AZ-103 Exam Study Guide (Azure Administrator)

AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator Exam certificate study guide

Preparing for the 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 the 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 Azure Administrator Course (Online)

Pluralsight (Learning Path)Azure Administrator Preparation Path [Free trial]
LinkedIn Learning [Free trial]Azure Cert. Prep. for Administrators [Learning Path]
Skylines AcademyAZ-103 Certification: Azure Administrator
UdemyAdministrator Role Certification Course

AZ-103 Azure Administrator Practice Test

Whizlabs Exam Questions5 Practice Tests (275 questions) & [Online Course]
Skylines Sample testAZ-103 Azure Administrator Practice test
Udemy Practice TestsAzure Admin. (120 Practice Test Questions)

AZ-103 Azure Administrator Other Materials

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AZ-103 Azure Administrator 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 Azure Administrator 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

Add or change Azure subscription administrators

Configure cost center quotas and tagging

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

Configure policies at Azure subscription level

Create a policy assignment to identify non-compliant resources


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

Manage Resource Groups

Use Azure policies for resource groups

Configure resource locks

Configure resource policies

Implement and set tagging on resource groups

[Watch a video]: on Resource Groups & Tagging

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

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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


Configure Azure Files

Create an Azure file share

Create Azure File Sync service

Create Azure sync group

Troubleshoot Azure File Sync


Implement Azure Backup

Configure and review backup reports

Perform backup operation

Create Recovery Services Vault

Create and configure a backup policy

Perform a restore operation


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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

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

[Watch a video]: Demonstration on Network Watcher

Troubleshoot external networking

Troubleshoot virtual network connectivity


Integrate On premises Network with Azure Virtual Network

Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway

Create and configure site to site VPN

Configure Express Route

Verify on premises connectivity

Troubleshoot on premises connectivity with Azure

Use Azure network adapter

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 about how your preparation is going on!

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