Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-304)

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Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-304)

Authors: Barry Luijbregts, John Savill, Reza Salehi

This learning path is intended to help learners start their preparation to take the Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-304) certification exam. Microsoft Azure Solutions... Read more

###What you will learn:###

  • How to design monitoring in Azure
  • How to design identity and security in Azure
  • How to design data storage in Azure
  • How to design business continuity in Azure
  • How to design infrastructure in Azure

Pre-requisites

According to Microsoft, candidates for the AZ-304 Microsoft Azure Architect Design exam should have advanced experience with IT operations, as well as the associated knowledge of key concepts in this area. These concepts include networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance. Candidates should also know how changes in each of these areas affects their overall solution. Candidates for this exam should be expert-level Azure administrators and have real-world experience with Azure DevOps and development processes.

Design Monitoring

Welcome to Pluralsight's certification learning path for the Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-304) certification exam! This path is structured to mimic the organization of the exam so you can more easily follow along during your study preparation.

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Design Monitoring section of the exam guide, including:

  • Design for cost optimization
  • Design a logging and monitoring solution

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for Cost Optimization

by Barry Luijbregts

Nov 12, 2020 / 25m

25m

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Description

The cloud is a wonderful place that offers unlimited scalability and can present unpredictable costs.​ I​n this course,​ Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: D​esign for Cost Optimization,​ ​you’ll learn to evaluate and control your cloud costs to keep them predictable and manageable. F​irst, you’ll explore​ the types of costs in the cloud. N​ext, you’ll discover​ how to evaluatie cloud resource usage and costs. ​Finally, you’ll learn how to control and manage cloud costs. W​hen you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of cloud resource usage and costs ​needed to​ evaluate and manage cloud costs.

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  1. Managing, Reporting, and Reducing Costs

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design a Logging and Monitoring Solution

by Barry Luijbregts

Nov 30, 2020 / 36m

36m

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Monitoring and logging are vital to keeping your applications healthy. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design a Logging and Monitoring Solution, you’ll learn to design monitoring and logging for your applications. First, you’ll explore the options in Azure for monitoring your applications. Next, you’ll discover how to integrate monitoring services in your solution. Finally, you’ll learn how to recommend a monitoring design for your applications. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of designing a monitoring and logging solution needed to keep your applications healthy and your data safe.

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  1. Design a Monitoring Solution in Azure

Exam Alert: Design Monitoring in Microsoft Azure

by Barry Luijbregts

Dec 3, 2020 / 16m

16m

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You need to remember what's important for the AZ-304 exam. In this course, Exam Alert: Design Monitoring in Microsoft Azure, you’ll learn to prepare for the "Design Monitoring" section of the exam. First, you’ll explore a summary of the "Design for Cost Optimization" skill. Next, you’ll discover what you should know for the "Design a Solution for Logging and Monitoring" skill. Finally, you’ll learn which topics are and aren’t covered on the exam. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Design Monitoring in Microsoft Azure needed to perform well on the AZ-304 exam.

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  1. Preparing for the Design Monitoring Skill

Design Identity and Security

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Design Identity and Security section of the exam guide, including:

  • Design authentication
  • Design authorization
  • Design governance
  • Design security for applications

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Authentication

by John Savill

Oct 26, 2020 / 1h 22m

1h 22m

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Knowing the ins and outs of authentication in Azure is key in architecting the best and most effective authentication solutions for Azure services. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Authentication, you’ll learn to architect an authentication solution for use with Azure and Azure-dependent services. First, you’ll explore how authentication is enabled using Azure AD. Next, you’ll discover how to control authentication using Conditional Access. Finally, you’ll learn how to integrate with on-premises authentication and other partner identities. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of authentication in Azure options needed to architect a complete authentication solution using Azure AD.

Table of contents
  1. Azure AD and Hybrid Authentication
  2. Controlling Azure AD Authentication and User Experience

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Authorization

by John Savill

Oct 22, 2020 / 1h 6m

1h 6m

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Knowing the ins and outs of authorization in Azure is key in architecting the best and most effective authorization solutions for your Azure services. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Authorization, you’ll learn to use Azure AD and Azure service capabilities to architect a secure and best practices authorization solution. First, you’ll explore the key structures that can be used for authorization. Next, you’ll discover how to leverage built-in and custom roles to achieve least privilege authorization for Azure resources. Finally, you’ll learn how to leverage several other services to achieve just-in-time access and risk-based authorization. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of authorization in Azure needed to ensure a secure and best practice authorization solution for your Azure services.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Resource Hierarchy for Authorization
  2. Azure AD Role Management

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Governance

by John Savill

Oct 22, 2020 / 1h 10m

1h 10m

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Knowledge of the core concepts of governance in Azure is crucial in ensuring compliance of your deployed resources. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Governance, you’ll learn to ensure organizational compliance using key governance capabilities available in Azure. First, you’ll explore best practices for resource naming and use of tags. Next, you’ll discover how to enforce key guardrails and how to apply them using Azure Policy. Finally, you’ll learn how to ease initial configuration deployment and enforcement options with Azure Blueprints. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of core Azure governance constructs needed to ensure the compliance of resources deployed to Azure.

Table of contents
  1. Governance in Azure
  2. Applying Base Configuration with Azure Blueprints

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Security for Applications

by John Savill

Oct 28, 2020 / 1h 9m

1h 9m

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When integrating your applications with Azure AD, security is absolutely crucial. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Security for Applications, you’ll learn to leverage the right solution to provide integration for your application to Azure without compromising on security. First, you’ll explore using managed identities to avoid secrets and granting resources direct permissions to other resources. Next, you’ll discover how to use Azure Key Vault when you need to keep a secret for your application. Finally, you’ll learn how to integrate and enable applications with Azure AD. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of application integration with Azure AD needed to cloud-enable your applications.

Table of contents
  1. Enabling Application Resource Access and Secret Management
  2. Integrating Applications with Azure AD

Exam Alert: Design Identity and Security in Microsoft Azure

by John Savill

Nov 24, 2020 / 41m

41m

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Description

When faced with preparing for exams it's not always clear where best to spend time and how best to prepare. In this course, Exam Alert: Design Identity and Security in Microsoft Azure, you’ll learn to arm yourself with the skills and knowledge to succeed. First, you’ll explore how to understand the core areas that are covered in the exam. Next, you’ll discover key resources to help gain knowledge specific to the technology area. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve and practice. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of identity and security related to Microsoft certification needed to pass with confidence.

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  1. Preparing and Succeeding

Design Data Storage

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Design Data Storage section of the exam guide, including:

  • Design for databases
  • Design data integration
  • Design storage accounts

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for Databases

by John Savill

Nov 4, 2020 / 1h 10m

1h 10m

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Utilizing the right Azure database service can be daunting given the large number of options. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for Databases, you’ll learn to identify the right database to meet all requirements. First, you’ll explore key types of data organization and database offerings in Azure. Next, you’ll discover Azure SQL Database deployment options and capabilities. Finally, you’ll learn how to use capabilities to ensure required encryption levels both at rest and in transit. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of database services in Azure needed to meet database needs using Azure options.

Table of contents
  1. Database and Azure Data Overview
  2. Azure SQL Database

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Data Integration

by John Savill

Nov 5, 2020 / 57m

57m

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Data has many different types and is used in many different ways which can be difficult to effectively enable. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Data Integration, you’ll learn to fully utilize Azure data services to provide complete data integration for your needs. First, you’ll explore the common types of business data ingestion and usage types. Next, you’ll discover tools to manage data flows. Finally, you’ll learn how to transform and store data. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of data integration in Azure needed to enable the complete end-to-end data flow in your organization.

Table of contents
  1. Enabling Data Flows in Azure
  2. Data Integration and Storage

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Storage Accounts

by John Savill

Oct 29, 2020 / 1h 2m

1h 2m

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Azure Storage has evolved into a very rich service with many capabilities and options. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Storage Accounts, you’ll learn to fully leverage Azure Storage. First, you’ll explore the key configuration options for Azure Storage. Next, you’ll discover ways to control access to storage. Finally, you’ll learn how to manage Azure Storage using a variety of tools. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure Storage needed to fully architect and leverage this core service.

Table of contents
  1. Storage Account Access Tiers and Lifecycle Management
  2. Storage Management Tools and Storage Access Solutions

Exam Alert: Design Data Storage in Microsoft Azure

by John Savill

Nov 24, 2020 / 44m

44m

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When faced with preparing for exams it's not always clear where best to spend time and how best to prepare. In this course, Exam Alert: Design Data Storage in Microsoft Azure, you’ll learn to arm yourself with the skills and knowledge to succeed. First, you’ll explore how to understand the core areas that are covered in the exam. Next, you’ll discover key resources to help gain knowledge specific to the technology area. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve and practice. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of designing data storage related to Microsoft certification needed to pass with confidence.

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  1. Preparing and Succeeding

Design Business Continuity

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Design Business Continuity section of the exam, including:

  • Design for backup and recovery
  • Design for high availability

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for Backup and Recovery

by John Savill

Nov 18, 2020 / 1h 12m

1h 12m

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Resiliency does not replace backup and having the right backup strategy is critical to ensure full protection for your organization. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for Backup and Recovery, you’ll learn to plan for data and service resiliency. First, you’ll explore how to identify the workloads and their dependencies. Next, you’ll discover how to make OS instances in Azure and on-premises resilient using replication. Finally, you’ll learn how to protect and retain data using various options. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure replication, backup, and recovery needed to provide complete protection for workloads.

Table of contents
  1. Enabling OS Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery
  2. Using Azure Backup and Data Retention

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for High Availability

by Barry Luijbregts

Nov 9, 2020 / 38m

38m

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Your applications need to be highly available. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design for High Availability, you’ll learn to design highly available applications in Azure. First, you’ll explore high availability concepts in Azure. Next, you’ll discover things like availability zones, fault-, and update domains and redundant storage. Finally, you’ll learn how to design for local and geographic high availability. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of high availability concepts and services in Azure needed to design highly available applications in Azure.

Table of contents
  1. Designing Highly Available Applications

Exam Alert: Design Business Continuity in Microsoft Azure

by John Savill

Nov 25, 2020 / 42m

42m

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Description

When faced with preparing for exams it's not always clear where best to spend time and how best to prepare. In this course, Exam Alert: Design Business Continuity in Microsoft Azure, you’ll learn to arm yourself with the skills and knowledge to succeed. First, you’ll explore how to understand the core areas that are covered in the exam. Next, you’ll discover key resources to help gain knowledge specific to the technology area. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve and practice. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of business continuity related to Microsoft certification needed to pass with confidence.

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  1. Preparing and Succeeding

Design Infrastructure

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Design Infrastructure section of the exam guide, including:

  • Design a compute solution
  • Design a network solution
  • Design an application architecture
  • Design migrations

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design a Compute Solution

by John Savill

Nov 11, 2020 / 1h 16m

1h 16m

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The number of compute offerings available in Azure can be intimidating and cause a pause in cloud architectures. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design a Compute Solution, you’ll learn to select the right compute offering for your compute requirements. First, you’ll explore the core compute offerings available. Next, you’ll discover the various options to provision and configure the services. Finally, you’ll learn how to leverage the latest container orchestration technologies. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of compute offerings in Azure needed to architect the best possible Azure solution.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Compute Solutions
  2. Azure Container Solutions

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design a Network Solution

by John Savill

Nov 12, 2020 / 1h 25m

1h 25m

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When planning out architectures in Azure the networking can be confusing. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design a Network Solution, you’ll learn how to effectively architect a network solution in Azure. First, you’ll explore the core components of a virtual network and its properties. Next, you’ll discover how to enable connectivity to on-premises locations. Finally, you’ll learn how to secure the network. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure networking needed to architect a complete, secure, hybrid connectivity solution.

Table of contents
  1. Virtual Network Configuration and Connectivity
  2. Network Security

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design an Application Architecture

by Reza Salehi

Nov 9, 2020 / 1h 51m

1h 51m

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Microsoft Azure provides numerous services and possibilities. Getting the application architecture right could be a challenging task. I​n this course,​ Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design an Application Architecture, you’ll learn about​ best practices to design your Azure applications. First, you’ll explore​ microservice architecture in Azure. ​Next, you’ll discover​ orchestration and automation solutions. Finally, you’ll learn how to​ design API integration for Azure applications using Azure API Management service. ​When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of​ Azure application architecture best practices ​needed to​ prepare for the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect (AZ-304) certification exam.

Table of contents
  1. Recommend a Microservice Architecture including Azure Services
  2. Recommend an Orchestration Solution for Deployment of Applications
  3. Recommend a Solution for API Integration

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Migrations

by John Savill

Nov 20, 2020 / 54m

54m

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Most organizations have existing workloads on-premises that need to be moved to the cloud, but there are many barriers in terms of discovery and actual resource movement. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Design Migrations, you’ll learn to plan out a complete migration effort to Azure. First, you’ll explore how to discover and assess existing resources. Next, you’ll learn how to identify the right migration strategy for different workloads. Finally, you’ll delve into how to perform OS and database migrations. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of workload migrations needed to move existing workloads to Azure.

Table of contents
  1. Planning for an Azure Migration
  2. Migrating Resources to Azure

Exam Alert: Design Infrastructure in Microsoft Azure

by John Savill

Nov 25, 2020 / 39m

39m

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Description

When faced with preparing for exams it's not always clear where best to spend time and how best to prepare. In this course, Exam Alert: Design Infrastructure in Microsoft Azure, you'll learn to arm yourself with skills and knowledge to succeed. First, you'll explore how to understand the core areas that are covered in the exam. Next, you'll discover key resources to help gain knowledge specific to the technology area. Finally, you'll learn how to improve and practice. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed of design infrastructure related to Microsoft certification needed to pass with confidence.

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  1. Preparing and Succeeding

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