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Getting started: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator

Glenn Weadock

Many organizations are moving some or all of their on-premises network resources to the cloud. If you’re grounded in on-premises networking, advance your skills and get started with cloud management and Microsoft Azure.

Join expert Glenn Weadock to learn the major concepts that distinguish Azure administration from on-premises administration and explore the fundamentals of Azure—including subscriptions, groups, resources, and roles. You’ll gain insight into the key topics covered on the exam, what to expect in the exam room, and test-taking techniques for industry certifications. You’ll also discover what’s new in the exam and how the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certificate fits within Microsoft’s certification path.

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

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

  • Which topics are emphasized in the AZ-103 exam
  • Study methods and resources to prepare for the exam
  • The differences between Azure Active Directory and on-premises Active Directory
  • Azure’s subscription pricing

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 exam

This training course is for you because...

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


  • 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 (20 minutes)

  • Lecture: Introduction; overview of Microsoft certification tracks
  • Group discussion: What do you hope to get out of the course?
  • Q&A

Certified Azure Administrator credential (20 minutes)

  • Lecture: Roles and responsibilities of Azure administrators
  • Group discussion: What aspects of Azure is your organization using?
  • Break (5 minutes)

Certified Azure Administrator exam topic overview (60 minutes)

  • Lecture: Exam topics overview
  • Group discussion: How familiar are you with each of the exam topics?
  • Hands-on exercise: Representative exam questions
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Suggestions for the exam (40 minutes)

  • Lecture: Tips on time and stress management
  • Group discussion: What are your previous exam challenges?
  • Hands-on exercise: Paying attention to question formats
  • Q&A

How to study (20 minutes)

  • Lecture: Recommended study methods and resources
  • Group discussion: How do you typically prepare for exams?

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)