I just get my AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition and it is time now to share my preparation notes for those who are interested to pass this exam and get certified too. This article is just one another preparation guide to Microsoft exam AZ-102 but I hope it will be useful 🙂

Before starting studying, you must know very well what this certification is about and what are the prerequisites

This exam is intended only for those candidates who have taken exam 70-533 (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions). This will provide an upgrade path to earn the new Azure Administrator certification.

This transition exam tests and validates the skills and objective areas that are covered on the AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams, but are not covered on the older 70-533 exam.

The topics included in this transition exam are the following :
– Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (5-10%)
– Implement and manage storage (5-10%)
– Configure and manage virtual networks (15-20%)
– Manage identities (15-20%)
– Evaluate and perform server migration to Azure (15-20%)
– Implement and manage application services (5-10%)
– Implement advanced virtual networking (5-10%)
– Secure identities (5-10%)

More details : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-az-102.aspx

Following are my preparation notes and urls to documentation you MUST READ to well prepare your exam.

— Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (5-10%) —

Unified Alert in Azure Monitor
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-overview-unified-alerts

Create, view, and manage alerts using Azure Monitor
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitor-alerts-unified-usage

Alerts with dynamic thresholds in Azure Monitor
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/monitor/diagnostic-settings#az-monitor-diagnostic-settings-create

Log alerts in Azure Monitor – Alerts
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitor-alerts-unified-log

Create and manage action groups in the Azure portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-action-groups

Create an action group with a Resource Manager template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-create-action-group-with-resource-manager-template

Monitor for unused resource
Introduction to Azure Advisor
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/advisor/advisor-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/advisor/advisor-cost-recommendations

Azure Monitor REST API reference
https://docs.microsoft.com/fr-fr/rest/api/monitor/

Prevent unexpected charges with Azure billing and cost management
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-getting-started

Use Azure Billing APIs to programmatically get insight into your Azure usage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-usage-rate-card-overview

Azure cost forecast API and other updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-usage-forecast-api-and-other-updates-from-may/

Set up billing or credit alerts for your Microsoft Azure subscriptions
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-set-up-alerts

Understand your bill for Microsoft Azure
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-understand-your-bill

Understanding log searches in Log Analytics
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-log-search

Azure Log Analytics Query Language
https://docs.loganalytics.io/index

Alert Management solution in Azure Log Analytics
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-solution-alert-management

 

— Implement and manage storage (5-10%) —

Create Azure File share
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-files-planning

Create Azure File Sync
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-planning
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-deployment-guide?tabs=portal#onboarding-with-azure-file-sync

Troubleshooting Azure File Sync
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-troubleshoot?tabs=portal1%2Cportal

 

— Configure and manage virtual networks (15-20%) —

Configure VNet peering
https://pixelrobots.co.uk/2018/07/step-by-step-guide-on-setting-up-azure-vnet-peering/

Create a virtual network peering Powershell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/tutorial-connect-virtual-networks-powershell

az network vnet peering
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/network/vnet/peering?view=azure-cli-latest#create

Create, change, or delete a virtual network peering
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-manage-peering

Configure a VNet-to-VNet VPN gateway connection using the Azure portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-vnet-vnet-resource-manager-portal

Configure a VNet-to-VNet VPN gateway connection using PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-vnet-vnet-rm-ps

What is VPN Gateway?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-about-vpngateways

About VPN Gateway configuration settings
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-about-vpn-gateway-settings

Quickstart: Configure Azure DNS for name resolution using the Azure Portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/dns-getstarted-portal

Quickstart: Create an Azure DNS zone and record using Azure PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/dns-getstarted-powershell

Quickstart: Create an Azure DNS zone and record using Azure CLI
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/dns-getstarted-cli

Tutorial: Create an Azure DNS private zone using Azure PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/dns/private-dns-getstarted-powershell

 

— Manage identities (15-20%) —

Quickstart: Add a custom domain name to Azure Active Directory
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/add-custom-domain

Azure Active Directory Identity Protection
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-identityprotection

Enabling Azure Active Directory Identity Protection
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-identityprotection-enable

Introduction to device management in Azure Active Directory
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/device-management-introduction

Set up Azure Active Directory joined devices
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/user-help/device-management-azuread-joined-devices-setup

Set up Azure Active Directory registered Windows 10 devices
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/user-help/device-management-azuread-registered-devices-windows10-setup

Enterprise State Roaming overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-windows-enterprise-state-roaming-overview

Enable Enterprise State Roaming in Azure Active Directory
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-windows-enterprise-state-roaming-enable

How to configure hybrid Azure Active Directory joined devices
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/device-management-hybrid-azuread-joined-devices-setup

How it works: Azure AD self-service password reset
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/concept-sspr-howitworks

What is conditional access in Azure Active Directory?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-conditional-access-azure-portal

Get started with conditional access in Azure Active Directory
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-conditional-access-azure-portal-get-started

How can I add and manage multiple directories?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-administer#how-can-i-add-and-manage-multiple-directories

Create an access review of group members or application access with Azure AD
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-azure-ad-controls-create-access-review

Install Azure AD Connect
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnect#install-azure-ad-connect

Custom installation of Azure AD Connect
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnect-get-started-custom

How-to: Configure password writeback
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-sspr-writeback

 

— Evaluate and perform server migration to Azure (15-20%) —

Discover and assess a large VMware environment
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/how-to-scale-assessment

Prerequisites (Setup domain & account)
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/tutorial-assessment-vmware#prerequisites

What is an assessment ?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/migrate-overview#whats-in-an-assessment

What are the port requirements?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/migrate-overview#what-are-the-port-requirements

Troubleshoot Azure Migrate
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/troubleshooting-general

Assessment calculations
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/concepts-assessment-calculation

 

— Implement and manage application services (5-10%) —

Serverless computing
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/serverless-computing/

Azure Logic App
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/logic-apps/

Azure Logic Apps Documentation
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/

How to manage a function app in the Azure portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-how-to-use-azure-function-app-settings

An introduction to Azure Event Grid
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/overview

Azure Event Grid Documentation
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/

Create and route custom events with Azure PowerShell and Event Grid
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/custom-event-quickstart-powershell

Monitor virtual machine changes with Azure Event Grid and Logic Apps
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/monitor-virtual-machine-changes-event-grid-logic-app

Azure Service Bus Messaging Documentation
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/service-bus-messaging/

 

— Implement advanced virtual networking (5-10%) —

Diagnose on-premises connectivity via VPN gateways
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/network-watcher/network-watcher-diagnose-on-premises-connectivity

Monitor VPN gateways with Network Watcher troubleshooting
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/network-watcher/network-watcher-monitor-with-azure-automation

What is Azure Network Watcher?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/network-watcher/network-watcher-monitoring-overview

Configure ExpressRoute and Site-to-Site coexisting connections
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-howto-coexist-resource-manager

 

— Secure identities (5-10%) —

MFA – What are authentication methods?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/concept-authentication-methods

How to require two-step verification for a user
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-userstates

Configure Fraud Alert
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#fraud-alert

Configure One-time Bypass
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#one-time-bypass

Configure Trusted IP
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#trusted-ips

Selectable verification methods
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#selectable-verification-methods

Manage role-based access control (RBAC)
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal

What is Azure (RBAC) Policy?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-policy/azure-policy-introduction

Manage access using RBAC and the Azure portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal#grant-access

Tutorial: Grant access for a user using RBAC and Azure PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/tutorial-role-assignments-user-powershell

Role definition structure
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-definitions#role-definition-structure

Custom roles in Azure
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/custom-roles

Securing privileged access for hybrid and cloud deployments in Azure AD
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/users-groups-roles/directory-admin-roles-secure

Manage access to Azure resources with Privileged Identity Management
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/pim-azure-resource

PIM for Azure resources
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/privileged-identity-management/azure-pim-resource-rbac

Hope this preparation guide will be useful for you. Don’t hesitate to post a comment or send me a message on Twitter @squastana

— Stanislas Quastana —

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