AZ-104 Exam Preparation: Microsoft Azure Administrator

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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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who want to become Azure administrators
  • IT professionals preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-104 exam


  • General knowledge of IT architecture


Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

Course - Beginner - 4m
AZ-104 Exam Preparation - Introduction
This introduction to the learning path gives an overview of the requirements for the Microsoft AZ-104 exam and how they will be covered.
Course - Beginner - 51m
Overview of Azure Services
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.
Exam - 30m
Knowledge Check: Overview of Azure Services
Knowledge Check: Overview of Azure Services
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Start Your First Azure Virtual Machine (Windows)
In this lab, you'll learn how to configure and start your first Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine (VM) from the Azure portal.
Course - Beginner - 50m
Introduction to Azure Storage
In this course, you will learn how to use the core Azure Storage services as building blocks for Azure applications and virtual machines.
Exam - 20m
Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Storage
Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Storage
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Managing Azure Storage Accounts
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.
Course - Beginner - 12m
Managing Azure Storage With AzCopy and Azure Storage Explorer
In this course, I’ll show you two different ways of working with Azure Storage.
Course - Beginner - 10m
Configuring Azure Blob Storage Lifecycle Management
In this course, I’ll explain how you can save money by setting up lifecycle management policies that automatically move your blobs to less expensive access tiers when certain conditions are met.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Synchronize Files Across Servers with Azure File Sync
In this Lab, you will create an Azure File Sync sync topology consisting of two Windows Server 2016 VMs running in Azure.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 27m
Getting Started with Azure Virtual Machines
This course will give you a basic understanding of Azure virtual machines (VMs) and how you can use them in your Azure environments.
Exam - 20m
Knowledge Check: Getting Started with Azure Virtual Machines
Knowledge Check: Getting Started with Azure Virtual Machines
Course - Advanced - 56m
Advanced VM Management in Azure
This course offers an in-depth look at VM scale sets, VM configuration management, VM storage options, and VM monitoring within Azure.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Azure Key Vault and Disk Encryption
Learn about Azure Key Vault to store keys/secrets used for encrypting an Azure Virtual Machine in a hands-on Lab environment
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 1h 30m
Azure Virtual Machine Basic Challenge
In this lab challenge, you'll need to prove your knowledge of Azure Virtual Machines.
Course - Intermediate - 29m
Automating Deployments With Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates
In this course, we will explore Azure Resource Manager templates.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Azure Resource Manager Templates In Depth
In this lab, you will first create a Windows virtual machine using an Azure Resource Manager template, and then you will improve the template using several additional ARM features.
Course - Beginner - 21m
Introduction to Containers
This course will take you through what containers are, the benefits of using them, and how to containerize an app.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 45m
Getting Started with Azure Container Instances
Learn how to use Azure Container Instances to run automation jobs and simple services.
Course - Intermediate - 14m
Configuring Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
This course is focused on how to create and manage Kubernetes clusters on Azure.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 30m
Create Containerized Solutions with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
This lab explores several key services that allow you to create containerized solutions in Azure.
Course - Beginner - 14m
Introduction to Azure App Service
This course explores Azure App Service, which makes deploying a web application as easy as possible by managing the underlying infrastructure for you.
Course - Intermediate - 7m
Autoscaling on Azure App Service
This brief course explores how to use autoscaling on Azure App Service to optimize the resources necessary for running your app.
Course - Intermediate - 8m
Using Deployment Slots in Azure App Service
This course explores how to use deployment slots in Azure App Service in a variety of ways.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Deploying And Monitoring Azure App Service Web Apps
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.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 5m
Getting Started with Azure Virtual Networks
This course explores Azure Virtual Networks, how to create them, and how to connect them.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 30m
Create Your First Azure Virtual Network
In this lab, you will cover the basics of Azure Virtual Network and related configuration and integration options.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 23m
Load Balancing with Azure
This course will provide you with a foundational understanding of the different ways you can load balance traffic in Microsoft Azure.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Application Load Balancing with Azure Application Gateways
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.
Course - Intermediate - 31m
Azure Network Connectivity and Name Resolution
In this course, you will learn two different ways to connect virtual networks together in Azure.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 30m
Connect Azure Virtual Networks with VNet Peering
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
Course - Intermediate - 13m
Configuring Networking in Azure App Service
In this course, we’ll cover the most commonly used networking configurations in Azure App Service.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 26m
Implementing Azure Network Security
Through a combination of both theory and practical demonstrations, this course teaches how to implement Azure network security.
Course - Advanced - 38m
Managing Connectivity with Azure Network Watcher
In this course, you’ll learn about both troubleshooting and monitoring.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 45m
Configure Azure Virtual Networks Challenge
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.
Course - Beginner - 38m
Managing Azure Subscriptions and Resource Groups
In this course, you'll learn how to manage subscriptions and resource groups in Azure.
Course - Advanced - 1h 41m
Designing for Azure Identity Management
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.
Course - Intermediate - 19m
Managing Role-Based Access Control on Azure
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.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Manage Access to Azure With Role-Based Access Control
Learn Role Based access control for the Microsoft Azure Cloud
Course - Beginner - 27m
Configuring Azure Monitor Metrics, Logs, and Alerts
In this course, we'll take an overview of Azure Monitor metrics and logs and show you how to install virtual machine agents and create alerts.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Monitoring Resources with Azure Monitor
Learn to leverage Azure Monitor to diagnose application and infrastructure with logs, query logs with Azure log queries, and leverage alerts and action groups
Course - Intermediate - 24m
Managing Azure Costs
In this course, you’ll learn how to forecast Azure costs, choose the right subscription and purchasing options, track spending, and use cost reduction strategies.
Course - Beginner - 21m
Implementing Azure Backup
This course provides an understanding of what Azure Backup is, what it offers, and how to implement it.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h 15m
Back Up and Restore VMs with Azure Backup
In this hands-on lab, you will learn the key concepts of Azure Backup.
Course - Intermediate - 48m
Designing an Azure Compute Infrastructure
In this course, you will learn how to design a compute infrastructure using the appropriate Azure services.
Exam - 25m
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Compute Infrastructure
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Compute Infrastructure
Course - Intermediate - 2m
AZ-104 Exam Preparation - Additional Resources
This course provides a list of resources for some additional topics you should make sure you understand before taking the AZ-104 exam.
Resource - Beginner - 1h 45m
Required Reading for Microsoft AZ-104 Exam
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Intermediate - 2h
Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-104 Challenge
In this lab challenge, you'll need to prove your general knowledge of content related to the AZ-104 certification.
Exam - 2h 30m
Cert Prep: Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)
Cert Prep: Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)
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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).