Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (AZ-303)

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Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (AZ-303)

Authors: Tim Warner, Reza Salehi, Neil Morrissey, Matt Allford, Greg Dickinson, John Savill, Nick Colyer, Aaron Sampson, Matt Milner, Mike Pfeiffer, Jurgen Kevelaers

This learning path is intended to help learners start their preparation to take the Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (AZ-303) certification exam. Microsoft Azure Solutions... Read more

What you will learn:

  • How to implement and monitor an Azure infrastructure
  • How to implement management and security solutions
  • How to implement solutions for apps
  • How to implement and manage data platforms

Pre-requisites

According to Microsoft, candidates for the AZ-303 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies 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.

Implement and Monitor an Azure Infrastructure

Welcome to Pluralsight's certification learning path for the Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (AZ-303) 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 Implement and Monitor an Azure Infrastructure section of the exam guide, including:

  • Implement cloud infrastructure monitoring
  • Implement storage accounts
  • Implement VMs for Windows and Linux
  • Automate deployment and configuration of resources
  • Implement virtual networking
  • Implement Azure Active Directory
  • Implement and manage hybrid identities

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Introduction to the AZ-303 Exam

by Tim Warner

Jan 20, 2021 / 16m

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Description

Achieving a Microsoft role-based certification requires a balance of conceptual knowledge, hands-on skills, and test-taking strategy. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Introduction to the AZ-303 Exam, you'll learn all the metadata surrounding the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification. First, you'll explore the purpose and importance of Exam AZ-303. Next, you'll discover how to map Pluralsight learning content to the AZ-303 exam objectives. Finally, you'll learn the differences and similarities between Exams AZ-303 and AZ-304. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of Microsoft role-based certification needed to pass Exam AZ-303 and get closer to your goal of becoming a certified Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect.

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  1. Introducing the AZ-303 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies Exam

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring Strategy

by Reza Salehi

Nov 25, 2020 / 1h 13m

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Monitoring your Azure resources is key to keeping your cloud infrastructure healthy. ​In this course,​ Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring Strategy, ​you’ll learn to implement Azure infrastructure monitoring. ​First, you’ll explore​ different capabilities of the Azure Monitor service. ​Next, you’ll discover​ Azure Monitor Insights for applications, containers and networks. Finally, you’ll learn how to​respond to Azure Monitor alerts using Actions and Action Groups. W​hen you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of ​Azure infrastructure monitoring needed to prepare for exam AZ-303.

Table of contents
  1. Implement Infrastructure Monitoring with Azure Monitor
  2. Configure Advanced Logging
  3. Configure and Manage Advanced Alerts

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Storage Strategy

by Neil Morrissey

Mar 31, 2021 / 1h 13m

1h 13m

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Data storage in the cloud presents a huge benefit for organizations in terms of scalability, cost and disaster recovery. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Storage Strategy, you’ll learn about configuring and securing Azure Storage Accounts. First, you’ll explore configuration options for blob and file storage. Next, you’ll discover storage account replication options for high availability and disaster recovery. Finally, you’ll learn how to configure security and network access to storage accounts. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of implementing storage accounts needed to prepare for the AZ-303 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring Azure Storage Accounts
  2. Implementing Security and Network Access

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Virtual Machine Strategy

by Reza Salehi

Nov 23, 2020 / 48m

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Do you need to host virtual machines and IaaS workloads in Azure? ​In this course,​ Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Virtual Machine Strategy, ​you’ll learn to​ work with Azure VMs. First, you’ll explore​ how to select the right VM size. N​ext, you’ll discover​ best practices to configure Encrypted Managed Disks for your VMs. ​Finally, you’ll learn how to configure high availability and dedicated hosts for your workloads. W​hen you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of ​Azure VMs needed to succeed in the Microsoft exam AZ-303.

Table of contents
  1. Provision Azure VMs
  2. Configure High Availability for Azure VMs

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Automation Strategy for Resource Deployment

by Matt Allford

Jun 14, 2021 / 1h 2m

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Are you interested in becoming an Azure Certified Solutions Architect? In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Automation Strategy for Resource Deployment, you'll learn several automation strategies for doing deployments in Azure. First, you'll explore the basics of the Azure Resource Manager Template model. Next, you'll learn how to save and deploy from Azure Resource Manager Templates. Finally, you'll work with the Azure Automation service to create and execute automation runbooks, helping you automate routine tasks and repetitive processes.

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  1. Implementing and Configuring ARM and VHD Templates
  2. Working with Automation Runbooks

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Virtual Networking Strategy

by Greg Dickinson

Dec 17, 2020 / 24m

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Maintaining separate production and development networks is one of the best practices for modern applications. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Virtual Networking Strategy, you’ll learn to manage site-to-site networking in Azure. First, you’ll explore how to connect virtual networks with one another using Azure’s built-in tools. Next, you’ll discover how to accomplish this using industry-standard IPsec so that your Azure virtual networks can interact with devices from other vendors. Finally, you’ll learn how to peer virtual networks for automatic updates when the IP space changes on either end. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure networking needed to manage multi-site Azure implementations.

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  1. Connecting Virtual Networks
  2. Peering VNets

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Azure Active Directory Strategy

by Neil Morrissey

Mar 31, 2021 / 56m

56m

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Storing and protecting identities in the cloud is the foundation of securing application access. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Azure Active Directory Strategy, you’ll learn to configure Azure Active Directory and protect user identities using multi-factor authentication. First, you’ll explore configuring directories and user accounts. Next, you’ll discover advanced features of Azure AD, like identity protection and self-service password reset. Finally, you’ll learn how to configure Azure AD users for multi-factor authentication and protect applications using conditional access policies. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure Active Directory needed to prepare for the AZ-303 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring Azure Active Directory
  2. Configuring Azure AD Multi-factor Authentication

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Hybrid Identities Strategy

by John Savill

Dec 1, 2020 / 44m

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Using cloud services means extending existing identity and security from on-premises to the cloud. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Hybrid Identities Strategy, you’ll learn to implement a hybrid identity based on an existing Active Directory. First, you’ll explore how to synchronize identities with Azure AD Connect. Next, you’ll discover how to enable seamless sign-on for end users. Finally, you’ll learn how to ensure the overall identity health of the complete hybrid solution. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of cloud identity solutions needed to implement a complete hybrid identity solution.

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  1. Using Azure AD Connect
  2. Configuring Seamless Sign-on

Implement Management and Security Solutions

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Implement Manage and Security Solutions section of the exam guide, including:

  • Manage workloads in Azure
  • Implement load balancing and network security
  • Implement and manage Azure governance solutions
  • Manage security for applications

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Workload Management Strategy

by Matt Allford

Nov 25, 2020 / 1h 20m

1h 20m

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Virtual machine workloads are common in the Azure public cloud, and even though they are in the cloud, they still need to be managed. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Workload Management Strategy, you’ll learn to manage workloads in Microsoft Azure. First, you’ll explore the options for migrating server workloads to the Azure platform, and understand how to discover, assess, and complete a migration. Next, you’ll discover the architectural components for Azure Backup for VMs, and for implementing disaster recovery using Azure Site Recovery. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement Azure Update Management to ensure your virtual machines are patched, updated, and compliant with the policies you define. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of managing Azure workloads needed for Exam AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies.

Table of contents
  1. Migrating Workloads to Azure
  2. Implementing Azure Backup for VMs
  3. Implementing Disaster Recovery
  4. Implementing Azure Update Management

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Load Balancing and Networking Security Strategy

by Nick Colyer

Mar 31, 2021 / 1h 32m

1h 32m

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As you prep for the AZ-303 exam, you'll want to ensure you've got a good grasp on load balancing, application gateways, and network security. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Load Balancing and Networking Security Strategy, you’ll learn to implement Microsoft Azure networking technologies while also adding layers of security at the same time. First, you’ll explore the Azure load balancing technologies and learn how to deploy them. Next, you’ll discover more advanced application gateway and firewall services, also learning how to deploy them. Finally, you’ll learn how to leverage Azure Bastion to connect into your Azure network securely. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of implementing load balancing and network security technologies in Azure which are needed to ensure an Azure environment that can operate at scale while meeting security requirements.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Azure Load Balancer
  3. Azure Application Gateway and WAF
  4. Azure Front Door and Traffic Manager
  5. Azure Network Security (NSGs and Firewall)
  6. Azure Bastion

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Governance Strategy

by Aaron Sampson

Dec 10, 2020 / 1h 15m

1h 15m

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Without proper governance, your cloud-based resources may be accessible by unauthorized users. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Governance Strategy, you’ll learn the governance skills required to protect your resources, and to prepare for the governance portion of the AZ-303 exam. First, you’ll explore the structure of Azure subscriptions, management groups and resource groups, and how to use role-based access control (RBAC) mechanisms to protect your resources. Next, you’ll discover how to manage access through permissions and perform reviews. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement and configure Azure policies and blueprints. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of resource governance needed to formulate and implement a governance strategy, and to prepare for certification.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Resource Structure and Role-based Access Control
  2. Configuring Permissions and Access Reviews
  3. Implementing Azure Policies and Blueprints

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Application Security Strategy

by Reza Salehi

Oct 26, 2020 / 1h 19m

1h 19m

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Microsoft Azure provides several services to help you improve the security of your applications. ​In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Application Security Strategy, y​ou’ll learn to ​use a few of these technologies. ​First, you’ll explore​ Azure Key Vault. Next, you’ll discover​ using Managed Identities to eliminate the need for password and API keys. ​Finally, you’ll learn how to​ create service principals using Azure Active Directory app registration. ​When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of​ mentioned services needed to ​take the Microsoft exam AZ-303, Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies.

Table of contents
  1. Azure AD Applications and Azure AD Managed Identity
  2. Implement and Configure Azure Key Vault

Implement Solutions for Apps

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Implement Solutions for Apps section of the exam guide, including:

  • Implement an application infrastructure
  • Implement container-based applications

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Application Infrastructure Strategy

by Matt Milner

Dec 21, 2020 / 42m

42m

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In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Application Infrastructure Strategy, you’ll learn to implement an application infrastructure in Azure. First, you’ll explore Azure App Services and plans. Next, you’ll discover how to create App Services using code or containers. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement logic apps and functions. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure application infrastructure needed to take the AZ-303 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Create and Configure App Services
  2. Implementing Logic Apps and Azure Functions

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Containerization Strategy

by Mike Pfeiffer

Dec 29, 2020 / 51m

51m

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Are you interested in becoming an Azure Certified Solutions Architect? In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a Containerization Strategy, you'll learn how to implement container-based applications on the Azure cloud platform. First, you'll explore how to build container images. Next, you'll see how to run containers with Azure Container Instances. Finally, you'll learn how to configure the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to run your containerized apps in production. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge required to implement a containerization strategy and how to answer related questions on the AZ-303 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies exam.

Table of contents
  1. Creating and Publishing Container Images
  2. Working with Azure Container Instances
  3. Configuring Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Implement and Manage Data Platforms

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Implement and Manage Data Platforms section of the exam guide, including:

  • Implement NoSQL databases
  • Implement Azure SQL databases

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a NoSQL Databases Strategy

by Jurgen Kevelaers

Nov 10, 2020 / 56m

56m

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The Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies exam is for aspiring Solution Architects that want to take their cloud career to the next level. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement a NoSQL Databases Strategy, you’ll learn to provision NoSQL databases in Microsoft Azure. First, you’ll explore storage account tables. Next, you’ll discover how to select the appropriate Cosmos DB APIs. Finally, you’ll learn how to set up replicas in Cosmos DB. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of NoSQL databases in Microsoft Azure needed to implement and manage data platforms.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring Storage Account Tables
  2. Selecting Appropriate Cosmos DB APIs
  3. Setting up Replicas in Cosmos DB

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Azure SQL Databases Strategy

by Aaron Sampson

Nov 17, 2020 / 1h 17m

1h 17m

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The AZ-303 certification examines the skills required to implement, configure and manage Azure SQL database solutions. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Implement an Azure SQL Databases Strategy, you’ll learn the Azure SQL Database management skills addressed on the AZ-303 exam. First, you’ll explore configuring Azure SQL database settings and how to implement Azure SQL Database managed instances. Then, you’ll examine how to configure redundancy and high availability options for an Azure SQL database. Finally, you’ll learn how to Publish on-premise databases to Azure. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge required to implement an Azure SQL Databases strategy, along with a familiarity of the topics needed to prepare for certification.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring Azure SQL Database Settings
  2. Implementing Azure SQL Database Managed Instances
  3. Configuring High Availability for an Azure SQL Database
  4. Publishing an Azure SQL Database

Preparing for the AZ-303 Exam

In this section, you'll learn some tips and tricks to help you best prepare to take the AZ-303 exam.

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Preparing for the AZ-303 Exam

by Tim Warner

Jan 28, 2021 / 39m

39m

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You may have well-developed Azure architecture skills and hands-on expertise, but without a solid test-taking strategy, you're at a disadvantage in passing Exam AZ-303, Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies. In this course, Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect: Preparing for the AZ-303 Exam, you'll gain confidence in taking computer-based skills assessment exams. First, you'll explore the Microsoft online testing process. Next, you'll discover how to register and prepare for your AZ-303 exam. Finally, you'll learn concrete strategies you can apply to your actual AZ-303 exam questions. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of Microsoft online testing to succeed on your AZ-303 exam and be well on your way to earning your Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification.

Table of contents
  1. Navigate the Microsoft Online Testing Process
  2. Master Microsoft Certification Test-taking Strategy

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