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Network certification for Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft recently (well, maybe a couple months ago at this point) released a new certification focusing on the networking aspect of Microsoft Azure. This provides a great primer to get familiar with the Microsoft cloud from a connectivity perspective especially for those out there who are responsible maintaining cloud connectivity for Azure. The exam is broken up into the following categories:

  • Design, implement, and manage hybrid networking (10-15%)
  • Design and implement core networking infrastructure (20-25%)
  • Design and implement routing (25-30%)
  • Secure and monitor networks (15-20%)
  • Design and implement Private access to Azure Services (10-15%)

The exam code is AZ-700: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions and costs the normal $165 USD. A further breakdown of learning objectives can be found here. The exam syllabus and objectives look to cover a great array of Azure networking topics:

  • VPN Connectivity – Both Site-to-Site customer locations and Point-to-Site for remote users
  • Connectivity leveraging ExpressRoute & VirtualWAN
  • Creating and connecting VNets along with the different ways to accomplish VNet routing
  • Deploying Network Virtual Appliances (NVA), load-balancing, & NAT
  • Security concepts are introduced as well: Network Security Groups (NSGs), Web Application Firewalls (WAF) and how to monitor/monitor these security features
  • Leveraging network watcher for monitoring & logging

A wide array of topics for being able to talk-the-talk and crawl-the-crawl of Azure networking (Not quite walking yet if this your first tango with Azure)

What makes this even more exciting is that Microsoft was kind enough to consolidate many different articles into a free online self-paced learning program with over 8 hours of recommended reading covering the topics directly from the exam syllabus.

A colleague introduced me to another great resource for learning about Microsoft Azure: John Savill’s YouTube channel. There he has created a dedicated playlist for the AZ-700 with many great videos. Including a 3-hour video dedicated to the AZ-700. There is an hour and a half video deep diving into the Azure firewall & another video deep diving into Azure ExpressRoute. I highly recommend this YouTube channel for anything Azure related. (Networking or otherwise)

These are resources, that I wish I knew about a couple years ago when I started working with Azure but I didn’t. Now that I do however, I am going to do something I haven’t done in over a decade study for a Microsoft certification.

Happy hunting.. Wait no happy labbing.

Written by Stephen J. Occhiogrosso

October 5, 2021 at 10:20 AM

Posted in Cloud, Azure

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