microsft updates everything again lol =/).

See you soon guys and good luck studying.

Joao Costa

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