Exam AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

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The English version of this exam retired on September 30, 2020. A replacement exam, AZ-304, is available. Localized language exams will be available until October 30, 2020.

Candidates for this exam should have subject matter expertise in designing and implementing solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including aspects like compute, network, storage, and security.

Responsibilities for an Azure Solution Architect include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions.

An Azure Solution Architect partners with cloud administrators, cloud DBAs, and clients to implement solutions.

A candidate for this exam should have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, this role should be proficient in at least one of these Azure knowledge domains: administration, development, or DevOps.


NOTE: You will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification if you pass one of the following exam combinations:

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  • AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

    Languages: Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Korean

    Retirement date: none

    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: determine workload requirements; design for identity and security; design a data platform solution; design a business continuity strategy; design for deployment, migration, and integration; and design an infrastructure strategy.

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  • The English version of this exam retired on September 30, 2020. A replacement exam, AZ-304, is available. Localized language exams will be available until October 30, 2020. Please download the skills measured document below to see detailed information about the changes.
  • Determine workload requirements (10-15%)
  • Design for identity and security (20-25%)
  • Design a data platform solution (15-20%)
  • Design a business continuity strategy (15-20%)
  • Design for deployment, migration, and integration (10-15%)
  • Design an infrastructure strategy (15-20%)

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