Candidates for this exam should have subject matter expertise implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Microsoft Azure environment.
Responsibilities for an Azure Administrator include implementing, managing, and monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment, plus provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources, when needed.
An Azure Administrator often serves as part of a larger team dedicated to implementing your organization's cloud infrastructure.
A candidate for this exam should have at least six months of hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. In addition, this role should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates.
- Manage Azure identities and governance (15-20%)
- Implement and manage storage (10-15%)
- Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (25-30%)
- Configure and manage virtual networking (30-35%)
- Monitor and back up Azure resources (10-15%)
Exam AZ-104: Exam Skills Outline
Learn the basic concepts you'll need to know as an Azure administrator and prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
- Apply and monitor infrastructure standards with Azure Policy
- Introduction to Azure virtual machines
- Fundamentals of computer networking
- Fundamentals of network security
- Control Azure services with the CLI
- Automate Azure tasks using scripts with PowerShell
- Secure your identities by using Azure Active Directory
- Introduction to Docker containers
- Choose a data storage approach in Azure
Learn how to manage identities and governance in Azure and prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
- Create Azure users and groups in Azure Active Directory
- Manage users and groups in Azure Active Directory
- Allow users to reset their password with Azure Active Directory self-service password reset
- Manage access to an Azure subscription by using Azure role-based access control (RBAC)
- Secure your Azure resources with role-based access control (RBAC)
- Create custom roles for Azure resources with role-based access control (RBAC)
- Control and organize Azure resources with Azure Resource Manager
- Predict costs and optimize spending for Azure
- Analyze costs and create budgets with Azure Cost Management
- Move Azure resources to another resource group
- Manage device identity with Azure AD join and Enterprise State Roaming
Learn how to configure key Azure network capabilities and prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
- Configure the network for your virtual machines
- Design an IP addressing schema for your Azure deployment
- Host your domain on Azure DNS
- Distribute your services across Azure virtual networks and integrate them by using virtual network peering
- Manage and control traffic flow in your Azure deployment with routes
- Connect your on-premises network to Azure with VPN Gateway
- Connect your on-premises network to the Microsoft global network by using ExpressRoute
- Secure and isolate access to Azure resources by using network security groups and service endpoints
- Load balance your web service traffic with Application Gateway
- Improve application scalability and resiliency by using Azure Load Balancer
- Troubleshoot inbound network connectivity for Azure Load Balancer
- Monitor and troubleshoot your end-to-end Azure network infrastructure by using network monitoring tools
Learn how to manage storage in Azure and prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
- Create an Azure Storage account
- Choose the right disk storage for your virtual machine workload
- Secure your Azure Storage account
- Store and share files in your application with Azure Files
- Upload, download, and manage data with Azure Storage Explorer
- Export large amounts of data from Azure by using Azure Import/Export
- Move large amounts of data to the cloud by using Azure Data Box family
- Extend your on-premises file share capacity using Azure File Sync
Learn how to monitor and back up Azure resources and prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
- Design a holistic monitoring strategy on Azure
- Monitor the health of your Azure virtual machine by using Azure Metrics Explorer and metric alerts
- Analyze your Azure infrastructure by using Azure Monitor logs
- Improve incident response with alerting on Azure
- Capture and view page load times in your Azure web app with Application Insights
- Protect your virtual machines by using Azure Backup
- Protect your Azure infrastructure with Azure Site Recovery
- Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework - Reliability
Learn how to deploy and configure Azure compute resources and prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
- Create a Linux virtual machine in Azure
- Create a Windows virtual machine in Azure
- Manage virtual machines with the Azure CLI
- Add and size disks in Azure virtual machines
- Secure your Azure virtual machine disks
- Keep your virtual machines updated
- Build Azure Resource Manager templates
- Deploy Azure virtual machines from VHD templates
- Build a scalable application with virtual machine scale sets
- Protect your virtual machine settings with Azure Automation State Configuration
- Deploy and run a containerized web app with Azure App Service
- Scale an App Service web app to efficiently meet demand with App Service scale up and scale out
- Run Docker containers with Azure Container Instances
- Introduction to Azure Kubernetes Service