AZ-103 Certification Study Guide

AZ-103-Certification-Preparation-Guide

Preparing for AZ-103 Azure Administrator exam? Don’t know where to start? This post is the AZ-103 Certification Study Guide (with links to each exam objective).

I have curated a list of articles from Microsoft documentation for each objective of AZ-103 exam. I hope this article will be your AZ-103 Certification Study Guide.

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Video Preparation Options (Check with a free trial):
Pluralsight Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-103 Path
LinkedIn Learning Exam tips of AZ-103 exam
 
Exam Reference books:
Amazon US Exam Ref Book AZ-103
Amazon India Exam Ref Book AZ-103
Amazon UK Exam Ref Book AZ-103
 
Other Azure Certificate Exam Guides:

AZ-300 Exam Certificate Guide

AZ-203 Exam Certificate Guide

 

Here you go!

 

AZ-103 – Manage Azure subscriptions and resources

Manage Azure subscriptions

Assign administrator permissions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-add-change-azure-subscription-administrator

Configure cost center quotas and tagging

https://linkedin-learning.pxf.io/costCenter

Configure Azure subscription policies at Azure subscription level

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/policy/assign-policy-portal

 

Analyze resource utilization and consumption

Configure diagnostic settings on resources

https://linkedin-learning.pxf.io/diagnostic

Create a baseline for resources

https://linkedin-learning.pxf.io/Baseline (check with a free trial)

Create and test alerts

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/alerts-metric

Analyze alerts across subscription

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/alerts-managing-alert-instances

Analyze metrics across subscription

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/metrics-charts

Create action groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/action-groups

Monitor for unused resources

https://docs.bmc.com/docs/btco113/reclaiming-the-unused-and-overallocated-azure-virtual-machines-785283461.html

Monitor spend

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-getting-started#ways-to-monitor-your-costs-when-using-azure-services

Report on spend

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-download-azure-invoice-daily-usage-date

Utilize Log Search query functions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/log-query/search-queries

View alerts in Log Analytics

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/alert-management-solution

 

Manage resource groups

Use Azure policies for resource groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/policy/samples/enforce-tag-on-resource-groups

Configure resource locks

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-lock-resources

Configure resource policies

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/policy/tutorials/create-and-manage

Identify auditing requirements

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-audit

Implement and set tagging on resource groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-using-tags#portal

Move resources across resource groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-move-resources#move-resources

Remove resource groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-manager-quickstart-create-templates-use-the-portal#clean-up-resources

 

Managed role-based access control (RBAC)

Create a custom role

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/tutorial-custom-role-powershell

Configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal#add-a-role-assignment

Configure management access to Azure

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal

Troubleshoot RBAC

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/troubleshooting

Implement RBAC policies

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/conditional-access-azure-management

Assign RBAC Roles

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/quickstart-assign-role-user-portal

 

                               

 

AZ-103 – Implement and manage storage

Create and configure storage accounts

Configure network access to the storage account

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-network-security

Create the storage account

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-quickstart-create-account?tabs=azure-portal

Configure the storage account

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-account-manage?toc=%2fazure%2fstorage%2fblobs%2ftoc.json

Generate shared access signature

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-1

Install and use Azure Storage Explorer

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vs-azure-tools-storage-manage-with-storage-explorer?tabs=windows

Manage access keys

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-account-manage#access-keys

Monitor activity log by using Log Analytics

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/activity-log-collect

Implement Azure storage replication

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsazurestorage/2013/12/11/windows-azure-storage-redundancy-options-and-read-access-geo-redundant-storage/

 

Import and export data to Azure

Create export from Azure job

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-import-export-data-from-blobs?toc=%2fazure%2fstorage%2fblobs%2ftoc.json

Create import into Azure job

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-import-export-data-to-blobs?toc=%2fazure%2fstorage%2fblobs%2ftoc.json

Use Azure Data Box

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox/data-box-quickstart-portal

Configure and use Azure blob storage

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-quickstart-blobs-portal

Configure Azure content delivery network (CDN) endpoints

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cdn/cdn-create-a-storage-account-with-cdn

 

Configure Azure files

Create an Azure file share

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-how-to-create-file-share

Create Azure File Sync service

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-deployment-guide?tabs=azure-portal

Create Azure sync group

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-deployment-guide?tabs=azure-portal#create-a-sync-group-and-a-cloud-endpoint

Troubleshoot Azure File Sync

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-troubleshoot?tabs=portal1%2Cazure-portal

 

Implement Azure backup

Configure and review backup reports

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-configure-reports

Perform backup operation

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/microsoft-azure-block-blob-storage-backup/

Create Recovery Services Vault

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-create-rs-vault

Create and configure a backup policy

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/backup/policy?view=azure-cli-latest

Perform a restore operation

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-recovery-using-backups

 

 

AZ-103 – Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs)

Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux

Configure high availability

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/tutorial-availability-sets

Configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size
deploy and configure scale sets

Monitoring:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/tutorial-monitoring

Networking:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/tutorial-virtual-network

Storage:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/managed-disks-overview

Size:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sizes

Scale set:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machine-scale-sets/quick-create-portal

 

Automate deployment of VMs

Modify Azure Resource Manager template

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/building-blocks/extending-templates/update-resource

Configure the location of new VMs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/azure-to-azure-tutorial-migrate

Configure VHD template

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/create-vm-specialized

Deploy from template

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/ps-template

Save a deployment as an Azure Resource Manager template

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/download-template

Deploy Windows VMs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/ps-template

Deploy Linux VMs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/create-ssh-secured-vm-from-template

 

Manage Azure VM

Add data discs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/attach-disk-ps

Add network interfaces

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-network-interface-vm

Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and VM Agent by using custom script extensions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-dsc-getting-started

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Remoting-into-Azure-ARM-ebcec7c3

Manage VM sizes

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sizes

Move VMs from one resource group to another

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/move-vm

Redeploy VMs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/troubleshooting/redeploy-to-new-node-windows

 

Manage VM backups

Configure VM backup

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/quick-backup-vm-portal

Define backup policies

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-vms-encryption#configure-a-backup-policy

Implement backup policies

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-arm-vms-prepare#apply-a-backup-policy

Perform VM restore

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-arm-restore-vms

Azure Site Recovery

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/azure-to-azure-quickstart

 

                           

 

AZ-103 – Configure and manage virtual networks

Create connectivity between virtual networks

Create and configure VNET peering

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/tutorial-connect-virtual-networks-portal

Create and configure VNET to VNET

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-vnet-vnet-rm-ps

Verify virtual network connectivity

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-verify-connection-resource-manager

Create a virtual network gateway

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/create-routebased-vpn-gateway-portal

 

Implement and manage virtual networking

Configure public IP addresses

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-public-ip-address

Configure private IP addresses

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-static-private-ip-arm-pportal

Configure network routes

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/tutorial-create-route-table-portal

Configure network interface

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-network-interface

Configure subnets

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-manage-subnet

Configure virtual network

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/manage-virtual-network

 

Configure name resolution

Configure Azure DNS

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/dns-getstarted-portal

Configure custom DNS settings

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/dns-custom-domain

Configure private and public DNS zones

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/private-dns-getstarted-powershell

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/dns-delegate-domain-azure-dns

 

Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)

Create security rules

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/manage-network-security-group#work-with-security-rules

Associate NSG to a subnet or network interface

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/manage-network-security-group#associate-or-dissociate-a-network-security-group-to-or-from-a-subnet-or-network-interface

Identify required ports

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/security-overview#default-security-rules

Evaluate effective security rules

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-network-interface#view-effective-security-rules

 

Implement Azure load balancer

Configure the internal load balancer

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/tutorial-load-balancer-basic-internal-portal

Configure load balancing rules

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/configure-load-balancer-outbound-cli

Configure a public load balancer

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/load-balancer-get-started-internet-availability-zones-zonal-powershell

Troubleshoot load balancing

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/load-balancer-troubleshoot

 

Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking

Monitor on-premises connectivity

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2016/03/16/step-by-step-monitoring-on-premise-active-directory-via-azure-ad-connect-health/

Use Network resource monitoring

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/insights/network-performance-monitor

Use Network Watcher

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/network-watcher/network-watcher-create

Troubleshoot external networking

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-troubleshoot-site-to-site-cannot-connect

Troubleshoot virtual network connectivity

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/network-watcher/diagnose-communication-problem-between-networks

 

                                   

 

Integrate on-premises network with Azure virtual network

Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-tutorial-create-gateway-powershell

Create and configure site to site VPN

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-portal

Configure Express Route

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-howto-circuit-portal-resource-manager

Verify on-premises connectivity

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-verify-connection-resource-manager

Troubleshoot on-premises connectivity with Azure

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-troubleshoot-site-to-site-cannot-connect

 

AZ-103 – Manage Identities

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

Add custom domains

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/add-custom-domain

Azure AD Join

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/user-help/user-help-join-device-on-network

Configure self-service password reset

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/quickstart-sspr

Manage multiple directories

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Azure-Active-Directory-Identity/Creating-and-Managing-Multiple-Windows-Azure-Active-Directories/ba-p/243428

 

Manage Azure AD objects (users, groups, and devices)

Create users and groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/add-users-azure-active-directory

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-groups-create-azure-portal

Manage user and group properties

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-users-profile-azure-portal

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-groups-settings-azure-portal

Manage device settings

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/devices/device-management-azure-portal

Perform bulk user updates

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/poshchap/2014/05/14/active-directory-bulk-user-modification/

Manage guest accounts

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/b2b/b2b-quickstart-add-guest-users-portal

 

Implement and manage hybrid identities

Install Azure AD Connect

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/how-to-connect-install-express

Implement password hash with Azure AD Connect

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/how-to-connect-password-hash-synchronization

Implement pass-through synchronization with Azure AD Connect

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/how-to-connect-pta-quick-start

Use Azure AD Connect to configure federation with on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

https://www.codetwo.com/admins-blog/how-to-sync-on-premises-active-directory-to-azure-active-directory-with-azure-ad-connect/

Manage Azure AD Connect

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/how-to-connect-post-installation

Manage password sync

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory-domain-services/active-directory-ds-getting-started-password-sync-synced-tenant

Manage password writeback

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/tutorial-enable-writeback

 

Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Configure user accounts for MFA

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-userstates#enable-azure-mfa-by-changing-user-state

Enable MFA by using a bulk update

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-userstates#choose-how-to-enable

Configure fraud alerts

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#fraud-alert

Configure bypass options

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#one-time-bypass

Configure Trusted IPs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#trusted-ips

Configure verification methods

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#verification-methods

 

That’s it! This completes the AZ-103 Certification Study Guide! In case you are looking for the study guide of AZ-300 Azure Architect exam, check out this post


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2 Comments

  1. Hi Ravi,

    Great content and lots of link.

    I was planning to start with the certification preparation. Will the pluralsite certification content be sufficient for the preparation?

    1. Pluralsight content will be able to fill gaps in your understanding. Or to get started with concepts. Or in-depth explanations that give a different perspective. On top of that, I really suggest you take a free azure subscription and practice the labs

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