How to Study for Azure AZ-700

I recently studied for, took, and passed the AZ-700 exam. I was able to pass the exam by using the resources I listed below.

A Note on My Experience with the Exam

The exam was challenging. It felt much harder than AZ-104. The case study questions were the biggest challenge for me. While they weren’t difficult, they required me to keep track of a lot of information. It was one of the few times in recent exams that I used the markers and laminated graph paper they gave us for the exam.

Tim Warner’s AZ-700 Class on PluralSight

Here is where I started. Tim Warner’s course: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (AZ-700) is where the bulk of my training took place. I spent hours watching his videos and following along in my Azure lab. I took this route on this exam because it felt more structured around the objectives. This may not be the route you want to go because PluralSight does have a cost.

John Savill’s Technical Training on YouTube

John Savill’s training is free on his YouTube channel. This may be the best route for those who prefer not to pay for study materials. I focused mainly on the cram video. I did pick through some subjects in his playlist. I used his videos to help me with concepts that were harder for me to nail down, like load balancing.

Exam Ref AZ-700 Microsoft Azure Administrator

I bought and read through this copy of the exam reference guide. It was helpful for helping to break down concepts that I saw in videos I watched that I quite didn’t understand. I still appreciate having a book in my hand when I study, but people on a budget may be better served by just using the free learning path.

Playing Around in the Azure Environment

As I have done with all my past exams from AZ-104 to AZ-305, I played around in the environment to better understand what I was learning. I built VPN tunnels and even used Terraform to save money. I stood up multiple VNets to better understand pairing. This is a crucial part of pulling all that I was learning together.

Measureup Practice Test

Practice tests are really helpful for me to get a feel for the exam. It is important that I use practice tests that have questions that are close to the actual test but are NOT the actual test. The only test I found was the Measureup practice test. Unfortunately, it is expensive. I am aware that there is a test by Whizlabs, but I am not confident in recommending them.

Conclusion

These tools helped me study for and pass the exam. I hope that they help you along in your Azure certification journey.

How I studied for the VMware VCP-NV 2023 Network Virtualization NSX-T Exam

I recently took the VCP-NV 2023 exam, also referred to as 2V0-41.20. The platform has been completely rebuilt since I took the VCP6-NV exam in 2018. I want to share some of the resources I used and hopefully help someone else to take and pass the exam.

Pluralsight

There is a Pluralsight course called: VCP-NV 2022: VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (2V0-41.20). This course goes through many concepts and then has labs you can follow along with. Watching the approximately eight hours of content was very helpful for me because although I understood many of the networking concepts, I needed to know how things were done differently in NSX-T.

Hands On Labs

If you do not have a lab or maybe you don’t have the storage and compute resources necessary in your home lab to run a full NSX implementation, I would highly suggest using VMware Hands On Labs. It’s free and it is a great way to learn.

Using Your Home lab

I spent quite a bit of time messing with NSX in my home lab. This is one of the best ways for me to learn. I even found a way to install NSX from vCenter that was not mentioned in the videos on Pluralsight. The things I learned were a little bit less about helping me with the exam and more about understanding how things would work in a production environment.

Practice Exams

Unfortunately, I was unable to find any practice exams. What I had to do was make notes around everything listed in the exam guide. Also took a look at some resources, like this one from vBrownBag on YouTube to prepare me for the exam. The one I linked is for the 2.4 version of NSX-T, but I found a lot of the concepts to be the same.

Conclusion

These are the tools that I found invaluable in helping me learn the material needed to pass this exam. I hope that they can be of service to you as well.

How I studied for the AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Exam

I recently took and passed the AZ-305 exam. I wanted to share some of the resources I used so that they may help someone else take and pass this exam. I took the AZ-104 exam four months before and felt there was a natural progression, but the AZ-305 was much more difficult.

Free Microsoft Resources

There are three resources from Microsoft that I found helpful in studying for this exam. First is the Microsoft Learn portal. It has tons of modules to browse through, especially if you only need help with certain concepts. Second, there is the lab material on GitHub. Third, is the study guide, which gives you an outline of what topics you should fully understand in order to pass the exam.

John Savill’s Technical Training on YouTube

Just as I did in studying for the AZ-104 exam, I relied heavily on John Savill’s videos on YouTube. Specifically, the AZ-305 playlist and the AZ-305 study cram video. These videos were crucial for me to better understand what I had read.

Playing Around in the Azure Environment

Just like with my AZ-104 exam preparation, I cannot overstate how important it is to actually play around in Azure. Create a VM. Create a resource group. Peer a network. All of these things were very important for me to understand how the different services interact.

Using the Official Practice Test from MeasureUp

Once I felt that I had mastered all the concepts, I turned to the official practice test from MeasureUp to ensure that I had a feel for what type of questions would be asked. This helped me bring everything I learned together.

Conclusion

These are the tools that I found invaluable in helping me learn the material needed to pass this exam. I hope that they can be of service to you as well.

How To Study For Azure AZ-104

When I took the Azure AZ-104 exam in August, I was able to pass confidently because I used the following resources. I hope that if you’re studying for the exam, you find the same resources helpful.

Exam Ref AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator

I actually bought and read the physical copy of the exam reference guide from Microsoft. I took it with me everywhere for about a month. Anytime I had to wait for anything, I started reading the book. This helped me build a framework for understanding the various concept the exam covers.

Playing Around in the Azure Environment

I cannot overstate how important it is to actually play around in Azure. Create a VM. Create a resource group. Peer a network. All of these things were very important for me to understand how the different services interact.

John Savill’s Technical Training on YouTube

John Savill’s AZ-104 playlist and study cram video were very instrumental in helping me pull all the concepts together. It is amazing that all his content is available on YouTube for free.

Using Tutorials Dojo Practice Exams

The Tutorials Dojo practice exams helped me bring all the concepts together. The questions were similar in concept to what was in the exam, but crucially, they were not brain dumps. The reason I like practice exams is that I learn to think a little more critically about scenarios that I may experience in real life.

Conclusion

These tools helped me study for and pass the exam. I hope that they help you along in your Azure certification journey.

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