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Upcoming changes to Microsoft Azure certifications in 2020

The following table itemizes the announced changes.

CertificationCurrent examWill become exam
Azure Developer AssociateAZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft AzureAZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (beta)
Azure Administrator AssociateAZ-103: Microsoft Azure AdministratorAZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator (beta)
Azure Solutions Architect ExpertAZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect TechnologiesAZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta)
Azure Solutions Architect ExpertAZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect DesignAZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta)



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

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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. Administer infrastructure resources in Azure
  4. Manage resources in Azure
  5. Administer containers in Azure
  6. Build applications with Azure DevOps

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Azure Fundamentals

Interested in the cloud, but aren’t quite sure what it can do for you? Microsoft Learn is the place to start. Microsoft Learn is an free interactive sandbox for learning new skills. Over 62 Azure modules: Good learning path to start:

Azure Fundamentals

In this learning path, you will:

  • Learn cloud concepts such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery
  • Understand the benefits of cloud computing in Azure and how it can save you time and money
  • Compare and contrast basic strategies for transitioning to the Azure cloud
  • Explore the breadth of services available in Azure including compute, network, storage and security

Once you complete this learning path, you will have the necessary knowledge to take the AZ900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam.

Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals

Prove that you understand cloud concepts, core Azure Services, Azure pricing and support, and the fundamentals of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust.

Required exams: AZ-900


  1. Azure fundamentals
  2. AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Prep

How to Learn Azure?

Microsoft Learn

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. Go and start learning:

Hands-on Labs


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.


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


  1. Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications by Jeffrey Richter
  2. Introduction to Azure
  3. Azure Courses @ Pluralsight

Microsoft Certifications

Azure Certification Paths 2019

Paths for Administrators/Developers/Architects:


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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 PowerShell

Azure PowerShell is a set of cmdlets that allow for manging Azure resources directly from the PowerShell command line. Written in .NET Standard, Azure PowerShell works with PowerShell 5.1 on Windows, and PowerShell 6.x and higher on all supported platforms – including Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Starting in December 2018, the Azure PowerShell Az module is in general release and is now the intended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure.

Az is a new module, so the version has been reset to 1.0.0.

Why a new module?

The biggest and most important change is that PowerShell has been a cross-platform product since the introduction of PowerShell Core 6.x, based on the .NET Standard library. Microsoft committed to bringing Azure support to all platforms, which means that the Azure PowerShell modules needed to be updated to use .NET Standard and be compatible with PowerShell Core. Rather than taking the existing AzureRM module and introduce complex changes to add this support, the Az module was created.

Creating a new module also gave Microsoft the opportunity to make the design and naming of cmdlets and modules consistent. All modules now start with the Az. prefix and cmdlets all use the VerbAzNoun form. Previously, cmdlet names were not only longer, there were inconsistencies in cmdlet names.

The number of modules was also reduced: Some modules which worked with the same services have been rolled together, and management plane and data plane cmdlets are now contained all within single modules for their services. For those of you who manually manage dependencies and imports, this makes things much simpler.

How to Uninstall AzureRM module

You need to remove the Azure PowerShell AzureRM module from your system and migrate all code to Az module. Migration steps are here:

$versions = (Get-InstalledModule AzureRM -AllVersions -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Select-Object Version)

$versions | foreach { Uninstall-AllModules -TargetModule AzureRM -Version ($_.Version) -Force }

Download Code Uninstall-AllModules.ps1

How to Install Az module


Azure PowerShell works with PowerShell 5.1 or higher on Windows, or PowerShell Core 6.x and later on all platforms. If you aren’t sure if you have PowerShell, or are on macOS or Linux, install the latest version of PowerShell.

 Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber -Scope AllUsers 

How to Uninstall Az modules

$modules = (Get-Module -ListAvailable Az.*).Name | Get-Unique
foreach($module in $modules)
  Write-Output ("Uninstalling: $module")
  Uninstall-Module $module -Force
Uninstall-Module Az -Force -ErrorAction Ignore


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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