Microsoft has been certifying IT pros who use its products for the past few decades. Certification is a great way to force oneself to bear down and master IT products and platforms. A, with many companies hiring and promoting based on Microsoft certification credentials.
The technology world has changed dramatically in the past several years, and the continuing trend of migrating workloads to the cloud and away from on-premises operations has certainly increased the need for every IT pro to become cloud-proficient. While many Azure operations and services mirror computing platforms’ , there's still quite a bevy of tasks that are unique to Azure. So, how should you approach learning about these issues? It’s simple: training and certification.
After , Microsoft has redeveloped its Azure certification program and delivered a new Azure Administrator certification path. Becoming a certified Azure Administrator is a and yet another way to future-proof your career in IT.
Azure Administrator certification involves only two exams:
- Exam AZ-100: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment. For this exam, candidates will need to be versed in:
- Managing Azure subscriptions and resources.
- Implementing and managing storage.
- Deploying and managing virtual machines.
- Configuring and managing virtual networks.
- Managing identities.
- Exam AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration and Security. For this exam, candidates will need to be able to:
- Evaluate and perform server migrations to Azure.
- Implement and manage application services.
- Implement advanced virtual networking.
- Secure identities.
There is a myriad of preparatory options for obtaining the education necessary for passing these exams, including those offered by Microsoft. One of the best (and FREE!) options is the Microsoft Azure Administrator Learning Path, which includes over 22 hours of training with hands-on labs.
[Any cloud pro worth his or her salt will look to valuable conferences to help hone the skills needed to pass certification exams. Conferences such as IT/Dev Connections 2018 (Oct. 15-18, 2018, in Dallas) provide Azure training delivered by people who work with the product every day and who are willing to share their experiences of the platform in a real customer setting. In addition, IT/Dev Connections attendees are provided multiple opportunities per day to connect directly with one another and with the speakers to resolve open questions and solve existing problems. Sign up for IT/Dev Connections 2018 now.]