AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Successfully provision and manage services in Microsoft Azure.

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  • intermediate
  • azure
  • azure-virtual-machines
  • azure-storage
  • azure-active-directory
  • azure-virtual-network
  • azure-resource-manager
  • A NEW VERSION OF THIS EXAM, AZ-104, BECAME AVAILABLE ON APRIL 2, 2020. You will be able to take this exam until it retires on or around August 31, 2020. Note: Exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

    Starting on May 1, 2019, you only need to pass Exam AZ-103 to earn this certification. This new exam combines the skills covered in AZ-100 and AZ-101 (which retired on May 1, 2019), with the majority of the new exam coming from AZ-100.

    Candidates for this exam are Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Candidates have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate.

    Candidates for this exam should have proficiency in using PowerShell, the Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, ARM templates, operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking.
    NOTE: You will earn the following certification if you pass this exam: Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate.

Learning paths

4 hr 17 min
Azure Container Instances are the quickest and easiest way to run containers in Azure. This learning path will teach you how to create and manage your containers, and how ACI can be used to provide elastic scale for Kubernetes.

Modules in this learning path

  • Introduction to Docker containers
    6 Units
    32 min

    Describes the benefits of using Docker containers as a containerization platform. Discuss the infrastructure provided by the Docker platform.

  • Build a containerized web application with Docker
    8 Units
    57 min

    Package a web app so that it can be deployed as a Docker image and run from an Azure Container Instance.

  • Build and store container images with Azure Container Registry
    6 Units
    49 min

    Azure Container Registry is a managed Docker registry service based on the open-source Docker Registry 2.0. Container Registry is private, hosted in Azure, and allows you to build, store, and manage images for all types of container deployments. Learn how to build and store container images with Azure Container Registry.

  • Run Docker containers with Azure Container Instances
    7 Units
    48 min

    Learn how to run containerized apps using Docker containers with Azure Container Instances (ACI).

  • Deploy and run a containerized web app with Azure App Service
    8 Units
    46 min

    Create a Docker image and store it in a repository in Azure Container Registry. Use Azure App Service to deploy a web application based on the Docker image. Configure continuous deployment for the web app by using a webhook that monitors the Docker image for changes.

  • Introduction to Azure Kubernetes Service
    6 Units
    25 min

    Determine the types of business problems that can be solved using Azure Kubernetes Service. Describe the benefits of container orchestration with features like deployment management, automatic updates, and self-healing.

  • Introduction to Kubernetes
    7 Units
    53 min

    Determine the types of business problems that you can solve by using Kubernetes. Describe the benefits of container orchestration with features like deployment management, automatic updates, and self-healing.

5 hr 2 min
Learn how to work with the Azure command line and web portal to create, manage, and control cloud based resources.

Modules in this learning path

  • Control and organize Azure resources with Azure Resource Manager
    8 Units
    46 min

    Use Azure Resource Manager to organize resources, enforce standards, and protect critical assets from deletion.

  • Align requirements with cloud types and service models in Azure
    8 Units
    35 min

    Azure supports three approaches to deploying cloud resources – public, private, and the hybrid cloud. Selecting between them will change several factors of the services you move into Azure including cost, maintenance requirements, and security. In this module, we will look at all three types and help you make an informed decision about which one to leverage for your services. We’ll also quickly look at the service models supported by Azure which can help you determine the services you should start with when planning out an Azure deployment.

  • Control Azure services with the CLI
    6 Units
    34 min

    Install the Azure CLI locally and use it to manage Azure resources.

  • Automate Azure tasks using scripts with PowerShell
    9 Units
    1 hr 11 min

    Install Azure PowerShell locally and use it to manage Azure resources.

  • Predict costs and optimize spending for Azure
    9 Units
    1 hr 14 min

    Cost is one of the most important aspects of the cloud and can have a massive impact on your business. Azure has several tools available to help you get a better understanding of cloud spend and some best practices that you can leverage to help you save money.

  • Move Azure resources to another resource group
    8 Units
    42 min

    Identify Azure resources that you can move to a different resource group. Use the Azure portal to move resources.

10 hr 57 min
Learn how to create, manage, secure and scale virtual machine resources.

Modules in this learning path

  • Manage virtual machines with the Azure CLI
    9 Units
    51 min

    Learn how to use the cross-platform Azure CLI to create, start, stop, and perform other management tasks related to virtual machines in Azure.

  • Build Azure Resource Manager templates
    7 Units
    37 min

    Learn how Resource Manager templates express your deployments as code, enabling you to deploy faster and more reliably.

  • Configure the network for your virtual machines
    8 Units
    1 hr 34 min

    Learn how to configure networking in a secure way for your Azure virtual machines.

  • Introduction to Azure virtual machines
    8 Units
    1 hr 7 min

    Learn about the decisions you make before creating a virtual machine, the options to create and manage the VM, and the extensions and services you use to manage your VM.

  • Create a Linux virtual machine in Azure
    9 Units
    1 hr 26 min

    In this module, we discuss how to create a Linux virtual machine using the Azure portal.

  • Create a Windows virtual machine in Azure
    7 Units
    51 min

    Azure virtual machines (VMs) enable you to create dedicated compute resources in minutes that can be used just like a physical desktop or server machine.

  • Secure your Azure virtual machine disks
    8 Units
    59 min

    Use Azure Disk Encryption (ADE) to encrypt OS and data disks on existing and new VMs.

  • Keep your virtual machines updated
    6 Units
    35 min

    Deploy the Azure Update Management solution to update virtual machines in your cloud environment.

  • Add and size disks in Azure virtual machines
    7 Units
    36 min

    Understand and create the different types of disk storage available to Azure virtual machines (VMs).

  • Caching and performance in Azure storage disks
    7 Units
    44 min

    Moving data as fast as possible is good for business. Learn about disk performance in Azure, how caching can help optimize read and write access to storage, and how to enable caching to help optimize the performance of Azure VM disks.

  • Protect your virtual machine settings with Azure Automation State Configuration
    5 Units
    54 min

    Create a desired state configuration script that checks that IIS is installed. Onboard virtual machines (VMs) for management by Azure Automation. Automatically install IIS on the VMs where that feature is missing.

  • Monitor the health of your Azure virtual machine by collecting and analyzing diagnostic data
    9 Units
    43 min

    Evaluate monitoring options for an Azure virtual machine (VM). Enable diagnostics to get data about your VM. View VM metrics and create an alert to monitor performance.

5 hr 38 min
Azure was designed for security and compliance. Learn how to leverage the built-in services to store your app data securely to ensure that only authorized services and clients have access to it.

Modules in this learning path

  • Top 5 security items to consider before pushing to production
    7 Units
    45 min

    Secure your web applications on Azure and protect your apps against the most common and dangerous web application attacks.

  • Security, responsibility, and trust in Azure
    11 Units
    1 hr 16 min

    Discuss the basic concepts for protecting your infrastructure and data when you work in the cloud. Understand what responsibilities are yours and what Azure takes care of for you.

  • Secure your Azure resources with role-based access control (RBAC)
    8 Units
    37 min

    Learn how to use RBAC to manage access to resources in Azure.

  • Configure security policies to manage data
    6 Units
    39 min

    Learn how to set up policies to classify, retain, and protect your cloud-based data.

  • Secure your Azure Storage account
    8 Units
    45 min

    Learn how Azure Storage provides multilayered security to protect your data. Find out how to use access keys, to secure networks, and to use Advanced Threat Protection to proactively monitor your system.

  • Configure and manage secrets in Azure Key Vault
    6 Units
    29 min

    Storing and handling secrets, encryption keys, and certificates directly is risky, and every usage introduces the possibility of unintentional data exposure. Azure Key Vault provides a secure storage area for managing all your app secrets so you can properly encrypt your data in transit or while it’s being stored.

  • Secure your Azure SQL Database
    8 Units
    1 hr 7 min

    Secure your Azure SQL Database to keep your data secure and diagnose potential security concerns as they happen.

Additional courses

Microsoft Azure Administrator


4 days

About this course

This course teaches IT Professionals how to manage their Azure subscriptions, create and scale virtual machines, implement storage solutions, configure virtual networking, back up and share data, connect Azure and on-premises sites, manage network traffic, implement Azure Active Directory, secure identities, and monitor your solution.


  • Understanding of on-premises virtualization technologies, including: VMs, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks.
  • Understanding of network configuration, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies.
  • Understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
  • Understanding of resilience and disaster recovery, including backup and restore operations.