Ahmad Yaseen

How to prepare for the Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

September 9, 2020 by

In this article, we will show how to prepare yourself for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam (AZ-900).

Exam Overview

The Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certificate exam measures your foundational level knowledge on four main areas. This includes:

  • The different cloud computing concepts, with relative questions weight in the exam up to 20%
  • How to describe the main Azure services, with relative questions weight in the exam up to 35%
  • Describing Azure Security, privacy, compliance, and trust, with relative questions weight in the exam up to 30%
  • Describing Azure pricing and support, with relative questions weight in the exam up to 25%

If you are new to the Microsoft Azure world, or you plan to take any Associate or Expert level Azure certificate, it is highly recommended to start with the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. For more information, check this article, It is time to specify your Microsoft Certifications path.

You can easily schedule the exam from the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam page.

Certificate Candidate

The Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam is designed as a beginner level exam, for those who are interested in learning the cloud computing concept and concentrate on the cloud services that are provided by Microsoft Azure.

This exam is recommended as a first step for the non-technical candidates, such as the sales who will be involved in presenting, selling or purchasing cloud-based solutions and services, and the technical engineers who plan to validate their cloud-based knowledge or prepare for higher-level Azure certificates.

Study Guideline

In order to prepare yourself for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam, you can go through the 12-module Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Learning Path self-study course provided by Microsoft that helps you in getting the basic knowledge required to pass that exam.

If you are not interested in reading the pages and prefer to listen, you can subscribe to any online course such as Udemy, PLURALSIGHT or any other training provided by training sites and centers.

Take into consideration that this exam consists of a large number of topics. And in order to pass this exam, you need to gain general knowledge about each topic without mastering it, as each topic will have its own certification path. For me, I prefer to be fully prepared for the certificates exams and gain all the required knowledge in order to be able to provide training in the courses I am certified in and apply these skills in my customers’ sites.

To help you in passing that exam, I will list all the topics that are measured in this exam and the resources that are needed to be familiar with each topic:

Cloud Concepts

In the Cloud Computing module, the below skills will be measured in the exam:

Core Azure Services

In the Cloud Azure Services module, the below skills will be measured in the exam:

Security, Privacy, Compliance and Trust

In the Security, Privacy, Compliance and Trust module, the below skills will be measured in the exam:

Azure Pricing and Support

In the Azure Pricing and Support module, the below skills will be measured in the exam:

Practicing

As any exam, after completing the study material, you need to make sure that you are prepared well for the exam. You can search on the internet for any free practice tests, such as the ExamTopics site or any other free test, but after making sure that you have completed studying the official course outline.

In this article, I will provide some review questions from the Microsoft official course that I usually use to measure my trainees’ skills, to make sure that they are ready for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam.

  1. One of the following is a benefit of cloud services:

    Economies of scale

  2. Spending money upfront and then deducting that expense over time refers to:

    Capital expenditure

  3. Making a service available with no downtime for an extended period of time, refers to:

    High availability

  4. Microsoft Office 365 is considered as an example of:

    Software as a Service

  5. The cloud model that provides the greatest degree of ownership and control is:

    Private

  6. The cloud model that provides the greatest degree of flexibility is:

    Hybrid

  7. The cloud deployment model that fits legacy applications with specialized mainframe hardware and newer shared applications is:

    Hybrid cloud

  8. The Azure platform that requires the most user management of the cloud services is:

    Infrastructure as a Service

  9. To ensure the data-residency and compliance for customers who need to keep their data and applications close, you should use:

    Geographies

  10. All resources that are part of an application and share the same lifecycle should exist in the same_________:

    Resource group

  11. The Azure compute resource that can be used to deploy and manage a set of identical virtual machines is called:

    Virtual machine scale sets

  12. If you are concerned only about the code running your service and not the underlying platform or infrastructure, then you should use:

    Azure Functions

  13. Azure Resource Manager templates are using the ______ format

    JSON

  14. A distributed network of servers that can efficiently deliver web content to users is called:

    Azure Content Delivery Network

  15. The storage type that is optimized for storing massive amounts of unstructured data, such as videos and images is:

    Blobs

  16. The cloud service that provides development collaboration tools including high-performance pipelines, free private Git repositories, and configurable Kanban boards is called:

    Azure DevOps Services

  17. Microsoft Azure datacenters are organized and made available by:

    Regions

  18. To grant or deny access based on the originating IP address, you need to use:

    Azure Firewall

  19. ____________ requires both a password and a security question for full authentication

    Multi-Factor Authentication

  20. To filter the internet traffic in your Microsoft Azure virtual network, you should use:

    Network Security Group

  21. To store and manage the passwords centrally in Azure, you should use:

    Azure Key Vault

  22. To download published audit reports and how Microsoft builds and operates its cloud services, you should use:

    Service Trust Portal

  23. _____________ provides information about planned maintenance and changes that could affect the availability of your resources

    Azure Service Health

  24. To obtain details about the personal data Microsoft processes, how Microsoft processes it, and for what purposes, you should use:

    Microsoft Privacy Statement

  25. To enforce resource tagging, so you can manage billing, you should use:

    Azure Policy

  26. To define a repeatable set of Microsoft Azure resources that implement organizational requirements, you should use:

    Azure Blueprint

  27. To grant users only the rights they need to perform their jobs, you can use:

    Role-Based Access Control

  28. A set of tools for monitoring, allocating, and optimizing your Azure costs, called:

    Azure Cost Management

  29. To manage governance across multiple Azure subscriptions, you should use:

    Management Groups

  30. The performance targets, like uptime, for an Azure product or service, is called:

    Service Level Agreements

  31. A logical unit of Azure services that links to an Azure account, is called:

    Azure Subscription

  32. The support plan that does not offer 24×7 access to Support Engineers by email and phone, is called:

    Developer

  33. ________ allows all Azure customers to test the beta and other pre-release features

    Public Preview

  34. Releasing a feature to all Azure customers is called:

    General Availability

  35. To estimate cost savings when migrating to Microsoft Azure, you can use:

    Total Cost of Ownership calculator

Good Luck!

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