AZ-103 Certificate Study Guide

AZ-103 certificate study guide

Preparing for AZ-103 Azure Administrator exam? Don’t know where to start? This post is the AZ-103 Certificate 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 Certificate Study Guide.

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Pluralsight (Check Role IQs, Skill IQs & individual courses for practice tests) Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-103 Path
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LinkedIn Learning Exam Tips: Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-103)

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Amazon India Exam Ref AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator
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Here you go!


AZ-103 – Manage Azure subscriptions and resources

Manage Azure subscriptions

Assign administrator permissions

Configure cost center quotas and tagging

Configure Azure subscription policies at Azure subscription level


Analyze resource utilization and consumption

Configure diagnostic settings on resources

Create a baseline for resources (check with a free trial)

Create and test alerts

Analyze alerts across subscription

Analyze metrics across subscription

Create action groups

Monitor for unused resources

Monitor spend

Report on spend

Utilize Log Search query functions

View alerts in Log Analytics


Manage resource groups

Use Azure policies for resource groups

Configure resource locks

Configure resource policies

Identify auditing requirements

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



AZ-103 – Implement and manage storage

Create and configure storage accounts

Configure network access to the storage account

Create the storage account

Configure the storage account

Generate shared access signature

Install and use Azure Storage Explorer

Manage access keys

Monitor activity log by using Log Analytics

Implement Azure storage replication


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


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


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

Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux

Configure high availability

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





Scale set:


Automate deployment of VMs

Modify Azure Resource Manager template

Configure the location of new VMs

Configure VHD template

Deploy from template

Save a deployment as an Azure Resource Manager template

Deploy Windows VMs

Deploy 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


Manage VM backups

Configure VM backup

Define backup policies

Implement backup policies

Perform VM restore

Azure Site Recovery


AZ-103 – Configure and manage virtual networks

Create connectivity between virtual networks

Create and configure VNET peering

Create and configure VNET to VNET

Verify virtual network connectivity

Create a virtual network gateway


Implement and manage virtual networking

Configure public IP addresses

Configure private 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 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


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


AZ-103 – Manage Identities

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

Implement password hash with Azure AD Connect

Implement pass-through synchronization with Azure AD Connect

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

Manage Azure AD Connect

Manage password sync

Manage password writeback


Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Configure user accounts for MFA

Enable MFA by using a bulk update

Configure fraud alerts

Configure bypass options

Configure Trusted IPs

Configure verification methods


That’s it! This completes the AZ-103 Certification Study Guide! In case you are looking for other Azure certification exams check out this page

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    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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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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