Updated – 06/07/2023 – The exam study guide below includes a new Free practice assessment for the AZ-800 certification.
Are you preparing for the AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure exam? This study guide will share with you how to prepare and pass the AZ-800: Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate successfully (with links to exam objectives).
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At Windows Server Summit 2021, Microsoft announced a new Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. To obtain the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification you need to pass two exams: AZ 800 (Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure – this study guide), and AZ 801 (Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services).
While preparing to take this exam myself, I would like to share with you how to prepare and pass the AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure 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 December 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. As of March 2022, the AZ-800 exam is out of the Beta phase now and it’s Public.
I will update this article as soon as I get the exam results from Microsoft.
Updated on 11/03/2022 – In this exam (public and not beta), I got 57 questions in total with 2 case studies, and 2 sections with Yes/No answers, no lab questions but this might change in the future. The total time for this exam is 100 minutes (~1.66 hours). The exam is very long, you need to manage your time and prepare very well. The questions do pretty much match the list of skills measured below.
I am so happy and grateful now that I received the final report for the AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure with a passing score as shown in the report below! I want to mention that I did not prepare well when I sat for this exam, but since I work with Windows Server and Microsoft Azure on daily basis, I managed to answer most of the questions within 1.40 hours.
Exam Target Audience
The candidates for the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in configuring and managing Windows Server on-premises, hybrid, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform workloads.
Responsibilities for this role include integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks. This role manages and maintains Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying
workloads to Azure.
As a Windows Server Engineer, you work and collaborate with Azure administrators, enterprise architects, Microsoft 365 administrators, and network engineers.
The candidates for this exam administer core Windows Server workloads using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These IT professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration.
To prepare for this exam, you should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.
Successful Windows Server Engineers start this role with experience in Windows Server OS, on-premises or cloud infrastructure, and hybrid cloud technologies. As a prerequisite for this exam, you should be familiar with the following topics:
- Windows Server roles and features.
- Active Directory Domain Sevices (AD DS).
- Domain Name System (DNS).
- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
- File Services.
- Storage (Storage Spaces Direct and Azure Stack HCI)
- Compute (Hyper-V).
- Understanding security, high availability, disaster recovery, and monitoring.
- Troubleshooting Windows Server.
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.
Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments (30–35%)
Deploy and manage AD DS domain controllers
Deploy and manage domain controllers on-premises
- Install Active Directory Domain Services (Level 100)
- Install a New Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Forest (Level 200)
- What’s New in Active Directory Domain Services Installation and Removal
Deploy and manage domain controllers in Azure
Deploy Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)
Troubleshoot flexible single master operations (FSMO) roles
Configure and manage multi-site, multi-domain, and multi-forest environments
Configure and manage forest and domain trusts
- Tutorial: Create an outbound forest trust to an on-premises domain in Azure Active Directory Domain Services
- Managing Trusts
Configure and manage AD DS sites
Configure and manage AD DS replication
Create and manage AD DS security principals
Create and manage AD DS users and groups
Manage users and groups in multi-domain and multi-forest scenarios
Implement group managed service accounts (gMSAs)
Join Windows Servers to AD DS, Azure AD DS, and Azure AD
- Join a Computer to a Domain
- Tutorial: Join a Windows Server virtual machine to an Azure Active Directory Domain Services managed domain
Implement and manage hybrid identities
Implement Azure AD Connect
Manage Azure AD Connect Synchronization
Implement Azure AD Connect cloud sync
Integrate Azure AD, AD DS, and Azure AD DS
Manage Azure AD DS
Manage Azure AD Connect Health
Manage authentication in on-premises and hybrid environments
Configure and manage AD DS passwords
Manage Windows Server by using domain-based Group Policies
Implement Group Policy in AD DS
Implement Group Policy Preferences in AD DS
Implement Group Policy in Azure AD DS
Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10–15%)
Manage Windows Servers in a hybrid environment
Deploy a Windows Admin Center gateway server
Configure a target machine for Windows Admin Center
Configure PowerShell Remoting
Configure CredSSP or Kerberos delegation for second hop remoting
Configure JEA for PowerShell Remoting
Manage Windows Servers and workloads by using Azure services
Manage Windows Servers by using Azure Arc
Assign Azure Policy Guest Configuration
Deploy Azure services using Azure Virtual Machine extensions on non-Azure machines
Manage updates for Windows machines
Integrate Windows Servers with Log Analytics
Integrate Windows Servers with Azure Security Center
Manage IaaS virtual machines (VMs) in Azure that run Windows Server
Implement Azure Automation for hybrid workloads
Create runbooks to automate tasks on target VMs
Implement DSC to prevent configuration drift in IaaS machines
- Introduction to the Azure Desired State Configuration extension handler
- PowerShell DSC Extension
- Virtual machine extensions and features for Windows
Manage virtual machines and containers (15–20%)
Manage Hyper-V and guest virtual machines
Enable VM enhanced session mode
Manage VM using PowerShell Remoting, PowerShell Direct, and HVC.exe
Configure nested virtualization
Configure VM memory
Configure Integration Services
Configure Discrete Device Assignment
- Deploy graphics devices using Discrete Device Assignment
- Plan for Deploying Devices using Discrete Device Assignment
- Deploy NVMe Storage Devices using Discrete Device Assignment
Configure VM Resource Groups
Configure VM CPU Groups
Configure hypervisor scheduling types
Manage VM Checkpoints
- Choose between standard or production checkpoints in Hyper-V
- Enable or disable checkpoints in Hyper-V
Implement high availability for virtual machines
Manage VHD and VHDX files
Configure Hyper-V network adapter
Configure NIC teaming
Configure Hyper-V switch
Create and manage containers
Create Windows Server container images
Manage Windows Server container images
Configure Container networking
Manage container instances
Manage Azure Virtual Machines that run Windows Server
Manage data disks
Resize Azure Virtual Machines
Configure continuous delivery for Azure Virtual Machines
Configure connections to VMs
- How to connect and sign on to an Azure virtual machine running Windows
- Setting up WinRM access for Virtual Machines in Azure Resource Manager
Manage Azure Virtual Machines network configuration
Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15–20%)
Implement on-premises and hybrid name resolution
Integrate DNS with AD DS
Create and manage zones and records
Configure DNS forwarding/conditional forwarding
Integrate Windows Server DNS with Azure DNS private zones
Manage IP addressing in on-premises and hybrid scenarios
Implement and manage IPAM
Implement and configure the DHCP server role (on-premises only)
Resolve IP address issues in hybrid environments
Create and manage scopes
Create and manage IP reservations
Implement DHCP high availability
Implement on-premises and hybrid network connectivity
Implement and manage the Remote Access role
Implement and manage Azure Network Adapter
Implement and manage Azure Extended Network
Implement and manage Network Policy Server role
Implement Web Application Proxy
Implement Azure Relay
Implement site-to-site virtual private network (VPN)
Implement Azure Virtual WAN
Implement Azure AD Application Proxy
Manage storage and file services (15–20%)
Configure and manage Azure File Sync
Create Azure File Sync service
Create sync groups
Create cloud endpoints
Create server endpoints
Configure cloud tiering
Monitor File Sync
Migrate DFS to Azure File Sync
Configure and manage Windows Server file shares
Configure Windows Server file share access
Configure file screens
Configure File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) quotas
Implement and configure Distributed File System (DFS)
Configure Windows Server storage
Configure disks and volumes
Configure and manage Storage Spaces
Configure and manage Storage Replica
Configure Data Deduplication
Configure SMB direct
Configure Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
Configure file systems
Microsoft Learn – Study Resources
To prepare for this exam, I use the new Microsoft Learn, a great resource that provides self-paced skills training on a variety of Windows Server hybrid topics. I highly recommend checking the following modules:
1) Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments
- Introduction to AD DS
- Manage AD DS domain controllers and FSMO roles
- Implement Group Policy Objects
- Manage advanced features of AD DS
- Implement hybrid identity with Windows Server
- Deploy and manage Azure IaaS Active Directory domain controllers in Azure
2) Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment
- Perform Windows Server secure administration
- Describe Windows Server administration tools
- Perform post-installation configuration of Windows Server
- Administer and manage Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine remotely
- Manage hybrid workloads with Azure Arc
3) Manage virtual machines and containers
- Configure and manage Hyper-V
- Configure and manage Hyper-V virtual machines
- Secure Hyper-V workloads
- Plan and deploy Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machines
- Customize Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine images
- Automate the configuration of Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machines
- Run containers on Windows Server
- Orchestrate containers on Windows Server using Kubernetes
4) Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure
- Implement DNS for Windows Server IaaS VMs
- Deploy and manage DHCP
- Implement Windows Server DNS
- Implement IP Address Management
- Implement remote access
- Implement hybrid network infrastructure
- Implement Windows Server IaaS VM IP addressing and routing
5) Manage storage and file services
- Manage Windows Server file servers
- Implement Storage Spaces and Storage Spaces Direct
- Implement Windows Server Data Deduplication
- Implement Windows Server iSCSI
- Implement Windows Server Storage Replica
- Implement a hybrid file server infrastructure
Check the following step-by-step hands-on labs that will help you to gain more practical experience with configuring Windows Server hybrid services. At the time of this writing, these labs are still new and they will evolve:
1) LAB 1 – Implementing identity services and Group Policy.
2) LAB 2 – Implementing integration between AD DS and Azure AD.
3) LAB 3 – Managing Windows Server.
4) LAB 4 – Using Windows Admin Center in hybrid scenarios.
5) LAB 5 – Implementing and configuring virtualization in Windows Server.
6) LAB 6 – Deploying and configuring Windows Server on Azure VMs.
7) LAB 7 – Implementing and configuring network infrastructure services in Windows Server.
8) LAB 8 – Implementing hybrid networking infrastructure.
9) LAB 9 – Implementing storage solutions in Windows Server.
10) LAB 10 – Implementing Azure File Sync.
Instructor-led virtual training
Last but certainly not least, if you prefer instructor-led training, Microsoft released the AZ-800T00 4 days course. This course teaches IT Professionals how to manage core Windows Server workloads and services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. The course teaches IT Professionals how to implement and manage on-premises and hybrid solutions such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage in a Windows Server hybrid environment.
At the time of this writing, there is only one book that you can use to prepare for this exam.
This Exam Ref is the official study guide for the new Microsoft AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure certification exam.
Exam Ref AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure offers professional-level preparation that helps candidates maximize their exam performance and sharpen their skills on the job. It focuses on helping modern IT professionals demonstrate real-world mastery of helping design, implement, and manage Windows Server core infrastructure in a hybrid cloud environment.
With this Exam Reference book on your side, you’ll learn how to:
- Deploy and manage AD DS in on-premises and cloud environments.
- Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment.
- Manage virtual machines and containers.
- Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure.
- Manage storage and file services.
Microsoft Exam Ref publications stand apart from third-party study guides because they provide guidance from Microsoft, the creator of Microsoft certification exams.
If you are interested to prepare for the AZ-800 exam using video training, then I highly recommend checking the following course:
> Pluralsight: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (AZ-800).
AZ-800 Free Practice Assessment
Are you preparing for the AZ-800 certification exam? Microsoft just announced Practice Assessments on Microsoft Learn, the newest free exam preparation resource that allows you to assess your knowledge and fill knowledge gaps so that you are better prepared the take the AZ-800 certification exam.
The following assessment provides you with an overview of the style, wording, and difficulty of the questions you’re likely to experience on the exam. Through this assessment, you’re able to assess your readiness, determine where additional preparation is needed, and fill knowledge gaps bringing you one step closer to the likelihood of passing your AZ-800 exam.
> Take now Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Practice Assessment (50 questions).
Prepare for your certification exam by assessing your knowledge through Practice Assessments, which are free and can be attempted multiple times. These assessments are created and regularly updated by the same team that develops the official certification exams.
You can access practice assessments on Microsoft Learn by signing in or creating an account. The score report for each question includes the answer, rationale, and links to additional information.
Schedule AZ-800 Exam
At the time of this writing, the AZ-800 exam will be available in December 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.
Updated – 07/12/2021 – At the time of this writing, Microsoft launched the AZ-800 exam in beta mode,
if you would like to take the beta exam and receive the 80% discount*, use the code below when prompted for payment. Please note that the seats are offered for the first 300 people who take the exam on or before January 10, 2022 (first-come, first-served basis).
This exam is out of the Beta phase now and it’s Public. The beta code below is not available anymore.
Once you are ready, click Schedule exam here and take it online from the comfort of your home/office with proctor supervision.
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:
- Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-140: Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design Certification Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-600: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-700: Microsoft Azure Network Engineer Associate Study Guide
- Exam AZ-720: Troubleshooting Microsoft Azure Connectivity Study Guide
- Exam SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Exam Study Guide
- Exam SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst Exam Study Guide
- Exam SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator Exam Study Guide
- Exam SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator Exam Study Guide
- Exam MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Study Guide
- Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Study Guide
If you are planning to take the AZ-800 exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!
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