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Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator Crash Course

Topic: System Administration
Tim Warner

In this online course, Microsoft MVP Tim Warner walks you through what to expect on the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator exam. The new Azure certifications validate your Azure skills along job role lines; earning Azure certification makes you even more valuable in today’s crowded IT job market.

Even if you’re not interested in certification, you will derive great benefit from this course. You will learn how to deploy and manage various Azure resources, how to monitor those resources, and how to control access to them. The course includes several hands-on exercises to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and Tim provides you with lots of real-world, practical tips and tricks to boost your Azure skills even long after the training session is over.

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

What you’ll learn:

  • How the new Azure role-based certifications work
  • What topics are most likely to appear on the AZ-104 certification exam
  • How to do the work of the Microsoft Azure administrator

You’ll be able to:

  • Complete your studies to prepare for the AZ-104 certification exam
  • Work towards Azure certification to prove your skills and increase your professional credibility
  • Use the Azure portal and Azure PowerShell to deploy and manage resources in Azure

This training course is for you because...

This training is for:

  • AZ-104 certification candidates
  • Anyone looking to gain Azure familiarity quickly
  • Azure administrators
  • On-premises data center administrators who are pressured to “skill up” in Azure
  • Microsoft Partners who need to prepare to certify to earn competency rating


  • Intermediate server administration skills
  • Beginner to intermediate PowerShell knowledge
  • General familiarity with cloud computing

Course Setup

To follow along with the demonstrations and practice on his or her own, the learner should have the following environment available:

And please go to the following link for Tim’s course files: https://github.com/timothywarner/az104

Recommended Preparation

Recommended Follow-up

About your instructor

  • Tim Warner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud and Datacenter Management based in Nashville, TN. He is a Pluralsight staff instructor, a Microsoft Press author, and a part-time Microsoft Azure solutions consultant. Tim’s professional specialties include Microsoft Azure, cross-platform PowerShell, and all things Windows Server-related. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim), LinkedIn or his personal website, techtrainertim.com


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


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Set expectations: Exam coverage (AZ 104)

Module 1: Manage Azure Subscriptions and Resources (45 min)

  • Manage Azure subscriptions
  • Analyze resource utilization and consumption
  • Manage resource groups
  • Manage role-based access control (RBAC)

Module 2: Implement and Manage Storage (45 min)

  • Create and configure storage accounts
  • Import and export data to Azure
  • Configure Azure files
  • Implement Azure backup

10-min break

Module 3: Deploy and Manage Virtual Machines (45 min)

  • Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux
  • Automate deployment of VMs
  • Manage Azure VMs
  • Manage VM backups

Synthesis (25 min)

  • Q&A
  • Content review
  • Takeaways
  • Next steps


Day 1 review (10 min)

Module 4: Configure and Manage Virtual Networks (75 min)

  • Create connectivity between virtual networks
  • Implement and manage virtual networking
  • Configure name resolution
  • Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)
  • Implement Azure load balancer
  • Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking
  • Integrate on-premises network with Azure virtual network

Module 5: Manage Identities (45 min)

  • Manage Azure Active Directory
  • Manage Azure AD objects (users, groups, devices)
  • Implement and manage hybrid identities
  • Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)

10-min break

Module 6: Exam Strategy (20 min)

  • Mastering the content
  • Mastering the hands-on skills
  • Mastering computer-based testing
  • What to expect before, during, and after the exam

Synthesis (20 min)

  • Q&A
  • Content review
  • Takeaways
  • Next steps