Changes in Azure Administrator Associate certification

Microsoft Learning just announced changes in the Azure Administrator Associate Certification. In resume the Azure Administrator Associate certification has been modified and now you only need to pass in one exam: AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator.

This change will be live starting May 1, 2019. This new exam combines skills from AZ-100 and AZ-101, but basically is all AZ-100 plus some topcis that come from AZ-101. You can find the topics that are coming from AZ-101 at the full object domain in yellow.

Some points to understand with this change:

  • If you already have the AZ-100 exam, you will get the Azure Administrator Associate certificate.
  • AZ-100 and AZ-101 will be retired on the May 1, 2019
  • Official Instructor Led and Online Training will be available on May 1, 2019.
  • If you had taken the AZ-101 (with a pass or fail score) you don’t get the Azure Administrator Associate certificate, but you will get the Microsoft Exam voucher.

If you have any questions, please do it on the comments section. I will answer to everyone questions on this.

You can also find more information in the official Microsoft Learning blog post:

AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator exam object domain

1. Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (15-20%)

1.1 Manage Azure subscriptions

May include but not limited to: Assign administrator permissions; configure cost center quotas and tagging; configure Azure subscription policies at Azure subscription level

1.2 Analyze resource utilization and consumption

May include but not limited to: Configure diagnostic settings on resources; create baseline for resources; create and rest alerts; analyze alerts across subscription; analyze metrics across subscription; create action groups; monitor for unused resources; monitor spend; report on spend; utilize Log Search query functions; view alerts in Log Analytics

1.3 Manage resource groups

May include but not limited to: Use Azure policies for resource groups; configure resource locks; configure resource policies; implement and set tagging on resource groups; move resources across resource groups; remove resource groups 1.4 Managed role based access control (RBAC) May include but is not limited to: Create a custom role, configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles, configure management access to Azure, troubleshoot RBAC, implement RBAC policies, assign RBAC Roles

2. Implement and manage storage (20-25%)

2.1 Create and configure storage accounts

May include but not limited to: Configure network access to the storage account; create and configure storage account; generate shared access signature; install and use Azure Storage Explorer; manage access keys; monitor activity log by using Log Analytics; implement Azure storage replication

2.2 Import and export data to Azure

May include but not limited to: Create export from Azure job; create import into Azure job; Use Azure Data Box; configure and use Azure blob storage; configure Azure content delivery network (CDN) endpoints

2.3 Configure Azure files

May include but not limited to: Create Azure file share; create Azure File Sync service; create Azure sync group; troubleshoot Azure File Sync

2.4 Implement Azure backup

May include but not limited to: Configure and review backup reports; perform backup operation; create Recovery Services Vault; create and configure backup policy; perform a restore operation

3. Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs) (20-25%)

3.1 Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux

May include but not limited to: Configure high availability; configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size; deploy and configure scale sets

3.2 Automate deployment of VMs

May include but not limited to: Modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template; configure location of new VMs; configure VHD template; deploy from template; save a deployment as an ARM template; deploy Windows and Linux VMs

3.3 Manage Azure VM

May include but not limited to: Add data discs; add network interfaces; automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and VM Agent by using custom script extensions; manage VM sizes; move VMs from one resource group to another; redeploy VMs

3.4 Manage VM backups

May include but not limited to: Configure VM backup; define backup policies; implement backup policies; perform VM restore; Azure Site Recovery

4. Configure and manage virtual networks (20-25%)

4.1 Create connectivity between virtual networks

May include but not limited to: Create and configure VNET peering; create and configure VNET to VNET; verify virtual network connectivity; create virtual network gateway

4.2 Implement and manage virtual networking

May include but not limited to: Configure private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual network

4.3 Configure name resolution

May include but not limited to: Configure Azure DNS; configure custom DNS settings; configure private and public DNS zones

4.4 Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)

May include but not limited to: Create security rules; associate NSG to a subnet or network interface; identify required ports; evaluate effective security rules

4.5 Implement Azure load balancer

May include but is not limited to: Configure internal load balancer, configure load balancing rules, configure public load balancer, troubleshoot load balancing

4.6 Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking

May include but is not limited to: Monitor on-premises connectivity, use Network resource monitoring, use Network Watcher, troubleshoot external networking, troubleshoot virtual network connectivity

4.7 Integrate on premises network with Azure virtual network

May include but is not limited to: Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway, create and configure site to site VPN, configure Express Route, verify on premises connectivity, troubleshoot on premises connectivity with Azure

5. Manage identities (15-20%)

5.1 Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

May include but not limited to: Add custom domains; Azure AD Join; configure self-service password reset; manage multiple directories;

5.2 Manage Azure AD objects (users, groups, and devices)

May include but not limited to: Create users and groups; manage user and group properties; manage device settings; perform bulk user updates; manage guest accounts

5.3 Implement and manage hybrid identities

May include but not limited to: Install Azure AD Connect, including password hash and passthrough synchronization; use Azure AD Connect to configure federation with on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS); manage Azure AD Connect; manage password sync and password writeback

5.4 Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)

May include but is not limited to: Configure user accounts for MFA, enable MFA by using bulk update, configure fraud alerts, configure bypass options, configure Trusted IPs, configure verification methods

13 Replies to “Changes in Azure Administrator Associate certification”

  1. Hi
    I have already cleared az-100 and az-101 and valid azure associates certification, do I need to reapear for Az-103

  2. what Microsft do for who passed Az-100 , and he cant complete the Az-101 before 1 May , he considered admin certified

  3. I have completed AZ-100. Do you suggest me to take AZ-101 before May 1 2019 or shall I wait for AZ-103.Thanks in advance!

    1. If you already have passed on AZ-100 you don’t need to do anything else. You will get the Azure Administrator Associate certification.

  4. Hello,

    I have cleared 70-533 exam. Could you please let me know if i need to give the AZ 102 or AZ 103 exam to get the administrator badge

    1. You are in a very interesting case, because had today you have several options to get your Azure Administrator Associate certification:
      1. You can take the AZ-102 transition exam (schedule to retire on June 30, 2019)
      2. You can take the AZ-103 after May 1, 2019
      3. You can just take AZ-100 until May 1, 2019

      All this options are valid options for you to get the certification.

  5. So “Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate” and “Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator” is the same thing? It seems these are used interchangeably in the official blog.

  6. Hi, I am looking forward for AZ 100 certification before it retires. I would like to know which is the last date for appearing for the same. Is it 30th April 2019 or 1st May 2019? Because I notice that as I try to schedule the exam at one of the exam centers in my vicinity, it is giving me an option of scheduling AZ 100 on 1st of May 2019. So should I go ahead and schedule it for 1st May 2019?

    I need to schedule the exam today, hence request a revert on urgent basis.

    1. If the Person Vue allows to schedule up to that time you should be fine, but if it was me I will schedule it to a few days before that date. You might get a small personal issue, Testing center might also have some issues etc.. If you’re on the last day you don’t have any other chance to take the AZ-100. I will try to find if it’s really up to (including) the 1st of May that you can still take AZ-100. Hope this helps.

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