At the time of this writing, this is one of two exams dedicated to Microsoft Azure. The 70-533 exam is targeting IT professionals. The other one, 70-532 is for developers, and you can read more about that one here

Exam home page is located at

Please note that the Microsoft Cloud is constantly changing and improving, so some of this content may be outdated or points to websites that no longer exists. Therefore, make sure to check the official exam home page to get up to speed before taking the exam. I’m trying to keep these lists updated, but please send me an email with any missing content 🙂

This exam is divided into six focus areas, but as always, the topics described in this blog post or at the Microsoft Learning home page do not limit the questions you can be asked at the exam.

  1. Implementing Web Apps
  2. Implementing Virtual Machines
  3. Implementing Cloud Services
  4. Implementing Storage
  5. Implementing Azure Active Directory
  6. Implementing Virtual Networks

A broad exam with a lot for Dev related stuff in other words, so the only thing to do it so dive in, work with the features, and just have fun.

Some general links first

Implement Web Apps

Deploy websites

Define deployment slots; roll back deployments, configure and deploy packages, deploy web jobs, schedule web jobs

Configure websites

Configure app settings, connection strings, handlers, and virtual directories; configure certificates, custom domains, and traffic manager; configure SSL bindings and runtime configurations; manage websites by using Windows PowerShell and Xplat-CLI

Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics

Retrieve diagnostics data; view streaming logs; configure endpoint monitoring, alerts, and diagnostics; monitor website resources

Configure scale and resilience

Configure auto-scale using built-in and custom schedules; configure by metric; change the size of an instance

Manage hosting plans

Create hosting plans; migrate websites between hosting plans; create a website within a hosting plan

Implement virtual machines

Deploy workloads on Azure virtual machines (VMs)

Identify supported Microsoft workloads; deploy and connect to a Linux VM; create VMs

Implement images and disks

Create specialized and generalized images for Windows and Linux; copy images between storage accounts and subscriptions; upload VHDs

Perform configuration management

Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and custom script extensions; enable puppet and chef extensions

Configure VM networking

Settings include reserved IP addresses, access control list (ACL), internal name resolution, DNS at the cloud service level, load balancing endpoints, HTTP and TCP health probes, public IPs, firewall rules, direct server return, and Keep Alive

Configure VM resiliency

Scale up and scale down VM sizes; auto-scale; configure availability sets

Design and implement VM storage

Configure disk caching; plan storage capacity; configure operating system disk redundancy; configure shared storage using Azure File service; configure geo-replication; encrypt disks

Monitor VMs

Configure endpoint monitoring, alerts, and diagnostics

Implement cloud services

Configure cloud services and roles

Configure instance count and size, operating system version and family, upgrade and fault domains, ACLs, reserved IPs, and network access rules; configure local storage; configure dedicated and co-located caching, local and cloud configurations, and local disks; configure multiple websites; configure custom domains

Deploy and manage cloud services

Upgrade a deployment; VIP swap a deployment; package a deployment; modify configuration files; perform in-place updates; perform runtime configuration changes using the portal; scale a cloud service; create service bus namespaces and choose a tier; apply scalability targets

Monitor cloud services

Monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; configure diagnostics

Implement storage

Implement blobs and Azure files

Read data; change data; set metadata on a container; use encryption (SSL); perform an async blob copy; configure a Content Delivery Network (CDN); implement storage for backup and disaster recovery; configure Azure Backup; define blob hierarchies; configure custom domains; configure the Import and Export Service

Manage access

Create and manage shared access signatures; use stored access policies; regenerate keys

Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics

Configure retention policies and logging levels; analyze logs

Implement SQL databases

Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level; configure point in time recovery and geo-replication; import and export data and schema; design a scaling strategy

Implement recovery services

Create a backup vault; deploy a backup agent; back up and restore data

Implement an Azure Active Directory

Integrate an Azure AD with existing directories

Implement DirSync, O365 integration, and single sign-on with on-premises Windows Server 2012 R2; add custom domains; monitor Azure AD

Configure the Application Access Panel

Configure single sign-on with SaaS applications using federation and password based; add users and groups to applications; revoke access to SaaS applications; configure access; federation with Facebook and Google ID

Integrate an app with Azure AD

Web apps (WS-federation); desktop apps (OAuth); graph API

Implement virtual networks

Configure a virtual network

Deploy a VM into a virtual network; deploy a cloud service into a virtual network; configure static IPs; configure internal load balancing; design subnets

Modify a network configuration

Modify a subnet; import and export a network configuration

Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network

Choose the appropriate solution between ExpressRoute, site-to-site, and point-to-site; choose the appropriate gateway; identify supported devices and software VPN solutions; identify networking prerequisites; configure regional virtual networks and multi-site virtual networks

Configure a VNet to VNet Configuration

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