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AZ-800 Study Guide: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

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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).

Introduction

Microsoft is keeping evolving its learning programs to help you and your career keep pace with today’s demanding IT environments. The new updated role-based certifications will help you to keep pace with today’s business requirements. 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.

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).

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate
Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate

Exam Preparation

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.

AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

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.

Prerequisites

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

 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

 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

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

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

 Configure VM Resource Groups

 Configure VM CPU Groups

 Configure hypervisor scheduling types

 Manage VM Checkpoints

 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

 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

 Implement DNSSEC

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

 Register servers

 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

 Configure BranchCache

 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

2) Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment

3) Manage virtual machines and containers

4) Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure

5) Manage storage and file services

Training Labs

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.

If you prefer to get prepare for this exam with Microsoft MCT instructor-led virtual training, you can get in contact with me here.

Books

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.

Exam Ref AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
Exam Ref AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

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.

Videos

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).

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.

AZ800WOOSTER

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

AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

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-800 exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!

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