Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification mainly focuses on compute, network, storage, and security. I recommend getting the Azure Administrator Associate & Azure Security Engineer Associate before pursuing the Solutions Architect certification, and the below document outlines the Solutions Architect certification journey.

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Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta)
Exam AZ -303
Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta)
Exam AZ – 304

Skills Outline Guide
AZ-303
AZ-304

Learning Path
Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework
Architect network infrastructure in Azure
Architect storage infrastructure in Azure
Architect compute infrastructure in Azure
Architect infrastructure operations in Azure
Architect a data platform in Azure
Architect infrastructure operations in Azure
Architect migration, business continuity, and disaster recovery
Architect modern applications in Azure
Architect secure infrastructure in Azure

Additional Resources
Azure Architecture Center
Microsoft Docs

Azure Certifications

After writing the Microsoft certification blog post, I have been asked a lot of questions about Azure certifications. I would recommend the below Azure certifications for Apps & Infrastructure focus.

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Azure Fundamentals
Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Azure Administrator Associate
Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Azure Solutions Architect Expert
Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
**A new version of the exam, AZ-303, became available on June 29, 2020. You will be able to take this exam until it retires on or around September 30, 2020.
Exam AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design
**A new version of this exam, AZ-304, became available on June 29, 2020. You will be able to take this exam until it retires on or around September 30, 2020.

Azure Security Engineer Associate
Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

Reference Material

Microsoft Learn
This is a great learning site from Microsoft and all the content is free. You can even customize your learning path.

Microsoft Docs
This should be the “go to person” for any Microsoft related documentation and has a ton of resources for Microsoft products.

Online Training

Here is a list of on-demand training companies.
https://www.pluralsight.com/

https://www.lynda.com/

https://acloud.guru/

https://linuxacademy.com/

https://www.udacity.com/

https://www.udemy.com/

https://www.cbtnuggets.com/

Microsoft Certification

Since this is my first blog post, I wanted to keep the blog post on a lighter note and discuss about Microsoft certification.

As you may be aware, Microsoft is retiring MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications and replacing them with roles-based certifications. This means there will not be Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 certification, and the content of these certifications will be included in the role-based certification. If you are a Microsoft Silver or Gold partner, check out the PDF comparing the retiring exams with the new qualifying exams.

The three focus area of role-based certifications are Azure, Modern Workplace, and Business Applications.

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Regardless if you are new to Azure or seasoned IT professional, I highly recommend you start your Azure certification journey with Azure Fundamentals. The exam covers a vast amount of topics and I had to put in good amount of hours to prepare for the exam. The exam skills outline breakdowns the different topics and the weightage. You can go through Azure Fundamentals learning path, which includes 12 modules and will take 10 hours to complete.

Hopefully you found this post beneficial and please let me know if you have any questions. Happy studying!