Azure: Fundamentals (AZ-900) Exam Prep Guide

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My experience with Azure parallels my experience of driving. Today, I am one of those people who absolutely loves it; out on the road every single day and now I can’t quite understand how I managed to get by without a set of wheels. But there was a time – and it was a long time – and during that long time I had a lot of preconceptions that it wasn’t for me; so much so I thought I was simply a person who was suited and destined to public transport. So explaining all this to my wife she told me to get over myself and get on with it – and that’s exactly what I had needed all along. This was the case with Azure too – as someone who had spent many years in what is now called Modern Workplace and SaaS, I had to deconstruct all those preconceptions that Azure – and I mean here the aspects beyond what is used with Microsoft 365 (Azure AD, Intune etc) – weren’t for me. In the end all that had stopped me embracing Azure was force of habit.

But it’s never too late!

Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900), like it’s equivalent Microsoft 365 Fundamentals (MS-900), is an optional exam. Now, whatever side of the fence you sit on in respect to whether it is worth it for more experienced technicians, there is value here. Having personally taught the MOC (AZ-900T01A) several times, the general consensus from technicians has been that it is beneficial to have a broad baseline understanding of the concepts, services and solutions which underpin Azure; then go on for the depth. AZ-900, a breadth exam, feels like it sets up shop for AZ-100/101 and if you can’t make an AZ-900T01A course all the material is easily sourced between Microsoft Learn and Docs.com. All the links here will aim at these resources.

Whether you are a young technician starting out, or a more experienced technician looking to realign, or a technical seller or business owner looking to understand more about Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and experience new opportunities – AZ-900 is good for one and all. By the time you get your certificate you’ll be thinking where you can go, what you can do and how did you ever get by without Azure in your life.

But enough with all the driving analogies. As my wife said – just go do it!

Best of luck – but I very much doubt you will need it.

Link to Exam: Here
Released: 31st December 2018
Practice Test: Available later in 2019
MOC Course: AZ-900T01A

Important Note: this exam prep guide should be used to supplement your own resources and should not be used for the whole of your learning. Some of the resources may be not completely cover the requirements especially if the requirement is vague. If you find better articles than the ones below, please feel free to reach out and I’ll amend.

Status: I passed this exam on 03/01/2019 shortly after its release. I had 50 questions in this particular paper. Questions covered all areas pretty equally but I would recommend getting to know the paid support models and the differences between them.

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Understand Cloud Concepts (15 – 20%)

Describe the benefits and considerations of using Cloud Services

  • Understand the differences between Capital and Operational Expenditure

Describe the differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) 

Describe the differences between Public, Private and Hybrid cloud models

Understand Core Azure Services (30 – 35%)

Understand the core Azure architectural components

  • Describe the benefits and usage of core Azure architectural components

Describe some of the core products available in Azure

Describe some of the solutions available on Azure

  • Describe the benefits and outcomes of using Azure solutions
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Understand Azure management tools

Understand Security, Compliance, Privacy and Trust (30 – 35%)

Understand securing network connectivity in Azure

Describe core Azure Identity services

Describe security tools and features of Azure

  • Describe Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

Describe Azure governance methodologies

Understand monitoring and reporting options in Azure

Understand privacy, compliance and data protection standards in Azure

  • Determine if Azure is compliant for a business need

Understand Azure Pricing and Support (15 – 20%)

Understand Azure subscriptions

Understand planning and management of costs

  • Understand the factors affecting costs such as resource types, services, locations, ingress and egress traffic
  • Understand best practices for minimizing Azure costs such as performing cost analysis, creating spending limits and quotas, and using tags to identify cost owners; use Azure reservations; use Azure Advisor recommendations

Understand the support options available with Azure

  • Understand support plans that are available such as Dev, Standard, Professional Direct and Premier

Describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Understand service lifecycle in Azure