Study guide 70-534

By | December 28, 2014

This might just be my last post in 2014. I have already gotten several requests to write this study guide therefore I wanted to share it before the end of 2014. The exam 70-534 is another Azure exam which is more focused on the architecting side of Azure. The exam is currently in beta but will be scheduled available in Q1 2015.
So as usual Im going to list the curriculum in the post and add URLs to the different subjects beneath. More information about the exam can be found here –-
Design Microsoft Azure infrastructure and networking (15–20%)
Describe how Azure uses Global Foundation Services (GFS) datacenters
Understand Azure datacenter architecture, regional availability, and high availability

Azure Data center
Links to regional availability and high availability cloud services
Azure regions

Design Azure virtual networks, networking services, DNS, DHCP, and IP addressing configuration
Extend on-premises Active Directory, deploy Active Directory, define static IP reservations, understand ACLs and Network Security Groups

Guidelines for deploying Active Directory in Azure
Azure DNS
Extending Active Directory to Azure
Defining static IP reservations Azure
Azure ACLs
Network security group
Design Azure Compute
Design Azure virtual machines (VMs) and VM architecture for IaaS and PaaS; understand availability sets, fault domains, and update domains in Azure; differentiate between machine classifications

Azure availability sets
Machine Classifications
Azure VM config
Comparison between Paas and Iaas
Describe Azure virtual private network (VPN) and ExpressRoute architecture and design
Describe Azure point-to-site (P2S) and site-to-site (S2S) VPN, understand the architectural differences between Azure VPN and ExpressRoute*

Point to site VPN azure
Site to site VPN azure
Secure Cross-premises Connectivity
Describe Azure services
Understand, at a high level, Azure load balancing options, including Traffic Manager, Azure Media Services, CDN, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Azure Cache, Multi-Factor Authentication, and Service Bus

Azure load balancing
Azure CDN:
What is Azure AD
Azure Cache
Azure Multi-Factor authentication
Azure Service Bus

Secure resources (15–20%)
Secure resources by using managed identities
Describe the differences between Active Directory on-premises and Azure AD, programmatically access Azure AD using Graph API, secure access to resources from Azure AD applications using OAuth and OpenID Connect

Difference between Azure AD and on premise AD
Use Graph API to query Azure
Secure Access to Resources with Azure AD

Secure resources by using hybrid identities
Use SAML claims to authenticate to on-premises resources, describe DirSync synchronization, implement federated identities using Azure Access Control service (ACS) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

Azure SAML claims

Secure resources by using identity providers
Provide access to resources using identity providers, such as Microsoft account, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo

Secure resources with Google, Facebook
Access Control Service
Security guidance
Identify an appropriate data security solution
Use the appropriate Access Control List (ACL), identify security requirements for data in transit and data at rest
Design a role-based access control strategy
Secure resource scopes, such as the ability to create VMs and websites

Role based access control
Secure resource scopes

Design an application storage and data access strategy (15–20%)

Design data storage
Design storage options for data, including Table Storage, SQL Database, DocumentDB, Blob Storage, MongoDB, and MySQL; design security options for SQL Database or Azure Storage; identify the appropriate VM type and size for a solution

Azure Storage Scailabillity
Security Options for Azure Storage
VM types and sizes
Azure table Storage
Azure SQL storage

Design applications that use Mobile Services
Create Azure Mobile Services, consume Mobile Services from cross-platform clients, integrate offline sync capabilities into an application, extend Mobile Services using custom code, implement Mobile Services using Microsoft .NET or Node.js, secure Mobile Services using Azure AD

Using Offline Sync
Create Mobile Services
Registrering with Azure AD and mobile services
Design applications that use notifications
Implement push notification services in Mobile Services, send push notifications to all subscribers, specific subscribers, or a segment of subscribers

Get Started with Push notification

Design applications that use a web API
Implement a custom web API, scale using Azure Websites, offload long-running applications using WebJobs, secure a web API using Azure AD

Secure a Web Api using Azure AD
Use WebJobs
Implement custom web api
How to scale azure websites

Design a data access strategy for hybrid applications
Connect to on-premises data from Azure applications using Service Bus Relay, BizTalk Hybrid Connections, or the VPN capability of Websites, identify constraints for connectivity with VPN, identify options for joining VMs to domains or cloud services

Service bus relay
BizTalk Hybrid Connection
VPN websites
VPN Azure AD
Design a media solution
Describe Media Services, understand key components of Media Services, including streaming capabilities, video on-demand capabilities, and monitoring services

Azure Media Services
Live streaming
Monitoring Media Service
Video on demand

Design an advanced application (15–20%)
Create compute-intensive applications
Design high-performance computing (HPC) and other compute-intensive applications using Azure Services

Design HPC in Azure
HPC Batch in Azure
HPC capabilities in Azure

Create long-running applications
Implement worker roles for scalable processing, design stateless components to accommodate scale
Scalable Processing

Worker roles in Azure Select the appropriate storage option
Use a queue-centric pattern for development, select the appropriate storage for performance, identify storage options for cloud services and hybrid scenarios with compute on-premises and storage on Azure, differentiate between cloud services and VMs interacting with storage service and SQL Database

Storage Best practice
Storage Options*
Azure Storage premium
SQL Hybrid
Desining Hybrid Scenarois Azure

Integrate Azure services in a solution
Identify the appropriate use of machine learning, big data, Media Services, and search services

Machine learning document
Big data
Search Services Azure
Media Services Azure

Design websites (15–20%)
Design websites for scalability and performance
Globally scale websites, create websites using Visual Studio, debug websites, understand supported languages, differentiate between websites to VMs and cloud services

Globally scale websites
Azure Websites and Visual Studio
Azure websites, Cloud Services and VMs
Troubleshooting Azure Websites
Remote Debugging Azure Websites with Visual Studio
Deploy websites
Implement Azure Site Extensions, create packages, hosting plans, deployment slots, resource groups, publishing options, Web Deploy, and FTP locations and settings

Site Extensions
Create Packages
Web Hosting plans Azure
Deploying web sites
FTP websites
Staged deployment websites
Design websites for business continuity
Scale up and scale out using Azure Websites and SQL Database, configure data replication patterns, update websites with minimal downtime, back up and restore data, design for disaster recovery, deploy websites to multiple regions for high availability, design the data tier

SQL replication Azure
Azure Websites backup
Global web precense Azure
Design for disaster recovery Azure

Design a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy (15–20%)
Evaluate hybrid and Azure-hosted architectures for Microsoft System Center deployment Understand, at an architectural level, which components are supported in Azure; describe design considerations for managing Azure resources with System Center; understand which scenarios would dictate a hybrid scenario

Managing Hybrid Clouds with System Center
Supported workloads Azure
Azure Hybrid scenarios
Design a monitoring strategy
Identify the Microsoft products and services for monitoring Azure solutions; understand the capabilities of System Center for monitoring an Azure solution; understand built-in Azure capabilities; identify third-party monitoring tools, including open source; describe use cases for Operations Manager, Global Service Monitor, and Application Insights; describe the use cases for Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), Configuration Manager, and custom solutions; describe the Azure architecture constructs, such as availability groups and update domains, and how they impact a patching strategy

Global Service Monitor
Monitoring Azure with System Center
Application insight
Open Source monitoring
Azure monitoring

Describe Azure business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities
Understand the architectural capabilities of BC/DR, describe Hyper-V Replica and Azure Site Recovery (ASR), describe use cases for Hyper-V Replica and ASR

Site Recovery
Hyper-V replica to Azure
Getting started with Azure Site Recovery
Use cases Azure Site recovery

Design a disaster recovery strategy
Design and deploy Azure Backup and other Microsoft backup solutions for Azure, understand use cases when StorSimple and System Center Data Protection Manager would be appropriate

Configuring Azure Backup
Azure and Data Protection Manager

Design Azure Automation and PowerShell workflows
Create a PowerShell script specific to Azure
Describe the use cases for Azure Automation configuration
Understand when to use Azure Automation, Chef, Puppet, PowerShell, or Desired State Configuration (DSC)
Azure Automation
Azure runbooks
Azure PowerShell
Using Chef or Puppet
Chef or Puppet Azure
Azure desired state configuration

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