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How to Study for the AZ-104 Exam

How to Study for the AZ-104 Exam
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Published on February 14, 2023

The Azure Solutions Architect Expert (AZ-305) is the second certification in the Azure Solutions Architect learning path. Earning the certification shows that you know how to work with Azure resources. Before taking the AZ-305 exam, however, you’ll need to pass the Azure Administrator Associate certification (AZ-104) first.

Today we’re going to explain what you need to study to prepare for the AZ-104.

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What is the AZ-104 Exam?

The AZ-104 exam is the first step in the Microsoft Solutions certification path. Passing the AZ-104 exam will earn you the Microsoft Administrator Associate certification and open the door to take the AZ-305 test

So, what topics are covered on the AZ-104 exam? Let’s dig into that a bit. 

  1. Managing Azure identities and data governance. Controlling data in the cloud is much more critical than managing it through on-premises solutions. It’s easy to misconfigure something like blob storage and make your information publicly available. Managing Azure IDs and data governance gives you the tools to ensure only specific people can access specific data. 

  2. Implementing and managing storage. There are several ways to store data in Azure. For example, blob storage is a great way to store videos, music files and applications, but Microsoft also has other storage mechanisms. And Azure has different types of databases that can store data as well. 

  3. Deploying and managing Azure compute resources. Understanding how to process information in the cloud is vital to being a cloud architect. Compute resources power everything. They can host a simple web server, provide serverless infrastructure and API endpoints, or even transcribe customer service calls. There are many different types of compute resources to learn in Azure. 

  4. Configuring and managing virtual networking. Networking is a big part of this certification. Networking in the cloud can be as easy or complex as traditional network management in brick-and-mortar businesses. Compute resources and storage can be configured for both public and private access. Likewise, it’s possible to configure virtual private networks between Azure resources that only your business can access.

  5. Monitoring and maintaining Azure resources. Topics include tracking errors, ensuring compute resources (like a web server) stay up and running, or verifying that compute processes are completed correctly. Azure offers many different ways to monitor how your Azure services are working, so understanding those tools is critical.

Related: 3 Tips for Designing a Logging & Monitoring Solution on Azure.

How Much Does the AZ-104 Exam Cost?

Microsoft wants to make sure anyone that works with Azure understands what they are doing, and that is often reflected in the price of the exams. The AZ-104 exam costs $165, pass or fail, though that price varies depending on the region where the exam is proctored. 

Start Training for the AZ-104 Exam Today

Want to earn Microsoft Azure Administrator certification? Take our AZ-104 training course. The entire course can be completed in about 48 hours and offers you everything you need to know to prep for the AZ-104. Good luck in your certification journey!


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