The AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Administrator. This exam tests your expertise in managing cloud services that span compute, networking, storage, security, and other cloud capabilities within Microsoft Azure.
The AZ-103 exam was rolled out as a replacement for the AZ-100 + AZ-101 or AZ-102 exams for earning the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification. This was a move to simplify the process to earning this certifications based on feedback received from customers.
This exam will be available for registration on or after May 1, 2019
The Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect certification is a great credential for showcasing your expertise in the Microsoft Azure cloud. It will validate your expertise in designing cloud based solutions across compute, networking, storage, and security.
The AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam tests and validates a candidates foundational knowledge of the cloud and Microsoft Azure. This exam is intended for anyone looking to validate their knowledge of the cloud and Microsoft Azure; from sales, to support, to developer, or anyone involved in the selling or purchasing of cloud bases solutions and services.
The AI-100 Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution certification exam tests and validates your expertise using the various services within the Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence (AI) portfolio.
This exam is the requirement to earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate certification. This certification is for Azure AI Engineers who use Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Mining to architect and implement Microsoft AI solutions involving natural language processing, speed, computer vision, bots, and agents.
For some time now Microsoft hasn’t really invested much into the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) site. The content there has been slowly aging and getting out of date. Microsoft has actually been investing in other learning avenues like the new Microsoft Learn site and EdX courses.
The AZ-203 Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Developer. This exam tests your expertise across all phases of the Microsoft Azure development process; from solution design, to development and deployment, to testing and maintenance.
The AZ-203 exam was rolled out as a replacement for the AZ-200 + AZ-201 or AZ-202 exams for earning the Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate certification. This was a move to simplify the process to earning this certifications based on feedback from those who have taken the exams while they were in a “Beta” state. Thanks to those early certification achievers, we all have a simplified process to follow now.
There’s so much talk about what certification to get, what exam to pass, what are the requirements, and how to get certified. However, the opposite side of the coin is the older certifications and exam that go away over time. When technologies become obsolete, Microsoft retires certification exams that are no longer as relevant as they once were to make room for the newer certifications coming out with current technologies. Read More
Recently, Microsoft announced some major changes to their certification program. These changes include retiring many of the existing certifications and exams, and releasing brand new exams and certifications as replacements that follow more of a “job-role” oriented path. These new job-role based certification paths are really great, but this leaves many with existing certifications in a bit of a confused state. Fortunately, Microsoft is offering “Transition” exams that you can take to easily upgrade to the new certification paths if you have previously been certified in Microsoft Azure. Read More
The AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam tests and validates a candidates expertise as a DevOps Professional around the use of Microsoft Azure technologies for designing and implementing DevOps practices. This exam is a part of the required exams needed to earn the larger Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification.
Certification Target Audience
The AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam is geared towards DevOps Professionals who combine people, process, and tools to continuously deliver value to meet users needs and business objectives. These candidates streamline delivery by optimizing practices, improve communication and collaboration, and create automation. They design and implement strategies for app code and infrastructure that allows for continuous integration, continuous testing, continuous delivery, and continuous monitoring and feedback.
Exam candidates are expected to be proficient with Agile practices, and must be familiar with both Azure Administration and Azure Development, and should be experts in one of these areas. They must be able to design and implement DevOps practices for version control, compliance, infrastructure as code (IaC), configuration management, build, release, and testing by using Microsoft Azure technologies.
Here’s a very high level list of the skills and objectives measured on the AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam. The percentages for each objective area represents the number of questions on the exam for that particular exam objective.
Design a DevOps Strategy (20-25%)
Recommend a migration and consolidation strategy for DevOps tools
Analyze existing artifact (e.g. deployment packages, NuGet) and container repositories
Analyze existing test management tools
Analyze existing work management tools
Recommend migration and integration strategies for artifact repositories, source control, test management, and work management
Design and implement an Agile work management approach
Identify and recommend project metrics, KPIs, and DevOps measurements (e.g. cycle time, lead time, Azure Kubernetes Service, WIP limit)
Implement tools and processes to support Agile work management
Mentor team members on Agile techniques and practices
Recommend an organization structure that supports scaling Agile practices
Recommend in-team and cross-team collaboration mechanisms
Design a quality strategy
Analyze existing quality environment
Identify and recommend quality metrics
Recommend a strategy for feature flag lifecycle
Recommend a strategy for measuring and managing technical debt
Recommend changes to team structure to optimize quality
Recommend performance testing strategy
Design a secure development process
Inspect and validate code base for compliance
Inspect and validate infrastructure for compliance
Recommend a secure development strategy
Recommend tools and practices to integrate code security validation (e.g. static code analysis)
Recommend tools and practices to integrate infrastructure security validation
Design a tool integration strategy
Design a license management strategy (e.g. Azure DevOps users, concurrent pipelines, test environments, open source software licensing, DevOps tools and services, package management licensing)
Design a strategy for end-to-end traceability from work items to working software
Design a strategy for integrating monitoring and feedback to development teams
Design an authentication and access strategy
Design a strategy for integrating on-premises and cloud resources
Implement DevOps Development Processes (20-25%)
Design a version control strategy
Recommend branching models
Recommend version control systems
Recommend code flow strategy
Implement and integrate source control
Integrate external source control
Integrate source control into third-party continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) systems
The AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam is among the required exams necessary to earn the larger Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification. Prior to taking this exam, candidates will need to take a couple exams previously and have earned either the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate or Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate certification. As the prerequisites show, candidates can be either Azure Administrator or Azure Developer experts, then take the AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions exam to prove their skills as a Microsoft Azure DevOps Expert!
The AZ-201 Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Developer. This exam tests your expertise across all phases of the Azure development process; from solution design, to development and deployment, to testing and maintenance.
The AZ-203 Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure exam was rolled out as a replacement for the AZ-200 + AZ-201 or AZ-203 exams for earning the Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate certification. This was a move to simplify the process to earning this certifications based on feedback from those who have taken the exams while they were in a “Beta” state. Thanks to those early certification achievers, we all have a simplified process to follow now.Read More