AZ-103 Exam Preparation: Microsoft Azure Administrator

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This Learning Path is designed to help you and your team prepare for the AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam. Even if you don't plan to take the exam, these Courses and Hands-on Labs will help you get started on your way to becoming an Azure administrator.

The AZ-103 exam replaces the AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams, which were retired on May 1, 2019. This exam is part of Microsoft’s new role-based certification program. Candidates who pass the AZ-103 exam will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification.

The AZ-103 exam tests your knowledge of five subject areas, and that’s how we’ve structured this Learning Path as well. We’ll start with managing Azure subscriptions and resources. Next, we’ll get into implementing and managing storage, including Azure Storage, Azure File Sync, and Recovery Services Vault. Then you’ll learn how to deploy and manage virtual machines running either Windows or Linux. After that, we’ll go into configuring and managing enterprise-grade virtual networks. Finally, we’ll cover how to manage identities using Azure Active Directory, which is a managed version of Microsoft’s tried and true directory software.

Learning Objectives

  • Manage Azure subscriptions and resources
  • Implement and manage Azure storage
  • Deploy and manage Azure virtual machines
  • Configure and manage Azure virtual networks
  • Manage Azure identities

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who want to become Azure administrators
  • IT professionals preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-103 exam


  • General knowledge of IT architecture


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps

1 courses

This introduction to the Microsoft Azure Administrator learning path gives an overview of the requirements for the Microsoft AZ-103 exam and how they will be covered.

2 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to manage subscriptions and resource groups in Azure.

3 courses

In this course, you'll learn about Azure Role-Based Access Control and gain skills to allow you to manage access to resources in Azure.

4 labs

Learn Role Based access control for the Microsoft Azure Cloud

5 courses

This course looks into how to capture log data and metrics from Azure services and feed this information into different locations for processing.

6 courses

In this course, you will learn how to use the core Azure Storage services as building blocks for Azure applications and virtual machines.

7 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Storage

8 labs

Working with Azure Storage using PowerShell, you will explore the different storage types, manage storage account keys, and generate shared access signatures.

9 labs

In this Lab, you will create an Azure File Sync sync topology consisting of two Windows Server 2016 VMs running in Azure.

10 courses

In this course, you will learn how to plan and deploy Azure Backup and how to manage backups on a day-to-day basis.

11 courses

This course gives you an overview of VMs, and how to create, configure, and monitor them in Azure Resource Manager.

12 labs

In this lab, you'll learn how to configure and start your first Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine (VM) from the Azure portal.

13 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines

14 courses

This course introduces the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM) REST API, and how to interact with it.

15 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Resource Manager

16 labs

In this lab, you will practice the basics of Azure Resource Manager by creating a basic template that will launch an Azure web app.

17 labs

Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Windows, configure a DSC pull server and a DSC target node to pull its configuration from the pull server

18 courses

In this course, you will learn everything you need to get started with setting up virtual networks inside Azure.

19 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Virtual Networking

20 courses

In this course, you will learn two different ways to connect virtual networks together in Azure.

21 labs

Understand when and why you would want to use Azure VNet peering in this Lab as you implement peering to solve a practical design challenge

22 courses

In this course, you’ll learn about both troubleshooting and monitoring.

23 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to implement and deploy identity management on Azure to better protect your organization with this expertly instructed training content.

24 courses

In this course, you'll learn about Azure AD fundamentals and Cloud Security, and will gain an understanding of Identity Management.

25 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Azure Active Directory Security

26 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to implement Multi-Factor Authentication on Azure.

27 courses

This short video gives you a list of some of the other resources you should review before taking the Microsoft AZ-103 exam.


In this lab challenge, you'll need to prove your knowledge of Azure Virtual Machines.


In this lab challenge, you'll need to prove your general knowledge of content related to the AZ-103 certification.

30 exam-filled

Preparation Exam: Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-103)

About the Author

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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).