Last week, Microsoft Learning announced a new exam, with which you can demonstrate your knowledge on Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

At the Microsoft Learning site you can find what knowledge they’ll test during the exam. Marius Sandbu has already made a fairly complete overview of several resources where you could gain the necessary knowledge for the exam. In the future Microsoft will also provide a fiveday training through Learning Partners in the future, namely the 20533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.

I myself was looking for a little deeper knowledge on some of the defined subjects. Therefore, with the help of Helmer Zandbergen, I decided to create a more complete list of resources sorted ??by various exam topics. One of the most accessible resources for Microsoft knowledge at this time must be the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Here you’ll be able to find information of close to all of Microsoft’s products. When you search for the term “Microsoft Azure”, you’ll see a selection, quite simular to this link.

  • During the exam you’ll be tested in the following fields:
  • imageImplementing websites
  • Implementing Virtual Machines
  • Implementing Cloud Services
  • Implementing Cloud Storage
  • Implementing Azure Active Directory
  • Implementing Virtual Networks

Below you’ll find a wide range of articles that will help you to direct you to relevant knowledge to prepare for your exam. In this list we have not limited ourselves to Microsoft or Azure websites.


image  Implement Websites

Deploy websites

  • Define Deployment Slots (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Roll Back Deployments (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure and Deploy Packages (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Deploy Web Jobs (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Schedule Web Jobs (Studiemateriaal : link)

Configure websites

  • Configure App Settings (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Connection Strings (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Handlers (Studie materiaal : link)
  • Virtual Directories (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Configure Certificates (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2, link3)
  • Custom Domains (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Traffic Manager (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2, link3)
  • Configure SSL Bindings and Rutime Configurations (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Manage Websites by using Windows PowerShell and Xplat-CLI (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)

Configure Diagnostics, Monitoring and Analytics

  • Retrieve Diagnostics Data (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • View Streaming Logs (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Configure Endpoint Monitoring (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Alerts (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Diagnostics (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Monitor Website Resources (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)

Configure Scale and Resilience

  • Configure Auto-Scale using built-in and Custom Schedules (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Configure by Metric (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Change the Size of an Instance (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2, link3)

Manage Hosting Plans

  • Create Hosting Plans (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2, link3)
  • Migrate Websites between Hosting Plans (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Create a Website within a Hosting Plan (Studiemateriaal : link)


image Implement Virtual Machines

Deploy Workloads on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)

  • Identify Supported Microsoft Workloads (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Deploy and Connect to a Linux VM (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Create VMs (Studiemateriaal : link)

Implement Images and Disks

  • Create Specialized and Generalized Images for Windows and Linux (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Copy images between Storage Accounts and Subscriptions (Studiemateriaal : link)
  • Upload VHDs (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2, link3)

Perform Configuration Management

  •  Automate Configuration Management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and Custom Script Extensions (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2, link3)
  • Enable Puppet and Chef Extensions (Studiemateriaal : link)

Configure VM Networking

  • Settings Include Reserved IP Addresses (Studiemateriaal : link1, link2)
  • Access Control List (ACL) (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Internal Name Resolution (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • DNS at the cloud service level (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Load Balancing Endpoints (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • HTTP and TCP health probes (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Public IP’s (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Firewall rules(Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Direct Server Return (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2

Configure VM resiliency

  • Scale up and scale down VM sizes (Nog geen studiemateriaal gevonden)
  • Auto-Scale (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2, link3)

Design and implement VM storage

  • Configure disk caching (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Plan Storage Capacity  (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Configure operating system disk redundancy  (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Configure shared storage using Azure File service (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Replication (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Encrypt disks (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)

Monitor VMs

  • Configure endpoint monitoring (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • alerts, No input
  • and diagnostics (Studiemateriaal: link)


image Implement Cloud Services

What are Cloud Services (Studiemateriaal: link)

Configure cloud services and roles

  • Configure instance count and size (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Operating system version and family (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Upgrade and fault domains (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • ACLs (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Reserved IPs (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Network access rules (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Configure local storage (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure dedicated and co-located caching (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Local and cloud configurations (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Local disks (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure multiple websites (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Configure custom domains (Studiemateriaal: link)

Deploy and manage cloud services

  • Upgrade a deployment (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • VIP swap a deployment (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • package a deployment (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • modify configuration files (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • perform in-place updates (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • perform runtime configuration changes using the portal (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Scale a cloud service (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Create service bus namespaces and choose a tier (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Apply scalability targets (Studiemateriaal: link)

Monitor cloud services

  • Monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; configure diagnostics (Studiemateriaal: link)

image Implement Storage

  • Implement blobs and Azure files (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Read data (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Change data (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Set metadata on a container (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Use encryption (SSL) (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Perform an async blob copy (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure a Content Delivery Network (CDN) (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Implement storage for backup and disaster recovery (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure Azure Backup (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Define blob hierarchies; (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Configure custom domains (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure the Import and Export Service (Studiemateriaal: link)

Manage access

  • Create and manage shared access signatures (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Use stored access policies (Studiemateriaal: link);
  • Regenerate keys (Studiemateriaal: link)

Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics

  • Configure retention policies and logging levels (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)

Implement SQL databases

  • Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure point in time recovery and geo-replication (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Import and export data and schema (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Design a scaling strategy (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)

Implement recovery services

  • Create a backup vault (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Deploy a backup agent (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)
  • Back up and restore data (Studiemateriaal: link)


 image Implement Microsoft Azure Active Directory

  • What is Azure Active Directory (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)

Integrate an Azure AD with existing directories

  • Implement DirSync (Studiemateriaal: link)
  •  O365 integration (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Single sign-on with on-premises Windows Server 2012 R2 (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Add custom domains (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Monitor Azure AD (Studiemateriaal: Niet gevonden)

Configure the Application Access Panel

  • Configure single sign-on with SaaS applications using federation and password based (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Add users and groups to applications (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Revoke access to SaaS applications (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2);
  • Configure access (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)
  • Federation with Facebook and Google ID (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)

Integrate an app with Azure AD

  • Web apps (WS-federation) (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Desktop apps (OAuth) (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Graph API (Studiemateriaal: link)


image Implement Virtual Networks

Configure a virtual network

  • Deploy a VM into a virtual network (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Deploy a cloud service into a virtual network (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure static IP’s (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure internal load balancing (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Design subnets (Studiemateriaal: link)

Modify a network configuration

  • Modify a subnet (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Import and export a network configuration (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2)

Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network

  • Choose the appropriate solution between ExpressRoute, site-to-site, and point-to-site (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2, link3)
  • Choose the appropriate gateway (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Identify supported devices and software VPN solutions (Studiemateriaal: link1, link2, link3)
  • Identify networking prerequisites (Studiemateriaal: link)
  • Configure regional virtual networks and multi-site virtual networks (Studiemateriaal: link)



The services offered within the Microsoft Azure platform grow so quickly and are already so vast that I don’t have the idea that this guide will be sufficient until the end of time for achieving your exam sufficient. I do think this list could give you a push in the direction. Combine this with some practice within the Azure portal and trying out the offered features, then I‘m pretty sure you’re going to succesfully complete the exam…. 

Good luck!

De diensten die Microsoft binnen het Azure platform aanbiedt groeien zo snel en zijn nu al zo veelomvattend dat ik niet het idee heb dat deze gids tot in lengte van dagen afdoende zal zijn voor een garantie voor het halen van je examen. Wel denk ik dat deze lijst je een hele stap in de richting helpt. Combineer dit met het gemotiveerd rondkijken binnen de portal van Azure en het uitproberen van de functies, dan weet ik bijna zeker dat je het examen gaat halen!

Heel veel succes!


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