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    Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

    Candidates for this exam should have foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. The exam is intended for candidates who are just beginning to work with cloud-based solutions and services or are new to Azure.

    Azure Fundamentals exam is an opportunity to prove knowledge of cloud concepts, Azure services, Azure workloads, security and privacy in Azure, as well as Azure pricing and support. Candidates should be familiar with the general technology concepts, including concepts of networking, storage, compute, application support, and application development.

    Azure Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based or specialty certifications, but it is not a prerequisite for any of them.

    Course Outline

    Identify the benefits and considerations of using cloud services

    • identify the benefits of cloud computing, such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity,
      Agility, and Disaster Recovery
    • identify the differences between Capital Expenditure (CapEx) and Operational
      Expenditure (OpEx)
    • describe the consumption-based model

    Describe the differences between categories of cloud services

    •  describe the shared responsibility model
    •  describe Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS),
    •  describe Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
    •  describe serverless computing
    •  describe Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
    •  identify a service type based on a use case

    Describe the differences between types of cloud computing

    • define cloud computing
    • describe Public cloud
    • describe Private cloud
    • describe Hybrid cloud
    • compare and contrast the three types of cloud computing

    Describe the core Azure architectural components

    • describe the benefits and usage of Regions and Region Pairs
    • describe the benefits and usage of Availability Zones
    • describe the benefits and usage of Resource Groups
    • describe the benefits and usage of Subscriptions
    • describe the benefits and usage of Management Groups
    • describe the benefits and usage of Azure Resource Manager
    • explain Azure resources

    Describe core resources available in Azure

    • describe the benefits and usage of Virtual Machines, Azure App Services, Azure
      Container Instances (ACI), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Windows Azure Virtual
      Desktop
    • describe the benefits and usage of Virtual Networks, VPN Gateway, Virtual Network
      peering, and ExpressRoute
    • describe the benefits and usage of Container (Blob) Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage,
      and storage tiers
    • describe the benefits and usage of Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and SQL Managed Instance
    • describe the benefits and usage of Azure Marketplace

    Describe Azure security features

    • describe basic features of Azure Security Center, including policy compliance, security
      alerts, secure score, and resource hygiene
    • describe the functionality and usage of Key Vault
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Sentinel
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Dedicated Hosts

    Describe Azure network security

    • describe the concept of defense in depth
    • describe the functionality and usage of Network Security Groups (NSG)
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Firewall
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure DDoS protection

    Describe core Azure identity services

    • explain the difference between authentication and authorization
    • define Azure Active Directory
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Active Directory
    • describe the functionality and usage of Conditional Access, Multi-Factor Authentication
      (MFA), and Single Sign-On (SSO)

    Describe Azure governance features

    • describe the functionality and usage of Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • describe the functionality and usage of resource locks
    • describe the functionality and usage of tags
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Policy
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Blueprints
    • describe the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

    Describe privacy and compliance resources

    • describe the Microsoft core tenets of Security, Privacy, and Compliance
    • describe the purpose of the Microsoft Privacy Statement, Online Services Terms (OST)
      and Data Protection Amendment (DPA)
    • describe the purpose of the Trust Center
    • describe the purpose of the Azure compliance documentation
    • describe the purpose of Azure Sovereign Regions (Azure Government cloud services and Azure China cloud services)

    Describe methods for planning and managing costs

    • identify factors that can affect costs (resource types, services, locations, ingress and
      egress traffic)
    • identify factors that can reduce costs (reserved instances, reserved capacity, hybrid use
      benefit, spot pricing)
    • describe the functionality and usage of the Pricing calculator and the Total Cost of
      Ownership (TCO) calculator
    • describe the functionality and usage of Azure Cost Management

    Describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and service lifecycles

    • describe the purpose of an Azure Service Level Agreement (SLA)
    • identify actions that can impact an SLA (i.e. Availability Zones)
    • describe the service lifecycle in Azure (Public Preview and General Availability)

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