The underlying technology on the AZ-103 is Microsoft Azure, the cloud computing service, and its entire suite of features and tools. The AZ-103 tests an administrator's familiarity navigating, managing, configuring and updating Microsoft Azure. AZ-103 focused on Azure subscriptions, virtual and cloud storage, virtual machines, virtual networks and identities. AZ-104 replaced AZ-103, and it covers slightly different exam topics at different levels of depth.
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Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate (AZ-103) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
Yes, exam AZ-103 is retired. Microsoft retired exam AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator on August 31, 2020. When Microsoft retired AZ-103, they replaced it with AZ-104. AZ-103 and AZ-104 are highly similar, but they do have differences. AZ-104 focuses on identities and governance, managing storage, compute resources, virtual networking and back up procedures within Azure. AZ-103 focused on cloud resources but didn't have as strong a focus on Azure tools.
Yes, the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification is still valid, even though its certifying exam AZ-103 was retired in August 2020. The certifying exam for the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate is now AZ-104, and there's no word or rumor whether Microsoft will be retiring either of those any time soon. The Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate is a valuable certification for administrators who work with Azure and cloud resources.
Yes, this AZ-103 training is still valuable, although there are other courses that can prepare you for the current Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate exam AZ-104. This course is specially designed to prepare administrators for working with Microsoft Azure, and it's still very good at doing that. If you need to learn about Azure Resource Manager templates, PowerShell DSC, Azure storage, backups and analytics, and more, this AZ-103 training is still valuable.
Yes, the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate is a difficult certification to earn. The certifying exam for the Azure Administrator Associate, AZ-104, covers topics related to implementing, managing and monitoring an entire organization's Azure environment. The AZ-104 is difficult because after earning the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate, an administrator should be able to single handedly provision, monitor and adjust Azure resources on the fly.
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