Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Overview:

  • Certification Name: AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification.
  • Exam Duration: 90 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 40-60
  • Passing Score: 700
  • Exam Cost: £69.00

The AZ 900 exam is designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational-level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. This exam can be taken as an optional first step in learning about cloud services and how those concepts are exemplified by Microsoft Azure. It can be taken as a precursor to Microsoft Azure or Microsoft cloud services exams.

Microsoft Exam AZ-900 Course Outline:

  • Describe Cloud Concepts (20-25%):

This domain covers topics to identify the benefits and considerations of using cloud services. This will include High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, and Disaster Recovery. Moreover, you should identify the differences between Capital Expenditure (CapEx) and Operational Expenditure (OpEx). Also, describe the consumption-based model, shared responsibility model, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Lastly, you must describe the differences between types of cloud computing.

  • Describe Core Azure Services (15-20%):

Further, in this domain you will go through the core Azure architectural components. This will include describing the benefits and usage of Regions and Region Pairs, Availability Zones,  Resource Groups, Subscriptions, Management Groups and Azure Resource Manager. Additionally, you need to describe the benefits and usage of Virtual Machines, Azure App Services, Azure Container Instances (ACI), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Windows Virtual Desktop. This domain also covers topics like Virtual Networks, VPN Gateway, Virtual Network peering, and ExpressRoute. Container (Blob) Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage, and storage tiers as well as Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and SQL Managed Instance.

  • Describe core solutions and management tools on Azure (10-15%):

Moreover, this domain covers questions on core solutions available in Azure. You should learn to describe the benefits and usage of Internet of Things (IoT) Hub, IoT Central, Azure Sphere, Azure Synapse Analytics, HDInsight, and Azure Databricks. Also, you can expect questions on Azure management tools like Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, Cloud Shell, and Azure Mobile App. Further, describe the functionality and usage of Azure Advisor, Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates, Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health.

  • Describe general security and network security features (10-15%):

Furthermore, this domain is focused on the Azure security features like Azure Security Center, including policy compliance, security alerts, secure score, and resource hygiene. Also, it includes usage of Key Vault,  Azure Sentinel and Azure Dedicated Hosts. This domain also includes Azure network security topics such as concept of defense, functionality and usage of Network Security Groups (NSG), Azure Firewall and Azure DDoS protection.

  • Describe identity, governance, privacy, and compliance features (20-25%):

This domain includes topics like Azure identity services. Much focused on usage of Azure Active Directory, Conditional Access, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), and Single Sign-On (SSO). In addition to this you can expect questions from Azure governance features. You should describe the functionality and usage of Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), resource locks, tags, Azure Blueprints an Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure. You must be able to Describe privacy and compliance resources. Further, describe the purpose of the Microsoft Privacy Statement, Online Services Terms (OST), Data Protection Amendment (DPA), Trust Center,  Azure compliance documentation and Azure Sovereign Regions.

  • Describe Azure cost management and Service Level Agreements (10-15%):

This domain is much focused on methods for planning and managing costs. You should identify factors that can affect costs, then identify factors that can reduce costs. Further, describe the functionality and usage of the Pricing calculator and the Total Cost of Ownership. Also, describe the functionality and usage of Azure Cost Management. Moreover, this domain also focuses on Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and service lifecycles. You should be able to identify actions that can impact an SLA and describe the service lifecycle in Azure.

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