AZ-305 Exam Study Guide: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

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Are you preparing for the AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam? This study guide will share with you how to prepare and pass the AZ-305: Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert successfully (with links to exam objectives).

Introduction

Microsoft is keeping evolving its learning programs to help you and your career keep pace with today’s digital world. The new updated role-based certifications will help you to keep pace with today’s business requirements. This change is definitely for the better, but it brings new challenges to organizations. Deployments must be automated and predictable, architecture has to handle spikes in traffic, applications have to be resilient when failures occur, data must be secure and not vulnerable to malicious actors—and these are just some of the challenges.

Microsoft Learning is constantly evolving its learning program to better offer what you need to skill up, prove your expertise to employers and peers, and get the recognition—and opportunities you’ve earned. On October 7th, 2021, Microsoft announced that they’re reimagining the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. The Azure solutions architect is key to all of this and more, and the updated certification better aligns with the skills of real-world solutions architects and the tasks they perform.

To obtain and become a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, you can choose one of the following three options:

Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert
Image Credit – [Microsoft Learning]

Exam Preparation

While preparing to take this exam myself, I would like to share with you how to prepare and pass the AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam successfully. To prepare for this exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs, Microsoft Learn, and Training Labs, which I am going to share with you in the next section.

The exam will be available starting mid of November 2021 in the Beta phase at the time of this writing. Beta exams are not scored immediately because Microsoft is gathering data on the quality of the questions and the exam. I will update this article as soon as I get the exam results from Microsoft.

Exam Target Audience

The Azure Solution Architects have subject matter expertise in designing cloud and hybrid solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including compute, network, storage, monitor, and security.
Responsibilities for an Azure Solution Architect include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into designing secure, scalable, and reliable Azure cloud solutions.

The responsibilities of an Azure Solution Architect include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions. An Azure Solution Architect partners with Azure Developers, Azure Administrators, and other roles responsible for implementing Azure solutions.

The Azure Solutions Architects should have experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platforms, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. Generally, this role has experience in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps processes.

Prerequisites

To prepare for this exam, you should have expert Azure administration skills, in addition to extensive experience and knowledge of networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, this role should have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development and DevOps processes.

Please note that to take this exam, you must have expert Azure administration skills. Check out my AZ-104 Exam: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate study guide to get prepared.

Skills measured on this exam

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical topics listed below based on the latest update from Microsoft Learning.

I have also included the direct link to the Microsoft documentation so you can read more about each objective.

Design Identity, Governance, and Monitoring Solutions (25-30%)

Design a Solution for Logging and Monitoring

 Design a log routing solution

 Recommend an appropriate level of logging

 Recommend a monitoring tool(s) for a solution

Design Authentication and Authorization Solutions

 Recommend a solution for securing resources with role-based access controls

 Recommend an identity management solution

 Recommend a solution for securing identities

Design Governance

 Recommend an organizational and hierarchical structure for Azure resources

 Recommend a solution for enforcing and auditing compliance

Design Identities and Access for Applications

 Recommend solutions to allow applications to access Azure resources

 Recommend a solution that securely stores passwords and secrets

 Recommend a solution for integrating applications into Azure AD

 Recommend a user consent solution for applications

Design Data Storage Solutions (25-30%)

Design a Data Storage Solution for Relational Data

 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 solution for data integration

Recommend a solution for data analysis Recommend a Data Storage Solution

 Recommend a solution for storing relational data

 Recommend a solution for storing semi-structured data

 Recommend a solution for storing non-relational data

Design a Data Storage Solution for Non-relational Data

 Recommend access control solutions to data storage

 Recommend a data storage solution to balance features, performance, and cost

 Resign a data solution for protection and durability

Design Business Continuity Solutions (10-15%)

Design a Solution for Backup and Disaster Recovery

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

 Understand the recovery solutions for containers

 Recommend a backup and recovery solution for compute

 Recommend a backup and recovery solution for databases

 Recommend a backup and recovery solution for unstructured data

Design for High Availability

 Identify the availability requirements of Azure resources

 Recommend a high availability solution for Compute

 Recommend a high availability solution for non-relational data storage

 Recommend a high availability solution for relational data storage

Design Infrastructure Solutions (25-30%)

Design a Compute Solution

 Recommend a Virtual Machine-based compute solution

 Recommend an appropriately sized compute solution based on workload requirements

 Recommend a Container-based compute solution

 Recommend a Serverless-based compute solution

Design an Application Architecture

 Recommend a caching solution for applications

 Recommend a messaging architecture

 Recommend an event-driven architecture

 Recommend an automated deployment solution for your applications

 Recommend an application configuration management solution

 Recommend a solution for API integration

Design Migrations

 Evaluate migration solution that leverages the Cloud Adoption Framework

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

 Recommend a solution for migrating applications and Virtual Machines

 Recommend a solution for migrating databases

 Recommend a solution for migrating unstructured data

Design Network Solutions

 Recommend a network architecture solution based on workload requirements

 Recommend a connectivity solution that connects Azure resources to the Internet

 Recommend a connectivity solution that connects Azure resources to on-premises networks

 Optimize network performance for applications

 Recommend a solution to optimize network security

 Recommend a load balancing and routing solution

Microsoft Learn – Study Resources

To prepare for this exam, I use the new Microsoft Learn, a great resource and provides self-paced skills training on a variety of Azure Solutions Architect topics. I highly recommend checking the following modules:

> Architect network infrastructure in Azure

> Architect storage infrastructure in Azure

> Architect compute infrastructure in Azure

> Architect infrastructure operations in Azure

> Architect a data platform in Azure

> Architect message brokering and serverless applications in Azure

> Architect modern applications in Azure

> Architect API integration in Azure

> Architect migration, business continuity, and disaster recovery in Azure

Schedule AZ-305 Exam

At the time of this writing, the AZ-305 exam will be available in mid-November 2021 in the beta phase first. Beta exams are not scored immediately because Microsoft is gathering data on the quality of the questions and the exam.

If you would like to take the beta exam and receive the 80% discount*, bookmark my study guide here where I will share the code to register for this exam before the end of November 2021. Please note that the seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once you are ready, click Schedule exam here and take it online from the comfort of your home/office with proctor supervision.

Exam AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Other Microsoft Azure Exam Study Guides

Are you interested in another Azure certification exam? I highly encourage you to check out the following Azure exam study guides:

If you are planning to take the AZ-305 exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!

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Thank you for reading my blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment.

-Charbel Nemnom-

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