AZ -900 Azure Fundamentals - Passed

chrisonechrisone CISSP, CRTP, eCPPT, LFCS, CEH, Azure Fundamentals, Retired Cisco NPsPosts: 1,902Member ■■■■■■■■□□
edited September 5 in Microsoft
Passed Azure Fundamentals AZ-900
Passing Score: 837ish (can't really remember), passing is 700
Exam version AZ-900 Proctored
Desire: Was looking to get into cloud security for Azure and then AWS. I wanted a good foundation on Azure before diving into AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate.
Study time: 1 month 

Materials:
Azure fundamentals Free Online Training (online training modules)
week 1, 9 hrs, free on microsoft
week 2, 8 hrs, free on microsoft & contains practice questions
This book was good. A little overly detailed and the author goes into other topics to show how things interelate. Conatins a lot of extra reading not necessary for the exam. For example we seem to go 20 pages deep into AI and thed different types of AI. I believe I could have passed the test without this book. However, after reading it once. I plan on going over a few chapters or concepts as he had very good thigns to say. If you have the time you can read this before your exam.
week3, 1 week to read, $22 kindle format on amazon 
very good CBT, contains 50 practice questions as well!
week 4, 4hrs, $10 Udemy Sale, $20 non sale
This was a gold mine. Helped me perfect my theories of the topics. Has good explanations when you miss questions or the concept. It is not perfect by any means, but I feel this helped me pass the exam. **Please verify when the course was last updated, if you are reading this long after I posted this. You do not want to buy this course if it hasn't been updated in over a year or two** 
week 4, 8 hrs, 3 practice tests each with 54 questions, $10 Udemy Sale, $89 non sale (just wait for this to get on sale)

Test date: At this point I finished all the materials mentioned above, and was scoring 90%-100% on the practice tests. Not just memorizing the questions but the concepts and why the other answers were incorrect, which the Udemy Practice Tests does a great job at. 

Next: AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate. 365 & AWS in 2020

Conclusion: Just last month I was not very familiar with the azure portal, its compute resources, support and pricing structure, & other technological offers. I honestly never really cared, but the reality is that soon, everything will be hybrid, and later everything will be cloud based, including security. 

2020 Goals:
Courses: TBD
Certs: AZ-500 (in-progress), MS-500, Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - CRTE, OSCP

Comments

  • advanex1advanex1 CASP, MCSA 2016, MCSA 2012, CCNA, Security+, Network+, Project+, Server+ Posts: 364Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats. Thanks for the good write up.
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  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 853Mod Mod
    Congrats on the pass! I plan to move onto cloud technologies after my MCSE but haven't decided between Azure or AWS yet.
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  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,803Mod Mod
    Congrats on the pass! I may have to look into this so I can become more rounded as I've been more heavily into AWS.
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  • deltzydeltzy Posts: 29Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Do you think one could pass by just going through the "Azure fundamentals Free Online Training" first link you posted?

    I've got this booked in this month and it seems like it's going to be fairly easy, maybe I'm underestimating it. I'm playing around with Azure as it is.
    OSCP | CCSKv4 | SEC + | CCENT | CISMP | AZ-900
    Studying: CPSA(CRT)
  • chrisonechrisone CISSP, CRTP, eCPPT, LFCS, CEH, Azure Fundamentals, Retired Cisco NPs Posts: 1,902Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    deltzy said:
    Do you think one could pass by just going through the "Azure fundamentals Free Online Training" first link you posted?

    I've got this booked in this month and it seems like it's going to be fairly easy, maybe I'm underestimating it. I'm playing around with Azure as it is.
    If you are under pressure and trying to take it within 2-3 weeks, you definitely want some form of practice questions. 

    Bare minimum:
    Azure fundamentals free online training from Microsoft.
    Udemy CBT (reinforce your online training from the Microsoft training above, $20 investment, c'mon :smile: ) Plus you get 50 practice questions. Those 50 questions I am not entirely sure will suffice. 
    Practice test questions is a must. Whether you get it from Udemy ($89) or Microsoft's store $99 (which I heard wasn't that good.)However you get your practice questions, its a must. 

    Honestly, although it is entry level, its not a bogus test anyone without reading or spending a few hours studying can just walk in and pass. Even with my attempt there were a few questions I checked for review and I spent more than 5 minutes on just thinking about the answer. Some questions were worded a certain way that got me second guessing. So if you do zero practice test questions, you may have a hard time. 

    Goodluck!
    2020 Goals:
    Courses: TBD
    Certs: AZ-500 (in-progress), MS-500, Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - CRTE, OSCP
  • deltzydeltzy Posts: 29Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm glad you gave me the heads up! There was me thinking I was going to sail through without much work. Better start studying :)
    OSCP | CCSKv4 | SEC + | CCENT | CISMP | AZ-900
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  • averageguy72averageguy72 Senior Member Posts: 308Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats!
    CISSP / CCSP / CCSK / CRISC / CISM / CISA / CASP / Security+ / Network+ / A+ / CEH / eNDP / AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty / AWS Certified Security - Specialty / AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional / AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional / AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate / AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate / AWS Certified Developer - Associate / AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • De_RabbitDe_Rabbit Posts: 12Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Great job! Do you recommend this before going for the AZ-103?
  • deltzydeltzy Posts: 29Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited October 4
    I also passed this exam last week, just used the material on the Microsoft site and the Udemy practice questions. I have to say the Udemy practice tests was REALLY helpful for the exam so thank you for the recommendation.

    Got this done in about 2-3 weeks, not that difficult.
    OSCP | CCSKv4 | SEC + | CCENT | CISMP | AZ-900
    Studying: CPSA(CRT)
  • chrisonechrisone CISSP, CRTP, eCPPT, LFCS, CEH, Azure Fundamentals, Retired Cisco NPs Posts: 1,902Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on the pass! Yeah the exam isn’t difficult, 2-4 week journey at best.
    2020 Goals:
    Courses: TBD
    Certs: AZ-500 (in-progress), MS-500, Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - CRTE, OSCP
  • yoba222yoba222 Posts: 1,068Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Thanks for sharing. Have you done any AWS training yet by any chance? I might take a similar path, but I'm doing AWS right now and worry about confusing the two platforms; kind of like what learning Spanish and French at the same time might be.
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  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,558Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Thanks for sharing! My employer is moving a lot of workloads away from AWS to Azure so I will go for AZ-900 just because they will pay for it. I'm going through the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals online material at the moment. It seems very simple. 
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  • chrisonechrisone CISSP, CRTP, eCPPT, LFCS, CEH, Azure Fundamentals, Retired Cisco NPs Posts: 1,902Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    yoba222 said:
    Thanks for sharing. Have you done any AWS training yet by any chance? I might take a similar path, but I'm doing AWS right now and worry about confusing the two platforms; kind of like what learning Spanish and French at the same time might be.
    Hey yoba, I haven’t done any AWS training. I have plans to do so for late 2020 or early 2021. I want to clear out any azure training first.
    2020 Goals:
    Courses: TBD
    Certs: AZ-500 (in-progress), MS-500, Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - CRTE, OSCP
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