In this video, look at the broad structure of the role-based certification exams from Microsoft.
- [Instructor] This course is intended to be a high level review of the requirements of the AZ-304 Azure Architect Design exam. I should start off by saying that there are absolutely no prerequisites to taking this exam. Anyone who wishes to and pays the fee can sit for this test. Microsoft has guidelines that suggest what you need to know before taking the test, but if your intention is to take this exam as your first Azure exam, you are free to try that. Please do keep in mind that passing both the AZ-303 and AZ-304 exams is required to achieve Azure Architect expert certification. Passing only one of them does not get you any certification. Because this is an expert level certification, Microsoft makes each of those exams difficult to ensure only Azure architects with a high level of knowledge can pass them. These are not easy tests. That said, my personal opinion is that the AZ-303 exam is slightly more difficult than the AZ-304 exam. The AZ-303 exam is a practical exam that tests implementation level knowledge. Personally, I find it easier to choose the correct solution when presented with a problem than to know the detailed steps on how to implement that solution. We're all different, but I do think AZ-303 is slightly more difficult than AZ-304. Before studying for the AZ-304 exam, you should have an understanding of cloud computing concepts and a basic level of knowledge of Azure services. I recommend following the training for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam as a good first step if you are completely new to the field. My colleague, Sharon Bennett, has a good set of courses around the AZ-900 exam on LinkedIn Learning that you can refer to for the basics. To be honest, I do recommend taking the AZ-303 exam before attempting this one. To me there is a logical order here. The AZ-304 exam covers several advanced concepts in the areas of identity management, networking and compute and the AZ-303 exams covers the basic concepts of those areas. It's up to you which order you take the exams in. Microsoft doesn't care and neither do I, but there are at least four or five areas where the AZ-303 tests prerequisite knowledge and the AZ-304 has the more advanced stuff, on top of the basics. Ideally, you should also have some real experience in Azure as either a developer or administrator. This experience maps to either the AZ-204 exam for developers or the AZ-104 exam for administrators. As I mentioned at the beginning of this video, passing either of those exams is not required for this one, but there is a foundation there that makes climbing Mount Everest easier. After saying all that, the Azure Architect exam was my first Azure related exam. We all have our own learning traits and experiences and there is no wrong answer when it comes to what path you choose to take.
- Exam details
- Optimizing costs
- Logging and monitoring
- Designing for security
- Designing data storage
- Designing business continuity
- Designing infrastructure