Azure General

Are Non-Microsoft Technologies on the Exam

No, you will never be asked about third-party firewalls, load balancers, network appliances, or other VM images and devices. There’ll be no VMWare questions. Only the official set of Microsoft supported products will ever be on an exam.

Are Preview Features Ever On The Exams?

No, Microsoft never has questions on the exams about features of Azure in “Preview”. Preview features are not finalized, and can easily change before it goes into General Availability.

What are the Best Official Azure Resources?

A great question. Here are the best links to official Microsoft documentation and channels.

Azure Code Samples: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/samples/?sort=0

Official Azure Documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/

Azure Citadel – Labs and Workshops https://azurecitadel.github.io/labs/

Azure Hands on Labs (returning Sept 17) https://www.microsoft.com/handsonlabs/SelfPacedLabs

Official Microsoft Azure YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/windowsazure

Official Microsoft Developer YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsMica-v34Irf9KVTh6xx-g

Download the Azure SDK’s for .NET, PowerShell, CLI and other languages https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/

Official Github Repository for PowerShell Scripts https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell

 

Which is the Easiest Exam?

This could change, but for now the 70-533 exam seems like the easiest to approach. The number of topics is broad, yes. But you can focus on managing Azure from an administrator perspective. You do not need to know development (except scripts) and much of the architecting level topics is not there as well.

 

Which is the Most Difficult Exam?

The 70-535 exam is generally regarded as the most difficult.

That is because is covers the most topics. As an architect, you need to understand how the Azure cloud platform works, and be able to incorporate the right Azure service into your solution design.

 

Which Certification Should I Pursue First?

This is a common question that we get a lot.

The answer is, of course, it depends. It depends on what you goals are, and what your strengths currently are.

We’ve produced a video that attempts to answer it.

 

Which Azure User Group Do You Recommend?

We have an Azure User Group (Unofficial) on Facebook that you are invited to join to discuss Azure.

More than 10,000 members and growing. An active group where most questions generate a good discussion, and you can ask anything related to Azure.

No spam or self-promotion, please.

 

How Much Does a Microsoft Exam Cost?

Most Microsoft exams cost US$160 or the equivalent in local currency.

How to Get an Azure Free Account

Go to the Microsoft Azure website and register for an account.

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

You should get $200 in free credits, which expire 30 days after the account is created.

You’ll then get some services (such as Virtual Machine hours) for free for 12 full months.