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Exam Study Resources for AZ-120 Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads

I thought it would be useful to post this for the benefit of SAP Technical Architects/Basis Administrators as written in my earlier article SAP Expert Role Guide to Microsoft Azure Skills and Certification.

First, lets understand the criteria of the exam as released by Microsoft on 30/12/2019 (I will post updates on this as it comes out of beta):

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It is pretty self-explanatory, and it is recommended for people to undertake AZ-103: Azure Administrator or AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies or AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design. You have to pass both AZ-300 and AZ-301 to achieve the credential Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert. For example, I took both AZ-300 and AZ-301 but did not take the AZ-103. I will not provide any information on these exams as there are already plenty of articles online.

Likewise, by passing AZ-120: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads (beta), you will get the credential Microsoft Certified: Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty. It is currently on beta, which means that you will not get your results immediately even after you complete the exam. Results will only be posted 2 weeks after Go-Live (yet to be determined).

Skills measured for AZ-120 exam can be downloaded here.

  1. Migrate SAP Workloads to Azure (10-15%)
  2. Design an Azure Solution to Support SAP Workloads (20-25%)
  3. Build and Deploy Azure SAP Workloads (35-40%)
  4. Validate Azure Infrastructure for SAP Workloads (10-15%)
  5. Operationalize Azure SAP Architecture (10-15%)

For those who are new to SAP on Azure, Microsoft Learning released these Level 100-200 Beginner resources where it is a good starting point where there are two learning pathways.

Microsoft Learn

SAP certified offerings for Azure

Planning Azure for SAP workloads

If you fairly well-advanced up to Level 300-400, there is still a need to able to understand and absorb the content (which are distributed across Microsoft Docs). Most people will find it hard to locate the documentation. I recommend starting here:

SAP on Azure – Getting Started on Microsoft Docs

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Other useful content includes blogs from my colleagues from Microsoft Global SAP Deployment Engineering Team:

Other blogs by other Microsoft folks including Cameron Gardiner has very detailed Level 400 information.

New technical community site (since May 2019)

Legacy MSDN community site (up to May 2019)

What I found useful for my own preparation is the use of edX.org. Partnering with Microsoft, all the necessary content are structured according to the AZ-120 exam criteria above. As Azure technologies change very frequently throughout the year, some of the Microsoft Docs actually outpace the exam criteria so it might be best to follow a structure. Snapshots below. New enrollments are not available now, but stay tune when it is re-released in 2020.

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Last, but not least it is also important to do practical labs. In beta exams, there are no labs but I reckon this will come when it is made generally available. Take time out here to do some of the exercises.

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Online Labs Available@Github (90-150 minutes each)

AZ 120 Module 1: Foundations of SAP on Azure

AZ 120 Module 3: Implementing SAP on Azure

Certification resources

Happy Learning and I wish everyone all the best for #TechIntensity. I would recommend reading this article by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella “The necessity of tech intensity in today’s digital world”.

Other relevant articles in SAP technical community

SAP Customer Center of Excellence for Azure

SAP Customer Center of Excellence for Azure: Govern, Design, Innovate & Build

Microsoft Cloud Operating Model & SAP on Azure Migration Scenarios

SAP IT Service Operations Management on Azure

SAP Security Operations on Azure

SAP Expert Role Guide to Microsoft Azure Skills and Certification

Exam Study Resources for AZ-120 Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads.

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  • hi, thanks. few quick questions

    1. is edX going to release a newer version of their course addressing the updated content of  AZ-120 ?
    2. Once the AZ-120 is out of Beta (it appears it will be Jan27,2020), will there be lab exams as part of the exam?
    3. Do you know how many questions (and how many must one get right) to pass this certification exam?

    Thx

    • Hi Chandrakanth

      Replies as below in bold:

      • is edX going to release a newer version of their course addressing the updated content of  AZ-120
      • [chthe]: Yes, based on my experience, edX usually follow through the format and release according to exam criteria. I took the exam in November in beta, but it was open for a while, but for now they have archived it.
      • Once the AZ-120 is out of Beta (it appears it will be Jan27,2020), will there be lab exams as part of the exam?
      • [chthe]: I would guess so, because in the edX format, it also listed the labs there. Will have to wait for it to be GA.
      • Do you know how many questions (and how many must one get right) to pass this certification exam?
      • [chthe]: It depends, but it should be somewhere 50+. There is no cutoff of right questions in Microsoft exams, it is all weighted based on difficulty. Read this link from Pluralinsight https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/it-ops/microsoft-exam-changes

      Hope this helps, and good luck!