AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Successfully provision and manage services in Microsoft Azure.

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Summary

  • intermediate
  • azure
  • azure-virtual-machines
  • azure-storage
  • azure-active-directory
  • azure-virtual-network
  • azure-resource-manager
  • A NEW VERSION OF THIS EXAM, AZ-104, BECAME AVAILABLE ON APRIL 2, 2020. You will be able to take this exam until it retires on or around August 31, 2020. Note: Exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

    Starting on May 1, 2019, you only need to pass Exam AZ-103 to earn this certification. This new exam combines the skills covered in AZ-100 and AZ-101 (which retired on May 1, 2019), with the majority of the new exam coming from AZ-100.

    Candidates for this exam are Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Candidates have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate.

    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.
    NOTE: You will earn the following certification if you pass this exam: Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate.

Learning paths

4 hr 17 min
Azure Container Instances are the quickest and easiest way to run containers in Azure. This learning path will teach you how to create and manage your containers, and how ACI can be used to provide elastic scale for Kubernetes.

Modules in this learning path

  • Introduction to Docker containers
    6 Units
    32 min

    Describes the benefits of using Docker containers as a containerization platform. Discuss the infrastructure provided by the Docker platform.

  • Build a containerized web application with Docker
    8 Units
    57 min

    Package a web app so that it can be deployed as a Docker image and run from an Azure Container Instance.

  • Build and store container images with Azure Container Registry
    6 Units
    49 min

    Azure Container Registry is a managed Docker registry service based on the open-source Docker Registry 2.0. Container Registry is private, hosted in Azure, and allows you to build, store, and manage images for all types of container deployments. Learn how to build and store container images with Azure Container Registry.

  • Run Docker containers with Azure Container Instances
    7 Units
    48 min

    Learn how to run containerized apps using Docker containers with Azure Container Instances (ACI).

  • Deploy and run a containerized web app with Azure App Service
    8 Units
    46 min

    Create a Docker image and store it in a repository in Azure Container Registry. Use Azure App Service to deploy a web application based on the Docker image. Configure continuous deployment for the web app by using a webhook that monitors the Docker image for changes.

  • Introduction to Azure Kubernetes Service
    6 Units
    25 min

    Determine the types of business problems that can be solved using Azure Kubernetes Service. Describe the benefits of container orchestration with features like deployment management, automatic updates, and self-healing.

  • Introduction to Kubernetes
    7 Units
    53 min

    Determine the types of business problems that you can solve by using Kubernetes. Describe the benefits of container orchestration with features like deployment management, automatic updates, and self-healing.

4 hr 16 min
Learn how to secure resources using policy, role-based access control, and other Azure services

Modules in this learning path

  • Security, responsibility, and trust in Azure
    11 Units
    1 hr 16 min

    Discuss the basic concepts for protecting your infrastructure and data when you work in the cloud. Understand what responsibilities are yours and what Azure takes care of for you.

  • Apply and monitor infrastructure standards with Azure Policy
    8 Units
    46 min

    Learn about governance and management in Azure services.

  • Control and organize Azure resources with Azure Resource Manager
    8 Units
    46 min

    Use Azure Resource Manager to organize resources, enforce standards, and protect critical assets from deletion.

  • Secure your Azure resources with role-based access control (RBAC)
    8 Units
    37 min

    Learn how to use RBAC to manage access to resources in Azure.

  • Manage access to an Azure subscription with Azure role-based access control (RBAC)
    5 Units
    21 min

    To grant access to a subscription, identify the appropriate role to assign to an employee. Understand when you might need to temporarily elevate your own access to regain access to a subscription.

  • Create custom roles for Azure resources with role-based access control (RBAC)
    6 Units
    30 min

    Understand the structure of role definitions for access control. Identify the role properties to use that define your custom role permissions. Create a custom Azure role and assign to a user.

  • Protect against security threats on Azure
    8 Units
    23 min

    Learn how Azure can help you protect the workloads you run both in the cloud and in your on-premises datacenter.

  • Build a cloud governance strategy on Azure
    12 Units
    48 min

    Learn how to access policies, resource locks, and tags, as well as how Azure services such as Azure Policy and Azure Blueprints can help you build a comprehensive cloud governance strategy.

4 hr 39 min
Learn how to architect storage solutions for your applications in Azure.

Modules in this learning path

  • Store and share files in your application with Azure Files
    7 Units
    51 min

    Azure Files provides a cloud-based file share for storing and sharing files to applications. Whether it’s an application hosted in Azure App Service, an Azure VM, or an on-premises app, Azure Files can store and share file access between one or more applications and systems in a secure and failure-resilient manner.

  • Choose a data storage approach in Azure
    6 Units
    30 min

    Learn how using Azure Storage, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Cosmos DB – or a combination of them – for your business scenario is the best way to get the most performant solution.

  • Create an Azure Storage account
    7 Units
    30 min

    Create an Azure Storage account with the correct options for your business needs.

  • Connect an app to Azure Storage
    12 Units
    1 hr 15 min

    Create a simple application and add configuration, client library references, and code to connect it to Azure Storage.

  • Secure your Azure Storage account
    8 Units
    45 min

    Learn how Azure Storage provides multilayered security to protect your data. Find out how to use access keys, to secure networks, and to use Advanced Threat Protection to proactively monitor your system.

  • Make your application storage highly available with read-access geo-redundant storage
    6 Units
    34 min

    In this module, you learn how to make your application storage highly available by ensuring that you can fail over resources if there’s an Azure region failure.

  • Choose the right disk storage for your virtual machine workload
    5 Units
    24 min

    Azure provides a variety of disk storage options for virtual machine workloads. Identify the features of capabilities of each type to ensure your application performs optimally.

  • Monitor, diagnose, and troubleshoot your Azure storage
    7 Units
    41 min

    Discover the tools available to detect and correct problems with your Azure Storage to enable your cloud storage infrastructure to operate at peak performance.

  • Upload, download, and manage data with Azure Storage Explorer
    6 Units
    37 min

    Azure Storage Explorer allows you to quickly view all the storage services under your account and navigate, read, and edit data stored in those services through a user-friendly graphical interface.

6 hr 49 min
Learn how to configure security policies and manage security alerts with the tools and services in Azure.

Modules in this learning path

  • Security, responsibility, and trust in Azure
    11 Units
    1 hr 16 min

    Discuss the basic concepts for protecting your infrastructure and data when you work in the cloud. Understand what responsibilities are yours and what Azure takes care of for you.

  • Create security baselines
    11 Units
    1 hr 0 min

    Create security baselines

  • Identify security threats with Azure Security Center
    7 Units
    43 min

    In this module, you’ll discover how to detect and respond to threats with Azure Security Center.

  • Resolve security threats with Azure Security Center
    7 Units
    44 min

    In this module, you’ll use the alert capabilities of Azure Security Center to watch for and respond to threats.

  • Protect your servers and VMs from brute-force and malware attacks with Azure Security Center
    6 Units
    44 min

    In this module, you’ll discover how to protect VMs and servers with Azure Security Center

  • Analyze your Azure infrastructure by using Azure Monitor logs
    5 Units
    34 min

    Use Azure Monitor logs to extract valuable information about your infrastructure from log data.

  • Improve incident response with alerting on Azure
    9 Units
    53 min

    Respond to incidents and activities in your infrastructure through alerting capabilities in Azure Monitor.

  • Capture Web Application Logs with App Service Diagnostics Logging
    8 Units
    55 min

    Use application logs in Azure Web Apps to help debug web app code.

  • Protect against security threats on Azure
    8 Units
    23 min

    Learn how Azure can help you protect the workloads you run both in the cloud and in your on-premises datacenter.

6 hr 51 min
Learn how to architect compute infrastructure and solutions to automate your business processes in Azure.

Modules in this learning path

  • Explore Azure compute services
    9 Units
    52 min

    Learn about the different services that are available in Azure Compute.

  • Core Cloud Services – Azure compute options
    7 Units
    38 min

    Review the Azure compute services and explore how they can solve common business needs.

  • Manage virtual machines with the Azure CLI
    9 Units
    51 min

    Learn how to use the cross-platform Azure CLI to create, start, stop, and perform other management tasks related to virtual machines in Azure.

  • Choose a compute provisioning solution for your application
    6 Units
    50 min

    Discover the services and tools available to automate the deployment and configuration of your Azure infrastructure.

  • Build Azure Resource Manager templates
    7 Units
    37 min

    Learn how Resource Manager templates express your deployments as code, enabling you to deploy faster and more reliably.

  • Deploy Azure virtual machines from VHD templates
    6 Units
    39 min

    Standardize and automate your virtual machine deployments to minimize manual configuration, variance, and errors.

  • Build a scalable application with virtual machine scale sets
    8 Units
    57 min

    Enable your application to automatically adjust to changes in load while minimizing costs with virtual machine scale sets.

  • Choose the best Azure service to automate your business processes
    7 Units
    44 min

    Microsoft Azure provides several different ways to host and execute code or workflows without using Virtual Machines (VMs) including Azure Functions, Microsoft Flow, Azure Logic Apps, and Azure WebJobs. In this module, you will learn about these technologies and how to choose the right one for a given scenario.

  • Introduction to high-performance computing (HPC) on Azure
    6 Units
    50 min

    Discover the services available on Azure for your high-performance computing workloads.

  • Run parallel tasks in Azure Batch with the Azure CLI
    9 Units
    45 min

    Azure Batch is an Azure service that enables you to run large-scale parallel and high-performance computing (HPC) applications efficiently in the cloud. There’s no need to manage or configure infrastructure. Just schedule the job, allocate the resources you need, and let Batch take care of the rest.

5 hr 25 min
Learn how to work with subscriptions, users, and groups by configuring Microsoft Azure Active Directory for workloads.

Modules in this learning path

  • Manage device identity with Azure AD join and Enterprise State Roaming
    5 Units
    25 min

    Evaluate options to manage device identities in Azure AD. Allow users to join devices in Azure AD. Require devices to be marked as compliant. Enable Enterprise State Roaming.

  • Add custom domain name to Azure Active Directory
    5 Units
    18 min

    Add your custom domain to Azure Active Directory. Add DNS information to the domain registrar. Verify your custom domain name in the Azure portal and set it as the primary.

  • Security, responsibility, and trust in Azure
    11 Units
    1 hr 16 min

    Discuss the basic concepts for protecting your infrastructure and data when you work in the cloud. Understand what responsibilities are yours and what Azure takes care of for you.

  • Protect against security threats on Azure
    8 Units
    23 min

    Learn how Azure can help you protect the workloads you run both in the cloud and in your on-premises datacenter.

  • Create an Azure account
    7 Units
    39 min

    The first step to using Azure is to sign up. You may sign up directly through Azure.com, with the help of a Microsoft representative, or through a partner. If you’re new to Azure, you may sign up for an Azure free account to start exploring with $200 USD free credit and free services.

  • Manage users and groups in Azure Active Directory
    7 Units
    50 min

    Manage users and groups in Azure Active Directory

  • Create Azure users and groups in Azure Active Directory
    8 Units
    41 min

    Create users in Azure Active Directory. Understand different types of groups. Create a group and add members. Manage business-to-business guest accounts.

  • Secure your application by using OpenID Connect and Azure AD
    6 Units
    50 min

    Use OpenID Connect in your application to allow users to securely sign in with Azure AD identities.

  • Secure Azure Active Directory users with Multi-Factor Authentication
    6 Units
    38 min

    Learn how to use multi-factor authentication with Azure AD to harden your user accounts.

  • Allow users to reset their password with Azure Active Directory self-service password reset
    6 Units
    31 min

    Evaluate self-service password reset to allow users in your organization to reset their passwords or unlock their accounts. Set up, configure, and test self-service password reset.

3 hr 56 min
Learn how to monitor, analyze, and manage the ongoing operation of your infrastructure in Azure.

Modules in this learning path

  • Design a holistic monitoring strategy on Azure
    8 Units
    57 min

    Use monitoring services on Azure to bring operational excellence to your applications and infrastructure.

  • Apply and monitor infrastructure standards with Azure Policy
    8 Units
    46 min

    Learn about governance and management in Azure services.

  • Control and organize Azure resources with Azure Resource Manager
    8 Units
    46 min

    Use Azure Resource Manager to organize resources, enforce standards, and protect critical assets from deletion.

  • Analyze your Azure infrastructure by using Azure Monitor logs
    5 Units
    34 min

    Use Azure Monitor logs to extract valuable information about your infrastructure from log data.

  • Improve incident response with alerting on Azure
    9 Units
    53 min

    Respond to incidents and activities in your infrastructure through alerting capabilities in Azure Monitor.

  • Build a cloud governance strategy on Azure
    12 Units
    48 min

    Learn how to access policies, resource locks, and tags, as well as how Azure services such as Azure Policy and Azure Blueprints can help you build a comprehensive cloud governance strategy.

6 hr 36 min
Learn how to migrate resources to Azure, how to provide site recovery for your applications in Azure and on-premises, and how to your applications are available through service interruptions and changes in load.

Modules in this learning path

  • Design your migration to Azure
    6 Units
    44 min

    Minimize the time and resources required to migrate your on-premises environment to Azure. Assess your current systems with Azure Migrate, and migrate them with Azure Site Recovery and Azure Database Migration Service.

  • Protect your on-premises infrastructure from disasters with Azure Site Recovery
    6 Units
    33 min

    Provide disaster recovery for your on-premises infrastructure by managing and orchestrating replication, failover, and failback of VMware virtual machines, Hyper-V virtual machines, and physical servers with Azure Site Recovery.

  • Protect your Azure infrastructure with Azure Site Recovery
    9 Units
    59 min

    Provide disaster recovery for your Azure infrastructure by managing and orchestrating replication, failover, and failback of Azure virtual machines with Azure Site Recovery.

  • Protect your virtual machines by using Azure Backup
    7 Units
    35 min

    Use Azure Backup to help protect the data for on-premises servers, virtual machines, virtualized workloads, SQL Server, Azure Files, and more.

  • Back up and restore your Azure SQL database
    8 Units
    41 min

    Protect the data in your Azure SQL database and recover from data loss or corruption with backup and restore.

  • Dynamically meet changing web app performance requirements with autoscale rules
    8 Units
    47 min

    Respond to periods of high activity by incrementally adding resources, and then removing these resources when activity drops, to reduce costs.

  • Design a geographically distributed application
    6 Units
    34 min

    Build an application that spans multiple geographic locations for high availability and resiliency.

  • Build a scalable application with virtual machine scale sets
    8 Units
    57 min

    Enable your application to automatically adjust to changes in load while minimizing costs with virtual machine scale sets.

  • Scale an App Service web app to efficiently meet demand with App Service scale up and scale out
    6 Units
    46 min

    Respond to periods of increased activity by incrementally increasing the resources available and then, to reduce costs, decreasing these resources when activity drops.

8 hr 59 min
Learn how to architect a secure, flexible, network infrastructure in Azure and connect on-premises networks to your Azure resources.

Modules in this learning path

  • Connect your on-premises network to Azure with VPN Gateway
    5 Units
    39 min

    VPN Gateway in Azure provides secure connectivity between your on-premises networks and clients.

  • Connect your on-premises network to the Microsoft global network by using ExpressRoute
    5 Units
    40 min

    Connect your on-premises systems and users to Azure and Office 365 by using ExpressRoute for private, dedicated, and guaranteed throughput connectivity.

  • Distribute your services across Azure virtual networks and integrate them by using virtual network peering
    6 Units
    42 min

    Use virtual network peering to enable communication across virtual networks in a way that’s secure and minimally complex.

  • Enhance your service availability and data locality by using Azure Traffic Manager
    6 Units
    29 min

    Azure Traffic Manager provides DNS load balancing to your application, so you improve your ability to distribute your application around the world. Use Traffic Manager to improve the performance and availability of your application.

  • Improve application scalability and resiliency by using Azure Load Balancer
    6 Units
    47 min

    Discuss the different load balancers in Azure and how to choose the right Azure load balancer solution to meet your requirements.

  • Load balance your web service traffic with Application Gateway
    7 Units
    1 hr 32 min

    Improve application resilience by distributing load across multiple servers and use path-based routing to direct web traffic.

  • Manage and control traffic flow in your Azure deployment with routes
    7 Units
    50 min

    Learn how to control Azure virtual network traffic by implementing custom routes.

  • Design an IP addressing schema for your Azure deployment
    6 Units
    37 min

    A good Azure IP addressing schema provides flexibility, room for growth, and integration with on-premises networks. The schema ensures that communication works for deployed resources, minimizes public exposure of systems, and gives the organization flexibility in its network. If not properly designed, systems might not be able to communicate, and additional work will be required to remediate.

  • Design a hybrid network architecture on Azure
    6 Units
    47 min

    You have a traditional on-premises infrastructure that you need to connect to resources in Azure. In this module, you learn how to select a connectivity method for your use cases that balances functionality, cost, and security.

  • Centralize your core services by using hub and spoke Azure virtual network architecture
    6 Units
    36 min

    Design a network architecture in Azure that allows for growth and flexibility, secure isolation of critical resources, low administrative overhead, and communication with on-premises network resources.

  • Secure and isolate access to Azure resources by using network security groups and service endpoints
    6 Units
    43 min

    Network security groups and service endpoints help you secure your virtual machines and Azure services from unauthorized network access.

  • Monitor and troubleshoot your end-to-end Azure network infrastructure by using network monitoring tools
    6 Units
    37 min

    Use Network Watcher tools, diagnostics, and logs to help find and fix networking issues in your Azure infrastructure.

5 hr 2 min
Learn how to work with the Azure command line and web portal to create, manage, and control cloud based resources.

Modules in this learning path

  • Control and organize Azure resources with Azure Resource Manager
    8 Units
    46 min

    Use Azure Resource Manager to organize resources, enforce standards, and protect critical assets from deletion.

  • Align requirements with cloud types and service models in Azure
    8 Units
    35 min

    Azure supports three approaches to deploying cloud resources – public, private, and the hybrid cloud. Selecting between them will change several factors of the services you move into Azure including cost, maintenance requirements, and security. In this module, we will look at all three types and help you make an informed decision about which one to leverage for your services. We’ll also quickly look at the service models supported by Azure which can help you determine the services you should start with when planning out an Azure deployment.

  • Control Azure services with the CLI
    6 Units
    34 min

    Install the Azure CLI locally and use it to manage Azure resources.

  • Automate Azure tasks using scripts with PowerShell
    9 Units
    1 hr 11 min

    Install Azure PowerShell locally and use it to manage Azure resources.

  • Predict costs and optimize spending for Azure
    9 Units
    1 hr 14 min

    Cost is one of the most important aspects of the cloud and can have a massive impact on your business. Azure has several tools available to help you get a better understanding of cloud spend and some best practices that you can leverage to help you save money.

  • Move Azure resources to another resource group
    8 Units
    42 min

    Identify Azure resources that you can move to a different resource group. Use the Azure portal to move resources.

  • Plan and manage your Azure costs
    8 Units
    43 min

    Migration to the cloud presents new ways to think about your IT expenses. This module teaches you about the factors that influence cost and tools you can use to help estimate and manage your cloud spend.

10 hr 57 min
Learn how to create, manage, secure and scale virtual machine resources.

Modules in this learning path

  • Manage virtual machines with the Azure CLI
    9 Units
    51 min

    Learn how to use the cross-platform Azure CLI to create, start, stop, and perform other management tasks related to virtual machines in Azure.

  • Build Azure Resource Manager templates
    7 Units
    37 min

    Learn how Resource Manager templates express your deployments as code, enabling you to deploy faster and more reliably.

  • Configure the network for your virtual machines
    8 Units
    1 hr 34 min

    Learn how to configure networking in a secure way for your Azure virtual machines.

  • Introduction to Azure virtual machines
    8 Units
    1 hr 7 min

    Learn about the decisions you make before creating a virtual machine, the options to create and manage the VM, and the extensions and services you use to manage your VM.

  • Create a Linux virtual machine in Azure
    9 Units
    1 hr 26 min

    In this module, we discuss how to create a Linux virtual machine using the Azure portal.

  • Create a Windows virtual machine in Azure
    7 Units
    51 min

    Azure virtual machines (VMs) enable you to create dedicated compute resources in minutes that can be used just like a physical desktop or server machine.

  • Secure your Azure virtual machine disks
    8 Units
    59 min

    Use Azure Disk Encryption (ADE) to encrypt OS and data disks on existing and new VMs.

  • Keep your virtual machines updated
    6 Units
    35 min

    Deploy the Azure Update Management solution to update virtual machines in your cloud environment.

  • Add and size disks in Azure virtual machines
    7 Units
    36 min

    Understand and create the different types of disk storage available to Azure virtual machines (VMs).

  • Caching and performance in Azure storage disks
    7 Units
    44 min

    Moving data as fast as possible is good for business. Learn about disk performance in Azure, how caching can help optimize read and write access to storage, and how to enable caching to help optimize the performance of Azure VM disks.

  • Protect your virtual machine settings with Azure Automation State Configuration
    5 Units
    54 min

    Create a desired state configuration script that checks that IIS is installed. Onboard virtual machines (VMs) for management by Azure Automation. Automatically install IIS on the VMs where that feature is missing.

  • Monitor the health of your Azure virtual machine by collecting and analyzing diagnostic data
    9 Units
    43 min

    Evaluate monitoring options for an Azure virtual machine (VM). Enable diagnostics to get data about your VM. View VM metrics and create an alert to monitor performance.

5 hr 38 min
Azure was designed for security and compliance. Learn how to leverage the built-in services to store your app data securely to ensure that only authorized services and clients have access to it.

Modules in this learning path

  • Top 5 security items to consider before pushing to production
    7 Units
    45 min

    Secure your web applications on Azure and protect your apps against the most common and dangerous web application attacks.

  • Security, responsibility, and trust in Azure
    11 Units
    1 hr 16 min

    Discuss the basic concepts for protecting your infrastructure and data when you work in the cloud. Understand what responsibilities are yours and what Azure takes care of for you.

  • Secure your Azure resources with role-based access control (RBAC)
    8 Units
    37 min

    Learn how to use RBAC to manage access to resources in Azure.

  • Configure security policies to manage data
    6 Units
    39 min

    Learn how to set up policies to classify, retain, and protect your cloud-based data.

  • Secure your Azure Storage account
    8 Units
    45 min

    Learn how Azure Storage provides multilayered security to protect your data. Find out how to use access keys, to secure networks, and to use Advanced Threat Protection to proactively monitor your system.

  • Configure and manage secrets in Azure Key Vault
    6 Units
    29 min

    Storing and handling secrets, encryption keys, and certificates directly is risky, and every usage introduces the possibility of unintentional data exposure. Azure Key Vault provides a secure storage area for managing all your app secrets so you can properly encrypt your data in transit or while it’s being stored.

  • Protect against security threats on Azure
    8 Units
    23 min

    Learn how Azure can help you protect the workloads you run both in the cloud and in your on-premises datacenter.

  • Secure your Azure SQL Database
    8 Units
    1 hr 7 min

    Secure your Azure SQL Database to keep your data secure and diagnose potential security concerns as they happen.

Additional courses

Microsoft Azure Administrator

Summary

Length
4 days
Level
Intermediate
Language
English

About this course

This course teaches IT Professionals how to manage their Azure subscriptions, create and scale virtual machines, implement storage solutions, configure virtual networking, back up and share data, connect Azure and on-premises sites, manage network traffic, implement Azure Active Directory, secure identities, and monitor your solution.

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.