Microsoft has offered Azure certification exams for years, but until recently, they were all meant for technical IT professionals. Now non-technical professionals, such as salespeople and managers, can take the new AZ-900 exam to prove their understanding of Azure fundamentals. People who pass this exam will earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals certification.
AZ-900 Exam Topics
Here are the topics covered in the AZ-900 exam and the relative weight of each section:
- Describe cloud concepts (20-25%)
- Describe core Azure services (15-20%)
- Describe core solutions and management tools on Azure (10-15%)
- Describe general security and network security features (10-15%)
- Describe identity, governance, privacy, and compliance features (15-20%)
- Describe Azure cost management and Service Level Agreements (10-15%)
The cloud concepts section covers the benefits and considerations of using cloud services. You’ll need to understand terms such as high availability, scalability, and elasticity and be able to describe the differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
The core Azure services section covers a wide variety of topics, including Azure architectural components, such as subscriptions and availability zones, and some of the core resources available on Azure for compute, networking, storage, and databases.
The core solutions and management tools section covers core solutions in the areas of IoT, analytics, artificial intelligence, serverless computing, and DevOps. It also covers management services, such as Azure Advisor and Azure Monitor.
The general security and network security features section covers services and features such as Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Azure Key Vault, Network Security Groups, and Azure Firewall.
The identity, governance, privacy, and compliance section includes a broad range of topics. The most important identity service to know is Azure Active Directory. Some examples of governance features are role-based access control and resource locks. An example of a privacy and compliance resource is the Trust Center.
Azure cost management and Service Level Agreements is the sixth and final section. To pass the exam, you need to describe methods for planning and managing costs, such as using the Total Cost of Ownership calculator and Azure Cost Management, and you’ll need to describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and the service lifecycle in Azure.
Given the breadth of topics you’re required to know for the exam, you’ll likely need to learn more about many of them. I recommend taking self-paced courses and practice exams on the relevant areas of Azure. The best way to do that is to go through Cloud Academy’s AZ-900 Exam Preparation Learning Path, which includes video-based courses, hands-on labs, and a practice exam to test your knowledge before you take the actual exam.
Watch this short video for an overview of AZ-900 Exam Preparation: