The key to this exam is the exam skills outline which details everything you may be tested on. This can be downloaded from the AZ-900 page under the skills measured section:
In the end I used a combination of free and paid resources to gain the knowledge to pass. The free content was:
- Skylines Academy made their excellent AZ-900 course free last month. Nick is a great trainer and this is highly recommended
- Microsoft Learn have a recently updated learning path for AZ-900. Read more about Microsoft Learn in a previous post
- Thomas Maurer has a great post with links to content for each section of the blueprint. I used this a lot to focus in on the correct Microsoft documentation
- Taygan Rifat has a very concise list of the main highlights for each topic. Great for skimming along the essentials
As for the paid for content I have access to Pluralsight so I also ran through their learning path. It went into lots of detail about the material but as usual with Pluralsight content was of very high calibre.
I probably did more studying I needed to pass, but this will help me for future Azure certifications.
Free Azure Account
Now watching and reading is great, but you also need to get hands on with Azure. All you need is an email address and no credit card commitment to get the following:
- £150 of Azure credit (time limited to 30 days)
- 12 months of popular free services
- Always free access to 25+ services
Free tip - if the £150 credit in 30 days expires, but register again with a different email address! You can sign up here for your free account.
Bonus Tip - Free AZ-900 Exam Voucher
I saved the best for last. Do you want a free AZ-900 exam voucher? If so Microsoft are running free Virtual Training days. Attend a two half-day sessions on Azure Fundamentals and receive an exam voucher a week later. Thanks Microsoft!
Check the Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Days page under Fundamentals for UK dates. On the schedule are the following dates as of this post:
- November 11th and 12th
- November 18th and 19th
- December 2nd and 3rd
- December 9th and 10th
- December 16th and 17th
These free events are available in other countries/time zones. For instance this is the US page.
I hope the links about help someone else pass this exam. Now, onto AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator!