Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate

Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate - Everything You Need to Know

An introduction to the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate - why it's popular, why you need to do the course, and how best to get certified depending on your current experience.

The cloud computing market is forecast to hit a whopping $411 billion by 2020, according to new research by CenturyLink and Statista. This progress has resulted in a huge increase in demand for qualified cloud administrators that’s only going to grow.

Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate certification was developed using advanced Job Task Analysis – this means you’ll learn the skills and knowledge relevant to becoming a successful Azure Administrator.

What’s covered?

This new Microsoft role-based certification spans many sections within the Azure cloud: storage, security, networking, compute capabilities, monitoring resources and handling requests for infrastructure, applications and environments.

It’s designed to cover all the skills, technical ability and hands-on experience that is expected of an Azure Administrator.

What’s in the exam?

Originally this certification was covered by Exam AZ-100 and Exam AZ-101. However, Microsoft have since announced that, “Starting on May 1, 2019, you will only need to pass one exam—AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator—to earn this certification. This new exam combines the skills covered in AZ-100 and AZ-101, with the majority of the new exam coming from AZ-100.”

There is a transition exam to get this certification if you’ve taken the 70-533 Exam. Have a look at Microsoft’s detailed explanation on how to transition and certify depending on your past certifications.

The new AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator exam will test your ability to accomplish the following Azure related tasks:

  • Manage Azure subscriptions and resources
  • Implement and manage storage
  • Deploy and manage virtual machines
  • Configure and manage virtual networks
  • Manage identities


Why become an Azure Administrator?

There has been exponential growth in the cloud computing sector with over 90% of businesses are using cloud services in some way. Using cloud services is a no-brainer for most businesses - and individuals - as you don’t require your own expensive infrastructure or hardware.

Getting certified shows that you are keeping up-to-date with the technical requirements of the Modern Azure Administrator role and proves your expertise to employers.

Despite credible competition from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform, Azure is emerging as one of the most popular cloud platforms in the world.

As one of the front runners, Microsoft Azure covers all the cloud basics as well as a whole range of other convenient features and tools such as virtual machines, caching and SQL data basing.

How do I get certified?

Before you attend the course you should have working knowledge of PowerShell and the Command Line Interface.

You should also be familiar with the Azure Portal, ARM templates, operating systems, virtualisation, cloud infrastructure, storage structure and networking.

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