Microsoft has once again updated the role-based exams. In this video, learn what exams and objectives have changed and how it affects you.
- [Instructor] Well, it's that time again. Microsoft has updated the Azure exams and certifications. Let's review some of the changes. The nice thing with the new exams is the exam names and certifications are staying the same. What is changing are the exam numbers and some of the objectives. As you can see in our list here, we have our AZ-103 is now AZ-104. 203 is now 204. 300 is 303. AZ-301 is now AZ-304. You are still required to take AZ-303 and AZ-304 to earn the certification, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert. Let's review the Azure Certification Paths. These really haven't changed and I'm only showing you a few here. There are several more certifications and exams that you can take. Under the Fundamentals, we have Azure Fundamentals. This is AZ-900. This is an optional exam and is not required to move forward. In the Associate level, the certification that you will obtain is the Azure Administrator Associate. This is AZ-104 now. Also in the Associate level is the Azure Security Engineer Associate, AZ-500. Staying within the Azure realm, AZ-204 is also at the Associate level and this is geared towards developers. And finally, the Expert certification, the Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert is still those two exams, AZ-303 and AZ-304. Let's take a look at the new domains in AZ-104. We have Monitor and Back Up Azure Resources, Manage Azure Identities and Governance, Implement and Manage Storage, Deploy and Manage Azure Compute, and Configure and Manage Virtual Networking. You will notice that the Networking and Compute take up over half of the exam. This is where you need to focus. Microsoft Learning states this as the Azure Administrator profile. Candidates should have a minimum of six months of hands-on experience administering Azure. Candidates should have a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. Candidates for this exam should have experience in using PowerShell, the command-line interface, Azure portal, and ARM templates. All of these will be covered in the exam. Let's talk about the exam itself. There will be 40 to 60 questions on the exam. Answer all of the questions because there's no penalty for guessing. What's the worst that's going to happen? You're going to get it wrong. The exam time is 180 minutes. Only 150 minutes is actually for the exam. The rest of the time is used for reading the NDA and providing feedback if you wish. You will encounter a variety of questions in the exam. You'll see performance-based questions. These are the labs that everybody's been referring to. You'll be given an Azure environment and you will have to perform certain steps. My suggestion here is to really watch your time. There'll be multiple choice types of questions, drag and drop, et cetera. You will also have case studies. My trick for handling case studies, I read the questions first. I read the questions, then go back and find the answer in that case study, focusing on what's important to answer the question, not all the details in the case study. I know some of you are going, "What a minute here. "I've just spent all this time studying for AZ-103. "What am I supposed to do now?" You will be able to take AZ-103 until approximately June of 2020, give or take. My suggestion is is take AZ-104. The domains are very similar but you will need to review the objectives for the new domains and study the objectives that you are not familiar with. If you are not planning on taking the exam until after June of 2020, you will not have a choice but to take the AZ-104 exam. And then some of you will be in the same boat as I am and have AZ-102 or AZ-103. Well, nothing changes for you. You don't have to run out and write AZ-104 until your current certification expires and that is two years from when you took that last exam. At that point, you will take AZ-104. You are now up to date on the changes for AZ-104.