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Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Prove that you understand cloud concepts, core Azure Services, Azure pricing and support, and the fundamentals of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust. Learn more about Fundamentals certifications.

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Required exams

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Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

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Skills and knowledge

Candidates who earn an Azure Fundamentals certification are verified by Microsoft to have the following skills and knowledge.

Describe the benefits and considerations of using cloud services
  • understand terms such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery
  • understand the principles of economies of scale
  • understand the differences between Capital Expenditure (CapEx) and Operational Expenditure (OpEx)
  • understand the consumption-based model
Describe the differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • describe Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • describe Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • describe Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • compare and contrast the three different service types
Describe the differences between Public, Private and Hybrid cloud models
  • describe Public cloud
  • describe Private cloud
  • describe Hybrid cloud
  • compare and contrast the three different cloud models
Understand the core Azure architectural components
  • describe Regions
  • describe Availability Zones
  • describe Resource Groups
  • describe Azure Resource manager
  • describe the benefits and usage of core Azure architectural components
Describe some of the core products available in Azure
  • describe products available for Compute such as Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, App Service and Functions
  • describe products available for Networking such as Virtual Network, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway and Content Delivery Network
  • describe products available for Storage such as Blob Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage, and Archive Storage
  • describe products available for Databases such as CosmosDB, Azure SQL Database, Azure Database Migration service, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • describe the Azure Marketplace and its usage scenarios
Describe some of the solutions available on Azure
  • describe Internet of Things (IoT) and products that are available for IoT on Azure such as IoT Fundamentals, IoT Hub and IoT Central
  • describe Big Data and Analytics and products that are available for Big Data and Analytics such as SQL Data Warehouse, HDInsight and Data Lake Analytics
  • describe Artificial Intelligence (AI) and products that are available for AI such as Azure Machine Learning Service and Studio
  • describe Serverless computing and Azure products that are available for serverless computing such as Azure Functions, Logic Apps and App grid
  • describe the benefits and outcomes of using Azure solutions
Understand Azure management tools
  • understand Azure tools such as Azure CLI, PowerShell, and the Azure Portal
  • understand Azure Advisor
Understand securing network connectivity in Azure
  • describe Azure Firewall
  • describe Azure DDoS Protection
  • describe Network Security Group (NSG)
  • choose an appropriate Azure security solution
Describe core Azure Identity services
  • understand the difference between authentication and authorization
  • describe Azure Active Directory
  • describe Azure Multi-Factor Authentication
Describe security tools and features of Azure
  • describe Azure Security
  • understand Azure Security center usage scenarios
  • describe Key Vault
  • describe Azure Information Protection (AIP)
  • describe Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
Describe Azure governance methodologies
  • describe Azure Policies
  • describe Initiatives
  • describe Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • describe Locks
  • describe Azure Advisor security assistance
Understand monitoring and reporting options in Azure
  • describe Azure Monitor
  • describe Azure Service Health
  • understand the use cases and benefits of Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health
Understand privacy, compliance and data protection standards in Azure
  • understand industry compliance terms such as GDPR, ISO and NIST
  • understand the Microsoft Privacy Statement
  • describe the Trust center
  • describe the Service Trust Portal
  • describe Compliance Manager
  • determine if Azure is compliant for a business need
  • understand Azure Government services
  • understand Azure Germany services
Understand Azure subscriptions
  • describe an Azure subscription
  • understand the uses and options with Azure subscriptions
Understand planning and management of costs
  • understand options for purchasing Azure products and services
  • understand options around Azure Free account
  • understand the factors affecting costs such as resource types, services, locations, ingress and egress traffic
  • understand Zones for billing purposes
  • understand the Pricing calculator
  • understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator
  • understand best practices for minimizing Azure costs such as performing cost analysis, creating spending limits and quotas, and using tags to identify cost owners; use Azure reservations; use Azure Advisor recommendations
  • describe Azure Cost Management
Understand the support options available with Azure
  • understand support plans that are available such as Dev, Standard, Professional Direct and Premier
  • understand how to open a support ticket
  • understand available support channels outside of support plan channels
  • describe the Knowledge Center
Describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • describe a Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • determine SLA for a particular Azure product or service
Understand service lifecycle in Azure
  • understand Public and Private Preview features
  • understand how to access Preview features
  • understand the term General Availability (GA)
  • monitor feature updates