Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)

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Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)

Authors: Tim Warner, Michael Teske, Michael Bender

This learning path is intended to help learners start their preparation to take the Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104) certification exam. Microsoft Azure Administrators are... Read more

What you will learn:

  • How to manage Azure identities and governance
  • How to implement and manage Azure Storage
  • How to deploy and manage Azure compute resources
  • How to configure and manage Azure virtual networking
  • How to monitor and back up Azure resources

Pre-requisites

According to Microsoft, candidates for the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam should have at least six months of hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. In addition, this role should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates.

Introduction/Manage Identities and Governance

Welcome to Pluralsight's certification learning path for the Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104) certification exam! This path is structured to mimic the organization of the exam so you can more easily follow along during your study preparation.

This first section of the path gives you an introduction to the exam and covers the objectives found in the Manage Azure Identities and Governance section of the exam guide, including:

  • Manage Azure Active Directory objects
  • Manage role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Manage subscriptions and governance

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Microsoft Azure Active Directory Objects

by Tim Warner

Nov 23, 2020 / 1h 25m

1h 25m

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Local Active Directory and Azure Active Directory are both identity stores; however, the similarities pretty much end there. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Azure Active Directory Objects, you’ll learn to how to create and manage user, group, and device identities in Azure AD. First, you’ll explore Azure AD user and group creation. Next, you’ll discover how to enroll and administer devices in Azure AD. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply administrative automation to your Azure ID identities. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure AD identity management needed to succeed on your Azure Administrator certification exam and perform high-impact work as an Azure administrator.

Table of contents
  1. Manage Azure AD Users and Groups
  2. Administer Azure AD Devices
  3. Configure Azure AD Resources

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

by Michael Teske

Nov 20, 2020 / 21m

21m

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The least privilege security principle is critical in the cloud. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), you’ll learn to manage access to Azure resources. First, you’ll explore how to assign roles to Azure resources. Next, you’ll discover how to limit access through RBAC. Finally, you’ll see how to create a custom role. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of managing access needed to properly secure your Azure environment.

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  1. Manage Role-Based Access Control

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Subscriptions and Governance

by Michael Teske

Sep 30, 2020 / 49m

49m

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Managing resources across a single or several subscriptions is a challenge. ​In this course,​ Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Subscriptions and Governance, you’ll learn to ​manage your Azure subscriptions with the services provided. First, you’ll explore​ how subscriptions work. N​ext, you’ll discover​ how to organize your resources using tags. ​Finally, you’ll learn how to leverage Azure policies to create guardrails for your subscriptions. ​When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure subscription resources needed to ​manage and apply governance over Azure subscriptions.

Table of contents
  1. Managing Subscriptions
  2. Managing Governance

Exam Alert: Manage Azure Identities and Governance

by Michael Teske

Nov 25, 2020 / 24m

24m

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Description

Understanding what you need to know about identities and governance in Azure is a big subject.. In this course, Exam Alert: Manage Azure Identities and Governance, you’ll learn what you need to know for success on the AZ-104 certification exam. First, you’ll explore the domain objectives for the functional group. Next, you’ll discover what you need to know for each domain objective. Finally, you’ll learn how to develop an exam strategy. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of identities and governance needed to to have success on the AZ-104 Administrator Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Identities and Governance “Need to Know” Exam Information

Implement and Manage Storage

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Implement and Manage Storage section of the exam guide, including:

  • Manage storage accounts
  • Configure Azure Files and Azure Blob storage
  • Manage data in Azure Storage

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Storage Accounts

by Michael Bender

Sep 30, 2020 / 53m

53m

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Storage is an important foundation of every Microsoft Azure infrastructure. And it is an important body of knowledge for all Microsoft Azure Administrators seeking to be a Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate (AZ-104). In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Implement and Manage Storage Accounts, you’ll learn to Azure Storage Accounts. First, you’ll explore implementing Storage Accounts in Azure. Next, you’ll learn all replication options for Storage Accounts in Azure. Last, you’ll explore access control and securing your workloads in Azure Storage. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Storage Accounts needed for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.

Table of contents
  1. Creating and Configuring Storage Accounts
  2. Configuring Access Control to Storage Accounts

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Azure Files and Azure Blob Storage

by Michael Bender

Nov 23, 2020 / 1h 6s

1h 6s

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Storage is an important foundation of every Microsoft Azure infrastructure. And it is an important body of knowledge for all Microsoft Azure Administrators seeking to be a Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate.

In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Implement and Manage Storage Accounts, you’ll learn to create and administer Azure Storage Accounts. First, you’ll explore implementing Storage Account. Next, you’ll discover Azure Files and Blob storage. Finally, you’ll learn how to manage data in Azure storage. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Storage Accounts needed for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.

Table of contents
  1. Configure Azure Files
  2. Configure Azure Blob Storage

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Data in Azure Storage

by Michael Bender

Nov 12, 2020 / 52m

52m

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In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Manage Data in Azure Storage, you'll how to manage data in Azure Storage as part of the Manage Storage objective domain for the AZ-104 exam. First, you'll learn how data is managed with import and export Azure Jobs. Then, you'll discover AZCopy and it's usage in managing Azure Storage. Finally, you'll learn the how Azure Storage Explorer makes management easy from your desktop or the cloud. Once you have completed this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of managing data in Azure Storage needed for Exam 104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.

Table of contents
  1. Working with Azure Import/Export Service
  2. Managing Data with Azure Storage Explorer and AZcopy

Exam Alert: Implement and Manage Azure Storage

by Michael Bender

Nov 30, 2020 / 35m

35m

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Description

As foundational infrastructure component in Microsoft Azure, Azure Storage is a "Must Know" for every cloud administrator. In this course, Exam Alert: Implement and Manage Azure Virtual Networking, you’ll learn which specific Azure storage topics to expect on the AZ-104 Azure Administrator certification exam. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to continue your exam AZ-104 preparation with confidence.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Storage Accounts "Need to Know" Information

Deploy and Manage Azure Compute Resources

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Configure and Manage Virtual Networking section of the exam guide, including:

-Create and configure VMs -Configure VMs for high availability and scalability -Automate deployment and configuration of VMs -Create and configure containers -Create and configure Web Apps

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Create and Configure Virtual Machines

by Michael Teske

Oct 13, 2020 / 37m

37m

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Virtual machine performance is a key demand in business. In this course,​ Microsoft Azure Administrator: Create and Configure Virtual Machines, you’ll learn to ​configure and deploy Azure virtual machine instances. ​First, you’ll explore deployment options. ​Next, you’ll discover​ how to configure networking and storage. ​Finally, you’ll learn how to​ move instances between resource groups. W​hen you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure Virtual Machines n​eeded to​ successfully deploy and manage Azure virtual machine instances.

Table of contents
  1. Create and Manage VMs
  2. Configure VMs

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Virtual Machines for High Availability and Scalability

by Michael Teske

Oct 22, 2020 / 20m

20m

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Down time or performance is a key demand in business. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Virtual Machines for High Availability and Scalability, you’ll learn to deploy highly available and scalable workloads. First, you’ll explore availability zones. Next, you’ll discover how fault domains affect availability. Finally, you’ll learn how to deploy scalable workloads using scale sets. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of availability and scalability needed to deploy highly available and scalable virtual machines.

Table of contents
  1. Configure High Availability and Scalability

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Automate Deployment and Configuration of Virtual Machines

by Michael Teske

Oct 29, 2020 / 34m

34m

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Manually configuring and deploying resources is unproductive. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Automate Deployment and Configuration of Virtual Machines, you’ll learn to automate your deployments and configurations. First, you’ll explore ARM templates. Next, you’ll discover how to deploy from a template. Finally, you’ll learn how to automate configuration through custom extensions. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of deployment automation needed to automate deployment and configuration of Azure virtual machines.

Table of contents
  1. Manage Deployments with ARM Templates
  2. Automate Configuration and Deployment of VMs

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Create and Configure Containers

by Michael Teske

Nov 10, 2020 / 24m

24m

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Evolving to a more agile application environment is a challenge. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Create and Configure Containers, you’ll learn to create an infrastructure for a container based environment. First, you’ll explore how to create and configure containers. Next, you’ll discover how to create an Azure Kubernetes Cluster. Finally, you’ll learn how to deploy an application to the cluster. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of creating and configuring containers needed to comprehend the skills required for the AZ-104 exam objective of Creating and Configuring Azure Containers.

Table of contents
  1. Create and Configure Azure Containers
  2. Create and Configure Azure Kubernetes Service

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Create and Configure Web Apps

by Michael Teske

Nov 17, 2020 / 18m

18m

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Understanding the nuances of Azure App Service can be a challenge. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Create and Configure Web Apps, you’ll learn to create and configure Azure Web Apps. First, you’ll explore the differences of app service plans. Next, you’ll discover how to create an app service plan. Finally, you’ll learn how to deploy a web app to your app service plan. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure Web Apps needed to deploy and manage Azure Web Apps.

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  1. Create and Configure Web Apps

Exam Alert: Deploy and Manage Azure Compute Resources

by Michael Teske

Nov 23, 2020 / 22m

22m

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Azure compute and everything that entails from scaling to resiliency is a lot to take in. In this course, Exam Alert: Deploy and Manage Azure Compute Resources, you’ll learn what areas to focus on for the AZ-104 Azure Administrator certification exam. You will discover some of the areas of Azure compute you will have to spend extra time in while improving your overall knowledge as an administrator. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to have confidence with your AZ-104 exam preparation.

Table of contents
  1. Deploy and Manage Azure Compute Resources “Need to Know” Exam Information

Configure and Manage Virtual Networking

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Configure and Manage Virtual Networking section of the exam guide, including:

  • Implement and manage virtual networking
  • Configure name resolution
  • Secure access to virtual networks
  • Configure load balancing
  • Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking
  • Integrate on-premises networks with Azure Virtual Networks

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Implement and Manage Virtual Networking

by Tim Warner

Oct 8, 2020 / 59m

59m

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Description

Virtual networking is one of those Microsoft Azure topics you want to get right the first time. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Implement and Manage Virtual Networking, you’ll learn to implement and manage Azure VNets by using Microsoft's own proven best practices. First, you’ll explore VNet design and deployment. Next, you’ll discover how to leverage subnets, peering, and public IP addresses. Finally, you’ll learn how to control VNet routing paths. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure virtual networks needed to secure and optimize your Azure infrastructure.

Table of contents
  1. Implementing Azure Virtual Networks
  2. Managing Azure Virtual Networks

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Name Resolution

by Tim Warner

Oct 5, 2020 / 45m

45m

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Name resolution is a topic that touches every Azure product and service. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Name Resolution, you’ll learn to control both Internet and private Domain Name System (DNS) resolution in Azure. First, you’ll explore name resolution options in Azure virtual networks. Next, you’ll discover how to create and manage public and private zones with the Azure DNS service. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure name resolution needed to simplify Azure resource addressing and continue your journey toward Azure Administrator certification.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring Name Resolution for an Azure Virtual Network
  2. Configuring the Azure DNS Service

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Secure Access to Virtual Networks

by Tim Warner

Oct 5, 2020 / 54m

54m

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The stakes are too high for you not to protect your virtual machines (VMs) running in Azure. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Secure Access to Virtual Networks, you’ll learn to use Microsoft-provided solutions to strictly control traffic in your Azure virtual networks (VNets). First, you’ll explore how to control Layer 4 traffic with network security groups (NSGs). Next, you’ll discover how to secure VM administrative access with Azure Bastion. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement Azure Firewall to protect VNet resources at Layer 7. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure network security needed to protect your VNet-based applications, services, and data.

Table of contents
  1. Protecting Azure Virtual Network Traffic with NSGs
  2. Implementing Azure Bastion and Azure Firewall

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Load Balancing

by Tim Warner

Oct 5, 2020 / 59m

59m

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Load balancing enables you to offer your customers high availability for your workloads. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Configure Load Balancing, you'll master the related concepts you'll face on the AZ-104 (Microsoft Azure Administrator) exam. First, you'll learn how to deploy, configure, and troubleshoot Azure Load Balancer in both public and private contexts. Next, you'll differentiate Azure Load Balancer from other Azure load balancing resources. Finally, you'll learn how to deploy and manage Application Gateway for HTTP(S) workloads. When you're finished with this course, you'll be well on your way to earning your Microsoft Azure Administrator badge.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring and Troubleshooting Azure Load Balancer
  2. Configuring and Troubleshooting Azure Application Gateway

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Monitor and Troubleshoot Virtual Networking

by Tim Warner

Oct 8, 2020 / 49m

49m

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Network troubleshooting can be difficult in a public cloud context because you’ll never gain physical access to the cloud-based hardware. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Monitor and Troubleshoot Virtual Networking, you’ll learn how to monitor and troubleshoot Azure virtual networks. First, you’ll explore how to use Network Watcher to visualize traffic across Azure virtual networks (VNets). Next, you’ll discover how Network Performance Monitor and Azure Log Analytics gives you visibility across hybrid cloud network performance. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud networking needed to decrease your troubleshooting time and to optimize cloud networking performance.

Table of contents
  1. Inspecting Azure Virtual Network Traffic
  2. Inspecting Azure Hybrid Cloud Network Traffic

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Integrate On-Premises Networks with Azure Virtual Networks

by Tim Warner

Oct 20, 2020 / 54m

54m

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It can be challenging to keep an eye on application and service performance when those resources reside in a public cloud. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Integrate On-premises Networks with Azure Virtual Networks, you’ll learn to enable, report on, and take action on your Azure resource diagnostics data. First, you’ll explore how to enable diagnostics monitoring for all your Azure resources. Next, you’ll discover Azure Log Analytics and Kusto Query Language (KQL). Finally, you’ll learn how to perform application performance monitoring with Application Insights. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure resource monitoring needed to troubleshoot and optimize your Azure deployments.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring an Azure Virtual Private Network
  2. Configuring ExpressRoute and Azure Virtual WAN

Exam Alert: Configure and Manage Azure Virtual Networking

by Tim Warner

Oct 5, 2020 / 42m

42m

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Description

Ethernet and TCP/IP networking are difficult topics to begin with, much less how they work in the Microsoft Azure cloud. In this course, Exam Alert: Configure and Manage Azure Virtual Networking, you’ll learn which specific networking topics to expect on the AZ-104 Azure Administrator certification exam. You'll also discover various practical ways you can improve your networking skills. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to continue your exam AZ-104 preparation with confidence.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Networking “Need to Know” Exam Information
  2. Getting Up to Speed with Networking in General

Monitor and Back Up Azure Resources

This section of the path covers the objectives found in the Monitor and Back Up Azure Resources section of the exam guide, including:

  • Monitor resources with Azure Monitor
  • Implement backup and recovery

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Monitor Resources with Azure Monitor

by Tim Warner

Oct 20, 2020 / 1h 7s

1h 7s

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It can be challenging to keep an eye on application and service performance when those resources reside in a public cloud. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Monitor Resources with Azure Monitor, you’ll learn to enable, report on, and take action on your Azure resource diagnostics data. First, you’ll explore how to enable diagnostics monitoring for all your Azure resources. Next, you’ll discover Azure Log Analytics and Kusto Query Language (KQL). Finally, you’ll learn how to perform application performance monitoring with Application Insights. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure resource monitoring needed to troubleshoot and optimize your Azure deployments.

Table of contents
  1. Configuring Microsoft Azure Resource Monitoring
  2. Monitoring and Reporting on Microsoft Azure Resources

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Implement Backup and Recovery

by Michael Bender

Oct 19, 2020 / 1h 1m

1h 1m

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All organizations need to be prepared for business continuity, disaster recovery, and having your resources in the cloud make it no different. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator: Implement Backup and Recovery, you'll learn to implement Backup and Recovery in Microsoft Azure. First, you'll leave how to protect virtual machines inside a recovery services vault with Azure Backup. Then, you explore the recovery options available for virtual machines and files. Finally, you'll learn how to implement site-to-site recovery of Azure VMs using Azure Resource Manager. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of Backup and Recovery needed for the Exam 104: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Table of contents
  1. Working with Azure Backup Services
  2. Implementing Azure Site Recovery

Exam Alert: Monitor and Back Up Azure Resources

by Michael Bender

Nov 30, 2020 / 29m

29m

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Description

Even in the cloud, monitoring and disaster recovery are "Must Know" items for every cloud administrator. In this course, Exam Alert: Monitor and Back Up Azure Resources, you’ll learn which specific Azure backup and Azure Monitor topics to expect on the AZ-104 Azure Administrator certification exam. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to continue your exam AZ-104 preparation with confidence.

Table of contents
  1. Azure Monitor “Need to Know” Exam Information
  2. Azure Backup Services “Need to Know” Exam Information

Microsoft Azure Administrator: Preparing for the AZ-104 Exam

by Tim Warner

Oct 5, 2020 / 34m

34m

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Besides the actual content, you need to understand how Microsoft certification exams work and how to use Microsoft's online proctored exam delivery format. In this course, Microsoft Azure Administrator - Preparing for the AZ-104 Exam, you’ll learn how to interpret the AZ-104 objective domain and craft an effective preparation strategy. You’ll also discover how to use the Pearson OnVUE remote testing software. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of exam content, format, and delivery needed to be successful on your Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate certification journey.

Table of contents
  1. Mastering Microsoft Certification Exam Questions
  2. Mastering the Microsoft Online Testing Process

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