Microsoft has replaced and released new Azure certification exams. In this video, learn about the new certifications and how you can apply your existing certifications to the new Azure certifications.
- [Instructor] Microsoft has released new Azure exams and certifications. And they announced these new exams in the summer of 2018. The new exams are role-based, which means the objectives are based on tasks that are actually performed by users in that role. And these new exams will replace the existing 70-533 exam, 70-535, and 70-532. Let's take a look at the Azure certification paths as they stand today in November, 2018.
To start with, we have the Azure Fundamentals certification. Now this is an optional certification and you're not required to take it. If you're new to Azure, this may be a good one to start with. At the associate level, we have the certification Azure Administrator Associate as well as the Azure Developer Associate. And keep an eye on the Microsoft Learning website because there are additional exams and certifications coming soon. Once you have acquired the Azure Administrator Associate as well as the Azure Developer Associate certifications, you will then become Microsoft-certified in Azure DevOps Engineer Expert.
And as of today, there was one additional expert certification, the Azure Solutions Architect Expert. Now that we've looked at the paths let's go ahead and take a look at the requirements for these individual certifications, starting with the Azure Administrator Associate Certification. To achieve this certification, you have to pass two exams. You need to pass AZ-100, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment, and AZ-101, Microsoft Azure Integration and Security.
If you already have exam 70-533, then you qualify to take the AZ-102, Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition exam, but it's only available if you have 70-533. Next, we have the Azure Solution Architect Expert Certification, and again this requires two exams, the AZ-300, Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies, and AZ-301, Microsoft Azure Architect Design.
Both of these exams are in beta. If you have exam 70-535, then you can go ahead and take the AZ-302, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition exam. Again, this one is also in beta, so depending on when you are writing these exams you'll need to review the objectives closely. And finally, we have the Azure Developer Associate Certification. Again, this requires two exams, the AZ-200, Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions, and AZ-201, Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions.
These are also in beta. The AZ-202, Microsoft Azure Developer Certification Transition exam, is available if you already have the Azure exam 70-532. Let's drill down a little bit further into the Azure Administrator Associate Certification exams themselves, starting off with AZ-100. The domains that make up this exam are Manage Subscriptions, Implement and Manage Storage, Deploy and Manage VMs, Configure and Manage VNets, and Manage Identities.
For AZ-101, the domains are Advanced Networking, Secure Identity, Migrate VMs, and App Services. Once you have completed both of these exams then you are a certified Azure Administrator Associate. I mentioned that the exams are now role-based. Microsoft has provided an administrator profile for these exams, and for the Azure Administrator it is, "Candidates for this exam are Azure "Administrators who manage cloud services "that span storage, security, networking, "and compute cloud capabilities.
"Candidates have a deep understanding of each "service across the full IT lifecycle "and take requests for infrastructure services, "applications, and environment. "They make recommendations on services to use "for optimal performance and scale, as well "as provision, size, monitor, and adjust "resources as appropriate." Based on this profile, you have an idea of what this exam will contain and the tasks that you will be required to perform. And also from the Microsoft Learning website they are recommending that, "Candidates "for this exam should have proficiency "in using PowerShell and the Command Line Interface.
"Candidates should have basic familiarity "or knowledge of Azure Portal, ARM templates, "operating systems, virtualization, "cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking." If you can check off most of these boxes then you're probably in a good position to go write the AZ-100 exam. If you have not taken a Microsoft exam recently you may notice some changes. There will be 40 to 60 questions on the exam. Answer all of the questions because there is no penalty for guessing or getting one wrong.
The exam will be 180 minutes. 150 minutes of that 180 is for the exam. There'll be a variety of question types and coming soon we'll have performance-based questions. Basically what will happen is that you'll be asked to perform a task, and then you can do that task using the PowerShell, Command Line Interface, the Portal. As long as you complete the task successfully you'll be scored correctly. And the exam will also contain case studies.
The exam questions will follow this format. There will be a technical scenario such as, "You are an administrator," followed by the requirements or a problem statement, "The virtual machine must." Then there will be a goal statement such as, "You must or need." And finally, the question statement, "What do you need to do to?" And finally, what if you've already studied for 70-533, you just haven't gotten around to booking it yet? Well, don't despair.
The domains are very similar between 70-533 and AZ-100. I would highly recommend that you review all the objectives for the new domains and then study the objectives that you are not familiar with. It is recommended that you start with exam AZ-100 when you begin your Azure certification journey.
- Reviewing the new Microsoft exam structure
- Understanding the role of the AZ-100 exam
- Reviewing individual exam domains
- Exploring exam objectives
- Leveraging study resources