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Microsoft Azure Architect Design Training Course

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Introduction/Overview:

In this course, students Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-301) certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Architect around in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps, and have expert-level skills in at least one of those domains.

The AZ-301 Microsoft Azure Architect Design certification exam is designed for Solution Architects who advice stakeholders and translate business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. Candidates should have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. This course helps people prepare for exam AZ-301.

Microsoft Azure Architect Design Training Course
Microsoft Azure Architect Design Training Course

Learning Outcome:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Designing for Identity and Security
  • Designing a Data Platform Solution
  • Design for Deployment, Migration, and Integration
  • Designing an Infrastructure Strategy

Who needs the course?

This course is designed for:

  • IT professionals
  • Cloud solution architects
  • Experienced Azure administrators and developers
  • DevOps professionals

Detailed Course Content:

Determine workload requirements (10-15%)

Gather Information and Requirements

  • identify compliance requirements, identity and access management infrastructure, and service-oriented architectures (e.g., integration patterns, service design, service discoverability)
  • identify accessibility (e.g. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), availability (e.g. Service Level Agreement), capacity planning and scalability, deploy-ability (e.g., repositories, failback, slot-based deployment), configurability, governance, maintainability (e.g. logging, debugging, troubleshooting, recovery, training), security (e.g. authentication, authorization, attacks), and sizing (e.g. support costs, optimization) requirements
  • recommend changes during project execution (ongoing)
  • evaluate products and services to align with solution
  • create testing scenarios

Optimize Consumption Strategy

  • optimize app service, compute, identity, network, and storage costs

Design an Auditing and Monitoring Strategy

  • define logical groupings (tags) for resources to be monitored
  • determine levels and storage locations for logs
  • plan for integration with monitoring tools
  • recommend appropriate monitoring tool(s) for a solution
  • specify mechanism for event routing and escalation
  • design auditing for compliance requirements
  • design auditing policies and traceability requirements

Design for identity and security (20-25%)

Design Identity Management

  • choose an identity management approach
  • design an identity delegation strategy, identity repository (including directory, application, systems, etc.)
  • design self-service identity management and user and persona provisioning
  • define personas and roles
  • recommend appropriate access control strategy (e.g., attribute-based, discretionary access, history-based, identity-based, mandatory, organization-based, role-based, rule-based, responsibility-based)

Design Authentication

  • choose an authentication approach
  • design a single-sign on approach
  • design for IPSec, logon, multi-factor, network access, and remote authentication

Design Authorization

  • choose an authorization approach
  • define access permissions and privileges
  • design secure delegated access (e.g., oAuth, OpenID, etc.)
  • recommend when and how to use API Keys

Design for Risk Prevention for Identity

  • design a risk assessment strategy (e.g., access reviews, RBAC policies, physical access)
  • evaluate agreements involving services or products from vendors and contractors
  • update solution design to address and mitigate changes to existing security policies, standards, guidelines and procedures

Design a Monitoring Strategy for Identity and Security

  • design for alert notifications
  • design an alert and metrics strategy
  • recommend authentication monitors

Design a data platform solution (15-20%)

Design a Data Management Strategy

  • choose between managed and unmanaged data store
  • choose between relational and non-relational databases
  • design data auditing and caching strategies
  • identify data attributes (e.g., relevancy, structure, frequency, size, durability, etc.)
  • recommend Database Transaction Unit (DTU) sizing
  • design a data retention policy
  • design for data availability, consistency, and durability
  • design a data warehouse strategy

Design a Data Protection Strategy

  • recommend geographic data storage
  • design an encryption strategy for data at rest, for data in transmission, and for data in use
  • design a scalability strategy for data
  • design secure access to data
  • design a data loss prevention (DLP) policy

Design and Document Data Flows

  • identify data flow requirements
  • create a data flow diagram
  • design a data flow to meet business requirements
  • design a data import and export strategy

Design a Monitoring Strategy for the Data Platform

  • design for alert notifications
  • design an alert and metrics strategy

Design a business continuity strategy (15-20%)

Design a Site Recovery Strategy

  • design a recovery solution
  • design a site recovery replication policy
  • design for site recovery capacity and for storage replication
  • design site failover and failback (planned/unplanned)
  • design the site recovery network
  • recommend recovery objectives (e.g., Azure, on-prem, hybrid, Recovery Time Objective (RTO), Recovery Level Objective (RLO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO))
  • identify resources that require site recovery
  • identify supported and unsupported workloads
  • recommend a geographical distribution strategy

Design for High Availability

  • design for application redundancy, autoscaling, data center and fault domain redundancy, and network redundancy
  • identify resources that require high availability
  • identify storage types for high availability

Design a Data Archiving Strategy

  • recommend storage types and methodology for data archiving
  • identify requirements for data archiving and business compliance requirements for data archiving
  • identify SLA(s) for data archiving

Design for deployment, migration, and integration (10-15%)

Design Deployments

  • design a compute, container, data platform, messaging solution, storage, and web app and service deployment strategy

Design Migrations

  • recommend a migration strategy
  • design data import/export strategies during migration
  • determine the appropriate application migration, data transfer, and network connectivity method
  • determine migration scope, including redundant, related, trivial, and outdated data
  • determine application and data compatibility

Design an API Integration Strategy

  • design an API gateway strategy
  • determine policies for internal and external consumption of APIs
  • recommend a hosting structure for API management

Design an infrastructure strategy (15-20%)

Design a Storage Strategy

  • design a storage provisioning strategy
  • design storage access strategy
  • identify storage requirements
  • recommend a storage solution and storage management tools

Design a Compute Strategy

  • design compute provisioning and secure compute strategies
  • determine appropriate compute technologies (e.g., virtual machines, functions, service fabric, container instances, etc.)
  • design an Azure HPC environment
  • identify compute requirements
  • recommend management tools for compute

Design a Networking Strategy

  • design network provisioning and network security strategies
  • determine appropriate network connectivity technologies
  • identify networking requirements
  • recommend network management tools

Design a Monitoring Strategy for Infrastructure

  • design for alert notifications
  • design an alert and metrics strategy

Exam and Certification if Public Exam- Public Exam

Specific Certification Title: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

About Awarding Body:

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge Web browsers.

Eligibility:

Candidates for this exam are Azure Solution Architects who advise stakeholders and translates business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. Candidates should have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. This role requires managing how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. Candidates must be proficient in Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps, and have expert-level skills in at least one of those domains.

Examination Pattern:

Total Number of Questions: 40-60

Passing Score: 700

Time: 150 minutes

Exam Dates:

Exam can be taken anytime in the year. Exam can be scheduled by clicking “schedule exam” link on Exam AZ-301 page on Microsoft portal.

Membership Fee: Not Applicable

Exam fee: $165 USD

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