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Getting Started: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator

Glenn Weadock

Many organizations are moving some or even all of their on-premises network resources to the cloud, and for Microsoft shops, that often means Microsoft Azure. IT professionals who are grounded in on-premises networking need to develop their cloud management skills and prove those skills to their employers. This training explains the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certification, outlines the key topics, previews what to expect in the exam room, and offers tried-and-true study tips honed through years of taking and writing Microsoft courses.

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

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

  • How the Azure Administrator certification fits in Microsoft’s certification path
  • The main topics covered by the AZ-103 exam, which ones are emphasized and the major concepts that distinguish Azure administration from on-premises administration
  • Study methods and resources to prepare for the exam
  • What’s new in the exam as of changes made in May 2019

And you’ll be able to:

  • Identify your knowledge gaps for Azure administration
  • Outline the fundamentals of Azure subscriptions, groups, resources, and roles
  • Prepare for the time management challenges of the MC:AAA exam

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re an administrator whose organization is moving to Azure
  • You work with virtual machines and cloud services in a Microsoft shop
  • You want to become a certified Azure Administrator Associate (MC:AAA)


  • Basic familiarity with Windows, networking, virtualization, and PowerShell

Recommended preparation:

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Glenn E. Weadock is the president of Independent Software, Inc., which he founded in 1982 after graduating from Stanford University's engineering school. Glenn is a consultant to the legal profession and has advised the U.S. Justice Department., He served as an expert witness in the Microsoft antitrust case and has also testified in several high-profile patent cases.

    Glenn is the author of 18 books (including some in the Dummies series), covering topics such as web design, client/server networking, Microsoft MCSE certification, and the Windows Registry. He’s developed several seminars and video courses for Data-Tech Institute, co-authored two Microsoft Official Curriculum courses on Windows Server, and taught PC and network troubleshooting, design, and support to students in the US, UK, Canada, and Southeast Asia. He holds a number of certifications, including the MDAA, MCAAA, MCITP, MCSE, MCSA, MCT, and A+.


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

Microsoft’s Azure Certification Tracks (25 minutes)

  • Presentation: Introduction
  • Discussion: What do you hope to get out of today's course?
  • Presentation: Overview of Microsoft certification tracks
  • Q&A

The Certified Azure Administrator Credential (30 minutes)

  • Presentation: What do Azure administrators do?
  • Discussion question: What aspects of Azure is your organization using?
  • Break (5 minutes)

Certified Azure Administrator Exam Topic Overview (55 minutes)

  • Presentation: Exam topic overview
  • Poll
  • Exercise: Representative exam questions
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Suggestions for the Exam Experience (30 minutes)

  • Q&A (attendees' previous exam challenges)
  • Presentation: Tips on time and stress management
  • Exercise: Paying attention to question formats
  • Q&A

How to Study (plus References and Resources) (30 minutes)

  • Poll
  • Presentation: Recommended study methods, resources
  • Q&A