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Azure Administrator Certification (AZ-104) Crash Course

A hands-on dive into core exam topics

Topic: Web Ops & Performance
Iain Foulds

There are more than 150 Azure services all around the world, but the core compute, network, and storage features are most commonly for day-to-day tasks. The Microsoft Azure Administrator certification (exam AZ-104) validates your knowledge and ability to work in Azure and opens opportunities for more advanced training and exams.

Expert Iain Foulds walks you through hands-on guided exercises that explore the core areas of focus, helping you prepare for and pass the AZ-104 certification exam. You’ll learn what level of knowledge you need to pass the exam, get your hands dirty with practical drills to reinforce that knowledge, and identify additional areas of study.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, hands-on, online course, you’ll understand:

  • The core areas of focus in the AZ-104 certification exam
  • How to manage and configure Azure virtual networks, VMs, and storage, and manage identity and subscriptions across an Azure account
  • Additional areas to focus on after the course

And you’ll be able to:

  • Prepare for the AZ-104 certification exam
  • Progress to additional courses such as the AZ-303 architect certification exam

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re an IT administrator or developer.
  • You work with Microsoft technologies or cloud computing.
  • You want to become an Azure Administrator with the AZ-104 certification.


  • Familiarity with Azure and core services such as VMs
  • An Azure subscription with access to create and manage resources (A free account is fine.)

Recommended follow-up

About your instructor

  • Iain Foulds is a senior content developer at Microsoft, focused on Azure technologies. He spent more than a decade in the field as an engineer building and running virtualization environments, including cloud solutions. At Microsoft since 2014, he supports and enables customers to successfully run workloads in Azure.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Create and manage virtual networks (55 minutes)

  • Lecture: Virtual networks and connectivity; virtual network security; load-balancing network traffic; name resolution in Azure
  • Hands-on exercises: Create virtual networks in different regions; define IP addressing and subnets; configure virtual networking peering and create VPN gateways; create network security groups; set priority; review effective rules; create an Azure load balancer; configure load balancing rules and NAT rules; understand internal Azure DNS and configuration options; create and configure public and private DNS zones
  • Group discussion: Securing network access to resources; virtual network basics and security; naming server providers
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Deploy and manage VMs (55 minutes)

  • Lecture: Azure VM; management basics; backing up and protecting VMs; combining network and compute
  • Hands-on exercise: Create and configure a VM; view template deployment options; add a disk and virtual network interface; resize and redeploy VMs; enable diagnostics and updates; configure schedules for backup; backing up a VM; configure site recovery for redundancy; test network security group rules, and load balancer rules
  • Group discussion: Management tool preferences; core VM configuration
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Implement and manage storage (30 minutes)

  • Lecture: Azure Storage features; sharing files
  • Hands-on exercise: Create a storage account; limit network access; enforce security; review access keys; configure a file share; access from a VM
  • Q&A

Identity and subscription management (20 minutes)

  • Lecture: Azure AD; resource review and management
  • Hands-on exercise: Manage users and groups; join a VM to Azure AD; manage device settings; configure tags; move and delete resources; monitor consumption and spending; monitor alerts and notifications
  • Group discussion: Involvement with identity in the enterprise

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)