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Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Crash Course

Topic: System Administration
Sidney Andrews

This focused live online training will help you get started on your Azure journey to study for and eventually pass the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam. Throughout this event, Azure development subject-matter expert Sidney Andrews will touch on multiple Azure services that are key to anyone involved with the cloud practice in your organization.

This session can help anyone who has some involvement with cloud-based solutions along with those who have a deeper technical background. Throughout this session, we will go over the skills necessary to validate foundational Azure knowledge and pass the certification exam.

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

  • Understand common cloud terminology and phrases
  • Understand cloud-based expenditures and economies of scale
  • Describe the differences between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
  • Compare and contrast public, private and hybrid cloud solutions
  • Differentiate between the different components of the Azure Resource Manager model
  • Describe cloud topology components such as regions, zones, and availability zones
  • Understand, conceptually, core compute services
    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    • App Services
    • Container Instances
    • Kubernetes Service
  • Understand, conceptually, core networking components
    • Virtual Networks
    • Network Security Groups
    • Load Balancers
    • Azure Firewall
    • Application Gateway
  • Understand, conceptually, core data components
    • Cosmos DB
    • SQL Database
    • Storage
  • Describe and plan solutions on Azure
  • Understand the core identity features of Azure Active Directory
  • Describe how Azure Key Vault can be used to secure components of solutions
  • Describe how RBAC and Azure Policy can be used to grant least-permissive access to Azure resources
  • Compare management tools such as Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI and Cloud Shell
  • Describe monitoring and recommendation services such as Azure Advisor, Azure Security Center, Azure Service Health, and Azure Monitor
  • Understand Azure subscription features and management

This training course is for you because...

  • You are someone in your organization that interacts with cloud-based solutions in some manner and want to demonstrate foundational knowledge of Microsoft Azure
  • You may, or may not, have a technical background but you need to know enough about Azure to “talk the talk”
  • You are preparing to take the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam


  • The AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam is intended for individuals with non-technical backgrounds. IT experience is not required, but general IT knowledge is beneficial.

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About your instructor

  • Sidney Andrews is an Azure MVP and a Microsoft Certified Training Regional Lead located in Richmond, VA. Sidney has authored multiple official developer and Azure courses including 70-532, 70-535, AZ-200, AZ-201, and AZ-203. Sidney has been featured as a presenter on Channel 9, Ignite and Build. His specialties include Azure, NoSQL, XAML, C# and TypeScript.


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

Segment 1: Intro - Length: 0:10

  • Topics: AZ-900 certification exam overview

Segment 2: Azure Terminology - Length: 0:25

  • Common cloud terminology
  • Economies of scale
  • Cloud billing and expenditures
  • IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
  • Public, private, and hybrid clouds

Segment 3: Azure Resource Manager (ARM) - Length: 0:25

  • ARM model
  • Regions and zones
  • Availability zones
  • Break: Length: 0:10

Segment 4: Azure Services - Length: 0:25

  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Data

Segment 5: Azure Solutions - Length: 0:25

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Big data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Serverless
  • DevOps
  • Break: Length: 0:10

Segment 6: Identity and security - Length: 0:25

  • Azure Key Vault
  • Role-based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Azure Policy

Segment 7: Subscription management - Length: 0:25

  • Portal, PowerShell, CLI and Cloud Shell
  • Monitoring services
  • Billing