The AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Administrator around managing cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute capabilities within the Microsoft Azure cloud. This exam provides a upgrade / transition path from to the Azure Administrator certification for anyone who has already passed the older, existing 70-533 Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions certification exam.
As of July 16, 2018, this exam is available as “Beta”, with an expected full release to come around the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference in September 2018.
Certification Target Audience
The AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition certification exam is geared towards Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute capabilities within the Microsoft Azure cloud. Exam candidates should have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecyle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They also make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate.
When taking this exam, it’s recommended that candidates are proficient in the following tools:
- Command-Line Interface (CLI)
Candidates should also have at least a basic familiarity with the following areas related to Microsoft Azure:
- Azure Portal
- ARM Templates
- Operating Systems
- Cloud Infrastructure
- Storage Structures
Transition from the 70-533 Infrastructure Exam
The wording used by Microsoft in the announcement of the new Azure Administrator (AZ-100, AZ-101, and AZ-102) exams hints that the pre-existing 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam will be replaced by the AZ-100 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment and AZ-101 Microsoft Azure Integration and Security exams.
The AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition exam is being made available as a sort of “upgrade” exam to take if you’ve already passed the 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions certification exam. This new AZ-102 exam tests and validates the skills and objective areas that are covered on the AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams, but are not covered on the older 70-533 exam. This will provide an upgrade path to earn the new Azure Administrator certification.
The overall set of exam objectives for the AZ-102 exam is a combination of both the following 2 exams:
- AZ-100 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment
- AZ-101 Microsoft Azure Integration and Security
To view the most up-to-date list of these exam objectives, please reference the official AZ-102 exam page.