AZ-100/AZ-103 – Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment – Study Notes #1

This series will cover various study notes as I study for the Azure Infrastructure and Deployment exam. Most sections are still applicable to AZ-103 so I’d say it’s safe to use this as a study resource for that too but you will need to look up some sections which are new and unique to AZ-103.

The exam covers the sections below which I will flesh out in their own articles as I learn more. Any published articles may be reached by clicking the heading links for each section –

Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (15-20%)

Manage Azure subscriptions

  • May include but not limited to: Assign administrator permissions; configure cost center quotas and tagging; configure Azure subscription policies at Azure subscription level

Analyze resource utilization and consumption

  • May include but not limited to: Configure diagnostic settings on resources; create baseline for resources; create and test alerts; analyze alerts across subscription; analyze metrics across subscription; create action groups; monitor for unused resources; monitor spend; report on spend; utilize Log Search query functions; view alerts in Log Analytics

Manage resource groups

  • May include but not limited to: Use Azure policies for resource groups; configure resource locks; configure resource policies; implement and set tagging on resource groups; move resources across resource groups; remove resource groups

Implement and manage storage (20-25%)

Create and configure storage accounts

  • May include but not limited to: Configure network access to the storage account; create and configure storage account; generate shared access signature; install and use Azure Storage Explorer; manage access keys; monitor activity log by using Log Analytics; implement Azure storage replication

Import and export data to Azure

  • May include but not limited to: Create export from Azure job; create import into Azure job; Use Azure Data Box; configure and use Azure blob storage; configure Azure content delivery network (CDN) endpoints

Configure Azure files

  • May include but not limited to: Create Azure file share; create Azure File Sync service; create Azure sync group; troubleshoot Azure File Sync

Implement Azure backup

  • May include but not limited to: Configure and review backup reports; perform backup operation; create Recovery Services Vault; create and configure backup policy; perform a restore operation

Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs) (20-25%)

Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux

  • May include but not limited to: Configure high availability; configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size; deploy and configure scale sets

Automate deployment of VMs

  • May include but not limited to: Modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template; configure location of new VMs; configure VHD template; deploy from template; save a deployment as an ARM template; deploy Windows and Linux VMs

Manage Azure VM

  • May include but not limited to: Add data discs; add network interfaces; automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and VM Agent by using custom script extensions; manage VM sizes; move VMs from one resource group to another; redeploy VMs

Manage VM backups

  • May include but not limited to: Configure VM backup; define backup policies; implement backup policies; perform VM restore

Configure and manage virtual network (20-25%)

Create connectivity between virtual networks

  • May include but not limited to: Create and configure VNET peering; create and configure VNET to VNET; verify virtual network connectivity; create virtual network gateway

Implement and manage virtual networking

  • May include but not limited to: Configure private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual network

Configure name resolution

  • May include but not limited to: Configure Azure DNS; configure custom DNS settings; configure private and public DNS zones

Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)

  • May include but not limited to: Create security rules; associate NSG to a subnet or network interface; identify required ports; evaluate effective security rules

Manage identities (15-20%)

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

  • May include but not limited to: Add custom domains; configure Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure AD Join, and Enterprise State Roaming; configure self-service password reset; implement conditional access policies; manage multiple directories; perform an access review

Manage Azure AD objects (users, groups, and devices)

  • May include but not limited to: Create users and groups; manage user and group properties; manage device settings; perform bulk user updates

Implement and manage hybrid identities

  • May include but not limited to: Install and configure Azure AD Connect; configure federation and single sign-on; manage Azure AD Connect; manage password sync and writeback

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