New book: Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, Second Edition

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, Second Edition (ISBN 9781509306480), by Rick Rainey, Michael Washam, Dan Patrick, and Steve Ross.

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Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-533—Prepare for the newest versions of Microsoft Exam 70-533—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:
• Design and implement Azure App Service Apps
• Create and manage compute resources, and implement containers
• Design and implement a storage strategy, including storage encryption
• Implement virtual networks, including new techniques for hybrid connections
• Design and deploy ARM Templates
• Manage Azure security and Recovery Services
• Manage Azure operations, including automation and data analysis
• Manage identities with Azure AD Connect Health, Azure AD Domain Services, and Azure AD single sign on

This Microsoft Exam Ref:
• Organizes its coverage by exam objectives
• Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
• Assumes you are an IT professional with experience implementing and monitoring cloud and hybrid solutions and/or supporting application lifecycle management

Note  This book covers the 533 objectives as of December 2017. If there are updates for this book, you will find them at

Note  There are exam updates effective as of January 18, 2018. Some new topics have been added to the exam that are not covered in this book. It's highly recommended that users refer to the exam page to stay current on the latest updates.

Contents at a glance

CHAPTER 1  Design and implement Azure App Service Web Apps
CHAPTER 2   Create and manage Compute Resources
CHAPTER 3   Design and implement a storage strategy
CHAPTER 4   Implement Virtual Networks
CHAPTER 5   Design and deploy ARM templates
CHAPTER 6   Manage Azure Security and Recovery Services
CHAPTER 7   Manage Azure Operations
CHAPTER 8   Manage Azure Identities


The 70-533 exam focuses on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features available in Microsoft Azure (storage, networking, and compute). The exam also covers some of the more common Platform as a Service (PaaS) services that an IT professional will experience in an Azure environment. It covers deploying and configuring virtual machines, virtual machine scale sets,
containers, and web apps, with Azure App Services including integration with services like the Content Deployment Network (CDN). This exam also covers the intricacies of networking, including hybrid connectivity with technologies like ExpressRoute, site-to-site VPN, and point to- site, as well as a broad range of storage related topics, such as choosing the right storage solution, and understanding how to scale and diagnose performance.

Other key capabilities measured by the exam include your ability to author and deploy ARM templates, and automate workloads using a wide variety of services and tools, such as the Azure command line tools, Azure Automation, and implementing monitoring solutions for infrastructure and services deployed in Azure. Security is a key topic that is interwoven throughout the subjects, including topics such as encryption at rest and in transit, as well as identity management with Azure AD and monitoring for security threats with Azure Security Center.

This book is written specifically for IT professionals who want to demonstrate their skills to implement and configure these services in Microsoft Azure.

This book covers every major topic area found on the exam, but it does not cover every exam question. Only the Microsoft exam team has access to the exam questions, and Microsoft regularly adds new questions to the exam, making it impossible to cover specific questions. You should consider this book a supplement to your relevant real-world experience and other study materials. If you encounter a topic in this book that you do not feel completely comfortable with, use the “Need more review?” links you’ll find in the text to find more information and take the time to research and study the topic. Great information is available on MSDN, TechNet, and in blogs and forums.

Organization of this book

This book is organized by the “Skills measured” list published for the exam. The “Skills measured” list is available for each exam on the Microsoft Learning website: Each chapter in this book corresponds to a major topic area in the list, and the technical tasks in each topic area determine a chapter’s organization. If an exam covers six major topic areas, for example, the book will contain six chapters.

Preparing for the exam

Microsoft certification exams are a great way to build your resume and let the world know about your level of expertise. Certification exams validate your on-the-job experience and product knowledge. Although there is no substitute for on-the-job experience, preparation through study and hands-on practice can help you prepare for the exam. We recommend that you augment your exam preparation plan by using a combination of available study materials and courses. For example, you might use the Exam Ref and another study guide for your ”at home” preparation, and take a Microsoft Official Curriculum course for the classroom experience. Choose the combination that you think works best for you.

Note that this Exam Ref is based on publicly available information about the exam and the author’s experience. To safeguard the integrity of the exam, authors do not have access to the live exam.

About the authors

RICK RAINEY is Principal Program Manager in Microsoft’s Azure Customer Advisory Team (CAT).

MICHAEL WASHAM, Microsoft Azure MVP, Insider and Advisor, is CEO of the cloud readiness company Opsgility. Michael has extensive history in the IT Industry where he has worked as an IT Professional, developer, Evangelist, and Program Manager before turning to his passion of enabling companies of all sizes make the digital transformation to the cloud. Michael is an avid blogger, author speaker, and trainer on cloud computing, debugging, and DevOps.

DAN PATRICK is the Chief Cloud Strategist for Opsgility He has an extensive background in the IT industry with a focus on Virtualization, Networking and Identity management. Dan is a 15 year veteran of Microsoft, where was a Principal Consultant and Practice Manager. Today he still works with Microsoft as an Azure MVP and advisor. He regularly speaks about the cloud all over the world, and you can follow him on twitter @deltadan.

STEVE ROSS is Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner Technology Team and is heavily involved in helping partners build services using cloud technologies. Steve has also been a Principal Cloud Solution Architect with Opsgility, building Microsoft Azure training content and teaching enterprise customers and Microsoft partners and employees all around the world.