Walkthrough the contents and process of AZ-900 Exam: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
I recently passed the Microsoft Azure Fundamental Certification(AZ-900) and found that many people were putting queries regarding the whole process and experience of giving the exam. Hence, I am putting the entire process here, and I hope it might help anyone.
First, my interest in Cloud Computing as a part of my Data Science curriculum motivated me to attempt this exam. Learning about the Machine Learning and Cognitive Services that is being provided by the Azure services to run and deploy models is a good experience for any person in the Data Science field. I came to realize this while reading through the Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure 😊.
We all know that Cloud Migration is gaining more momentum day by day. Learning about the cloud basics and its applications is an advantage to know irrespective of whatever IT stream you want to invest in for your career start.
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This write up will be divide into two parts :
a) Curriculum of Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)
b) Registration and Procedure
a) Curriculum of Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900):
The Azure Fundamentals Exam(AZ-900) is the base exam that helps anyone give a holistic view of Cloud Operations in Azure. Azure simplifies the understanding of the Cloud and its Operations and how it have been distributed over its network. Doing this can give any beginner a foundation over Cloud.
At first, you need to have a learner account in the below path.
Learner’s Account :https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/
The Microsoft documents provided in the below learner path helps to get acquainted with the basics of the exam:
What was my Exam like?
My exam was of one-hour duration with 40 questions, but the number of questions may vary from 40–60, but not to worry, the scores obtained are always normalized to give a fair treat.😊
Note: All questions were multiple choices; hence comparatively, it makes the task easier a bit.:)
What was the focus of the exam?
Once done with the account set up, one can book an exam with the options provided. Now coming back to the exam. The exam was based on the below points :
a) Cloud Computing Concepts: Differences between IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and what are the services or applications that are offered in the specific zones. For example, Azure Virtual Machines are a part of IaaS while Skype is a part of SaaS. This part consisted of around 10–15% of the questions of my exam.
b) Azure Cloud Services: This part consisted of around 35% of the question on my exam paper. But it may differ from 25–30%. The part consisted mainly of Microsoft Azure’s services regarding the roles, subscriptions, networking, and various Azure monitoring tools. How the networks are to be established and what tools and objectives are kept in mind during the setup, including the layers of connections and their responsibilities and prevention of any attacks. Mostly the explanations that are covered in part 2–3 of the learning path.
c) The next massive chunk of questions came from the Azure Security, Privacy, Compliance section that consisted of another 30- 35% of exam questions. The attempt was to test how fundamentally you are clear about the Security challenges, Privacy policies and Compliance activity, and roles in Azure. The module indicates that how data privacy is a critical point and needs to be of utmost concern.
d) Rest 10–15% of questions were about** Azure Pricing and Support **covering Part 6 of the AZ-900 learner’s course learning path. This module focus on the Azure subscription, its variations, its validity, and support activities.
To be more precise about the exam, most of the questions depicted a real-life scenario problem for which an appropriate solution should be answered among the multiple options provided.
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