Retirement of Microsoft 70-533: Greet New Certification Exams!

Aug 19, 2019 09:52 AM EDT | Ernest Hamilton

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Microsoft 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, was one of the exams associated with the MCP, MCSA, and MCSE certifications. It is essential to mention that it was one of the popular tests before it was retired. It focused on the Microsoft Azure technology and it was designed for the professionals who implement infrastructure solutions in Microsoft Azure. To write this exam, the candidates were required to have work experience in monitoring and implementing hybrid and Cloud solutions, as well as sustaining application lifecycle management. The students could take the 70-533 test in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Japanese.

On the 31st of December, 2018, Microsoft retired the 70-533 exam and replaced it with two different tests. These two exams are AZ-100: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure & Deployment and AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration&Security. Over the years, Microsoft has been known to review its exams and make significant changes based on the innovation in technology. The replacements for the 70-533 test are more extensive and are designed to cover every aspect of the job role of an Azure Administrator. In case you already passed the retired exam and would like to transition to the latest Azure Administrator credential, you are required to take AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition.

Overview of New Certification Exams

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam was replaced by two different tests: Microsoft AZ-100 and Microsoft AZ-101. These two exams lead to the award of the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate credential. Let us look at each of these certification tests in detail.

Microsoft AZ-100

This exam is designed for the Azure administrators who engage in the management of Cloud services that cover storage, networking, compute Cloud, and security capabilities. The professionals for this certification test possess in-depth understanding of the services covering the full lifecycle of IT. They are also equipped to take requests for the infrastructure services, environments, and applications. These specialists also advise on services to utilize for effective performance and scale. This is in addition to recommendations for provision, monitor, size, and regulate resources as required.

To attempt this exam, the applicants need to be proficient in PowerShell, Azure Portal, Command Line Interface, virtualization, ARM templates, Cloud infrastructure, networking, operating systems, and storage structure. Microsoft AZ-100, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure &Deployment, is available in English and it is aimed atevaluating the ability of candidates on specific technical tasks. These include implement and manage storage; manage Azure subscriptions & resources; deploy & manage virtual machines (VMs); and manage identities.

Microsoft AZ-101

The AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration & Security exam is the second test that the individuals planning to earn the Associate credential have to pass before being awarded this certification. The target for this exam is the same as in the first test, Microsoft AZ-100. However, the contents of the exam differ from the first one. Here, the students are required to develop skills in specific technical tasks. These include securing identities; evaluating and performing server migration to Azure, implementing advanced virtual networking; and implementing and managing application services.

The candidates must develop capacity to discover and assess environment; identify workloads that may and may not be deployed; identify changes in network; identify ports to open; identify whether a target environment is supported or not; and install domain accounts as well as credentials. The applicants must also be able to move servers to Azure through the use of Azure Site Recovery (ASR). They should also be able to move utilizing P2V; configure storage; prepare source & target environments; create recovery services vault; backup & restore data; prepare virtual network; and deploy an ASR agent.

Under implementing and managing application services, the candidates should be able to configure serverless computing; create and manage objects; manage a service bus; manage event grid; manage Logic App resources; and manage Azure Function app settings. Also, they should have capacity to manage App Service Plan by configuring application for scaling; configuring App Service plans; and enabling diagnostics and monitoring. The students also need to develop skills in managing App services by assigning the SSL certificates; configuring deployments slots; configuring application setting; configuring Azure content delivery network integration; managing App service protection; creating and managing App Service environment; and managing roles for an App service.

The full details of the exam contents can be found on the Microsoft certification page. It is important to mention that each of the skills under these two tests comes with specific percentage. These percentages indicate the weight of the questions that can be expected on each of them. It is important that you dedicate more time to skills with higher percentages because the weight of these questions is likely to be more than those with lower percentages.

Training for Microsoft AZ-100 and Microsoft AZ-101

When it comes to preparing for the Microsoft exams, there are various options that are open to you. This include self-paced training, instructor-led training, and practice tests. The self-paced training covers micro-learning, interactive, in-browser access, and it's usually free. You can find the details of this on the certification page. The instructor-led training is a paid training and it can be personalized, on-demand, or in-person. You can explore the certification page to see the training courses that you can engage in for your exam preparation.

In addition to the certification page, there are other resource websites that you can use for your preparation. These sites offer training courses that will engender effective exam preparation. These platforms include PrepAway, ExamSnap, CBT Nuggets, Exam-Labs, ExamCollection, and many others.

Practice tests are also very important to your preparation process. It is critical that you take ample practice questions while preparing for the certification exams so that you can understand the pattern and style of the actual tests. It will also help you manage your time properly so you can tackle the real exam questions within the duration allowed. You should check the certification page for the link to the official exam practice questions. The above mentioned websites also offer practice tests on Microsoft AZ-100 and AZ-101.

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