Enterprise Cloud Strategy
Together Microsoft Press and Microsoft Virtual Academy have a number of Free eBooks available for download. The latest released eBook is “Enterprise Cloud Strategy” written by Barry Briggs and Eduardo Kassner.
Enterprise Cloud Strategy outlines the benefits Enterprises can realize from adoption Microsoft Azure and the Cloud. Based on the authors real world experience they describe the details necessary to answer the most common questions Enterprises have on moving to the cloud. Read More
Automated Builds, Continuous Integrations, DevOps, Oh my!! There are a ton of buzz words surrounding the different methods and ideas for managing hosting environments and deployments. One of the greatly implied concepts that isn’t really discussed very much is the importance of keeping different hosting environments for the same application (ala Dev, Test, UAT, Staging, Production, etc.) separate / isolated. During the development and maintenance processes these different environments can easily be mixed and messed with. This article will explain some details on why they should be kept separated, and how to keep them separated. Read More
What really is a Microservices Architecture? The term “Microservices” has become fairly popular in recent years, and has coincided largely with the increasingly popular move to hosting applications in the cloud. With a better understanding of what a Microservices Architecture is and how to implement one, you’ll see that it’s not just a Cloud Architecture pattern. Read More
The question of “Where do I start?” can be confusing if you’ve never studied for or taken a Microsoft Certification exam before. It can also be a bit daunting if you don’t know anyone who has done it themselves either. Do not let this discourage you. It may be a bit confusing, but it’s actually rather simple. This post will outlines the main steps necessary as well as the main resources you’ll need to begin, study, eventually pass an exam, and finally obtain a Microsoft Azure Certification yourself!
Update 9/30/2016: This week Microsoft announced some really big and amazing changes to the Microsoft Certification program and how the Azure certification exams fit in with MCSD and MCSE certifications. As a result, you want to reference the 2016 Edition of Where to start with Azure Certification article instead.
Recently, Microsoft announced the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Azure Solutions Architect certification. This certification is a bit unique in relation to the other MCSD certifications as it’s for Architects, not Developers. Being for Architects, the exams required to earn the certification test expertise in Development, Infrastructure (IT Pro and DevOps) and Architecture/Design. Read More
Retired Exam: This exam is being retired December 31, 2017, and is being replaced by Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. The exam content will be similar but different enough that Microsoft is giving it a new number to differentiate it more clearly.
I have already shared my own guides for both the Microsoft Azure Developer (70-532) and Infrastructure (70-533) exams on my own personal journey to earning the MCSD: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification. Since, I recently passed the the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam, it’s time for me to share the list of study materials I used when preparing for this exam.
Microsoft distributes some really nice looking Azure architecture diagrams / blueprints (like the one on the right) in various materials and even includes them in keynotes, presentations and other places. These really seem like they must be created with Photoshop by a graphic designer. However, this is not the case.
These architecture diagrams are created using Visio! If you have Visio, you too can get your hands on the various assets necessary to create your own awesome architecture diagrams like these! Read More