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If you missed it earlier today, Microsoft announced a major overhaul to Azure exam 70-533.  For all the details see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/community-blog-post.aspx?BlogId=8&Id=375147.

Luckily, if you already have the 70-533 exam under your belt, then you can take an upgrade exam, currently in beta.

I took exam 70-533 way back when it was first released and so much has changed since then. The Azure I use today is not the same Azure I am certified on. I’m happy that the exam has been overhauled, but this means I also have to take the upgrade exam.

If you are in the same boat that I am in then let’s learn together.  I have already put together the AZ-102 Upgrade Exam Study Guide based on the objectives. Feel free to download and modify it as you please. It’s nothing fancy but it will get you started. I’ll be posting what I have learned and creating fuller length articles for objectives that require a little more detail.

I’m currently recording a course based on this exam to help you upgrade your skillset. Stay tuned for the details on the release date. We are working hard to get it to you as soon as we can.

I have also created a LinkedIn Group where we can study and help each other. Please join me there as we tackle this exam together!

Sharon

Categories: 70-533, certifications

Exam 70-533 Study Guide

I finally finished up the Microsoft exam 70-533 study guide.  As before I have two versions, an Excel version and a Project version available here. Please feel free to update as required.

533-Study Guide

Good Luck!

Categories: 70-533, certifications

Updated 70-535 Study Guide

Back in early January, I posted an Excel study guide for exam 70-535. Last week a very resourceful reader, Simon Card, sent me a Project Plan for the exam. Thank you Simon!  I took his awesome project plan and added all the links from my Excel study guide. If you wish to use the Project file feel free to download it and modify as required. I have shared the file via OneDrive. You can download it here.

If you want to reach out to Simon you can find him at kcom(dot)com. Just google him for his email.

I’m currently working on an exam guide for the updated 70-533 exam, stay tuned.

Categories: 70-535, certifications

Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

As most Azure Certof you know, a lot of my day is spent around Azure. I started using Azure several months before I joined Microsoft via an agency. After a good two years of becoming familiar with Azure, I decided to write 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, really hard, and time-consuming. It’s been a long time since I have heard my heart pounding that loud after clicking the “submit” button. Luckily (and yes, I think there was some luck or good guesswork) I passed. It was a great way to end the year!

 

Of course I can’t tell you what was on the exam, but I can advise you to be familiar with every study objective:

Exam Objectives 70-533

I think I have been lucky regarding my last several exams, as I have only had to write the upgrade exams; but that has also been a downfall. Everyone keeps telling me the new exams are Powershell heavy, but until this exam, I’ve been able to get by with my limited PowerShell knowledge. All I can say is know your PowerShell, not only for exams but for all MS solutions. I do love PowerShell and I know I have to use it more now that I have completed this exam. I always recommend PowerShell in a Month of Lunches as a great way to learn PowerShell.

My only other challenge was my lack of development. I really struggled with the web and cloud services objectives and my mark reflected those weaknesses.

Here’s a list of the resources I used to prepare for the exam:

Azure for IT Professionals

In-person events and other resources

Now onto 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions – once the exam is out of beta and I find some free time (that objective will be harder than the exam!). For those of you looking for study materials for this exam, Keith Mayer has a great study guide.

Let us know how your studying is going, and please feel free to join me at a ModernBiz session at a local MS office!

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