Microsoft Azure is one of the hottest cloud services on the planet, and it’s growing at a phenomenal rate. This rapid growth has created a huge demand for people who know how to administer and manage Azure implementations.
To make it easier for employers to verify the skills of Azure administrator candidates, Microsoft has released the AZ-103 certification exam. If you’ve looked at Azure certifications before, you might be surprised to see that this is Microsoft’s only administrator exam. After all, Microsoft just released the AZ-100 and AZ-101 administrator exams in late September 2018. Seven months later, they retired both of those exams and combined them into one exam. If you pass the AZ-103 exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification.
Here is Microsoft’s summary of the skills you should have before taking the exam:
“Candidates for this exam should have proficiency in using PowerShell, the Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, ARM templates, operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking.”
Here are the topics covered in the AZ-103 exam and the relative weight of each section:
Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (15-20%)
Implement and manage storage (15-20%)
Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs) (15-20%)
Configure and manage virtual networks (30-35%)
Manage identities (15-20%)
Managing Azure subscriptions and resources might seem like a pretty simple topic, but it’s actually very important because if you don’t get this right, you could end up with security holes and cost overruns. You need to know how to maintain governance by applying policies to subscriptions and resources. Azure enforces these policies to prevent actions your organization doesn’t want to allow. You also need to learn how to monitor resource consumption so you don’t end up with unexpectedly large bills to pay. The final topic on managing resources is role-based access control. This is how you can give users