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Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400)

Your personal Learning Program with everything you need to best prepare for the AZ-400 Exam towards becoming a Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert, supported by your expert instructor.

course: Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400)

Duration: 4 days

Format: Virtual or Classroom

Prepares for Exam : Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions (AZ-400)

Prepares for Certification : Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert

The best course to get your AZ-400 Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer Exam and Certification - with Certification Guarantee!

Achieving the Microsoft Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification is not an easy task, but with your Readynez Course and Learning Program we’ve done everything we can to support you from start to finish, ensuring you have the optimal conditions to succeed. That includes the best resources available to help you prepare, including relevant online courses, access to practical labs, practice test for Exam prep, study guides, exam support and guides etc, all made easily accessible to you in our Learning Platform. If you select our Virtual Training option, you also contribute to a more sustainable world with a reduction in CO2 emission of 96% compared to the in-classroom option.

  • Includes a comprehensive set of Learning materials for the best possible Exam prep
  • Includes access to extensive Labs for 180 days giving you practical hands-on experience
  • Includes MeasureUp Practice Test to help you prepare for your Exam
  • Full support available helping you register, prepare for and sit your exam

Who is Microsoft DevOps (AZ-400) training course for?

The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) certification is designed for professionals who are responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining DevOps processes and practices in an organization. The certification is ideal for individuals who have experience with DevOps practices and want to validate their skills and knowledge in this area. The AZ-400 certification covers various topics related to DevOps engineering, such as implementing DevOps development processes, implementing continuous integration and delivery, implementing dependency management, implementing application infrastructure, and implementing continuous feedback. The course teaches you how to design, implement, and maintain DevOps processes and practices using Microsoft Azure and other DevOps tools and technologies.

Feedback from our Certified Azure DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) delegates

Bjorn Hackberg

Well prepared teacher with a great combo of pedagogical and technical skills

Marc Lichtenstein Schultz

Very good and informative course with a good instructor that was good explaining to someone who hasnt used DevOps as much.

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What you will learn during our AZ-400 Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer course

- Design and implement logging
- Evaluate and configure a logframe
- Designing a log aggregation and storage strategy (e.g. Azure storage)
- Design a log aggregation and query strategy using (e.g. Azure Monitor, Splunk)
- Manage access control to log files (workspace-centric/resource-centric)
- Integrate crash analysis (App Center Crashes, Crashlytics)

- Design and implement distributed tracking
- Inspect application performance indicators
- Inspect infrastructure performance indicators
- Define and measure key metrics (CPU, memory, disk, network)
- Implement alerts on key metrics (email, SMS, webhooks, Teams/Slack)
- Integrate user analytics (eg Application Insights funnels, Visual Studio App Center, TestFlight, Google Analytics)

- Configure and integrate container monitoring (Azure Monitor, Prometheus, etc.)
- Configure and integrate with monitoring tools (Azure Monitor Application Insights, Dynatrace, New Relic, Naggios, Zabbix)
- Create feedback loop from platform monitoring tools (eg Azure Diagnostics extension, Log Analytics agent, Azure Platform Logs, Event Grid)
- Manage access control to the monitoring platform

- Develop an actionable notification strategy
- Identify and recommend metrics to base alerts on
- Implement alerts using appropriate metrics
- Implement alerts based on appropriate log messages
- Implement alerts based on application health checks
- Analyze combinations of metrics
- Develop communication mechanism to notify users about degraded systems
- Implement alerts for self-healing activities (eg scaling, failovers)

- Analyze the behavior of the system with regard to load and fault conditions
- Calculate when a system will fail under different conditions
- Measure baseline metrics for the system
- Leveraging Application Insights Smart Detection and dynamic thresholds in Azure Monitor
- Design and implement a health check
- Analyze system dependencies to determine which dependency to include in the health check
- Calculate healthy response timeouts based on the SLO of the service
- Design approach to partial health situations
- Design approach to piecemeal recovery (eg to improve objective recovery time strategies)
- Integrate health checks with computing environment
- Implement different types of health checks (container liveness, startup, shutdown)

- Design an authentication and authorization strategy
- Design an access solution (Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (PIM), Azure AD Conditional Access, MFA, Azure AD B2B, etc.)
- Implement Service Principals and Managed Identity
- Designing an application access solution using Azure AD B2C
- Configure service connections

- Evaluate and configure vault solution (Azure Key Vault, Hashicorp Vault)
- Manage security certificates
- Design a secret storage and retrieval strategy (KeyVault secrets, GitHub secrets, Azure Pipelines secrets)
- Formulate a plan for the implementation of secret files as part of Develop security and compliance
- Automate dependency scanning for security (container scanning, OWASP)
- Automate dependency scanning for compliance (licenses: MIT, GPL)
- Assess and report risks
- Designing a source code compliance solution (e.g. GitHub code scanning, GitHub Secret scanning, pipeline based scans, Git hooks, SonarQube, Dependabot, etc.)

- Implement Azure policies to enforce organizational requirements
- Implement container scanning (e.g. static scanning, malware, cryptomining)
- Design and implement Azure Container Registry Tasks
- Design a break-the-glass strategy to respond to security incidents

- Develop a modern strategy for controlling sources
- Integrate/migrate disparate source control systems (e.g. GitHub, Azure Repos)
- Design authentication strategies
- Designing approaches for handling large binaries (e.g. Git LFS)
- Designing approaches for sharing archives across (e.g. Git submodules, packages)
- Implement workflow hooks
- Designing approaches for effective code reviews (e.g. GitHub code review assignments, schedule reminders, Pull Analytics)

- Define guidelines for Pull Requests (PR) to enforce correlation of work items
- Implement constraints on branch merging (eg branch policies, branch protection, manual, etc.)
- Define branch strategy (e.g. main branch, feature branch, release branch, GitHub flow)
- Design and implement a PR workflow (review of codes, approvals)
- Enforce static code analysis to achieve consistent code quality on PR

- Configure permissions in the control store for sources
- Organize the repository with git tags
- Plan the handling of oversized depots
- Schedule content recovery in all storage modes
- Delete data from source control

- Integrate GitHub with DevOps pipelines
- Integrate GitHub with identity management solutions (Azure AD)
- Design for GitOps
- Design for ChatOps
- Integrate source control artifacts for consumption (eg Git changelog)
- Integrate GitHub Codespaces

- Communicate deployment and release information with business stakeholders
- Create dashboards combining boards, pipelines (custom dashboards on Azure DevOps)
- Design a communication strategy for cost management
- Integrate release pipeline with work item tracking (eg AZ DevOps, Jira, ServiceNow)
- Integrate GitHub as a repository with Azure Boards
- Communicate user analysis

- Design the onboarding process for new employees
- Assess and document external dependencies (e.g. integrations, packages)
- Assess and document artifacts (version, release notes)

- Integrate monitoring tools with communication platforms (e.g. Teams, Slack, dashboards)
- Notify stakeholders of key metrics, alerts and critical incidents using communication and project management platforms (e.g. email, SMS, Slack, Teams, ServiceNow, etc.)
- Integrate build and release with communication platforms (eg build errors, release errors)
- Integrate GitHub pull request approvals via mobile apps

- Design build automation
- Integrate the build pipeline with external tools (e.g. dependency and security scanning, code coverage)
- Implement quality gates (e.g. code coverage, internationalization, peer review)
- Design a test strategy (eg integration, load, fuzz, API, chaos)
- Integrate multiple tools (e.g. GitHub Actions, Azure Pipeline, Jenkins)

- Recommend tools for package management (e.g. GitHub packages, Azure Artifacts, Azure Automation Runbooks Gallery, Nuget, Jfrog, Artifactory)
- Designing an Azure Artifacts deployment including linked feeds
- Design versioning strategy for code assets (eg SemVer, date based)
- Plan for assessing, updating and reporting packages that depend on each other (GitHub)

- Designing a versioning strategy for packages (e.g. SemVer, date-based)
- Design a versioning strategy for implementation artifacts

- Assess a configuration management mechanism for application infrastructure
- Define and enforce desired state configuration for environments

- Design and implement build agent infrastructure (includes costs, tool selection, licenses, maintenance)
- Develop and implement build trigger rules
- Develop build pipelines
- Designing build orchestration (products composed of multiple builds)
- Integrate configuration into the build process
- Develop complex build scenarios (eg containerized agents, hybrid, GPU)

- Monitor pipeline health (failure rate, duration, flaky tests)
- Optimizing build (cost, time, performance, reliability)
- Analyze CI load to determine build agent configuration and capability

- Manage self-hosted build agents (VM templates, containerization, etc.)
- Create reusable build subsystems (YAML templates, Task Groups, Variable Groups, etc.)

- Develop deployment scripts and templates
- Recommend a deployment solution (eg GitHub Actions, Azure Pipelines, Jenkins, CircleCI, etc.)
- Design and implement infrastructure as code (ARM, Terraform, PowerShell, CLI)
- Develop process for application deployment (container, binary, scripts)
- Develop process for database implementation (migration, data movement, ETL)
- Integrate configuration management as part of the release process
- Develop complex deployments (IoT, Azure IoT Edge, mobile, App Center, DR, multi-region, CDN, sovereign cloud, Azure Stack, etc.)

- Combine release targets depending on release delivery (eg infrastructure, code, assets, etc.)
- Design the release pipeline to ensure reliable sequencing of dependency implementations

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How to best be prepared for our AZ-400 Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer course

At Readynez, we provide many resources and have experienced experts in the field. That is why we are also very successful with many satisfied customers. You can therefore safely take your course with us. In order to take the AZ-400 course, however, some prerequisites are required.

You have the perfect starting point to take the course with these prerequisites:

  • We recommend that you are already proficient in agile practices. To take the course, one must be familiar with both Azure administration and Azure development, as well as be an expert in at least one of these areas.
  • To earn the Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification, you must earn either the Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Developer Associate certification and pass the AZ-400 exam.

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The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate their ability to design and implement DevOps practices using Microsoft technologies. This certification validates skills in areas such as continuous integration and delivery, monitoring, and logging, infrastructure as code, and configuration management. To earn this certification, candidates must pass the Microsoft AZ-400 exam and either the AZ-104 or AZ-204 exam.

The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam consists of around 40-60 multiple-choice questions. However, the exact number of questions can vary as Microsoft often updates its certification exams to keep them relevant to the latest industry standards.

The cost of the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam varies depending on your location. In the United States, the exam costs $165, but the price may be different in other countries. It's worth noting that the exam fee is non-refundable, so it's important to make sure you're prepared before scheduling your exam.

To pass the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam, candidates must score at least 700 out of a possible 1000 points. This passing score is subject to change as Microsoft periodically reviews and updates its certification exams.

The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam has a time limit of 180 minutes or three hours. However, candidates who require extra time due to disabilities or other circumstances may request it from Microsoft.

The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) certification is valid for two years from the date of passing the exam. After that, certification holders must renew their certification by passing a renewal exam on Microsoft Learn.

Yes, the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) certification expires after two years. To maintain their certification, holders must pass a renewal exam on Microsoft Learn.

The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam does not have any specific prerequisites. However, Microsoft recommends that candidates have a solid understanding of Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps practices before attempting the exam. Candidates may also benefit from hands-on experience working with Azure technologies and DevOps tools before taking the exam.

Yes, the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam requires previous experience in DevOps practices, Azure administration, and proficiency in at least one scripting language such as PowerShell, Python, or Ruby. The exam is intended for professionals who have experience in IT development and operations and are familiar with the DevOps methodology, tools, and practices. To qualify for the certification, candidates are required to have a strong understanding of cloud computing, automation, virtualization, and modern application development practices. It is recommended that candidates have at least two years of experience in implementing DevOps practices in an Azure environment.

The difficulty level of the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam varies from person to person, depending on their level of experience, knowledge, and preparation. However, the exam is considered to be challenging and requires a comprehensive understanding of the DevOps methodology, Azure administration, and modern application development practices. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, case studies, and scenario-based questions, which require candidates to apply their knowledge and experience to real-world situations. To pass the exam, candidates must score at least 700 out of 1000 points.

The time required to prepare for the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) exam depends on the candidate's level of experience, knowledge, and preparation. Typically, candidates need to spend several weeks or months preparing for the exam.

However, it is recommended to join a course from a reputable training provider, such as Readynez, to prepare for the exam. The amount of time required to prepare for the exam will depend on factors such as your prior knowledge and experience with AZ-400, your learning style, and the training program's intensity.

The salary for Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer certification holders varies depending on their level of experience, location, and industry. However, according to recent data from Payscale, the average salary for a DevOps Engineer with AZ-400 certification is around $120,000 per year. The certification provides a competitive edge to candidates in the job market, and it demonstrates their expertise in DevOps practices and Azure administration, which can lead to higher-paying job opportunities.

Yes, Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) certification is worth it for professionals who are interested in advancing their careers in DevOps practices and Azure administration. The certification validates the candidate's skills and knowledge in implementing DevOps practices, automating infrastructure, and deploying applications in an Azure environment. The certification provides a competitive edge in the job market and demonstrates the candidate's commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) is a certification exam that measures the candidate's knowledge and skills in the areas of DevOps practices, Azure DevOps, continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), infrastructure as code (IaC), monitoring and logging, and security in the cloud.

The exam covers six main topics:

  • Developing an Instrumentation Strategy
  • Developing a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Strategy
  • Developing a Security and Compliance Plan
  • Managing Source Control
  • Facilitating Communication and Collaboration
  • Defining and Implementing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

The Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) certification can be obtained by passing the AZ-400 certification exam. The exam can be taken at any Pearson VUE testing center or online through Pearson VUE's OnVUE platform. To register for the exam, candidates must create a Microsoft account and then schedule an exam appointment through the Pearson VUE website. The exam can be taken at any time and from anywhere with a reliable internet connection.

To prepare for the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer (AZ-400) certification exam, candidates should follow these steps:

  • Review the exam objectives
  • Study the Azure DevOps documentation
  • Read study materials: There are several study materials available by Readynez which provide a comprehensive overview of the exam objectives
  • Enroll in a preparatory course

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