The 70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack certification exam is currently in development and is planned to be released in January 2018. At this time there is very limited information about what the exam objectives will be covering, however, as the exam title describes it seems this exam will be aimed at an IT Professional audience. Below is a summary of the information that can be found about this exam.

What skills will be tested on this exam? Well, there isn’t much information available yet since the exam is not yet published. However, there is a Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course with the same title that does have some information published. For now, we’ll just have to assume that the exam objectives will align with the outline for this course, however, when the exam is published we’ll find out for certain.

Here’s a description of the Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack (20537A) course. You should be able to use this outline to help you study for the 70-537 certification exam from now until the actual exam is published.

Target Audience: IT Professionals

20537A Course Outline / Learning Objectives:

  • Module 1: Overview of Azure Stack
    • Describe the key features and functionality of Azure Stack
    • Understand the differences between Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure
    • Understand the differences between Azure Stack and Windows Azure Pack
  • Module 2: Foundational Components of Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understand how Windows Server 2016 and the optional System Center 2016 features are used in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understand how identity and authentication works in Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Module 3: Deploying Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Describe the Architecture of Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understand the prerequisites for Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Install Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Module 4: Offering Microsoft Azure Stack Resources
    • Configure Offers and Plans in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Manage the Microsoft Azure Stack Marketplace
    • Enable multi-tenancy in Azure Stack
    • Integrate Azure Stack with Windows Azure Pack
  • Module 5: Microsoft Azure Stack and DevOps
    • Understand the technologies used by DevOps in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understand Templates in Azure Resource Manager
    • Understand the third-party Resource Providers available for Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Module 6: Infrastructure as a Service and Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understand the Software Defined Networking improvements with Microsoft Azure Stack and Windows Server 2016
    • Configure Azure Stack Storage
    • Deploy Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Module 7: Platform as a Service and Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Describe Platform as a Service
    • Configure the SQL and MySQL Resource Provider
    • Configure the App Service Resource Provider
    • Understand how Key Vault operates in Azure Stack
    • Understand how Azure Functions operates in Azure Stack
  • Module 8: Monitoring in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Describe the Field Replaceable Unit concept in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Describe Control Plane Monitoring in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understand how Patching is managed in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Monitor Guest Workloads in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Troubleshoot Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Module 9: License Microsoft Azure Stack and Billing Tenants
    • Understand how Azure Stack is billed
    • Use the Azure Consistent Usage API
    • Understand business costs and models in Azure Stack

You should be able to use the above course outline to study for the 70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack certification exam for now. Once the exam is published in January 2018, a new article will be posted here (along with a link in this post) that lists out the full objectives for the exam along with any potential study materials that are available.

Happy studying!

Posted by Chris Pietschmann

Chris is a Microsoft MVP and has nearly 20 years of experience building enterprise systems both in the cloud and on-premises. He is also a Certified Azure Solutions Architect (both MCSD and MCSE), a trainer, and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.

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