Exam AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition

Retired: June 30, 2019 Note: Exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time

This exam is intended only for those 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....

The transition exam is intended for people who have already demonstrated skills in the content domain by passing the existing exam(s) that the new role-based certification exams will be replacing. They cover the delta between the current certification and what we expect people who earn the new certification to be able to do. We don’t want to retest people on the same content where they have already demonstrated competence by passing the existing exam.

Transition exams cover net new content, content that wasn’t covered in enough depth, and content on aspects of the technology that have likely changed since someone took the exam. As a result, the transition exam is not shorter than a typical exam but more focused on the key tasks and skills that were not assessed in the existing exam or certification that is being replaced.

Candidates for this exam are Azure Solution Architects who advise stakeholders and translates business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions.

Candidates should have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. This role requires managing how decisions in each area affects an overall solution.

Candidates must be proficient in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps, and have expert-level skills in at least one of those domains.


Part of the requirements for: Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Related exams: Exam AZ-300 and Exam AZ-301

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Exam AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition

Retired: June 30, 2019 Note: Exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time

Languages: English

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.

Skills measured

Determine workload requirements (15-20%)

Determine feasibility and refine requirements

  • recommend changes during project execution (ongoing)
  • create proof of concept (PoC)
  • determine whether a pilot is needed
  • evaluate products and services to align with solution
  • create testing scenarios
  • refine user stories

Optimize consumption strategy

  • optimize app service, compute, identity, network, and storage costs

Design for identity and security (5-10%)

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 a business continuity strategy (15-20%)

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

Implement workloads and security (5-10%)

Configure serverless computing

  • create and manage objects
  • manage a Logic App resource
  • manage Azure Function app settings
  • manage Event Grid
  • manage Service Bus

Develop for the cloud (45-50%)

Develop long-running tasks

  • implement large-scale, parallel, and high-performance apps by using batches
  • implement resilient apps by using queues
  • implement code to address application events by using web hooks
  • address continuous processing tasks by using web jobs

Configure a message-based integration architecture

  • configure an app or service to send emails, Event Grid, and the Azure Relay Service
  • create and configure a Notification Hub, an Event Hub, and a Service Bus
  • configure queries across multiple products
  • configure an app or service with Microsoft Graph

Develop for asynchronous processing

  • implement parallelism, multithreading, processing, durable functions, Azure logic apps, interfaces with storage, interfaces to data access, and appropriate asynchronous compute models

Develop for autoscaling

  • implement autoscaling rules and patterns (schedule, operational/system metrics, code that addresses singleton application instances, and code that addresses transient state

Implement distributed transactions

  • identify tools to implement distributed transactions (e.g., ADO.NET, elastic transactions, multi-database transactions)
  • manage transaction scope
  • manage transactions across multiple databases and servers

Develop advanced cloud workloads

  • develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms that identify items from images and videos
  • develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms related to speech, natural language processing, Bing Search, and recommendations and decision making
  • create and integrate bots
  • integrate machine learning solutions in an app
  • create and implement IoT solutions

Implement authentication and secure data (5-10%)

Implement secure data solutions

  • encrypt and decrypt data at rest
  • encrypt data with Always Encrypted
  • implement Azure Confidential Compute and SSL/TLS communications
  • manage cryptographic keys in the Azure Key vault

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