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I am so happy and grateful now that I passed the AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition.
This exam opened first as beta on September 24, 2018 during Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. I was one between 300 peoples worldwide that I had the opportunity to sit for this beta exam. Thank You Microsoft!
I did the beta exam 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 after the exam’s live publication date. Finally, the exam was released to public in December 2018, and on January 9th, 2019 I received the result with 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 59 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 Architecture role and the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert. This exam is intended only for those candidates who have taken and passed Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. If you have not taken Exam 70-535, you will not earn any certification by taking this exam.
Candidates for this exam are Azure Solution Architects who advise stakeholders and translates business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. Candidates should have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. This role requires managing how decisions in each area affects an overall solution. Candidates must be proficient in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps, and have expert-level skills in at least one of those domains.
Skills measured on this exam
The skills measured on this exam are basically the combination from Exam AZ-300 and Exam AZ-301. Exam AZ-302 includes such topics as: Optimize and design identity and security as well as design a business continuity strategy; implement workloads, authentication and secure data; and develop advanced cloud workloads. This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical topics listed below based on the latest update from Microsoft:
Determine Workloads Requirements (15-20%)
- Determine Feasibility and Refine Requirements
- Optimize Consumption Strategy
Design for Identity and Security (5-10%)
- Design Authorization
Design a Business Continuity Strategy (15-20%)
- Design a Site Recovery Strategy
- Design for High Availability
Implement Workloads and Security (5-10%)
- Configure serverless computing
Implement Authentication and Secure Data (5-10%)
- Implement secure data solutions
Develop for the Cloud (25-30%)
- Configure a message-based integration architecture
- Develop for autoscaling
Lessons Learned and Exam Preparation
Practice, practice and read… I cannot stress enough that hands-on experience and understanding all the concepts 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 use Microsoft Learn the new learning approach to explore more advanced Azure topics, I highly recommend to check it out.
I also recommend you to buy AZ-302 Azure Solutions Architect Transition Exam Cert Prep training from udemy and watch it entirely couple of times. This course is continuous being updated.
Last but not least, you can go through the following free Azure Architect courses from Microsoft and get prepared:
- Deploying and Configuring Infrastructure
- Implementing Workloads and Security
- Understanding Cloud Architect Technology Solutions
- Creating and Deploying Apps
- Implementing Authentication and Secure Data
- Developing for the Cloud
- Designing for Identity and Security
- Designing a Data Platform Solution
- Designing for Deployment, Migration, and Integration
- Designing an Infrastructure Strategy
If you are planning to take this exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!
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