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I am so happy and grateful now that I passed the Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition Exam AZ-102.
This exam opened first as a beta on July 17, 2018, during Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas. I was one of 300 people worldwide that I had the opportunity to sit for this beta exam. Thank You, Microsoft!
I did the beta exam in early August, and by the end of the exam, I received a message that the result won’t be available until the exam’s live publication date. You should receive your printed score report by email within eight weeks (two months) after the exam’s live publication date. Finally, the exam was released to the public on September 24, and on October 3rd, 2018 I received the result with a PASSING score.
I figured that I would share my experience in this post to help you prepare and tackle this exam successfully.
In this exam, I got something around 49 questions, and the total time for this exam is 180 minutes. The questions do pretty much match the list of skills measured below.
Exam Target Audience
This exam is for the Azure Administrator role and the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification. This exam is intended only for those candidates who have taken Exam 533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. If you have not taken Exam 533, you will not earn certification by taking this exam. Candidates for this exam are Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities.
Candidates have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate. Candidates for this exam should have proficiency in using PowerShell and the Command Line Interface. Candidates should have a basic familiarity or knowledge of Azure Portal, ARM templates, operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking.
Skills measured on this exam
The skills measured on this exam are basically the combination of Exam AZ-100 and Exam AZ-101. Exam AZ-102 includes such topics as evaluating and performing server migration to Azure; implementing and managing application services; implementing advanced virtual networking, and securing identities. This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below:
Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (5-10%)
- Analyze resource utilization and consumption
Implement and manage storage (5-10%)
- Configure Azure Files
Configure and manage virtual networks (15-20%)
- Create connectivity between virtual networks
- Configure name resolution
Manage identities (15-20%)
- Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)
- Implement and manage hybrid identities
Evaluate and perform server migration to Azure (15-20%)
- Evaluate migration scenarios by using Azure Migrate
- Migrate servers to Azure
Implement and manage applications services (5-10%)
- Configure serverless computing
Implement advanced virtual networking (5-10%)
- Monitor and manage networking
Secure identities (5-10%)
- Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Lessons Learned and Exam Preparation
Practice, practice, and practice… I cannot stress enough that hands-on experience will help you to pass this exam. In fact, when I prepared for this exam, I did not have any preparation materials at hand. Microsoft did not release any preparation options.
The key success to pass this exam is to work with Microsoft Azure on daily basis. You can create your free Azure account today and start practicing the new features.
I usually use Microsoft Azure documentation which is a great resource to learn, and I look for online courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) now Microsoft just launched the new Microsoft Learn, and I highly recommend checking it out.
you can also buy AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition Microsoft Official Practice Test from mindhub and start practicing. This practice test contains 58 questions and robust explanations. The MeasureUp AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition practice test is designed to help candidates prepare for and pass the Microsoft AZ-102 exam.
If you are planning to take this exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!
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