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Microsoft Certified:

Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architects must have expertise in compute, network, storage, and security so that they can design solutions that run on Azure.

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Required exams

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Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

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Exam AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

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Exam AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition

This exam is intended only for candidates who have taken Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. If you have not taken Exam 535, you will not earn a certification by taking this exam.

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Skills and knowledge

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

Analyze resource utilization and consumption
  • configure diagnostic settings on resources
  • create baseline for resources
  • create and rest alerts
  • analyze alerts across subscription
  • analyze metrics across subscription
  • create action groups
  • monitor for unused resources
  • monitor spend
  • report on spend
  • utilize Log Search query functions
  • view alerts in Log Analytics
Create and configure storage accounts
  • configure network access to the storage account
  • create and configure storage account
  • generate shared access signature
  • install and use Azure Storage Explorer
  • manage access keys
  • monitor activity log by using Log Analytics
  • implement Azure storage replication
Create and configure a Virtual Machine (VM) for Windows and Linux
  • configure high availability
  • configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size
  • deploy and configure scale sets
Automate deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs)
  • modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template
  • configure location of new VMs
  • configure VHD template
  • deploy from template
  • save a deployment as an ARM template
  • deploy Windows and Linux VMs
Implement solutions that use virtual machines (VM)
  • provision VMs
  • create ARM templates
  • configure Azure Disk Encryption for VMs
Create connectivity between virtual networks
  • create and configure VNET peering
  • create and configure VNET to VNET
  • verify virtual network connectivity
  • create virtual network gateway
Implement and manage virtual networking
  • configure private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual network
Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)
  • add custom domains
  • configure Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure AD Join, and Enterprise State Roaming
  • configure self-service password reset
  • implement conditional access policies
  • manage multiple directories
  • perform an access review
Implement and manage hybrid identities
  • install and configure Azure AD Connect
  • configure federation and single sign-on
  • manage Azure AD Connect
  • manage password sync and writeback
Migrate servers to Azure
  • migrate by using Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
  • migrate using P2V
  • configure storage
  • create a backup vault
  • prepare source and target environments
  • backup and restore data
  • deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) agent
  • prepare virtual network
Configure serverless computing
  • manage a Logic App resource
  • manage Azure Function app settings
  • manage Event Grid
  • manage Service Bus
Implement application load balancing
  • configure application gateway and load balancing rules
  • implement front end IP configurations
  • manage application load balancing
Integrate on-premises network with Azure virtual network
  • create and configure Azure VPN Gateway
  • create and configure site to site VPN
  • configure Express Route
  • verify on-premises connectivity
  • manage on-premises connectivity with Azure
Manage role-based access control (RBAC)
  • create a custom role
  • configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles
  • configure management access to Azure
  • troubleshoot RBAC
  • implement RBAC policies
  • assign RBAC roles
Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • enable MFA for an Azure tenant
  • configure user accounts for MFA
  • configure fraud alerts
  • configure bypass options
  • configure trusted IPs
  • configure verification methods
  • manage role-based access control (RBAC)
  • implement RBAC policies
  • assign RBAC Roles
  • create a custom role
  • configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles
  • configure management access to Azure
Create web apps by using PaaS
  • create an Azure App Service Web App
  • create documentation for the API
  • create an App Service Web App for containers
  • create an App Service background task by using WebJobs
  • enable diagnostics logging
Design and develop apps that run in containers
  • configure diagnostic settings on resources
  • create a container image by using a Docker file
  • create an Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS)
  • publish an image to the Azure Container Registry
  • implement an application that runs on an Azure Container Instance
  • manage container settings by using code
Implement authentication
  • implement authentication by using certificates, forms-based authentication, tokens, or Windows-integrated authentication
  • implement multi-factor authentication by using Azure AD
  • implement OAuth2 authentication
  • implement Managed Service Identity (MSI) Service Principal authentication
Implement secure data solutions
  • encrypt and decrypt data at rest and in transit
  • encrypt data with Always Encrypted
  • implement Azure Confidential Compute and SSL/TLS communications
  • create, read, update, and delete keys, secrets, and certificates by using the KeyVault API
Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage
  • create, read, update, and delete data by using appropriate APIs
  • implement partitioning schemes
  • set the appropriate consistency level for operations
Develop solutions that use a relational database
  • provision and configure relational databases
  • configure elastic pools for Azure SQL Database
  • create, read, update, and delete data tables by using code
Configure a message-based integration architecture
  • configure an app or service to send emails, Event Grid, and the Azure Relay Service
  • create and configure Notification Hub, Event Hub, and Service Bus
  • configure queries across multiple products
Develop for autoscaling
  • implement autoscaling rules and patterns (schedule, operational/system metrics, code that addresses singleton application instances)
  • implement code that addresses transient state
Gather Information and Requirements
  • identify compliance requirements, identity and access management infrastructure, and service-oriented architectures (e.g., integration patterns, service design, service discoverability)
  • identify accessibility (e.g. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), availability (e.g. Service Level Agreement), capacity planning and scalability, deploy-ability (e.g., repositories, failback, slot-based deployment), configurability, governance, maintainability (e.g. logging, debugging, troubleshooting, recovery, training), security (e.g. authentication, authorization, attacks), and sizing (e.g. support costs, optimization) requirements
  • recommend changes during project execution (ongoing)
  • evaluate products and services to align with solution
  • create testing scenarios
Optimize Consumption Strategy
  • optimize app service, compute, identity, network, and storage costs
Design an Auditing and Monitoring Strategy
  • define logical groupings (tags) for resources to be monitored
  • determine levels and storage locations for logs
  • plan for integration with monitoring tools
  • recommend appropriate monitoring tool(s) for a solution
  • specify mechanism for event routing and escalation
  • design auditing for compliance requirements
  • design auditing policies and traceability requirements
Design Identity Management
  • choose an identity management approach
  • design an identity delegation strategy, identity repository (including directory, application, systems, etc.)
  • design self-service identity management and user and persona provisioning
  • define personas and roles
  • recommend appropriate access control strategy (e.g., attribute-based, discretionary access, history-based, identity-based, mandatory, organization-based, role-based, rule-based, responsibility-based)
Design Authentication
  • choose an authentication approach
  • design a single-sign on approach
  • design for IPSec, logon, multi-factor, network access, and remote authentication
Design Authorization
  • choose an authorization approach
  • define access permissions and privileges
  • design secure delegated access (e.g., oAuth, OpenID, etc.)
  • recommend when and how to use API Keys
Design for Risk Prevention for Identity
  • design a risk assessment strategy (e.g., access reviews, RBAC policies, physical access)
  • evaluate agreements involving services or products from vendors and contractors
  • update solution design to address and mitigate changes to existing security policies, standards, guidelines and procedures
Design a Monitoring Strategy for Identity and Security
  • design for alert notifications
  • design an alert and metrics strategy
  • recommend authentication monitors
Design a Data Management Strategy
  • choose between managed and unmanaged data store
  • choose between relational and non-relational databases
  • design data auditing and caching strategies
  • identify data attributes (e.g., relevancy, structure, frequency, size, durability, etc.)
  • recommend Database Transaction Unit (DTU) sizing
  • design a data retention policy
  • design for data availability, consistency, and durability
  • design a data warehouse strategy
Design a Data Protection Strategy
  • recommend geographic data storage
  • design an encryption strategy for data at rest, for data in transmission, and for data in use
  • design a scalability strategy for data
  • design secure access to data
  • design a data loss prevention (DLP) policy
Design and Document Data Flows
  • identify data flow requirements
  • create a data flow diagram
  • design a data flow to meet business requirements
  • design a data import and export strategy
Design a Monitoring Strategy for the Data Platform
  • design for alert notifications
  • design an alert and metrics strategy
Design a Site Recovery Strategy
  • design a recovery solution
  • design a site recovery replication policy
  • design for site recovery capacity and for storage replication
  • design site failover and failback (planned/unplanned)
  • design the site recovery network
  • recommend recovery objectives (e.g., Azure, on-prem, hybrid, Recovery Time Objective (RTO), Recovery Level Objective (RLO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO))
  • identify resources that require site recovery
  • identify supported and unsupported workloads
  • recommend a geographical distribution strategy
Design for High Availability
  • design for application redundancy, autoscaling, data center and fault domain redundancy, and network redundancy
  • identify resources that require high availability
  • identify storage types for high availability
Design a disaster recovery strategy for individual workloads
  • design failover/failback scenario(s)
  • document recovery requirements
  • identify resources that require backup
  • recommend a geographic availability strategy
Design a Data Archiving Strategy
  • recommend storage types and methodology for data archiving
  • identify requirements for data archiving and business compliance requirements for data archiving
  • identify SLA(s) for data archiving
Design Deployments
  • design a compute, container, data platform, messaging solution, storage, and web app and service deployment strategy
Design Migrations
  • recommend a migration strategy
  • design data import/export strategies during migration
  • determine the appropriate application migration, data transfer, and network connectivity method
  • determine migration scope, including redundant, related, trivial, and outdated data
  • determine application and data compatibility
Design an API Integration Strategy
  • design an API gateway strategy
  • determine policies for internal and external consumption of APIs
  • recommend a hosting structure for API management
Design a Storage Strategy
  • design a storage provisioning strategy
  • design storage access strategy
  • identify storage requirements
  • recommend a storage solution and storage management tools
Design a Compute Strategy
  • design compute provisioning and secure compute strategies
  • determine appropriate compute technologies (e.g., virtual machines, functions, service fabric, container instances, etc.)
  • design an Azure HPC environment
  • identify compute requirements
  • recommend management tools for compute
Design a Networking Strategy
  • design network provisioning and network security strategies
  • determine appropriate network connectivity technologies
  • identify networking requirements
  • recommend network management tools
Design a Monitoring Strategy for Infrastructure
  • design for alert notifications
  • design an alert and metrics strategy