Advice for passing the Azure AZ-102 exam

Public Cloud, Microsoft Azure

Earlier this week I sat (and passed) the new AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition exam. AZ-102 is one of the new set of role-based Azure certifications and exams recently announced by Microsoft. It's a transition exam intended for those who have already passed exam 70-533. By passing AZ-102 you gain the new Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certification. If you haven't passed the 70-533 exam then you can gain the same certification by taking the new AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams.

AZ-102 covers the objectives that are in the new AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams but not in the 70-533 exam. Those being:

Skills measured from AZ-100: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment

• Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (5-10%)
• Implement and manage storage (5-10%)
• Configure and manage virtual networks (15-20%)
• Manage identities (15-20%)

Skills measured from AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration and Security

• Evaluate and perform server migration to Azure (15-20%)
• Implement and manage application services (5-10%)
• Implement advanced virtual networking (5-10%)
• Secure identities (5-10%)

The exam for me was 47 questions (though I believe this can be anything from 40-60 questions), in 150 minutes. It was the usual mix of case studies, scenarios and multiple choice questions. I had at least one question on every single objective listed but seemed to get questioned most on migration services, networking and MFA configuration. It wasn't as intense as the 70-533 and 70-535 exams I took earlier this year, simply because the scope of the exam was that much less, but you are still expected to know each objective in depth.

Usually for exams I would use online courses and videos to study, but as the exam has only recently been released there didn't appear to be much out there. Therefore I relied heavily on the Azure documentation site. For each Azure service covered by the objectives I would read the overview, concepts and objectives pages. Each service usually had a quick-start and tutorial section of the documentation, so if you've got an Azure account you can get some hands-on practice with them. 3-4 days prior to the course I found out about this is free, self-paced training made up of a collection of videos and documentation covering each of the objectives within the exam. Taking the course alone won't get you through the exam, but it will help reinforce the knowledge you've picked up from the documentation. Microsoft also recently announced Microsoft Learn - it's another free resource where made up of guided documentation and videos. It also provides access to sandbox Azure environments, so you can get hands on without incurring any charges on your own Azure subscription.

When I booked the exam it also came with a free access to a MeasureUp practice test for 30 days. The practice exams are great for getting you ready for exam conditions and the types of questions you'll be asked. It helped validate what I did know and highlighted any weak areas, so I was able to focus my study on those.

One thing to note is that AZ-102 is only available until the 30th June 2019. After that you'd need to take AZ-100 and AZ-101 to gain the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certification. For anyone who has already passed 70-533 I would recommend taking the exam. It costs less than the AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams, comes with the free practice test and the scope is a lot more manageable and easier to study for.

If you are planning to take the exam I wish you the best of luck!


Posted by Helen Thomas