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Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions–70-532 Certification Preparation (Retired)

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Learning Path Overview

For professionals who want to pass Microsoft's Azure 70-532 Certification Exam - Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions... you've come to the right place!

In this Course, you will learn how to build web applications. Students should also have experience with the Microsoft Azure platform and a basic understanding of the services offered in Azure. 

This Exam covers a number of core topics directly relevant to the life of a developer building cloud-native solutions for Azure. You're required to understand a breadth of subjects like virtual machine configuration and deployment, choosing amongst several competing data storage technologies, integrating with cloud identity solutions like Azure Active Directory, leveraging serverless Azure Functions and cloud-scale messaging with Service Bus and Event Hubs, and much more. The Exam itself consists of multiple choice, case study, and other types of questions geared toward experienced Azure developers looking for official industry recognition of their expertise. 

The Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification validates technical expertise in designing, programming, implementing, automating and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions. In this computer science course, you will learn how to deploy an ASP.NET MVC web application framework developed by Microsoft, which implements the model–view–controller (MVC) pattern, to the Microsoft Azure platform. The course focuses on the application by learning about Microsoft Azure’s capabilities and then adding functionality to make your application a more robust and highly available cloud-based solution. This path helps prepare developers for both the 70-532 certification exam, along with skills required to work on real-world projects that involve building scalable and resilient applications on the Azure platform.

What’s Included

The Learning Path on Azure lasts 18 hours and consists of 9 courses, 8 quizzes, 2 workshops, and a Final Exam.


We would recommend having prior experience with the Microsoft Azure platform and a basic understanding of the services that they offer.

What you will learn

This Microsoft official Azure Solutions course teaches you to take an existing ASP.NET MVC application and expand its functionality as part of moving it to Azure. Learn how to make the decisions necessary to build a highly available solution in the cloud. What’s more, get prepped for Microsoft exam 70-532, a requirement for MCSA: Cloud Platform and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. More specifically, the exam focuses on four key topic areas:

1. Creating and managing ARM-based Virtual Machines (30-35%)

2. Designing and implementing a storage and data strategy (25-30%)

3. Managing identity, application, and network services (15-20%)

4. Designing and implementing Azure PaaS compute, web, and mobile services (25-30%)

This Learning Path, in conjunction with your own practical experience building software for Azure, will provide a solid foundation in all these topic areas as you prepare to sit the exam.

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April 9, 2018 - Added Learning Path Exam


What is an Azure solution architect?

Microsoft Azure Solution Architects must learn the skills required to develop solutions that can be deployed on a cloud server. They must be experts in compute, storage, network, and security.

How do I become an Azure Solution Architect?

To obtain the certification of Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect, you will need to display expertise in compute, network, storage, and security. The recommended path includes:

  • Reviewing the skills and knowledge necessary to gain certification
  • Train/study for the exams either in a classroom or online settings
  • Take several practice exams to become familiar with the information that will be included in the final exams
  • Schedule and take your exams

What are Microsoft Azure solutions?

Microsoft's cloud computing platform, Azure, is a collection of unified services including analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web. These services are designed to improve speed and capabilities while decreasing overall costs.

What does a Cloud Architect do?

A Cloud Architect is an IT specialist responsible for deploying and overseeing a company's cloud computing strategy. This includes cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring.

How long as Microsoft certifications good for?

Microsoft revamped its certification process, and have changed the way certifications expire. As it stands now, once you have passed a Microsoft exam, the certification will stay valid until the technology has been phased out; even then the certification moves to their “Legacy” section. If you hold a Legacy certification, check with Microsoft to see if it can be applied to an updated certification.

What skills do you need for cloud computing?

The top cloud computing skills in demand include:

  • Cloud Migration and Deployment
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Database Skills
  • Programming Languages
  • Serverless Architecture
  • System/Platform Certifications
  • DevOps
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About the Author

Josh Lane, opens in a new tab
Azure Researcher and Trainer

Josh Lane is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Azure Trainer and Researcher at Cloud Academy. He’s spent almost twenty years architecting and building enterprise software for companies around the world, in industries as diverse as financial services, insurance, energy, education, and telecom. He loves the challenges that come with designing, building, and running software at scale. Away from the keyboard you'll find him crashing his mountain bike, drumming quasi-rythmically, spending time outdoors with his wife and daughters, or drinking good beer with good friends.

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