This learning path is designed to help you prepare for the AZ-104 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-104 exam replaces the AZ-103 exam, which will be retired on August 31, 2020. This exam is part of Microsoft’s role-based certification program. Candidates who pass the AZ-104 exam will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification.
The AZ-104 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 identities and governance. Next, we’ll get into implementing and managing storage, including Azure Storage and Azure File Sync. Then you’ll learn how to deploy and manage compute resources. After that, we’ll go into configuring and managing enterprise-grade virtual networks. Finally, we’ll cover how to monitor and back up Azure resources.
- Manage Azure identities and governance
- Implement and manage storage
- Deploy and manage Azure compute resources
- Configure and manage virtual networking
- Monitor and back up Azure resources
- IT professionals who want to become Azure administrators
- IT professionals preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-104 exam
- General knowledge of IT architecture
Learning Path Steps
This introduction to the learning path gives an overview of the requirements for the Microsoft AZ-104 exam and how they will be covered.
This course gives an overview of the services available on Azure and shows how to create virtual machines and web apps using the Azure CLI and Azure Portal.
Knowledge Check: Overview of Azure Services
In this lab, you'll learn how to configure and start your first Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine (VM) from the Azure portal.
In this course, you will learn how to use the core Azure Storage services as building blocks for Azure applications and virtual machines.
Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Storage
Learn to create and configure hardened Azure storage accounts by creating and managing one yourself, using many available tools to configure it for your needs.
The course begins with a brief review of Azure Storage Accounts and then drills down into the details of blobs storage services, highlighting the different kinds of blobs.
In this Lab, you will create an Azure File Sync sync topology consisting of two Windows Server 2016 VMs running in Azure.
This course will give you a basic understanding of Azure virtual machines (VMs) and how you can use them in your Azure environments.
Knowledge Check: Getting Started with Azure Virtual Machines
This course offers an in-depth look at VM scale sets, VM configuration management, VM storage options, and VM monitoring within Azure.
Learn about Azure Key Vault to store keys/secrets used for encrypting an Azure Virtual Machine in a hands-on Lab environment
In this lab challenge, you'll need to prove your knowledge of Azure Virtual Machines.
This course introduces you to Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and how to use it for processing templates that specify resource deployments.
In this lab, you will practice the basics of Azure Resource Manager by creating a basic template that will launch an Azure web app.
Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Resource Manager
This course is focused on how to create and manage Kubernetes clusters on Azure.
Create Containerized Solutions with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
This lab explores several key services that allow you to create containerized solutions in Azure.
This course explains how to quickly and easily set up a website and publish apps using Azure App Service.
Knowledge Check: Getting Started with Azure App Service
Deploy an app to Azure App Service Web Apps in this Lab and use a variety of services to monitor the app and send alerts when certain conditions are met.
This course explores Azure Virtual Networks, how to create them, and how to connect them.
This course will provide you with a foundational understanding of the different ways you can load balance traffic in Microsoft Azure.
Learn how to configure an Azure Application Gateway to load balance traffic to a web application that you deploy on a Virtual Machine Scale Set in this Lab.
In this course, you will learn two different ways to connect virtual networks together in Azure.
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
Through a combination of both theory and practical demonstrations, this course teaches how to implement Azure network security.
In this course, you’ll learn about both troubleshooting and monitoring.
In this lab challenge, you'll use your Azure networking knowledge to configure Virtual Networks to allow two virtual machines to communicate with each other.
In this course, you'll learn how to manage subscriptions and resource groups in Azure.
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.
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.
Learn Role Based access control for the Microsoft Azure Cloud
This course looks into how to capture log data and metrics from Azure services and feed this information into different locations for processing.
Learn to leverage Azure Monitor to diagnose application and infrastructure with logs, query logs with Azure log queries, and leverage alerts and action groups
In this course, you will learn how to plan and deploy Azure Backup and how to manage backups on a day-to-day basis.
In this hands-on lab, you will learn the key concepts of Azure Backup.
In this course, you will learn how to design a compute infrastructure using the appropriate Azure services.
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Compute Infrastructure
This course provides a list of resources for some additional topics you should make sure you understand before taking the AZ-104 exam.
In this lab challenge, you'll need to prove your general knowledge of content related to the AZ-104 certification.
Preparation Exam: Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)
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