The Microsoft Azure AZ-900 certification is for “Azure Fundamentals”. Like the similar AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner that I earned recently, it is a stand-alone certification that isn’t a prerequisite to more advanced certification paths.
My personal opinion is that these certifications are still a worthwhile credential for any certification path. Their benefit is that you learn the vendor’s cloud terminology as well as the breadth of their cloud offerings. If you’re in IT management, you probably won’t be the one setting up cloud features. However, you should be the one asking if your organization is taking advantage of the vendor’s offerings around cloud security, governance, and budgeting.
Although my employer prefers AWS, the most hands-on time that I get is with Azure, so why not get certified while I am at it. Thankfully, because all three of the major cloud vendors (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) are in a tight race for both market and mindshare, each has a lot of free training resources available.
Here are the resources that I’ve found helpful so far. For those of you who may have already obtained the AZ-900 certification, feel free to share additional resources in the comments section.
There are many free resources for Azure certification, including those available from Azure’s creator, Microsoft.
Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
Microsoft’s training is both official and free. There are some videos, but its mostly a lot of browser-based reading with periodic quizzes. See the YouTube resource below if you’d like to be a certified couch potato.
A Cloud Guru
A Cloud Guru is a great site for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform training. Sign up and the AZ-900 video class should be free (the hands-on labs are not, but hopefully you can practice at work). Visit the A Cloud Guru web site.
Adam Marczak – Azure for Everyone
There are so many YouTube resources related to certification that I haven’t had time to review them all, but I’ve really enjoyed Adam Marczak’s series for the AZ-900 exam.
Your access to YouTube might be blocked at the office, but I watch this playlist using my Apple TV at home. AZ-900 training is groken down into 34 shorter lessons, so it’s easy to spend 30 minutes or less per day absorbing the information.
There are many Azure-related podcasts. I recommend starting with those published by Microsoft then branching out.
Got a favorite? Share with my readers in the comments below.
These resources require some cash but hopefully you can expense them with your employer.
Paid Udemy classes can cost as much as $99 but signing up for their email list then watching for sales, as courses are periodically marked down to $9.99 or $12.99. Visit the Udemy web site.
The quality of Packt’s materials can sometimes be hit or miss, but they ran a $5 ebook and video sale over Christmas. Some deals are just too good to pass up. Visit the Packt web site.
Microsoft Press Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, Exam Ref for AZ-900, Second Edition
Check out pricing on the Microsoft Press site and Amazon – sometimes Microsoft Press has discount codes. I have the first edition in print and like to read it with a highlighter. Note that I’m an Amazon affiliate and will earn a small commission if you use the link above.
Do you have any favorite Azure training resources? Let me know by adding a comment below.