Preparation Guide for Microsoft AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition
I spent (a lot of) time preparing AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition and passed it. It is time now to share my preparation notes for those who are interested to pass this exam and get certified. This article is just one another preparation guide to Microsoft exam AZ-302 but I hope it will be useful 🙂
[Update : 30th of january – what as been removed from preview exam]
[Update : 22th of february 19 : AZ 302 Exam includes now some hands on labs with an Azure Portal !!! be carefull with your keyboard if it not an QWERTY US Layout !! ]
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 70-535 (Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions). This will provide an upgrade path to earn the new Azure Solution Architect certification.
This transition exam tests and validates the skills and objective areas that are covered on the AZ-300 and AZ-301 exams, but are not covered on the older 70-535 exam.
The topics included in this transition exam are the following :
- Develop for the Cloud (45-50%)
- Implement Authentication and Secure Data (5-10%)
- Implement Workloads and Security (5-10%)
- Design a Business Continuity Strategy (15-20%)
- Design for Identity and Security (5-10%)
- Determine Workload Requirements (15-20%)
More details : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-az-302.aspx
Important : following the preview phase of this certification, few changes have been done to make the exam more an architect exam than a developer exam (there was a lot of C# code to read in preview). So don’t spend to much time reading my slides that include C#).
All updates of the certification are explained in the following Microsoft official document : https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE2MRod so READ IT.
Following are my preparation notes and urls to documentation you MUST READ to well prepare your exam.
— Develop for the Cloud (45%-50%) —
Develop long-running tasks
Implement large-scale, parallel, and high-performance apps by using batches
Implement resilient apps by using queues
Choose a message-based delivery with queues (/!\ with practice questions)
Choose whether to use messages or events (/!\ with practice questions)
Implement code to address application events by using web hooks
Address continuous processing tasks by using web jobs
https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/microsoft-azure-web-jobs/table-of-contents (Good Pluralsight course)
Configure a message-based integration architecture
Choose between Azure services that deliver messages
Configure an app or service to send emails, Event Grid, and the Azure Relay Service
How to Send Email Using SendGrid with Azure
How to Create a message using Sendgrid
How to Send an Email
Choose Azure Event Grid
Events, Data Points, and Messages – Choosing the right Azure messaging service for your data
Choose a messaging model in Azure to loosely connect your services (/!\ with practice questions)
Create and configure a Notification Hub, an Event Hub, and a Service Bus https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/choose-a-messaging-model-in-azure-to-connect-your-services/index
Implement message-based communication workflows with Azure Service Bus
Choose a messaging platform
How to accomplish FIFO with Azure service bus topics
Configure queries across multiple products http://bit.ly/2y2q6tn
Configure an app or service with Microsoft Graph
Overview of Microsoft Graph
Webhooks in Microsoft Graph
Develop for asynchronous processing
Implement parallelism, multithreading, processing, durable functions, Azure logic apps, interfaces with storage, interfaces to data access, and appropriate asynchronous compute models
Asynchronous programming with async and await (C#)
Azure Durable Function
https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/azure-durable-functions-fundamentals/table-of-contents (very good Pluralsight course)
Creating Durable Functions in the Azure Portal
Azure functions durable extension
Introducing Azure Logic Apps
What is Azure Logic App ?
Microsoft Azure Developer: Creating Enterprise Logic Apps (good course)
Deploy Azure Logic Apps with Terraform
Chain Azure functions together using input and output bindings
Connect your services together
Develop for autoscaling
Implement autoscaling rules and patterns (schedule, operational/system metrics, code that addresses singleton application instances, and code that addresses transient state
Web Development Best Practices
Transient Fault Handling (Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Azure)
Implement distributed transactions
Identify tools to implement distributed transactions (e.g., ADO.NET, elastic transactions, multi-database transactions); manage transaction scope
Understanding transactions in Azure https://docs.particular.net/nservicebus/azure/understanding-transactionality-in-azure
Distributed transactions across cloud databases
Transactions accross multiples servers
Implementing an Implicit Transaction using Transaction Scope
Connecting to on-premises data sources with Azure On-premises Data Gateway
Managing Concurrency in Microsoft Azure Storage
Develop advanced cloud workloads
Develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms that identify items from images and videos
Cognitives Services Directory
Process images with the Computer Vision service (course 32 minutes with sandbox test environment + 3 knowledge questions)
Classify images with the Microsoft Custom Vision Service (course 40 minutes)
Develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms related to speech, natural language processing, Bing Search, and recommendations and decision making
Speech Service Documentation
Bing Web Search API Documentation
What is Custom Decision Service?
Create and integrate bots with Azure Bot Service
Add natural language understanding to your bot
Language Understanding (LUIS)
Create a Luis App
Integrating Microsoft LUIS into the Bot Framework
Add natural language understanding (LUIS) to your bot
Use QnA Maker to answer questions
Integrate machine learning solutions in an app
Machine Learning documentation
Create and implement IoT solutions
Provisioning million devices with Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Servic
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-dps/tutorial-set-up-cloud (Lab to do)
— Implement Authentication and Secure Data (5-10%) —
Encrypt and decrypt data at rest
Azure Storage Encryption
Azure Drive Encryption
Azure Key Vault
Manage secrets in your server apps with Azure Key Vault (course that includes a sandbox)
Manage cryptographic keys in the Azure Key Vault
Always Encrypted (Database Engine)
Encrypt with Always Encrypted & Key Vault
Azure Confidential Compute
Introducing Azure confidential computing
Azure Confidential Computing updates with Mark Russinovich | Best of Microsoft Ignite 2018
— Implement Workloads and Security (5-10%) —
Configure serverless computing
Overview Serverless computing
Manage a Logic App resource
Create conditional statements that control workflow actions in Azure Logic Apps
Manage Azure Function app settings
Manage Event Grid
Azure Event Grid event schema
Event Grid subscription schema
Manage Service Bus
Azure Command Line Interface to manage Azure Service Bus resources
Use PowerShell to manage Service Bus resources
— Design a Business Continuity Strategy (15%-20%) —
Azure Architecture Center
Azure Reference Architecture https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/architecture/reference-architectures/
Cloud design patterns https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/architecture/patterns/
Valet Key pattern
Get started with Autoscale in Azure
Pillars of a great Azure architecture (course 54 min 10 questions)
Designing resilient applications for Azure
Design a site recover strategy
Replicate Azure virtual machines to another Azure region
Set up disaster recovery to Azure for on-premises physical servers
Plan capacity for Hyper-V VM disaster recovery
Set up network mapping and IP addressing for VNets
About networking in Azure to Azure replication
Fail over and fail back Azure VMs between Azure regions
Design for availability
Make all things redundant
Windows N-tier application on Azure with SQL Server
Always On availability groups: a high-availability and disaster-recovery solution
Use the best data store for the job
Resiliency Checklist (Azure Services)
Resiliency Checklist (Azure Services)
— Design for Identity and Security (5-10%) —
— Determine Workload Requirements (15-20%) —
Azure App Service plan overview
Cost Optimization on Azure
Prepay for Virtual Machines with Azure Reserved VM Instances
Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server
Enterprise Dev/Test or PAYG Dev/Test Subscription
BYOL SQL Server Licenses
Azure Cost Management (Cloudyn)
Advisor Cost recommendations
Optimize virtual machine spend by resizing or shutting down underutilized instances
Reduce costs by eliminating unprovisioned ExpressRoute circuits
Predict costs and optimize spending for Azure (course 59 min, 8 questions)
Azure billing and cost management documentation
Design for efficiency and operations in Azure (course 40 min, X questions)
Azure Active Directory pricing
Hope this preparation guide will be useful for you. Don’t hesitate to post a comment or send me a message on Twitter @squastana
Last but not least, don’t forget to spend time on http://microsoft.com/learn where you can find additional materials to prepare your certification.
26 thoughts on “Preparation Guide for Microsoft AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition”
Thanks a million to help others. I am trying to get my hands around AZ 302 and found your site. I have downloaded the slides and plan to go through them. I know this is lot f work for you to make these slides but you did a great job.
Facundo La Rocca
This post is amazing. It contains absolutely everything what is required in order to pass the exam.
I am taking AZ-302 exam ending January 2019. I will share the result!!
The only thing I can say is Thanks!!
This is quite good information about Az 302 exam that you have published.
Appreciate your feedback 🙂
Very useful and thorough. I did pass my 70-535. Do we need to know to write code as part of the test? For e.g., will there be a question in AZ-302 to show how to send an email using SendGrid?
As far as I know, since GA of AZ302 exam, there is no more c# code. But you need to know what is SendGrid and how to use it 😉
I suggest this blog about cost in data flow in azure:
Thanks for this very helpful link (and I have the same remark for the one related to AZ-102) and the time spent to summarize all of this material. It was of a huge help for me. There is an important point to note down : I’ve got 2 labs during the exam of AZ-302 and it was quite hard to realize all the actions required in such a short amount of time (and also due to the lag of the RDP session but I assume it will be improved soon :)).
Thanks for this feedback. My colleagues passed exam last week and yes they got also some labs exercices during exam. You need to be carefull with the labs because they are designed for US QWERTY Keyboard !!
Thanks so much, I will have the test next week and I want to do some practice at this weekend, can you recommend some for me?
Hi, Well I use http://microsoft.com/learn and spend time on courses AZ300 et AZ301, they includes some questions. I also use Pluralsight that have IQ Skills tests
Nice article and really interesting slides that can also help for AZ202 exam :). Thanks !
By the way if you happen to have the same slides for preparaing the AZ-202 exam, I would be glad to have them.
AZ-202 has been depreciated. now it is AZ-203 with some change. I am not sure I will be motivated to update my previous content. But I am sure that a Preparation Guide for AZ 500 will be available soon 😉
Do you have any idea about the actions we have to perform on the new labs ?
I’m looking for some practice training but I can’t find anything.
Thank you in advance
Labs are basic exercice to create Azure resources or apply some parameters. You need to practice on Azure Portal that is all
Great website. It looks like the curriculum includes topics that are not assessed in the 300 and 301 exams. I feel confident I could pass those two, but some of the topics on 302 freak me out. Is this just a hangover from the beta exam?
Thank you. Really appreciate your work.
First of all thank you for the great slides. I have noticed that some slides have only a title. Does this mean anything in the sense that they are less important or..?
No I means probably that i didn’t find specific information about it on microsoft.com or it was a subject that I didn’t prepare. If i didn’t update those, that means they are not important to prepare the exam.
Thanks for your very detailed slides, Stanislas. I used it for my last minute review and passed my 302 exam.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge on this topic.
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