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On March 20th 2019 Microsoft learning announced changes to the Azure Administrator Associate Certification. Starting May 1st 2019 you now only have to pass one exam, the AZ-103. This new exam combines both the AZ-100 and the AZ-101, well it looks like all of the AZ-100 and some bits from the AZ-101. You can read more about the changes in the official Microsoft learning blog post. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/community-blog-post.aspx?BlogId=8&Id=375217

Below you will find a list of what is going to be tested in the new AZ-103 Azure Administrator exam and a link to a resource that I think will help you learn and pass the exam. It is a work in progress at the moment and I will keep updating it. If you do find a link that is not working, or I have linked to the wrong resource. Please let me know. Also if you would like to help fill in the blanks please leave a comment below.

Skills measured from AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Manage Azure subscription and resources (15-20%)

Manage Azure subscriptions

Assign administrator permissions

Configure cost center quotas and tagging

Configure Azure subscription policies at Azure subscription level

Analyze resource utilization and consumption

Configure diagnostic settings on resourceshttp://bit.ly/2NoiuHA
Create baseline for resourceshttp://bit.ly/2NtxyUp
Create and rest alertshttp://bit.ly/2LgQDMe
Analyze alerts across subscriptionhttp://bit.ly/2O04aWG
Analyze metrics across subscriptionhttp://bit.ly/2mnXKUQ
Create action groupshttp://bit.ly/2JuB1Qh
Monitor for unused resourceshttp://bit.ly/2JsldgR
Monitor spendhttp://bit.ly/2LtfTvD
Report on spendhttp://bit.ly/2LgOuju
Utilize Log Search query functionshttp://bit.ly/2KZvEy5
View alerts in Log Analyticshttp://bit.ly/2JB7Gnm

Manage resource groups

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

Manage role-based access control (RBAC)

Create a custom rolehttp://bit.ly/2NthKkw
Configure access to Azure resources by assigning roleshttp://bit.ly/2Nwo4rB
Configure management access to Azurehttp://bit.ly/2LK7Evi
Troubleshoot RBAChttp://bit.ly/2FvkFsf
Implement RBAC policieshttp://bit.ly/2Nwo4rB
Assign RBAC roleshttp://bit.ly/2NoMTFy

Implement and manage storage (5-10%)

Create and Configure storage accounts

Configure network access to the storage accounthttp://bit.ly/2y2QWBo
Create and configure storage accounthttp://bit.ly/2xZOADt
Generate shared access signaturehttp://bit.ly/2y02GEX
Install and use Azure Storage Explorerhttp://bit.ly/2y0qUyV
Manage access keyshttp://bit.ly/2xZKv2h
Monitor activity log by using Log Analyticshttp://bit.ly/2y0qs3G
Implement Azure storage replicationhttp://bit.ly/2xYmBnO

Import and export data to Azure

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

Create Azure file sharehttp://bit.ly/2NiU9mk
Create Azure File Sync servicehttp://bit.ly/2us1DMO
Create Azure sync grouphttp://bit.ly/2KZZD93
Troubleshoot Azure File Synchttp://bit.ly/2NowSj1

Implement Azure backup

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

Configure high availability

Configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size

Deploy and configure scale sets

Automate deployment of VMs

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

Add data disks

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

Configure VM backup
Define backup policies
Implement backup policies
Perform VM restore
Azure Site Recovery

Configure and manage virtual networks (20-25%)

Create connectivity between virtual networks

Create and configure VNET peeringhttp://bit.ly/2NqMu5P
Create and configure VNET to VNEThttp://bit.ly/2uwAd8J
Verify virtual network connectivityhttp://bit.ly/2muFbP7
Create virtual network gatewayhttp://bit.ly/2LpVkzQ

Implement and manage virtual networking

Configure private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual networkhttp://bit.ly/2xUCgUQ

Configure name resolution

Configure Azure DNShttp://bit.ly/2zOXLuK
Configure custom DNS settingshttp://bit.ly/2uu45Cz
Configure DNS zoneshttp://bit.ly/2uvP4Af

Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)

Create security rules
Associate NSG to a subnet or network interface
Identify required ports
Evaluate effective security rules

Implement Azure load balancer

Configure internal load balancer, configure load balancing rules, configure public load balancer, troubleshoot load balancing

Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking

Monitor on-premises connectivity, use Network resource monitoring, use Network Watcher, troubleshoot external networking, troubleshoot virtual network connectivity

Integrate on premises network with Azure virtual network

Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway, create and configure site to site VPN, configure Express Route, verify on premises connectivity, troubleshoot on premises connectivity with Azure

Manage Identities (15-20%)

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

Add custom domainshttp://bit.ly/2LjoCn3
Configure Azure AD Joinhttp://bit.ly/2uHGuOl
Configure self-service password resethttp://bit.ly/2NYOAei
Manage multiple directorieshttp://bit.ly/2LqR5UW

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

Create users and groups
Manage user and group properties
Manage device settings
Perform bulk user updates
Manage guest accounts

Implement and manage hybrid identities

Install Azure AD Connect, including password hash and pass-through synchronizationhttp://bit.ly/2Jwvqce
Use Azure AD Connect to configure federation with on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)http://bit.ly/2zNeiPM
Manage Azure AD Connecthttp://bit.ly/2LqmoiE
Manage password sync and password writebackhttp://bit.ly/2zOrKCT

Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Configure user accounts for MFA, enable MFA by using bulk update, configure fraud alerts, configure bypass options, configure Trusted IPs, configure verification methods

I hope you found this helpful and Good Luck in your exams!

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Pixel Robots.

I’m Richard Hooper aka Pixel Robots. I started this blog in 2016 for a couple reasons. The first reason was basically just a place for me to store my step by step guides, troubleshooting guides and just plain ideas about being a sysadmin. The second reason was to share what I have learned and found out with other people like me. Hopefully, you can find something useful on the site.

9 Comments

Tony · March 22, 2019 at 9:32 am

Hi, should I bypass AZ102 and focus on AZ103 now?

    Pixel Robots. · March 22, 2019 at 9:39 am

    If you feel you can pass the az-102 before it expires (30th June 2019) then stick with it. If you feel you won’t be able to pass it before then, continue your studies but try and align them to the az-103. You will see a lot of overlap.

      Jayesh Thakare · May 29, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      It’s amazin blogs.I would request you to update troubleshooting docs with step by step and the conclusions behind perform every step. That would help to newguys also.

        Pixel Robots. · May 30, 2019 at 10:25 am

        Do you have any examples?

PxE · March 22, 2019 at 12:10 pm

I was approved today on the AZ-100. I will earn the certification for aproved only this course, or I need to pass the AZ-101 before May 01, to earn the title of Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate?
thanks

    Pixel Robots. · March 22, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    if you pass the AZ-100 before May 1st you will get the full certification.

Michael David Smith · May 13, 2019 at 7:25 am

The link for “Create baseline for resources” > http://bit.ly/2NtxyUp comes to a page on Dynamic Thresholds. This doesn’t seem correct…

nishanth · July 30, 2019 at 8:56 am

Seems like few hyperlinks are missing or is it just me?

    Pixel Robots. · July 31, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Not just you. I need to find some time to update. If you know any please let me know and I will update them.

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