AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator Training Course

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NOTE: This course reflects skills measured on the AZ-104 exam through March 25, 2021. As of March 26, 2021, please refer to the newly revised Microsoft exam skills outline for an organized look at how the exam has been altered.

Set yourself apart as a Microsoft Azure solutions expert with this video-based online training course, designed to help you master implementing, monitoring, and maintaining an organization’s Azure environment, as well as services related to compute, storage, network, and security. With this expert-led course you’ll get practice exams, study tools, and practical labs to fully prepare you for the MS AZ-104 exam. The MS AZ-104 is one of the top paying cloud certifications and is required to earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate certification.

This course includes hands-on training with core topics, such as cloud concepts, core Azure Services, Azure pricing and support, and the fundamentals of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust.

Who should take this course

Skill level | Intermediate to advanced

  • Anyone planning to take the MS AZ-104 exam to become a Microsoft certified Azure Administrator
  • Anyone looking to understand Microsoft Azure from a broad perspective
  • Anyone with a Microsoft background interested in learning about cloud computing

To become a certified Azure Administrator, it is recommended (though not required) that you have at least 6-12 months of hands-on experience administering Azure, or experience with Microsoft operating systems, combined with a fundamental knowledge of cloud computing and virtualization.

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Course includes

  • 9 hours of targeted lessons from industry leaders on how to implement and administer networking solutions to address today's technology challenges
  • Hands-on labs to simulate real-world experience (e.g., implementing Azure storage replication, configuring high availability, creating and configuring VNET Peering and Network Security Groups)
  • Self-study tools, such as flashcards to study key terms and quizzes to self-asses your progress
  • Exclusive Pearson Test Prep practice exams to fully prepare for the AZ-104 exam
  • 1 year of access*

What you'll learn

This Pearson IT Training Course covers the full range of topics tested on the AZ-104 exam, including, but not limited to:

  • Managing Azure identities and governance
  • Implementing and managing storage
  • Deploying and managing Azure compute resources
  • Configuring and managing virtual networking
  • Monitoring and backing up Azure resources

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Course experts

  • Michael J. Shannon - Author, IT specialist, and technical instructor

    Michael J. Shannon

    Michael J. Shannon possesses years of IT experience, numerous publications under his belt, and a wealth of expertise teaching in the field. Throughout his 30 years in IT he has worked as an employee, contractor, and consultant for several companies including Platinum Technologies, Fujitsu, IBM, State Farm, and MindSharp, among others. Mr. Shannon has authored several books, training manuals, published articles, and CBT modules over the years as well. He has attained the CCNP Security, CISSP, ITIL Intermediate SO and RCV, and Security+ certifications in the security field. He is a technical instructor for Skillsoft Corp. specializing in all things security.

  • Harshul Patel - Azure-certified author and cloud technology enthusiast

    Harshul Patel is a technology enthusiast formerly from India, currently living in Canada. He has been a Cloud Consultant with Microsoft Services for more than six years, where he drives adoption of Microsoft's cloud platforms for enterprise customers. He is thoroughly knowledgeable across various virtualization and cloud technologies. Harshul is an experienced author and an early adopter of many Microsoft products. He is a frequent speaker at various user group gatherings and a co-founder of a few user groups globally.

  • Michael Washam - 15-year Microsoft Veteran, Microsoft MVP Specializing in Azure, founder and CEO of Opsgility

    Michael Washam is a Microsoft MVP specializing in Microsoft Azure and is the founder and CEO of Opsgility (, a leader in instructor-led and on-demand training for Microsoft Azure and enterprise computing. Prior to starting Opsgility, Michael was a fifteen year Microsoft veteran, and while at Microsoft, Michael's roles included being a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Azure Runtime team and a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services. Michael was the original developer of the Microsoft Azure PowerShell cmdlets and is a globally recognized speaker for conferences such as TechEd and BUILD.

  • Jonathan Tuliani - Leader of Opsgility European office, 10-year Microsoft veteran, 20-year veteran in the IT industry

    Jonathan Tuliani leads the European office of Opsgility, a leading provider of IT traning services that includes both instructor-led and on-demand learning through their online learning platform Prior to joining Opsgility, Jonathan was a 10-year Microsoft veteran, spending more than 6 years in the Azure Engineering team where he was Principal Program Manager for both Azure DNS and Azure Traffic Manager. Jonathan has 20 years' experience in the IT industry, in roles spanning development, product management, technical pre-sales, and program management.

  • Scott Hoag - Principal Cloud Solutions Architect with Opsgility, speaker to SharePoint and Azure user groups, 11 years' experience as a developer and system engineer

    Scott Hoag (MCITP, MCPD) is a Principal Cloud Solutions Architect with Opsgility where he drives adoption of Microsoft's cloud platforms for Opsgility's customers. Scott is a frequent speaker at SharePoint and Azure-focused user groups, and comes with a deep background in helping organizations deploy content management and collaboration systems. Scott has more than 11 years of experience as both a developer and a system engineer delivering solutions from MCMS 2002 to SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 today. Scott also co-hosts the Microsoft Cloud IT Pro Podcast where he discusses the latest news and offerings with Office 365 and Azure.

Course outline

  1. Overview
  1. Module 1: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Manage Azure subscriptions
    1. Lesson 1 Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 Assign administrator permissions
    3. 1.2 Configure cost center quotas and tagging
    4. 1.3 Configure Azure subscription policies at the subscription level
  3. Lesson 2: Analyze resource utilization and consumption
    1. Lesson 2 Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Configure diagnostic settings and baselines on resources
    3. 2.2 Create alerts
    4. 2.3 Analyze alerts and metrics
    5. 2.4 Create action groups
    6. 2.5 Monitor for unused resources
    7. 2.6 Utilize log query functions
  4. Lesson 3: Manage resource groups
    1. Lesson 3 Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 Use Azure policies for resource group
    3. 3.2 Configure resource locks on resource policies
    4. 3.3 Implementing resource group tagging
  5. Lesson 4: Managed role-based access control (RBAC)
    1. Lesson 4 Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Implement role-based access control (RBAC)
    3. 4.2 Assign RBAC Roles and create a custom role
    4. 4.3 Troubleshoot RBAC
  6. Module 1: Review
    1. Module 1 Quiz
  7. Module 1: Labs
  1. Module 2: Introduction
  2. Lesson 5: Create and configure storage accounts
    1. Lesson 5 Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 Configure network access to the storage account
    3. 5.2 Create and configure storage accounts
    4. 5.3 Generate a shared access signature
    5. 5.4 Manage access keys
    6. 5.5 Monitor activity logs using Log Analytics
    7. 5.6 Implement Azure storage replication
    8. 5.7 Configure Azure AD Authentication for a storage account
  3. Lesson 6: Import and export data to Azure
    1. Lesson 6 Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Create imports and exports with Azure jobs
    3. 6.2 Use Azure Data Box
    4. 6.3 Configure and use Azure blob storage
    5. 6.4 Configure Azure CDN endpoints
    6. 6.5 Configure storage tiers for Azure blobs
  4. Lesson 7: Configure Azure files
    1. Lesson 7 Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Create Azure file share
    3. 7.2 Create Azure File Sync service
    4. 7.3 Troubleshoot Azure File Sync
  5. Lesson 8: Implement Azure backup
    1. Lesson 8 Learning Objectives
    2. 8.1 Create recovery services vault
    3. 8.2 Backup and restore data
    4. 8.3 Configure and review backup reports
    5. 8.4 Create and configure backup policy
  6. Module 2: Review
    1. Module 2 Quiz
  7. Module 2: Labs
  1. Module 3: Introduction
  2. Lesson 9: Create and configure a VM for Windows and Linux
    1. Lesson 9 Learning Objectives
    2. 9.1 Configure high availability
    3. 9.2 Configure VM attributes
    4. 9.3 Deploy and configure scale sets
    5. 9.4 Create and configure Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
    6. 9.5 Create and configure Azure Container Instances (ACI)
  3. Lesson 10: Automate deployment of VMs
    1. Lesson 10 Learning Objectives
    2. 10.1 Modify an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template
    3. 10.2 Configure the location of new VMs
    4. 10.3 Configure and deploy from a VHD template
    5. 10.4 Save a deployment as an ARM template
    6. 10.5 Deploy Windows and Linux VMs
  4. Lesson 11: Manage Azure VMs
    1. Lesson 11 Learning Objectives
    2. 11.1 Add data discs
    3. 11.2 Add network interfaces
    4. 11.3 Automate configuration management with Powershell DSC
    5. 11.4 Manage VM sizing and locations
    6. 11.5 Redeploy VMs
  5. Lesson 12: Manage VM backups
    1. Lesson 12 Learning Objectives
    2. 12.1 Configure a VM backup
    3. 12.2 Manage Azure VM backups
    4. 12.3 Perform VM restore
    5. 12.4 Azure Site Recovery
  6. Module 3: Review
    1. Module 3 Quiz
  7. Module 3: Labs
  1. Module 4: Introduction
  2. Lesson 13: Create connectivity between virtual networks
    1. Lesson 13 Learning Objectives
    2. 13.1 Create and configure VNET peering
    3. 13.2 Global VNET peering
    4. 13.3 Create a virtual network gateway
    5. 13.4 Verify virtual network connectivity
  3. Lesson 14: Implement and manage virtual networking
    1. Lesson 14 Learning Objectives
    2. 14.1 Configure private and public IP addresses
    3. 14.2 Configure network interfaces and subnets
    4. 14.3 Configure network routes
    5. 14.4 Configure name resolution
  4. Lesson 15: Create and configure a Network Security Group (NSG)
    1. Lesson 15 Learning Objectives
    2. 15.1 Create security rules
    3. 15.2 Associate an NSG to a subnet and interface
    4. 15.3 Identify required ports
    5. 15.4 Evaluate effective security rules
    6. 15.5 Deploy and configure Azure Firewall
    7. 15.6 Deploy and configure Azure Bastion Service
  5. Lesson 16: Implement Azure load balancer
    1. Lesson 16 Learning Objectives
    2. 16.1 Configure internal load balancers
    3. 16.2 Configure public load balancer
    4. 16.3 Troubleshoot load balancing
  6. Lesson 17: Monitor and troubleshoot virtual networking
    1. Lesson 17 Learning Objectives
    2. 17.1 Monitor on-premise connectivity
    3. 17.2 Use Network Watcher
    4. 17.3 Troubleshoot external networking
    5. 17.4 Troubleshoot virtual networking connectivity
  7. Lesson 18: Integrate on-premises network with virtual network
    1. Lesson 18 Learning Objectives
    2. 18.1 Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway
    3. 18.2 Create and configure site to site VPN
    4. 18.3 Configure ExpressRoute
    5. 18.4 Verify on-premises connectivity
    6. 18.5 Configure Azure Virtual WAN
  8. Module 4: Review
    1. Module 4 Quiz
  9. Module 4: Labs
  1. Module 5: Introduction
  2. Lesson 19: Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)
    1. Lesson 19 Learning Objectives
    2. 19.1 Add custom domains
    3. 19.2 Configure Azure AD Join
    4. 19.3 Configure self-service password reset
    5. 19.4 Manage multiple directories
  3. Lesson 20: Manage Azure AD objects
    1. Lesson 20 Learning Objectives
    2. 20.1 Create and manage users and groups
    3. 20.2 Manage device settings
    4. 20.3 Perform bulk user updates
    5. 20.4 Manage guest accounts
  4. Lesson 21: Implement and manage hybrid identities
    1. Lesson 21 Learning Objectives
    2. 21.1 Install and configure Azure AD Connect
    3. 21.2 Use AD Connect to configure federation
    4. 21.3 Manage password sync and password writeback
  5. Lesson 22: Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)
    1. Lesson 22 Learning Objectives
    2. 22.1 Configure user accounts for MFA
    3. 22.2 Configure various MFA settings
  6. Module 5: Review
    1. Module 5 Quiz
  7. Module 5: Labs
  8. Summary
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  • Video-based lessons (9 hours)
  • Interactive lab exercises
  • Self-study quizzes
  • Practice tests
  • 1-year access

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AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator Training Course