Recently I decided to circle back and do the AZ-104 exam after several other exams, and as I have done with other exams I wanted to share my study guide and the resources I used to help get me over the line for this certification. Once you pass the AZ-104 exam you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification, demonstrating that you are able to understand how to implement, manage and monitor identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment. As well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources, when needed
With any Microsoft Exam the content changes on a regular basis, so it is always best to ensure you keep updated with the latest guidance from Microsoft. This can usually be found on the Exam page. In terms of the AZ-104 exams the skills measured are broken down into the following categories and weighted as such:
- Manage Azure identities and governance (15-20%)
- Implement and manage storage (15-20%)
- Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (20-25%)
- Configure and manage virtual networking (25-30%)
- Monitor and back up Azure resources (10-15%)
It’s worth noting that by default, most of the questions cover features that are General Availability (GA), however, the exam may contain questions on Preview features if those features are commonly used.
Microsoft Learn Resources
By default, I always try to use the Microsoft Learn resources. If you aren’t aware of Microsoft Learn, it is a training platform built and maintained by Microsoft and is completely free of charge. Microsoft Learn provides a vast amount of online training and learning paths for a range of Microsoft technologies, the training is delivered through videos, reading materials, and labs, but also has quizzes at the end of sections, so that you can gauge your knowledge. By default, my first point is always to check the Microsoft Learn materials.
- AZ-104: Prerequisites for Azure administrators (6 Modules)
- AZ-104: Manage identities and governance in Azure (8 Modules)
- AZ-104: Implement and manage storage in Azure (9 Modules)
- AZ-104: Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (11 Modules)
- AZ-104: Configure and manage virtual networks for Azure administrators (15 Modules)
- AZ-104: Monitor and back up Azure resources (9 Modules)
Microsoft Docs Resources
On top of the Microsoft Learn resources, is Microsoft Docs, again this is another free Microsoft Resource. Now I personally used the list provided by Thomas Maurer in his Study guide for AZ-104. This provides a very good list of links to the relevant Microsoft docs for this exam.
Tips and other resources
On top of these Microsoft resources, I always recommend trying to get some actual Azure time with the toolsets. This can be difficult to do unless you have a test Azure subscription, so it may be worth looking at signing up for a free trial and putting some money aside for a very basic configuration. Alternatively, you could look at an A Cloud Guru subscription, which will offer the ability to have a time-limited cloud sandbox.
Youtube can always be a good resource to look at, if you are more of a visual learner, with one of my favourite channels being John Savill’s. He has a great Azure Masterclass course on youtube which covers some of the fundamentals for AZ-104, worth checking out here.
All the best and good luck on your journey to passing AZ-104 and gaining your Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification. If you have any further links and resources then please let me know in the comments and I can add them to this blog.