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A lot of people have been asking me for a study guide for the new Azure Exams. I started with the AZ-104 (Microsoft Azure Administrator). and then the AZ-303 (Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies) Study resources for the AZ-303 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies exam – Pixel Robots. ( and now we have the AZ-304

Below, you will find the study guide. This time around its all hosted in GitHub so feel free to create a pull request with updated links or resources. You can find the GitHub repo at

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Links you may find useful

Here is a list of links that you might find useful when studying for your Azure exams. Feel free to create a pull request to add more.

Skyline Academy:

Scott Duffy:

Microsoft Learn Resources

Below you will find a list of free resources from Microsoft on their Microsoft Learn site.

Architect great solutions in Azure
Architect network infrastructure in Azure
Architect a data platform in Azure
Architect storage infrastructure in Azure
Architect compute infrastructure in Azure
Architect infrastructure operations in Azure
Architect migration, business continuity, and disaster recovery in Azure
Architect modern applications in Azure
Architect secure infrastructure in Azure \

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The study guide

Design Monitoring (10-15%)

Design for cost optimization

Recommend a solution for cost management and cost reporting \

Recommend solutions to minimize costs \

Design a solution for logging and monitoring

Determine levels and storage locations for logs \

Plan for integration with monitoring tools including Azure Monitor and Azure Sentinel \

Recommend appropriate monitoring tool(s) for a solution \

Choose a mechanism for event routing and escalation \

Recommend a logging solution for compliance requirements \

Design Identity and Security (25-30%)

Design authentication

Recommend a solution for single-sign on \

Recommend a solution for authentication \

Recommend a solution for Conditional Access, including multi-factor authentication \

Recommend a solution for network access authentication \

Recommend a solution for a hybrid identity including Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Connect Health \

Recommend a solution for user self-service \

Recommend and implement a solution for B2B integration \

Design authorization

Choose an authorization approach \

Recommend a hierarchical structure that includes management groups, subscriptions and resource groups \

Recommend an access management solution including RBAC policies, access reviews, role assignments, physical access, Privileged Identity Management (PIM), Azure AD Identity Protection, Just In Time (JIT) access \

Design governance

Recommend a strategy for tagging \

Recommend a solution for using Azure Policy \

Recommend a solution for using Azure Blueprint \

Design security for applications

Recommend a solution that includes KeyVault
What can be stored in KeyVault \

KeyVault operations \

KeyVault regions \

Recommend a solution that includes Azure AD Managed Identities \

Recommend a solution for integrating applications into Azure AD \

Design Data Storage (15-20%)

Design a solution for databases

Select an appropriate data platform based on requirements \

Recommend database service tier sizing \

Recommend a solution for database scalability \

Recommend a solution for encrypting data at rest, data in transmission, and data in use \

Design data integration

Recommend a data flow to meet business requirements \

Recommend a solution for data integration, including Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Bricks, Azure Data Lake, Azure Synapse Analytics \

Select an appropriate storage account

Choose between storage tiers \

Recommend a storage access solution \

Recommend storage management tools \

Design Business Continuity (10-15%)

Design a solution for backup and recovery

Recommend a recovery solution for Azure hybrid and on-premises workloads that meets recovery objectives (RTO, RLO, RPO) \

Design and Azure Site Recovery solution \

Recommend a site recovery replication policy \

Recommend a solution for site recovery capacity \

Recommend a solution for site failover and failback (planned/unplanned) \

Recommend a solution for the site recovery network \

Recommend a solution for recovery in different regions \

Recommend a solution for Azure Backup management \

Design a solution for data archiving and retention
Recommend storage types and methodology for data archiving \

Identify business compliance requirements for data archiving \

Identify requirements for data archiving \

Identify SLA(s) for data archiving \

Recommend a data retention policy \

Design for high availability

Recommend a solution for application and workload redundancy, including compute, database, and storage \

Recommend a solution for autoscaling \

Identify resources that require high availability \

Identify storage types for high availability \

Recommend a solution for geo-redundancy of workloads \

Design Infrastructure (25-30%)

Design a compute solution

Recommend a solution for compute provisioning \

Determine appropriate compute technologies, including virtual machines, App Services, Service Fabric, Azure Functions, Windows Virtual Desktop, and containers \

Recommend a solution for containers
AKS versus ACI and the configuration of each one \

Recommend a solution for automating compute management

Design a network solution

Recommend a solution for network addressing and name resolution \

Recommend a solution for network provisioning \

Recommend a solution for network security
Private endpoints \

Firewalls \

Gateways \

Recommend a solution for network connectivity to the Internet, on-premises networks, and other Azure virtual networks \

Recommend a solution for automating network management \

Recommend a solution for load balancing and traffic routing \

Design an application architecture

Recommend a microservices architecture including Event Grid, Event Hubs, Service Bus, Storage Queues, Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and webhooks \

Recommend an orchestration solution for deployment of applications including ARM templates, Logic Apps, or Azure Functions
Select an automation method \

Choose which resources or lifecycle steps will be automated \

Design integration with other sources such as an ITSM solution \

Recommend a solution for monitoring automation \

Recommend a solution for API integration
Design an API gateway strategy \

Determine policies for internal and external consumption of APIs \

Recommend a hosting structure for API management \

Recommend when and how to use API Keys \

Design migrations

Assess and interpret on-premises servers, data, and applications for migration \

Recommend a solution for migrating applications and VMs \

Recommend a solution for migration of databases
Determine migration scope, including redundant, related, trivial, and outdated data \

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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.


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