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Preparing for the Microsoft AZ-900 Exam

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:

  • Cloud concepts (15-20%)
  • Core Azure services (30-35%)
  • Security, privacy, compliance, and trust (25-30%)
  • Azure pricing and support (25-30%)

Cloud concepts, the shortest 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).

Core Azure services is the biggest section, and it covers a wide variety of topics, including Azure architectural components and some of the core products available on Azure for compute, networking, storage, and databases. For the exam, you will need to know some of the solutions available on Azure in the areas of IoT, big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

Security, privacy, compliance, and trust covers many topics, such as secure networking, governance methodologies, and monitoring. You’ll also need to know about Azure identity services, particularly Azure Active Directory, security tools, including Azure Security Center, and compliance standards, such as GDPR.

Azure pricing and support is the fourth and final section. To pass the exam, you need to describe an Azure subscription and the different types available, understand the planning and management of costs, and know the support options available with Azure. Finally, 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 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:

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Guy Hummel

Guy is a certified cloud architect on all three of the major public cloud platforms: AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. He launched his first training website in 1995 and he's been helping people learn IT technologies ever since. Guy’s passion is making complex technology easy to understand.

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