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AZ-900 Exam Prep - Introduction



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AZ-900 Exam Prep - Introduction

This introduction to the AZ-900 Exam Preparation learning path gives an overview of the requirements for the Microsoft AZ-900 exam and how they will be covered.

The 4 major subject areas are:

  • Understanding cloud concepts
  • Understanding core Azure services
  • Understanding security, privacy, compliance, and trust
  • Understanding Azure pricing and support

Hello and welcome to Microsoft Azure Fundamentals. The focus of this learning path is to prepare you for Microsoft’s AZ-900 exam. If you pass the AZ-900 exam, then you’ll earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals certification.

My name’s Guy Hummel and I’m a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect.

The AZ-900 exam tests your knowledge of four subject areas. Here’s how we’ll cover them in this learning path.

We’ll start by going over general cloud concepts, so you don’t need to have any previous cloud experience. First, you’ll learn about the benefits of using cloud services, such as scalability and elasticity. We’ll explain the differences between the various types of cloud services, such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service. You’ll also learn about the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud models.

After introducing you to general cloud concepts, we’ll dive into the specifics of Microsoft Azure, starting with the core Azure services, including compute, networking, storage, and databases. We’ll also give you an overview of the wide variety of solutions available on Azure, such as the Internet of Things, big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, and serverless computing. Then you’ll find out about the different methods to interact with Azure, including PowerShell, the Azure Portal, and the command-line interface.

The third section is on security, privacy, compliance, and trust. Microsoft is very strong in this area, so there’s a lot to cover. For the exam, you need to have a high-level understanding of the Azure services in these areas:

  • Secure networking

  • Identity services - the focus here is on Azure Active Directory

  • Security tools and features, such as Security Center and Key Vault

  • Governance methodologies, such as role-based access control

  • Monitoring and reporting options, and

  • Privacy, compliance, and data protection standards

The final section is on pricing and support. It might be a bit surprising that there’s an entire section on this topic, but you do need to know quite a few high-level details for the exam. Here are some of the things you need to know:

  • How do subscriptions work?

  • What are the different purchasing options?

  • What are the factors affecting cost?

  • How do you use the Pricing calculator and the Total Cost of Ownership calculator?

  • What are the best practices for minimizing costs?

  • What support options are available?

  • What are Azure Service Level Agreements?

  • And, how do you access preview (that is, beta) features?

Are you ready to earn the Azure Fundamentals certification? Then let’s get started!


About the Author
Guy Hummel
Azure and Google Cloud Content Lead
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Guy launched his first training website in 1995 and he's been helping people learn IT technologies ever since. He has been a sysadmin, instructor, sales engineer, IT manager, and entrepreneur. In his most recent venture, he founded and led a cloud-based training infrastructure company that provided virtual labs for some of the largest software vendors in the world. Guy’s passion is making complex technology easy to understand. His activities outside of work have included riding an elephant and skydiving (although not at the same time).