Studying for all certifications can be difficult, as all you have to go on is a short list of the exam objectives and the services/technologies covered. It’s nice to get some kind of targeted resources or training that is targeted towards the specific certification exam you’re studying for. The new Exam Reference book from Microsoft Press for the 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam is now available. This book will guide you through all the different topic areas you need to know in order to take and pass the 70-535 exam, then become a Microsoft Azure certified Architect.

Book Availability: It’s worth noting that the scheduled publish date for this book is May 20, 2018. At the time of writing this, the book may not be available for a few months yet, so you’ll want to consider this before preordering the book.

Exam Ref 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Book: Exam Ref 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions 2You can purchase the book here: Amazon (Print or Kindle)

Here’s the book Introduction from the publisher:

The Exam Ref is the official study guide for Microsoft certification exams. Featuring concise, objective-by-objective reviews and strategic case scenarios and Thought Experiments, exam candidates get professional-level preparation for the exam. The Exam Ref helps candidates maximize their performance on the exam and sharpen their job-role skills. It organizes material by the exam’s objective domains. This Exam Ref is a complete guide for the 70-535 exam covering architecting cloud solutions on Azure including all aspects of designing and creating a strategy for a complete solution leveraging the Microsoft Azure Cloud. This includes Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates, Networking, Security, application storage and data access, advanced applications, web and mobile apps, compute infrastructure, and managing, monitoring and creating a business continuity strategy.

About the Authors:

Haishi Bai

Steve Maier

Dan Stolts

Happy studying, and good luck on the exam!

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 Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect and developer, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), 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.


  1. Thanks Chris — looking forward to adding 70-535 to my 70-534 certification; A.J.


  2. Hi Chris, By when this book will be ready.


    1. Chris Pietschmann March 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      It looks like it’s expected to be published May 20, 2018.


      1. so what can we study in the meantime to prepare to take the exam since exam 70-534 is no longer available to register and take?

      2. Chris Pietschmann March 20, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        70-535 is available to take right now. It’s just the Exam Ref book that’s not out yet. I would look at the exam objectives and start studying those now using documentation and other sources like

  3. Hi Crish, I am planning to take 70-535 exam after two months. In MS Press store, 1st edition of this book is available. Should I wait for the release of the 2nd edition of this book or current one is enough for my preparations ?


    1. Chris Pietschmann August 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      The current edition is the 1st edition, and there is no 2nd edition in the works just yet. You can go ahead with the 1st edition that’s available now. Sorry for the confusion, it was a mistake in the article, and I’ve fixed it. Happy studying!


  4. “The new Second Edition of the Exam Reference book from Microsoft Press for the 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam is now available”

    But in MS Press store, only First edition of this book is available. So is it ok to go with it now or wait for Second edition release ?


    1. Chris Pietschmann August 9, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Sorry, that was a mistake in the article. I fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out. And, yes there’s only a “first edition” of the book for now, so go ahead and use that.


      1. Thanks for the reply..

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