Microsoft Azure – MCSA & MCSE

Here is a bit of information regarding the Azure platform for those interested in taking the certification exams and also for those who simply want to learn more about this technology.

Exams

The Cloud Platform MCSA requires to pass two exams to be completed.
The list of eligible exams is HERE

I’m currently going through the Cloud Platform path and I’m following this sequence:

As I see it, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-533) makes you go hands on immediately so you can get to know resources and manage them. Then Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-534) goes through part of 70-533 adding a more in-depth view of scalability, business continuity & disaster recovery. Lastly, having now a good understanding on the capabilities of Azure, Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-532) goes through what was seen in the previous two exams adding the development part to it.

To earn the MSCE there are other options in terms of exams, Windows Server 2012 related, check the exam list HERE.

Please have in mind that Azure currently has two models: “Classic” and “Azure Resource Manager (ARM)”

Classic is becoming obsolete and Microsoft is gradually shutting it down. On Nov 22nd 2016 the exams related to Azure were updated to be more ARM oriented. However, you still need to know how Classic works as there are questions on connectivity and migration possibilities between Classic and ARM.

Also, if you are planning to take these exams, invest a bit more and buy the practice exams from MeasureUP.

Mindhub is currently (Jan 2017) offering the “Azure Single Pack”: 1 exam, 1 retake, 1 practice exam for 99USD (valid for 3 months from purchase date, the practice exam is valid only for 30 days from the activation date).

Training resources
(These links are sorted by content value – most valuable from the top for either Free or Paid)

Free resources

  • OpenEDX – LINK
  • Article: Azure Site Recovery – LINK
  • Article: AzCopy – LINK
  • Article: Classic vs ARM – LINK
  • Official Documentation – LINK
  • Cert Exam Prep: Exam 70-534: Architecting Azure Solutions – LINK
  • Cert Exam Prep: Exam 70-533: Implementing Azure Solutions – LINK
  • Cert Exam Prep: Exam 70-532: Developing Azure Solutions – LINK
  • 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions – LINK
  • 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions – LINK
  • YouTube
    • Exam Prep 70-532 – TechED – LINK
    • Exam Prep 70-533 – TechED – LINK
    • Exam Prep 70-534 – TechED – LINK
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy – LINK

Paid

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy – LINK
  • Opsgility – LINK

Author: Luciano Belviso