AZ-304 Exam Study Guide (Microsoft Azure Architect Design)

The AZ-304 Azure Architect Design exam will replace the older AZ-301 exam by end of June 2020. Since I received requests to continue to create study guides for the new Azure exams, I have prepared the AZ-304 Study Guide. This exam is in beta now.

If you haven't read about the exam changes and how they will impact your certification journey, read here

This post contains a curated list of articles from Microsoft documentation for each objective of the AZ-304 exam. Please share the post within your circles so it helps them to prepare for the exam.

AZ-304 Azure Architect Design Online Course

AZ-304 Azure Architect Design Practice Test

AZ-304 Exam Reference E-book (PDF) & Lab

In case, if you are looking for the older Azure Architect Design exam, check out AZ-301 Study Guide. To view other Azure certificate study guides, click here

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Design Monitoring (10-15%)

Design for Cost Optimization

Design a Solution for Logging and Monitoring

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Design Identity and Security (25-30%)

Design Authentication

Design Authorization

Design Governance

Design Security for Applications

Design Data Storage (15-20%)

Design a Solution for Databases

Design Data Integration

Recommend a data flow to meet business requirements

PS Course: Design and Document Data Flow (Free trial)

Recommend a solution for data integration, including Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Bricks, Azure Data Lake, Azure Synapse Analytics

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-factory/connector-azure-sql-data-warehouse

Select an Appropriate Storage Account

Design Business Continuity (10-15%)

Design a Solution for Backup and Recovery

Recommend a recovery solution for Azure hybrid and on-premises workloads that meet recovery objectives (RTO, RLO, RPO)

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/reduce-disaster-recovery-time-with-azure-site-recovery/

Design an Azure Site Recovery solution

  • Recommend a site recovery replication policy

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/azure-to-azure-common-questions#replication-policy

  • Recommend a solution for site recovery capacity

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/site-recovery-capacity-planner

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/site-recovery-plan-capacity-vmware

  • Recommend a solution for site failover and failback (planned/unplanned)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/failover-failback-overview

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

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

  • Recommend a solution for the site recovery network

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

Recommend a solution for recovery in different regions

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

Recommend a solution for Azure Backup management

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-vm-backup-policy-management/

Design a solution for data archiving and retention

o Recommend storage types and methodology for data archiving

o Identify business compliance requirements for data archiving

o Identify requirements for data archiving

o Identify SLA(s) for data archiving

o Recommend a data retention policy

Design for High Availability

Design Infrastructure (25-30%)

Design a Compute Solution

Recommend a solution for compute provisioning

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/compute-decision-tree

Determine appropriate compute technologies, including virtual machines, App Services, Service Fabric, Azure Functions, Windows Virtual Desktop, and containers

Pluralsight course: Choose an appropriate compute solution

Recommend a solution for containers

  • AKS versus ACI and the configuration of each one

https://medium.com/the-best-choice-between-aci-or-aks-or-web-app-for-containers

Recommend a solution for automating compute management

Design a Network Solution

Design an Application Architecture

Recommend a microservices architecture including Event Grid, Event Hubs, Service Bus, Storage Queues, Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and webhooks

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/building-serverless-microservices-in-azure-sample-architecture/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/microservices/

Recommend an orchestration solution for deployment of applications including ARM templates, Logic Apps, or Azure Functions

  • Select an automation method

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-runbook-types

o Choose which resources or lifecycle steps will be automated

o Design integration with other sources such as an ITSM solution

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/platform/itsmc-overview

  • recommend a solution for monitoring automation

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-alert-metric

Recommend a solution for API integration

  • Design an API gateway strategy

Design an API Gateway Strategy

  • Determine policies for internal and external consumption of APIs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/api-management/api-management-howto-policies

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/example-scenario/apps/publish-internal-apis-externally

o Recommend a hosting structure for API management

o Recommend when and how to use API Keys

Design Migrations

This brings us to the end of AZ-304 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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