AZ-204 Exam Preparation: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

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This learning path is designed to help you prepare for the AZ-204 Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure exam. Even if you don't plan to take the exam, these courses will help you gain a solid understanding of developing applications on Azure. Candidates who pass the AZ-204 exam will earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate certification. 

The AZ-204 exam tests your knowledge of five subject areas. Here’s how we’ll cover them in this learning path. We’ll start with developing compute solutions, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Function-as-a-Service. Next, we’ll get into developing for Azure storage. This includes blob storage, which is for storing unstructured data, and Cosmos DB, which is a NoSQL datastore. Then, you’ll learn how to implement security, including authentication, authorization, and managed identities. After that, you’ll learn how to monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize your solutions. Finally, we’ll cover how to connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop Azure compute solutions
  • Develop for Azure storage
  • Implement Azure security
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions
  • Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure developers
  • People preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-204 exam


  • Software development experience
  • Microsoft Azure experience


Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

Course - Beginner - 4m
AZ-204 Exam Preparation - Introduction
This introduction to the AZ-204 Exam Preparation learning path gives an overview of the requirements for the Microsoft AZ-204 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
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 - 10m
Deploying Code From GitHub to Azure App Service
In this brief course, we’ll show you how to deploy code from GitHub to Azure App Service both manually and using continuous deployment.
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 - 10m
Running a Container on Azure App Service
In this course, we’ll give you a demonstration of how to build and run a Docker container on Azure App Service.
Course - Intermediate - 29m
Building Containers with Azure DevOps
This course is designed to give you a solid understanding of containers and how they are used in Azure DevOps.
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 - 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 - Intermediate - 46m
Introduction to Azure Functions
This course is an introduction to Azure Functions and explains how they can be used.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 15m
Integrate Services with Azure Function Apps
Test your skills in Integrate Services using Azure Functions Apps using this hands-on Lab
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
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 - Intermediate - 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.
Course - Advanced - 7m
Setting and Retrieving Azure Blob Storage Properties and Metadata
In this short course, I’ll explain how to manage blob properties and metadata using the Azure Portal and the Azure Storage client libraries for .NET.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h 10m
Working with Azure Storage Using PowerShell
Working with Azure Storage using PowerShell, you will explore the different storage types, manage storage account keys, and generate shared access signatures.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 8m
Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB
This course shows how to make use of Cosmos DB's incredible flexibility and performance tools on Microsoft Azure.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 30m
Developing with the Cosmos DB Core API and Change Feed
In this Lab, you will learn how to manage Cosmos DB using the Azure Portal and Azure CLI as you integrate Azure Functions with Cosmos DB change feed triggers to buy and sell fictitious stocks.
Course - Beginner - 1h 13m
Designing Azure Solutions Using Platform Services
This course is focused on creating practical solutions using Azure technologies in areas such as AI, messaging, the Internet of Things, and video media.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 40m
Creating a Topic and Subscription in Azure Service Bus
In this Hands-On lab you will learn how to create a namespace, topic, and subscription in Azure Service Bus.
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.
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
Course - Intermediate - 40m
Integrating Redis Cache and CDN on Azure
This course provides an overview of Redis Cache and how to create a Redis Cache instance in Azure.
Course - Beginner - 43m
Designing for Azure Operations
In this course, you'll learn how to configure monitoring and alerting for software applications in Azure, and how to implement autoscaling and automate system tasks,
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 - Advanced - 54m
Configuring Azure API Management
This course deals with how to deploy, configure, and manage some keys aspects of Azure API management (APIM).
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 30m
Azure API Management Policies and Security
This lab explores Azure API Management capabilities related to security and policies, API Management's feature to change API behavior through configuration.
Course - Intermediate - 7m
AZ-204 Exam Preparation - Additional Topics
This course explains some additional topics you should make sure you understand before taking the AZ-204 exam.
Resource - Not defined - 25m
Required Reading for Microsoft AZ-204 Exam
Exam - 2h 30m
Cert Prep: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (AZ-204)
Cert Prep: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (AZ-204)
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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).