AZ-900 Study Guide

AZ-900 Certificate Study Guide

Preparing for AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certificate exam? Don’t know where to start? This post is the AZ-900 Fundamentals Certificate Study Guide (with links to each exam objective).

I have curated a list of articles from Microsoft documentation for each objective of AZ-900 exam. I hope this article will be your AZ-900 Certificate Study Guide. Also, please share the post within your circles so it helps them to prepare for the exam.

 

AZ-900 Video Preparation Options

Skillshare (2 months Free)Microsoft Azure Certification – AZ 900
LinkedIn Learning (Free trial)Exam Prep: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)
UdemyAZ-900: Azure Fundamentals Exam Prep In One Day

 

AZ-900 Practice Tests

Whizlabs Practice Tests5 Practice Tests of AZ-900 (275 Questions)
Udemy Practice TestsAZ-900 (Practice Tests + Lab)

 

AZ-900 E-book (PDF)

Amazon IndiaExam Ref AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
Amazon (Other countries)Exam Ref AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

 

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Understand cloud concepts (15-20%)

Describe the Benefits and Considerations of Using Cloud Services

Understand terms such as High Availability, Scalability, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery

https://blog.interfaceware.com/disaster-recovery-vs-high-availability-vs-fault-tolerance-what-are-the-differences/

Understand terms such as Scalability and Elasticity

https://blog.turbonomic.com/blog/on-technology/cloud-elasticity-vs-cloud-scalability

Understand terms like Agility

https://www.cio.com/article/2416812/cloud-computing–two-kinds-of-agility.html

Understand the principles of economies of scale

The principles of economies of scale

Understand the differences between Capital Expenditure (CapEx) and Operational Expenditure (OpEx)

Capital Expenditure (CapEx) and Operational Expenditure (OpEx)

Understand the consumption-based model

Consumption-based model

 

Describe the Differences between Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-service (SaaS)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/principles-cloud-computing/5-types-of-cloud-services

 

Describe the Differences between Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Models

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/principles-cloud-computing/4-cloud-deployment-models

 

Understand Core Azure Services (30-35%)

Understand the Core Azure Architectural Components

Describe Regions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/explore-azure-infrastructure/2-azure-datacenter-locations

Describe Availability Zones

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/explore-azure-infrastructure/4-availability-zones

Describe Resource Groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-overview

Describe Azure Resource Manager

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-overview

Describe the benefits and usage of core Azure architectural components

LinkedIN Learning: Core Azure Architectural Components

 

Describe Some of the Core Products Available in Azure

Describe products available for Compute like Virtual Machines

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-ca/azure/virtual-machines/windows/overview

Describe products available for Compute like Virtual Machines Scale Sets

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machine-scale-sets/overview

Describe products available for Compute like App Service Functions

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machine-scale-sets/overview

Describe products available for Compute like Azure Container Instances (ACI)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-instances/container-instances-overview

Describe products available for Compute like Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/aks/intro-kubernetes

Describe products available for Networking like Virtual Network

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

Describe products available for Networking like Load Balancer

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/load-balancer-overview

Describe products available for Networking like VPN Gateway

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-about-vpngateways

Describe products available for Networking like Application Gateway

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/application-gateway/overview

Describe products available for Networking like Content Delivery Network

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cdn/cdn-overview

Describe products available for Storage like Blob Storage

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-blobs-overview

Describe products available for Storage like Disk Storage

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/managed-disks-overview

Describe products available for Storage like File Storage

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-files-introduction

Describe products available for Storage like Archive Storage

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-in/azure/storage/blobs/storage-blob-storage-tiers

Describe products available for Database like Cosmos DB

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-in/azure/cosmos-db/introduction

Describe products available for Database like Azure SQL Database

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-technical-overview

Describe products available for Database like Azure Database for MySQL

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/mysql/overview

Describe products available for Database like Azure Database for PostgreSQL

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/postgresql/overview

Describe products available for Database like Azure Database Migration Service

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dms/dms-overview

Describe the Azure Marketplace and its usage scenarios

https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/about

TechTarget: definition/Microsoft-Azure-Marketplace

 

Describe Some of the Solutions Available on Azure

Describe Internet of Things (IoT) and products that are available for IoT on Azure such as IoT Hub and IoT Central

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/internet-of-things/what-is-the-iot/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-fundamentals/iot-introduction

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-hub/about-iot-hub

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-in/azure/iot-central/overview-iot-central

Describe Big Data and Analytics and products that are available for Big Data and Analytics such as SQL Data Warehouse, HDInsight and Azure Databricks

https://www.sas.com/en_in/insights/big-data/what-is-big-data.html

https://www.sas.com/en_us/insights/analytics/what-is-analytics.html

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-data-warehouse/sql-data-warehouse-overview-what-is

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/hdinsight/hdinsight-overview

https://databricks.com/blog/2017/11/15/a-technical-overview-of-azure-databricks.html

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-data-warehouse/sql-data-warehouse-overview-what-is

Describe Artificial Intelligence (AI) and products that are available for AI such as Azure Machine Learning Service and Studio

https://www.datarobot.com/wiki/artificial-intelligence/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-in/azure/machine-learning/studio/what-is-ml-studio (Studio)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/machine-learning/service/overview-what-is-azure-ml (Service)

Describe Serverless computing and Azure products that are available for serverless computing such as Azure Functions, Logic Apps and Event Grid

https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/serverless-architectures-learn-more/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/logic-apps-overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/overview

Describe DevOps solutions available on Azure, such as Azure DevOps and Azure DevTest Labs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/user-guide/what-is-azure-devops?view=azure-devops

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-in/azure/lab-services/devtest-lab-overview

Describe the benefits and outcomes of using Azure solutions

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/solutions/

 

Understand Azure Management Tools

Understand Azure tools such as Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, and Cloud Shell

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-portal/azure-portal-overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/azure/get-started-azureps?view=azps-2.8.0

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/get-started-with-azure-cli?view=azure-cli-latest

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-shell/overview

Understand Azure Advisor

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/advisor/advisor-overview

 

Understand Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Trust (25-30%)

Understand Securing Network Connectivity in Azure

Describe Network Security Groups (NSG)

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

Describe Application Security Groups (ASG)

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/applicationsecuritygroups/

Describe User Defined Rules (UDR)

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

Describe Azure Firewall

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/firewall/overview

Describe Azure DDoS Protection

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/blog/azure-ddos-protection-service-preview/

Choose an appropriate Azure security solution

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/fundamentals/services-technologies

 

Describe Core Azure Identity Services

Understand the difference between authentication and authorization

Medium Post: authentication-vs-authorization

Describe Azure Active Directory

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

Describe Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/concept-mfa-howitworks

 

Describe Security Tools and Features of Azure

Describe Azure Security Center

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-intro

Understand Azure Security Center usage scenarios

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-using-recommendations

Describe Key Vault

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/key-vault/key-vault-overview

Describe Azure Information Protection (AIP)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/information-protection/what-is-information-protection

Describe Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-advanced-threat-protection/what-is-atp

 

Describe Azure Governance Methodologies

Describe policies and initiatives with Azure Policy

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/policy/overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/policy/overview

Describe Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

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

Describe Locks

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-group-lock-resources

Describe Azure Advisor security assistance

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/advisor/advisor-security-recommendations

Describe Azure Blueprints

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/blueprints/overview

 

Understand Monitoring and Reporting Options in Azure

Describe Azure Monitor

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

Describe Azure Service Health

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-health/

Understand the use cases and benefits of Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/what-s-the-difference-between-azure-monitor-and-azure-service-health/

 

Understand Privacy, Compliance and Data Protection Standards in Azure

Understand industry compliance terms such as GDPR, ISO and NIST

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/gdpr

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/Compliance/iso-iec-27018

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/compliance/NIST_CSF

Understand the Microsoft Privacy Statement

https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement

Describe the Trust center

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trust-center/product-overview

Describe the Service Trust Portal

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/get-started-with-service-trust-portal

Describe Compliance Manager

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSF39Oq8Xgs

Understand Azure Government cloud services

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-government/documentation-government-welcome

Describe Azure China cloud services

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/global-infrastructure/china/

Understand Azure Pricing and Support (20-25%)

Understand Azure Subscriptions

Describe an Azure subscription

MSDN Blog: arunrakwal/2012/04/09/create-windows-azure-subscription/

Understand the uses and options with Azure subscriptions, such access control and offer types

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

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-how-to-switch-azure-offer

Understand subscription management using Management groups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/management-groups/overview

 

Understand Planning and Management of Costs

Understand options for purchasing Azure products and services

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/predict-costs-and-optimize-spending/1a-purchasing-products

Understand options around Azure Free account

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/videos/azure-friday-azure-free-account/

Understand the factors affecting costs such as resource types, services, locations, ingress and egress traffic

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/predict-costs-and-optimize-spending/1b-factors-affecting-cost

Understand Zones for billing purposes

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/bandwidth/

Understand the Pricing calculator

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/predict-costs-and-optimize-spending/2-estimate-costs-with-the-azure-pricing-calculator

Understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/predict-costs-and-optimize-spending/3a-total-cost-of-ownership

Understand best practices for minimizing Azure costs such as performing cost analysis, creating spending limits and quotas, using tags to identify cost owners, using Azure reservations, and using Azure Advisor recommendations

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management/quick-acm-cost-analysis

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-spending-limit

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/machine-learning/service/how-to-manage-quotas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHQYcYGKuyw

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-save-compute-costs-reservations

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-ca/azure/advisor/advisor-cost-recommendations

Describe Azure Cost Management

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management/overview-cost-mgt

 

Understand the Support Options Available with Azure

Understand support plans that are available such as Dev, Standard, Professional Direct and Premier

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/support/plans/

Understand how to open a support ticket

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-supportability/how-to-create-azure-support-request

Understand available support channels outside of support plan channels

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/support/faq/ (Check the question ‘What support is included without an Azure Support plan?’)

Describe the Knowledge Center

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/resources/knowledge-center/

 

Describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Describe a Service Level Agreement (SLA)

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/support/legal/sla/summary/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/support/legal/sla/

Understand Composite SLAs

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

Understand how to determine an appropriate SLA for an application

MSDN Blog: how-to-calculate-sla-for-a-product/

 

Understand Service Lifecycle in Azure

Understand Public and Private Preview features

Access public and private preview features

Understand the term General Availability (GA)

General Availability On Wikipedia

Understand how to monitor feature updates and product changes

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/ (Check this page for feature updates)

This brings us to the end of AZ-900 Study Guide

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