Book Description

Prepare for Microsoft Exam AZ-103—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of deploying and managing infrastructure in Microsoft Azure cloud environments. Designed for experienced cloud professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Certified Associate level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:


  • Manage Azure subscriptions and resources
  • Implement and manage storage
  • Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs)
  • Configure and manage virtual networks
  • Manage identities


This Microsoft Exam Ref:


  • Organizes its coverage by exam objectives
  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
  • Assumes you are an experienced Azure administrator who understands and manages diverse storage, security, networking and/or compute cloud services


About the Exam

Exam AZ-103 focuses on skills and knowledge needed to manage Azure subscriptions; analyze resource utilization and consumption; manage resource groups; establish storage accounts; import/export data; configure Azure files; implement backup; create, configure, and automate VM deployment; manage VMs and VM backups; implement, manage, and connect virtual networks; configure name resolution; create and configure Network Security Groups; manage Azure AD and its objects; and implement and manage hybrid identities.


About Microsoft Certification

Passing exam AZ-103 earns your Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification, demonstrating your skills in implementing, monitoring, and maintaining Microsoft Azure solutions, including major services related to compute, storage, network, and security.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a glance
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. Introduction
    1. Organization of this book
    2. Microsoft certifications
    3. Quick access to online references
    4. Errata, updates, & book support
    5. Stay in touch
  9. Important: How to use this book to study for the exam
  10. Chapter 1. Manage Azure subscriptions and resources
    1. Skill 1.1: Manage Azure Subscriptions
      1. Assigning administrator permissions
      2. Configure cost center quotas and tagging
      3. Configure Azure subscription policies
    2. Skill 1.2: Analyze resource utilization and consumption
      1. Configure diagnostic settings on resources
      2. Create and test alerts
      3. Analyze alerts across subscriptions
      4. Analyze metrics across subscriptions
      5. Utilize log search query functions
      6. Monitor for unused resources
      7. Monitor and report spend
    3. Skill 1.3: Manage resource groups
      1. Use Azure policies for resource groups
      2. Configure resource locks
      3. Implement and set tagging on resource groups
      4. Move resources across resource groups
      5. Remove resource groups
    4. Skill 1.4: Manage role-based access control (RBAC)
      1. Role-Based Access Control
      2. How RBAC works
      3. Implementing RBAC using the portal
    5. Thought experiment
    6. Thought experiment answers
    7. Chapter summary
  11. Chapter 2. Implement and manage storage
    1. Skill 2.1: Create and configure storage accounts
      1. Create and configure a storage account
      2. Configure network access to the storage account
      3. Manage access keys
      4. Generate a shared access signature
      5. Monitor activity log by using Log Analytics
      6. Implement Azure storage replication
    2. Skill 2.2: Import and export data to Azure
      1. Configure and use Azure blob storage
      2. Create export from Azure job
      3. Create import into Azure job
      4. Use Azure Data Box
      5. Configure Azure content delivery network (CDN) endpoints
    3. Skill 2.3: Configure Azure files
      1. Using the Azure File Service
      2. Create Azure File Sync service
      3. Create Azure sync group
      4. Troubleshoot Azure File Sync
    4. Skill 2.4: Implement Azure Backup
      1. Create Recovery Services Vault
      2. Backup and restore data
      3. Configure and review backup reports
      4. Create and configure backup policy
    5. Thought experiment
    6. Thought experiment answers
    7. Chapter summary
  12. Chapter 3. Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs)
    1. Skill 3.1: Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux
      1. Creating virtual machines
      2. Configuring high availability
      3. Configure virtual machine size
      4. Authentication options
      5. Configure storage
      6. Configure networking
      7. Configure monitoring
      8. Deploy and configure scale sets
    2. Skill 3.2: Automate deployment of VMs
      1. Deploy Windows and Linux VMs
      2. Configure VHD template
      3. Deploy from template
      4. Modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template
      5. Save a deployment as an ARM Template
      6. Configure location of new VMs
    3. Skill 3.3: Manage Azure VM
      1. Add data disks
      2. Add network interfaces
      3. Manage VM sizes
      4. Move VMs from one resource group to another
      5. Redeploy VMs
      6. Automate configuration management
    4. Skill 3.4: Manage VM Backups
      1. Configure VM backup
      2. Define backup policies
      3. Implement backup policies
      4. Perform VM restore
    5. Thought experiment
    6. Thought experiment answers
    7. Chapter summary
  13. Chapter 4. Configure and manage virtual networks
    1. Skill 4.1: Implement and manage virtual networking
      1. Create and configure a virtual networks and subnets
      2. Configure private IP addresses and network interfaces
      3. Create and configure public IP addresses
      4. Configure network routes
    2. Skill 4.2: Create connectivity between virtual networks
      1. Create and configure VNet peering
      2. Create a virtual network gateway and configure VNET to VNET connectivity
      3. Verify virtual network connectivity
    3. Skill 4.3: Configure name resolution
      1. Configure Azure DNS
      2. Configure custom DNS settings
      3. Configure private DNS zones
    4. Skill 4.4: Create and configure a network security group (NSG)
      1. Create security rules
      2. Associate NSG to a subnet or network interface
      3. Identify required ports
      4. Evaluate effective security rules
    5. Skill 4.5: Implement Azure load balancer
      1. Configure internal load balancer, load balancing rules, and public load balancer
      2. Troubleshoot load balancing
    6. Skill 4.6: Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking
      1. Monitor on-premises connectivity
      2. Use network resource monitoring
      3. Use Network Watcher
      4. Troubleshoot external networking
      5. Troubleshoot virtual network connectivity
    7. Skill 4.7: Integrate on-premises network with Azure virtual network
      1. Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway
      2. Create and configure site-to-site VPN
      3. Configure ExpressRoute
      4. Verify and troubleshoot on-premises connectivity
    8. Thought experiment
    9. Thought experiment answers
    10. Chapter summary
  14. Chapter 5. Manage identities
    1. Skill 5.1: Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)
      1. Add custom domains
      2. Configure Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure AD Join, and Enterprise State Roaming
      3. Configure self-service password reset
      4. Implement conditional access policies
      5. Manage multiple directories
      6. Perform an access review
    2. Skill 5.2: Manage Azure AD Objects
      1. Create users and groups
      2. Manage user and group properties
      3. Manage device settings
      4. Perform bulk user updates
    3. Skill 5.3: Implement and manage hybrid identities
      1. Install and configure Azure AD Connect
      2. Configure federation and single sign-on
      3. Manage password sync and writeback
    4. Skill 5.4: Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA)
      1. Multi-Factor Authentication
      2. Azure MFA advanced features
    5. Thought experiment
    6. Thought experiment answers
    7. Chapter summary
  15. Index
  16. Code Snippets