AZ-103 (Microsoft Azure Administrator) Exam Study Guide

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

I have curated a list of articles from Microsoft documentation for each objective of AZ-103 Azure Administrator exam. I hope this article will be your AZ-103 Study Guide for the exam. Also, please share the post within your circles so it helps them to prepare for the exam.


AZ-103 Course (Online Training)

Whizlabs [AZ-104 Course]AZ-104 Azure Administrator Course
Skylines Academy (AZ-104)NEW! AZ-104 Certification: Azure Administrator
LinkedIn Learning (Free Trial)Azure Cert. Prep. for Administrators [Learning Path]
Pluralsight (Learning Path)Azure Administrator Certification Preparation Path


AZ-103 Practice Tests & Labs

Whizlabs Practice Tests5 Practice Tests (a total of 275 questions)
Udemy Practice TestsAzure Admin. (Labs + 180 Practice Tests)
Skylines Academy (Labs)Labs for Azure Administrator Certification


AZ-103 Exam Reference Books (PDF)


AZ-103 Exam Voucher

Test VoucherMicrosoft Azure Single Shot Exam Voucher ($30 OFF)


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Using az-103 exam dumps can get you permanently banned from taking any future Microsoft certificate exam. Read the FAQ page for more information. However, I strongly suggest you validate your understanding with practice questions.

If you are confused, if you should take az-103 or wait for az-104, this post will help answer some of your queries.

AZ-103 Exam Details

  • AZ-103 Exam duration: 210 minutes; 60 questions; pass score 700/1000; no negative marking
  • Question types: 2 labs (with several tasks), 2-4 Case studies & Multiple-choice questions
  • Multiple-choice questions are of following types:
      • Single-correct answer
      • Up to ‘n’ correct answers (they tell how many answers to choose)
      • Fill in the blanks
      • Order statements in the right order
  • The exam is divided into sections. You can go back and update the answer but only within sections. Once you are out of a section, you cannot go back

AZ-103 Exam Tips

  • Don’t worry memorizing PowerShell/CLI. Understand the structure of the syntax
  • For PowerShell, focus on the new ‘AZ’ module, not the older ‘AzureRM’
  • Between PowerShell and CLI, the focus is more on PowerShell commands
  • Labs don’t mandate the use of CLI or PowerShell; Only the result matters
  • Don’t fret about ARM templates. You just need to understand its layout. You will not be required to create one but will be asked to pick the missing syntax
  • Don’t worry about memorizing trivial information like CDN features, SKU details, etc., as these can change too often and cannot be meaningfully tested
  • Expect questions on cost optimization/effectiveness
  • Take an Azure subscription & practice the labs from Microsoft Learning
  • Definitely, do a practice test to gauge your preparedness before the exam
  • Other common questions on Azure Certification & study tips are covered here
  • Preferably, avoid taking the exam from home. There have been a lot of issues
  • Expect the labs to be very slow. It will test your patience


Manage Azure subscriptions and Resources (15-20%) 

Manage Azure Subscriptions

Assign administrator permissions

Configure cost center quotas and tagging

LinkedIn Learning: Configure Cost Center quotas (check with a free trial)

Configure policies at Azure subscription level


Analyze Resource Utilization and Consumption

Configure diagnostic settings on resources

Linkedin Learning: Configure Diagnostic Setting (check with a free trial)

Create a baseline for resources

LinkedIn Learning: Creating a Baseline for Resources (check with a free trial)

Create and test alerts

Analyze alerts across subscription

Analyze metrics across subscription

Create action groups and action rules

Monitor for unused resources

Monitor spend

Report on spend

Utilize Log queries in Azure Monitor

View alerts in Azure Monitor

Amazon link (affiliate)

Manage Resource Groups

Use Azure policies for resource groups

Configure resource locks

Configure resource policies

Implement and set tagging on resource groups

Move resources across resource groups

Remove resource groups


Managed Role based Access Control (RBAC)

Create a custom role

Configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles

Configure management access to Azure

Troubleshoot RBAC

Implement RBAC policies

Assign RBAC Roles


Implement and Manage Storage (15-20%)

Create and Configure Storage Accounts

Configure network access to the storage account

Create and configure storage account

Generate shared access signature

Install and use Azure Storage Explorer

Manage access keys

Monitor activity log by using Monitor Logs

Implement Azure storage replication

MSDN Blog: Azure Storage Replication Implementation

Implement Azure AD authentication


Import and Export Data to Azure

Create export from Azure job

Create import into Azure job

Use Azure Data Box

Configure and use Azure blob storage

Configure Azure content delivery network (CDN) endpoints

Use Azure Data Factory to transfer data to Azure

Amazon link (affiliate)

Deploy and Manage Virtual Machines (VMs) (15-20%)

Create and Configure a VM for Windows and Linux

Check out this course on Azure VM

Configure high availability

Configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size

Deploy and configure scale sets


Automate Deployment of VMs

Modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template

Configure location of new VMs

Configure VHD template

Deploy from template

Save a deployment as an ARM template

Deploy Windows and Linux VMs


Manage Azure VM

Add data discs

Add network interfaces

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

Manage VM sizes

Move VMs from one resource group to another

Redeploy VMs

Soft delete for Azure VMs


Manage VM Backups

Configure VM backup

Define backup policies

Implement backup policies

Perform VM restore

Azure Site Recovery

Amazon link (affiliate)

Configure and Manage Virtual Networks (30-35%)

Create Connectivity between Virtual Networks

Create and configure VNET peering

Create and configure VNET to VNET connections

Verify virtual network connectivity

Create a virtual network gateway


Implement and Manage Virtual Networking

Configure private and public IP addresses

Configure network routes

Configure network interface

Configure subnets

Configure virtual network


Configure Name Resolution

Configure Azure DNS

Configure custom DNS settings

Configure private and public DNS zones


Create and Configure a Network Security Group (NSG)

Create security rules

Associate NSG to a subnet or network interface

Identify required ports

Evaluate effective security rules

Implement Application Security Groups


Implement Azure Load Balancer

Configure the internal load balancer

Configure load balancing rules

Configure a public load balancer

Troubleshoot load balancing


Monitor and Troubleshoot Virtual Networking

Monitor on-premises connectivity

Use Network resource monitoring

Use Network Watcher

Troubleshoot external networking

Troubleshoot virtual network connectivity

Check the FAQs on Azure Certification

Manage Identities (15-20%)

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

Add custom domains

Azure AD Join

Configure self-service password reset

Manage multiple directories


Manage Azure AD Objects (Users, Groups, and Devices)

Create users and groups

Manage user and group properties

Manage device settings

Perform bulk user updates

Manage guest accounts


Implement and Manage Hybrid Identities

Install Azure AD Connect, including password hash and pass-through synchronization

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

Manage Azure AD Connect

Manage password sync and password writeback


Implement Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Configure user accounts for MFA

Enable MFA by using bulk update

Configure fraud alerts

Configure bypass options

Configure Trusted IPs

Configure verification methods

This brings us to the end of AZ-103 Study Guide

What do you think? Let me know in the Comments section if I have missed out on anything. Also, I love to hear from you how your preparation is going on!

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  1. hi ravi,

    would the udemy course from Alan Rodrgigues listed in your enough to pass the exam along with some practice tests from WL?
    At the moment I am going thru pluralsight but as you said it takes long hours and attention is small.:)


  2. May i know if the question will be multiple choice questions& multiple answer questions only or lab will be there during the exam(AZ-103)

  3. Hi, I am a test automation engineer. I don’t have any experience with administration activities. I thought of shifting my career to Azure devops. I have completed Azure fundamentals and started preparing AZ-103(a prerequisite for AZ-203), through udemy skylineacademy 8hr udemy course, but I feel they are not covering the required deep content needed for the exam. Which learning path should I follow to successfully complete the exam? I checked some sample plural sight videos,some videos are not up to date with the current azure portal.

    1. Hello Gopi, you can try the Exam ref book, which walks you through all the PowerShell commands.

      But since Azure receives rapid updates, you may feel even the book might be outdated. So, if you want to be 100% sure that the content is not outdated, the best solution is to follow the Microsoft documentation links in the study guide (that’s the first place to receive updated information)

      1. Thanks Ravi for quick update. Please let me know which learning path should i follow(videos, labs, documentation etc) . Where should I start first? Sorry, I am just trying to find the best learning path(order)

        1. Hello Gopi,

          There are no prerequisites for az-203 that I am aware of (you mentioned that in the last comment)

          And a better strategy would be to take more than 1 path.

          First, take 1 module.

          Start with the docs (links in this post). Also have free trials of Pluralsight, LinkedIn Learning or Linux Academy. Cross-refer them. The content is too exhaustive, so do a switch between them. Learning the same concepts from different people will give you different perspectives and help you in understanding the concepts better.

          It is similar to 5 blind men who never knew about the elephant, trying to conceptualize an elephant. If you only learn from a single source, then you touch an elephant’s tail and think the elephant is like a snake

          Go through the labs Microsoft has provided and do them with a free Azure subscription.

          Repeat for other modules

          Once done, verify your understanding with practice tests

          This will be the perfect strategy. Honestly I wanted to follow this way but am rarely able to do, but still manage to pass.

          So follow this strategy. Even if you are not able to follow meticulously, since the process is there, you will do well

          All the best

    1. Pluralsight’s content is more in-depth, so chances are every aspect of the exam is covered. But focussing on long hours will be a challenge. If you can get the Azure subscription, and follow along, it will be much more enjoying.

      I recommend Pluralsight as they also have Role IQs for the Azure administrator role, so you can validate what you know. I don’t think I saw any of them in Lynda. Check the below link

      AZ-103 assessments

  4. Hello,
    I have taken the instructor-led AZ-103cource. I am going to prepare for the exam. Do you recommend reading the book? What about mock exams?


    1. Reading the book should always be the first option, along with practice. To fill your gaps, use video courses. Mock exams, you can do after your preparation, if you have time

  5. Hi ravikirans,

    I needed the full course. Labs and presentation. can you provide me that information. If you have it that will be great.
    Let me know i just need full course material.

        1. Sorry, I missed your message. The powerpoint material will be available to download if you can login to Pluralsight

  6. 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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