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Learning path for Azure Developer

Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate

Microsoft Azure Developers design, build, test, and maintain cloud solutions, such as applications and services, partnering with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement these solutions.

Required exams: Exam AZ-203


  1. Azure fundamentals
  2. Create serverless applications
  3. Connect your services together
  4. Work with relational data in Azure
  5. Store data in Azure
  6. Deploy a website with Azure virtual machines
  7. Deploy a website to Azure with Azure App Service
  8. Manage resources in Azure
  9. Secure your cloud data
  10. Work with NoSQL data in Azure Cosmos DB
  11. Extract knowledge and insights from your data with Azure Databricks
  12. Perform data engineering with Azure Databricks
  13. Introduction to machine learning with Python and Azure Notebooks

Learning path for Azure Administrator

Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

An Azure Administrator is responsible for implementing, monitoring, and maintaining Microsoft Azure solutions, including major services related to compute, storage, network, and security.

Required exams: Exam AZ-103


  1. Azure fundamentals
  2. Secure your cloud data
  3. Manage resources in Azure
  4. Administer infrastructure resources in Azure
  5. Administer containers in Azure
  6. Build applications with Azure DevOps

How to Learn Azure?

Docs – The Azure documentation is the most comprehensive and current resource you’ll find. Many of the tutorials in the docs include the ability to launch Cloud Shell alongside the tutorial steps. This new site replaces the old MSDN Library and provides a vastly improved experience.

Videos – Azure FridayAzure Microsoft MechanicsTuesdays with CoreyCloud Tech 10, Azure this Month.

Microsoft Learn – is a carefully planned, comprehensive set of educational resources that lead to certification based on industry-defined roles and the specific skills needed to perform those roles. The roles you can be certified in include Administrator, Developer, Data Engineer, Data Scientist, Business Analyst, Solutions Architect, AI Engineer.


  1. Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications by Jeffrey Richter
  2. Azure fundamentals
  3. Azure Courses @ Pluralsight
  4. Azure Courses @ Udemy

Microsoft Certifications Levels

Microsoft has certification paths for many technical job roles. Each of these certifications consists of passing a series of exams to earn certification. Microsoft certifications are organized into three levels: Fundamental, Associate, and Expert.



Azure Certification Paths 2019

Paths for Administrators/Developers/Architects:


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Azure Certification Paths 2018

At Ignite Microsoft announced a new role-based certifications: Azure AdministratorAzure DeveloperAzure Solutions Architect, Azure DevOps Engineer; Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator and Enterprise Administrator. In fact, the exams for the Azure Administrator certification are now live, and the next two certifications Azure Developer and Azure Solutions Architect have exams in beta. The other three role-based certifications on this list will be launched before the end of the year.

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532-533-535 Exams Retirement


Azure fathers: Dave Cutler and Amitabh Srivastava

In 2006, Amitabh Srivastava was a corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Windows division, working on redefining the organization’s engineering processes.  Ozzie had recently been named the company’s chief software architect and the two had their first meeting one late afternoon in Building 34 on Microsoft’s campus.

Srivastava has always had a rule: If he’s in town, he never misses dinner at home with his family – or if he needs to, he tells his family he’ll be late.  That evening, Srivastava lost track of time.  He missed dinner and never called home to say he’d be late.  The one-hour meeting began at 4 p.m. and went until 8 p.m.

“By the end of that meeting, I was convinced software wouldn’t be shipped as it had been.  My personal realization was, ‘I’m working on the wrong thing,’” Srivastava recalled.

At the time, Srivastava’s office was across from Cutler’s, and the two often got to the office early.  Soon after the meeting with Ozzie, Srivastava recalls telling Cutler, “I don’t know what needs to be done, but I know there’s something changing dramatically and we’ve got to rethink our approach.”

After a few more weeks of discussions, Srivastava knew Microsoft needed to build an operating system for the cloud, and he identified his first task: Recruit Cutler.

“So I go to Dave and he says ‘I think I’m ready to retire,’” Srivastava said. “I said, ‘Dave, not quite. This is different.  This could change the world.’”

Cutler didn’t say yes to Srivastava, but he also didn’t say no.  “I had worked with Dave long enough to know that when he didn’t say no right away, that was a good sign.”

Srivastava developed a plan for Cutler and him to visit every team at Microsoft running a cloud service, from MSN and Hotmail to Xbox Live and the company’s cloud data centers.

The due diligence process took a few months as Cutler and Srivastava listened to the pain points and band-aid approaches teams had taken to keep their cloud services running.  After the tour, Cutler and Srivastava never had a formal discussion about him joining the team. Cutler was on board.

Two years later, on Oct. 27, 2008, Ozzie stood on stage at the company’s Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles and announced a technology preview of Windows Azure (now Microsoft Azure).

At PDC 2008, Ray Ozzie announced a technology preview of Windows Azure (now Microsoft Azure).

Amitabh Srivastava on stage at PDC 2008, wearing the “Project Red Dog” sneakers that Cutler designed.


Windows Azure Pack (WAP) is not dead

Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was updated

It means that:

  1. Azure Pack is not dead, and it’s far from being dead.
  2. Azure Pack will continue to evolve until 2022 (6 years from now) and will be supported until 2027 (11 years from now).

Remember that Microsoft Azure Stack is not the new version of Windows Azure Pack (WAP). Azure Stack release in 2017 won’t kill WAP – they will co-exist together for a long time. Azure Stack and WAP have a different purpose – WAP is a great solution to build IaaS, and Azure Stack is a great platform to run Azure services in your datacenter. They are totally different inside and very different from the outside – WAP looks like a simplified old Azure Portal, while Azure Stack looks exactly like new Azure Portal. WAP is built on top of Windows Server and System Center and can run on a vast varieties of hardware, supported by Windows Server 2012R2/2016. Azure Stack architecture is inspired by Azure, uses Azure Resource Manager model and can run only on a specific supported hardware.

It’s great that Microsoft supports both approaches. Service providers can use WAP to build a great IaaS solution, using the hardware they like or already have. They can use Azure Stack to build a “little Azure” in their DCs.

What is Windows Azure Pack (WAP)?

Windows Azure Pack (WAP) is a collection of Windows Azure technologies, available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost for installation into your data center. It runs on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and, through the use of the Windows Azure technologies.

Services that are available out of the box with WAP:

  1. Virtual Machines (via System Center VMM integration)
  2. Websites (distributed, multi-tenant, highly available web hosting service)
  3. Database (via SQL Server and My SQL)
  4. Automation (via System Center Runbooks)


  1. Step-By-Step: Installing Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server
  2. Windows Azure Pack – Infrastructure as a Service 
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