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

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

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)

Design an Azure Site Recovery solution

  • Recommend a site recovery replication policy

  • Recommend a solution for site recovery capacity

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

  • Recommend a solution for the site recovery network

Recommend a solution for recovery in different regions

Recommend a solution for Azure Backup 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

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

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Recommend a solution for containers

  • AKS versus ACI and the configuration of each one

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

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

  • Select an automation method

o Choose which resources or lifecycle steps will be automated

o Design integration with other sources such as an ITSM solution

  • recommend a solution for monitoring automation

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

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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