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Becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect

May 2021 by MARIA FORSBERG

In this blog, we´ll be looking at the skills required for you to become a Certified Azure Solutions Architect. We will look into the 2 exams that you will need to pass, and also look into the best ways that you can get prepared.

What does a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect do?
Well, a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect basically designs solutions that can run on Azure – so in short, your role will be as a solutions architect.

You will need in-depth knowledge of network, security and storage and you will need advanced experience and knowledge across various IT operations including virtualization, networking and security.

What exams do I need to pass?
To become an Azure Certified Solutions Architect you will need to pass the Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (AZ-303) exam and the Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-304) exam.

The AZ-303 exam will test your knowledge in the following subjects:

  • Virtualization
  • Automation
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Identity
  • Security
  • Data Platform
  • Application Infrastructure

The AZ-304 is concentrated around design considerations including:

  • Logging
  • Cost analysis
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Governance
  • Security
  • Storage
  • High Availability
  • Migration

So, as you can see this is a very wide range of topics and it’s not at all coherent with Microsoft statements around making their certifications narrower. That is because this is a certification on Expert level, and they require a great breadth and also depth of knowledge these days.

How do I get prepared?
When we consider the vastness of the curriculum, you will almost certainly be unfamiliar with some of the parts of Azure that you will need to know and understand in order to pass the AZ-303 and the AZ-304.

That´s okay, you can train and get up to speed, but you will need a certain level of expertise before you start preparing for these exams.

In our experience, the most successful learners have these prerequisites:

  • Understanding of on-premises virtualization technologies, including: VMs, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks.
  • Understanding of network configuration, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies.
  • Understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
  • Understanding of resilience and disaster recovery, including backup and restore operations.

If you´re not quite there yet, you may want to consider starting on your journey towards Expert level with a few exams on Associate- or even Fundamentals level.

You can get inspired and see all Microsoft Certification tracks in the roadmap here: https://www.readynez.com/media/2116/microsoft-certification-roadmap-april-2020.pdf

But if you feel confident in the prerequisites, you should be all set to start your preparations.

You can see Microsoft’s free online training in the link here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/azure-solutions-architect if you have a lot of free focus time to train on your own (as well as a lot of patience!).

Or, you can sit a 6-day instructor-led training course and get 10-12 hours of daily instructor-led training in an immersed environment, sit the exam onsite and leave as a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect.

Are you ready? Have a look at the training- and certification programme here: https://www.readynez.com/en/training/courses/vendors/microsoft/certified-azure-solutions-architect-az-303-and-az-304-course/

We wish you all the best of luck in your learning :)

 

 

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What is Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect?

Candidates for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification should have subject matter expertise in designing and implementing solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including aspects like compute, network, storage, and security. Candidates should have intermediate-level skills for administering Azure. Candidates should understand Azure development and DevOps processes.

Considering the Exam? From home??

With Readynez – your Microsoft exam is a part of your course package, and you sit it onsite during your course with us.  That’s regardless if you train with us onsite or from home with Readynez Virtual.

You train from home and you can sit your exam from home using your exam voucher, which is included in your Readynez course package. Your exam is also covered by the certification guarantee regardless if you train in the virtual classroom or at the training centre. 

That is not only a very safe and efficient way to sit your exam, but it also enables the perfect flexibility to sit your exam whenever you feel ready. 

But how does it actually work? This guide will give you the answers you need to schedule your exam with confidence. 

Things to note

Which exams

You can sit the vast majority of Microsoft exams from a venue of your choice. The only exceptions are:   Microsoft Office Specialist  MTA exams 

Before you register

First of all, please ensure that you have administrator rights to your computer, as you will need to download testing software. Also, you should be aware that the support os in English.

Exam voucher 

Your Microsoft exam is most often paid for as part of your Readynez course package. Look out for an email from operations@readynez.com, who will be sending you a code that serves as payment when you sign up for the exam. Expect the email to arrive during your course. 

Where do I schedule my exam? 

If online exams are available in your country, they are available in all languages supported by the test centres in your country.  

To register, select the Microsoft online exam you wish to take from the exam list, and then select the Schedule exam button. If online exams are available in your country, you will be able to select that option during the exam registration process. 

5. Launching the exam and checking in 
The launch and check-in process should take approximately 15 minutes.

  • Turn off browser pop-up blockers. 
  • Be sure that you have administrative rights on your computer so you can download the testing software. 

To begin your testing session and connect with a greeter: 

  • Sign in to your benefits and exam dashboard
  • In the Appointments section on the right, select Start a previously scheduled online proctored exam. 
  • The exam you scheduled appears. Select the exam link, and then select Begin exam. 

Note: You may need to wait up to five minutes before connecting with a greeter. 

Need more information?
Microsoft has published a short video that show how easy it is to take an online exam. The video is available in a YouTube playlist in English or with subtitles in Arabic, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.  

If there´s still anything that you are at all unsure about, please reach out to us at operations@readynez.com.  

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