Azure Infrastructure Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions – Study Notes and Tips

Hi yesterday (Jan 20th 2015) I passed the Microsoft exam – 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions and so this gives one a “Microsoft Specialist” certification.

I have been doing some very interesting projects with Azure infrastructure over the last year or so and so I thought I would take this exam just to have it under my belt.

I have written this to hopefully point others in the direction of some useful study material.   There are only a few links here which I used along with real world experience which is a must. There are many other blogs on the internet with lots of other links so here are the main ones I found useful.

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My transcript was updated the same day too !

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Main Training Requirements

You must ensure obviously that you have actually done a lot of the requirements mentioned in the “skills measured“ list on the Microsoft site.  Get an Azure subscription, even a free trial and try out building VMs and websites and SQL Databases.  You need to know all the different hosting plans for websites as well as the different SQL Database Tiers.

Also make sure you look into how to monitor VMs and websites which includes setting up alerts and logging for websites.  Which tabs do you go to ? What are the settings you need to adjust ?

Take a look at Service bus, add a queue and see what options you have available.  Read up on the basics of this too.

Be familiar with Azure VNETs, Site to Site VPNs as well as VNET to VNET.  Ask yourself what are the requirements for various connectivity scenarios and what process should I follow for each.

My Favourite Azure Infrastructure 70-533 Exam Links

Go through the Azure training here. This was a four day course which ran in December 2014 and is split into various topics with lots of great information and demos.  http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/Level-Up-Azure-IaaS-for-IT-Pros

Virtual Academy is also the best source of Microsoft training on many subject areas.  This course goes into IaaS http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-azure-iaas-deep-dive-jump-start

There are several newer and more up to date courses available on the virtual academy too.  Well worth checking out !

Microsoft Exam Details

https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-gb/exam-70-533.aspx

Other Excellent Blogs With Very Useful Links

https://curah.microsoft.com/303527/exam-ref-70533-implementing-microsoft-azure-infrastructure-solutions

http://www.azureman.com/certification/azure-infrastructure-exam-70-533-study-guide/

http://www.techbunny.com/2015/01/early-experts-exam-study-guide-for-70.html

Good Luck

The best of luck in your studies and I hope the exam goes well for you.

Thanks for reading !

Togaf Certification exam tips and some notes

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Today (April 19th 2013) I passed the combined Level 1 and Level 2 certification exam OG0-093 on Togaf Enterprise Architecture after many weeks of reading and preparing for it. I thought I would write this in an attempt to point people in the right direction.

What is Togaf ?

“TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, is a proven Enterprise Architecture methodology and framework used by the world’s leading organizations to improve business efficiency.” Read on here..

Studying for Togaf

You can attend a course such as the one I did which was run by “Architecting the Enterprise” in London or you can self-study. The course provides a good introduction and a chance to talk with others, partake in some role playing exercises and ask questions which you miss out on if you only use self-study. The course notes I was given also included the whole Togaf 9.1 Specification in HTML format which was VERY helpful.

Study Materials

I also used the following study guide before and after the course.

http://amzn.to/Yzf7xy

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This book provides a really good overview and all that is required for the level one exam (as it is intended). Some good questions and examples are included with each chapter and at the end of the book. This book should be all you need really to pass the level 1 certification.

For the level 2 certification you really need to study the Togaf specification available on the Open Group Website. Luckily I was given them for personal training use as part of my course.

The notes are available as a PDF, HTML online access version or book to purchase. There are free versions which require membership of The Open Group and there are also commercial versions for use internally in your organisation. There is also a license to purchase if you intend to adopt the framework commercially with your clients.

 

What do you need to study?

Some examples of the areas for study and the depth to which you should know the material are given below.

  • All the level 1 material which includes the ADM, Core concepts the inputs and outputs of each phase.
  • What are the core concepts of Togaf and their purpose?
  • E.g. Learn what an Architecture Repository is, what makes up the repository, WHY do we need one and what is its relationship to the Enteprise Continuum.

  • You will need a solid understanding of Architecture Principals and Risk Activities defined in Togaf.
  • Learn the purpose of each ADM phase and each core component such as what is the purpose of the content framework, what IS the Enterprise Continuum.
  • Learn all of the important definitions such as:-
    •          What is a conformant architecture vs a compliant architecture?
    •          What makes up an Architecture Principal and what each element means and how they are referred to and why.
    •          Each part from II (ADM) to Vii (Capability Framework)

The Exam Process

The exam is an online one which can be booked through any Authorised Prometric Test Center. There are 40 questions in Level 1of which you need to get 55% (22 questions) correct.

After question 40 the exam jumps straight into Level 2 which consists of 8 scenario based questions with no option to return to level 1. The left side of the screen was the scenario and the right was the multiple choice answer options. To pass you need 24 out of 40 points or 60%. For Level two each of the 4 options per question are graded as 5 points for the correct answer, 3 for the next closest answer followed by 1 and 0.

The total time limit is 150 minutes with 60 minutes for Level 1 and 90 for Level 2.

The level 2 exam is also open book and a PDF is provided as a button to view the spec if required.

Exam Tips

I have included some tips here which should help you along the way to certification.

  • Ideally learn with someone else who you can talk to and quiz each other. I had this during the course only.
  • Work through the modules using the official Togaf spec as mentioned above. The modules are listed here..
  • This one alone helped me the most. Pick an area you feel you do not fully understand and ask yourself questions like:-
  • o Where does this part fit in?

o What does it relate to?

o Who by and when is it used?

o What is its official definition and purpose

Feel free to post other links and useful tips here for others to pick up.

All the best and good luck in your studies !