AZ-120 Exam Study Guide (Planning & Administering Azure for SAP)

az-120 Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads Study Guide

Preparing for the AZ-120 Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads exam? Don't know where to start? This post is the AZ-120 Certificate Study Guide (with links to each exam objective).

I have curated a list of articles from Microsoft documentation for each objective of the AZ-120 exam. Please share the post within your circles so it helps them to prepare for the exam.

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Migrate SAP Workloads to Azure (10-15%)

Create an inventory of existing SAP landscapes

Network inventory

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/introduction-azure-sap-workloads/4-azure-networking-sap-workloads

Security inventory

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/plan-implement-sap-solutions/6-azure-vm-security-considerations-sap-workloads

Computing inventory

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/introduction-azure-sap-workloads/2-azure-compute-sap-workloads

Operations system inventory

https://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx

Resiliency and availability inventory

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/plan-implement-sap-solutions/3-azure-vm-high-availability-disaster-recovery-sap-workloads

SAP Landscape architecture

https://blogs.sap.com/2012/06/14/what-is-sap-landscape/

SAP workload performance SLA and metrics

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/sla/sap-hana-large/v1_1/

Migration considerations

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/best-practices-in-migrating-sap-applications-to-azure-part-1/

 

Design a Migration Strategy

Certified and support SAP HANA hardware directory

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/best-practices-in-migrating-sap-applications-to-azure-part-3/

https://www.sap.com/dmc/exp/2014-09-02-hana-hardware/enEN/iaas.html

Design criteria for Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) v4 and v5 solutions

https://www.sap.com/documents/2017/09/TDI

Databox with import and export

https://blogs.sap.com/2018/11/22/your-sap-on-azure-part-11-how-to-migrate/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-import-export-service

HANA System Replication (HSR)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-hana-high-availability-rhel

https://blogs.sap.com/2018/01/08/your-sap-on-azure-part-4-high-availability-for-sap-hana-using-system-replication/

ASR for SAP

https://blogs.sap.com/2018/07/04/your-sap-on-azure-part-7-protect-sap-landscape-with-azure-site-recovery/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/disaster-recovery-for-sap-hana-systems-on-azure/

Backup and restore methods and solutions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-hana-backup-guide

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-backup-restore

Infrastructure optimization for migration

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/best-practices-in-migrating-sap-applications-to-azure-part-1/

 

Design an Azure Solution to Support SAP Workloads (20-25%)

Design a Core Infrastructure Solution in Azure to Support SAP Workloads

Network topology requirements

https://help.sap.com/doc/saphelp/7.1/en-US/0a

Security requirements

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/plan-implement-sap-solutions/6-azure-vm-security-considerations-sap-workloads

Virtual or bare metal

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-overview-architecture

Operating system requirements

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/deploy-sap-certified-offerings/5-os-support-azure-sap-workloads

Support SAP version

https://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/SAP-on-Microsoft-Azure

Storage requirements

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-vm-operations-storage

Proximity placement group

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-proximity-placement-scenarios

Infrastructure requirements

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-vm-operations

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Design Azure Infrastructure Services to Support SAP Workloads

Backup and restoration requirements

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/tutorial-backup-sap-hana-db#prerequisites

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/sap-hana-db-restore#prerequisites

SLA/High Availability

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/sap-on-azure-designing-for-availability-and-recoverability/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/sla/sap-hana-large/v1_1/

Data protection (EFS, LRS/GRS, Availability Zones)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-ha-availability-zones

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-ha-availability-zones

Compliance

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/irap-protected-compliance-from-infra-to-sap-application-layer-on-azure/

Monitoring

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-enhanced-monitoring-for-sap/

Licensing

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/running-sap-applications-on-the/sap-netweaver-licensing-mechanism-in-microsoft-azure-cloud-part/ba-p

YouTube video: SAP NetWeaver Licensing Mechanism in Microsoft Azure Cloud

Application interfaces

https://developers.sap.com/topics/api

Dependencies

https://help.sap.com/doc/3.6/en-US

 

Design a Resilient Azure Solution to Support SAP Workloads

HA models supported in HANA (N+N, N+0 and N+1)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/high-availability-guide

Application servers

https://help.sap.com/doc/saphelp/en-US/47

SAP Central services

https://help.sap.com/doc/saphelp/9.0/en-US/45

Availability sets

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-high-availability-architecture-scenarios#multiple-instances-of-virtual-machines-in-the-same-availability-set

Availability zones

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-ha-availability-zones

Disaster Recovery (DR) with Hero Regions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-overview-high-availability-disaster-recovery

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/using-iaas-support-azure-sap-workloads/5-high-availability-disaster-recovery-support-sap-workloads

Database HA

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/sap-hana-high-availability

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Build and Deploy Azure SAP Workloads (35-40%)

Automate Deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs)

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/templates/template-tutorial-create-first-template

Automated configuration of VM

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-quickstart-dsc-configuration

Scripting with automation tools, including script development, script modification, and deployment dependencies

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

 

Implement and Manage Virtual Networking

IDS/IPS for Azure

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/benchmarks/security-control-network-security

Routing fundamentals

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-udr-overview

Subnetting strategy

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-adoption-framework/migrate/azure-best-practices/migrate-best-practices-networking

Isolation and segmentation for SAP landscape

https://help.sap.com/viewer/3.0.13.0/en-US/

 

Manage Access and Authentication on Azure

Check out this free course on Azure Active Directory & Authentication

Custom domains

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

Azure AD Identity Protection

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/identity-protection/overview-identity-protection

Azure AD join

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/devices/azureadjoin-plan

Enterprise state roaming

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/devices/enterprise-state-roaming-overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/devices/enterprise-state-roaming-enable

Conditional access policies

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/conditional-access/overview

Role-based access control (RBAC)

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

Service principal

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/azure/create-azure-service-principal-azureps

Just in time access

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/privileged-identity-management/pim-configure

 

Implement and Manage Identities

Check out this free course on Managing Identities

Azure AD Connect

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/whatis-azure-ad-connect

AD Federation and single sign-on

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/whatis-fed

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/manage-apps/what-is-single-sign-on

LDAP/Kerberos/SSH

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory-domain-services/tutorial-configure-ldaps

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory-domain-services/deploy-kcd

Linux VMs Active Directory domain membership mechanism

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory-domain-services/join-ubuntu-linux-vm

 

Monitor SAP Workloads on Azure

Azure Enhanced Monitoring Extension for SAP

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-enhanced-monitoring-for-sap/

Azure Monitor

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/troubleshooting-monitoring

Check the FAQs on Azure Certification

Validate Azure Infrastructure for SAP Workloads (10-15%)

Perform Infrastructure Validation Check

JMeter, Avalanch, Load Runner

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/what-are-the-best-performance-testing-tools

Test implementation for SAP workloads

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/prepare-migrate-sap-workloads/7-go-live-phase

Verify network performance and throughput

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/sap-on-azure-architecture-designing-for-performance-and-scalability/

Verify storage

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-vm-operations-storage

HWCCT (Hana)

https://blogs.sap.com/2016/04/09/how-to-check-your-hana-devices-health-with-hwcct-tool-and-minichecks/

FIO and/or DD (AnyDB)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/reference-architectures/sap/sap-netweaver

 

Perform Operational Readiness Check

Backup and restore

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-backup-restore

High availability checks

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/high-availability-guide-suse

Failover test

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/site-recovery-sap#run-a-test-failover

DR test

https://blogs.sap.com/2018/07/04/your-sap-on-azure-part-7-protect-sap-landscape-with-azure-site-recovery/

Print test

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/planning-guide

 

Operationalize Azure SAP Architecture (10-15%)

Optimize Performance

SAP workloads on Azure using ABAPmeter

https://github.com/AzureCAT-GSI/SAPonAzureHOL (Towards the bottom)

Storage structure

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/dbms-guide-general

SAP workloads on Azure support pre-requisites

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/deploy-sap-certified-offerings/2-prerequisites-sap-workloads-public-cloud

Scheduled maintenance for planned outages

https://blogs.sap.com/2017/11/14/your-sap-on-azure-high-availability-for-sap-netweaver-on-windows/

Recovery plan for unplanned outages

https://blogs.sap.com/2018/07/04/your-sap-on-azure-part-7-protect-sap-landscape-with-azure-site-recovery/

SAP application and infrastructure housekeeping

Bandwidth adjustment for ExpressRoute

https://docs.microsoft.com/bs-cyrl-ba/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-additional-network-requirements#increase-expressroute-circuit-bandwidth

IPtables and GlobalReach for HANA Large Instances (HLI)

https://www.suse.com/c/using-iptables-masquerade-on-suse-linux-in-azure-to-migrate-data-to-hli/

 

Migrate SAP Workloads to Azure

Migration strategy

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itshowcase/strategies-for-migrating-sap-systems-to-microsoft-azure

Azure Site Recovery (ASR)

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/disaster-recovery-for-sap-hana-systems-on-azure/

Private and public IP addresses, Subnets

https://docs.microsoft.com/bs-latn-ba/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-connect-azure-vm-large-instances

Network routes

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-network-architecture#routing-in-azure

Network interface

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/planning-guide#accessing-sap-systems-running-within-azure-vms

Virtual network

https://docs.microsoft.com/bs-latn-ba/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-connect-vnet-express-route

Storage configuration

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/sap/hana-vm-operations-storage

Source and target environments preparation

https://blogs.sap.com/2017/10/05/your-sap-on-azure-part-2-dmo-with-system-move/

Backup and restore of data

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-sap-hana-database

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/sap-hana-db-restore

This brings us to the end of AZ-120 Study Guide

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