AZ102 Study Guide – Azure Administrator

 

Exam Overview

The AZ exams are the first set of new certificates Microsoft have recently introduced. They are far better than the legacy certificates as they are aimed at job roles, meaning they are less broad but they do go into more detail.

The AZ-102 (Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition) exam from Microsoft is a transition exam, aimed at anyone who already has a 70-533 certificate. By completing AZ-102, you will gain the certificate via the transition learning path.

Anyone without the 70-533 certificate will need to go down a different learning path to achieve this, they would need to complete both AZ-100 & AZ-101 exam in order to gain the certificate.

More details on the exam can be on the Official Page Here

I have revised for and passed this exam, which can be confirmed Here. As this is new and only a transition exam, Microsoft have not released an Official Exam Reference book like they have done for previous exams. Due to the expiration date of this exam (March 2019) I doubt they ever will, that is why I have put together this page. I hope it helps anyone thinking about taking this exam.

Exam Tips

  • The exam is only available until March 31st 2019

 

  • The pass rate is around 700 out of 1000, for my exam it was exactly 700.

 

  • It is up to 60 questions, my exam was 46.

 

  • The exam had a lot more case studies compared to any other Microsoft exam I have ever taken. It may just have been a one off, but it seems these new exams focus more on case studies. I had at least 14 questions from case studies.

 

  • The amount of information given for each case study was far greater than any other Microsoft Case Study I have taken too. It went really deep and most of the information seemed to be there as a distraction, as most were irrelevant to the questions.

 

  • If you don’t work with Azure on a daily basis you will struggle with this exam, it is very detailed and goes very deep regarding certain topics.

 

  • The Official Skills measured is accurate along with each weighting, so pay more attention to the subjects listed as 15%-20% such as MFA, Networks, identities and migration.

 

  • When I booked my exam in November 2018, Measure Up offered me a free AZ102 practice test. I’m not sure how long they will be offering this for, but if you are thinking of taking the exam it may be a good idea to book now just for the free practice exam.

 

  • The measure Up Practice was a good tool for revision as it pointed me towards Azure Services I didn’t expect would be on the exam. However don’t rely on the practice exam as your only revision method, it only has 61 questions and some of them were wrong.

 

  • For every Service covered on this exam, I followed the same pattern to my revision which is as follows: Service Overview > How to apply/create service > Manage Service > Service Pre-Requisite’s > Service Port/Account requirements > Service Troubleshooting. This should ensure you cover every possible question that may come up on the exam.

 

  • If you don’t work with Azure day to day, I would highly recommend using Azure to create your own practice labs. However most users taking this exam should have prior experience, at least enough to pass the 70-533 exam which is harder than AZ102.

Revision Links

Below I have listed every measured Skill from Microsoft with its corresponding Official Documentation from Microsoft. I have added any other docs I feel you need to know based on my own revision and exam experience.

If you would like this document in PDF format, please download for free Here

AZ100 – Manage Azure subscription and resources (5-10%)

Configure Diagnostic Settings
Create Baseline
Create and Manage alerts
Alerts Across Subscriptions
Metrics Across Subscriptions
Create Action Groups
Action Group Limits
Dynamic Thresholds in Azure Monitor
Monitor Unused Resources
Monitor Spend
Cost Management
Utilize Log Search query functions
View Alerts in Log Analytics
PowerShell (Monitor)
PowerShell (Logs)

 

AZ100 – Implement and manage storage (5-10%)

Azure File Share Creation
Azure File Share Further Information
Azure File Share with Windows
Azure File Share Snapshots
Azure AD Authentication over SMB
Azure Files Import/Export Data
Deploy File Sync
File Sync Firewall & Proxy Settings
File Sync Server Endpoint
File Sync Register Server
Troubleshoot File Sync Issues
File Share & File Sync PowerShell

 

AZ100 – Configure and Manage Virtual Networks (15-20%)

Vnet Peering Overview
Vnet Peering Creation and Settings
Peering using PowerShell
Peering via Different Subscriptions
Transit Option for Peering
Verify VPN Connections
Network Gateway Overview
Create VPN Gateway
Gateway Settings
Overview of BGP
Virtual WAN
DNS Overview
DNS Guide Portal
DNS PowerShell
Create DNS Zone
Create DNS Records
Azure Reverse Lookup Zones
Private DNS
Import & Export DNS
Troubleshoot DNS

 

AZ100 – Manage Identities (15-20%)

Add custom domains
Identity Protection overview
Configure Azure AD Identity Protection
MFA Policy
Sign-In Risk Policy
User Risk Policy
AD Join
Enterprise State Roaming Overview
Enterprise State Roaming with AD
Enterprise State Roaming Settings
Troubleshoot Enterprise State Roaming
SSPR Overview
SSPR Options
SSPR Policies
Conditional Access Policy Overview
Managed Devices
Client Apps
Multiple Directories
Access Review Overview
Create Access Review
Programs and Controls
AD Connect Overview
AD Connect Sync
Password Hash
Write-back
Pass-Through
ADFS with AD Connect
SSO
AD Connect Post Installation

 

AZ101 – Evaluate and perform server migration to Azure (15-20%)

Azure Migrate Overview
Migrate Collector
Discover and assess
Workload Limitations
Port Requirements
Network Mapping
Target Suitability
Domain Accounts and Credentials
Site Recovery Overview
Migrate On-Premises
AWS to Azure
Physical to Virtual
Storage Account
Vault Creation
Source & Target Environments
Backup and Restore
ASR Agent
Prepare VMWare
Prepare Network
ASR PowerShell

 

AZ101 – Implement and Manage Application Services (5-10%)

Logic Apps Overview
Create Logic App
Connectors
Logic App PowerShell
Functions Overview
Create Function Apps
Triggers
EventGrid Overview
Compare Services
E-Mail when VM Changes
Event Grid PowerShell
Service Bus Overview
Service Bus Queues
Premium Messaging
Service Bus PowerShell

 

AZ101 – Implement Advanced virtual networking (5-10%)

Network Watcher Overview
IPSec Issues
View Network Topology
Connection Monitor
IP Flow
Next Hop
ExpressRoute

 

AZ101 – Secure identities (5-10%)

MFA Overview
Enable MFA
MFA User Accounts
Fraud Alerts
One-Time Bypass
Trusted IP Addresses
Verification Methods
MFA User Settings
MFA Server
MFA RADIUS Integration
RBAC Overview
Manage RBAC
Custom RBAC Roles
Azure Access
Management Access

 

All Links listed above are from the Official Microsoft Documents for Azure, more can be found Here

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