AZ-800 Study Guide: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

Welcome to my AZ-800 study guide for administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure. The aim is that by the end of this article you should be well equipped to study for and earn the first part of the new Windows Server Hybrid certification.

The goal of achieving this certification is to prove you have the experience and technical ability to integrate Windows Server and Azure environments, manage on-premise Windows Server environments and manage Azure IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) workloads

Once you have completed this guide, be sure to check out our AZ-801 Exam Study Guide.

About the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Certification

You can find a direct link to the Microsoft webpage detailing an outline of the certification, here.

To summarise, the role of the Windows Server Hyrbid Administrator is that they are responsible for integrating on-premise and Azure cloud Windows environments and maintaining these workloads. This could include migrating virtual machines between on-premise and Azure, implementing Azure backup and disaster recovery for on-premise and Azure virtual machines, configuring storage, configuring remote access, configuring update management and much more. You could imagine the list of responsibilities could really go on forever…

How do I achieve the certification?

The certification is broken down into two exams, you must pass both exams (in no specific order) to achieve the certification. They are

  • Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (AZ-800)
  • Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (AZ-801)
Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate path

About the AZ-800 Exam

As seen above, the AZ-800 exam is the first in a two-part series of exams to earn the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. 

The exam is broken down into 5 sections, that are weighted as per the below

  • Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments (30-35%)
  • Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10-15%)
  • Manage virtual machines and containers (15-20%)
  • Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Manage storage and file services (15-20%)

Where to start studying

As with any Azure exam, it is important to have a solid study plan. I usually give myself 30 days to study for an exam and usually dedicate about an hour per day, so I am not overloaded. 

Start by reviewing the exam skills outline below and skip over any areas that you are already confident with, this will allow you to focus on areas of study which are most needed. 

Continue by going through the Microsoft learn modules below, then move on to reading through the Microsoft docs, this will give you a strong written understanding of the key skills needed to pass. lastly, you should back up and validate any knowledge you have learned through conducting AZ-800 Azure lab exercises.

Is the AZ-800 exam hard?

The AZ-800 exam leads you down the path of an associate-level certification, so in theory, the exam is not hard. However, this is a new exam and online learning content for it may be pretty sparse, so you may find it challenging. Even with a lot of Windows Server experience, you may struggle without investing time to study. Most of the topics are based around Azure services, so take that in mind before you jump ahead and book the exam.

My tips for passing the AZ-800 Exam

In late December 2021, I completed both the AZ-800 and AZ-801 exams back to back. The exams were both still in beta at the time however my feedback on each exam should still be very relevant. Hopefully, the information I have gathered from taking both exams will help guide your study and aid you in passing the certification.

My Feedback

AZ-800 Exam Completed with Feedback and Notes

In each article, I give a brief overview of each exam, write in detail my feedback which I documented right after finishing the exam and what materials I used to study. 

Microsoft Learn Paths for the AZ-800 exam

Below are the Microsoft Learn paths for you to begin studying for this exam.

The paths are recommended on the Microsoft exams page, however, will not fully cover all the content in the certification. 

AZ-800 Study Guide: Microsoft Docs

Deploy and Manage AD DS in On-premises and Cloud Environments (30-35%)

Deploy and manage AD DS domain controllers         

Deploy and manage domain controllers on-premises     

Deploy and manage domain controllers in Azure

Deploy RODCs  

Troubleshoot FSMO roles           

Configure and manage multi-site, multi-domain, and multi-forest environments  

Configure and manage forest and domain trusts

Configure and manage AD DS sites         

Configure and manage AD DS replication

Create and manage AD DS security principals           

Create and manage AD DS users and groups       

Manage users and groups in multi-domain and multi-forest scenarios

Implement group managed service accounts (gMSAs)

Join Windows Servers to AD DS, Azure AD DS, and Azure AD

Implement and Manage Hybrid Identities   

Implement Azure AD Connect   

Manage Azure AD Connect Synchronization

Implement Azure AD Connect cloud sync            

Integrate Azure AD, AD DS and Azure AD Domain Services

Manage Azure AD Domain Services        

Manage Azure AD Connect Health          

Manage authentication in on-premises and hybrid environments

Configure and manage AD DS passwords            

Manage Windows Server by using domain-based Group Policies      

Implement Group Policy in AD DS           

Implement Group Policy Preferences in AD DS   

Implement Group Policy in Azure AD DS

Manage Windows Servers and Workloads in a Hybrid Environment (10-15%)        

Manage Windows Servers in a Hybrid environment

Deploy a WAC Gateway Server  

Configure a target machine for WAC      

Configure PowerShell Remoting

Configure CredSSP or Kerberos Delegation for 2nd Hop Remoting

Configure JEA for PowerShell Remoting

Manage Windows Servers and workloads by using Azure services   

Manage Windows Servers by using Azure Arc

Assign Azure Policy Guest Configuration

Deploy Azure services using Azure VM extensions on non-Azure machines

Manage Updates for Windows machines

Integrate Windows Servers with Log Analytics    

Integrate Windows Servers with Azure Security Center

Manage IaaS VMs in Azure that run Windows Server

Implement Azure Automation for hybrid workloads

Create runbooks to automate tasks on target VMs

Implement DSC to prevent configuration drift in IaaS machines

Manage Virtual Machines and Containers (15-20%)

Manage Hyper-V and guest virtual machines            

Enable VM Enhanced Session Mode       

Manage VM using PowerShell Remoting, PowerShell Direct and HVC.exe

Configure nested virtualization 

Configure VM Memory 

Configure Integration Services   

Configure Discrete Device Assignment   

Configure VM Resource Groups

Configure VM CPU Groups         

Configure hypervisor scheduling types   

Manage VM Checkpoints            

Implementing high availability for virtual machines

Manage VHD and VHDX files      

Configure Hyper V Network Adapter

Configure NIC Teaming 

Configure Hyper-V Switch           

Create and manage containers        

Create Windows Server Container Images

Manage Windows Server Container Images

Configure Container Networking

Manage container instances

Manage Azure Virtual Machines that run Windows Server  

Manage Data Disks

Resize Azure VM

Configure Continuous delivery for an Azure VM

Configure connections to VMs

Manage Azure VM network configuration

Implement and Manage an On-premises and Hybrid Networking Infrastructure (15-20%)

Implement on-premises and hybrid name resolution            

Integrate DNS with AD DS

Create and Manage zones and records

Configure DNS forwarding/conditional forwarding

Integrate Windows Server DNS with Azure DNS private zones

Implement DNSSEC

Manage IP addressing in on-premises and hybrid scenarios 

Implement and manage IPAM   

Implement and configure the DHCP server role (on-premises only)

Resolve IP address issues in hybrid environments

Create and manage scopes        

Create and manage IP reservations        

Implement DHCP High Availability          

Implement on-premises and hybrid network connectivity    

Implement and manage the Remote Access role

Implement and manage Azure Network Adapter

Implement and manage Azure Extended Network

Implement and manage Network Policy Server role

Implement Web Application Proxy

Implement Azure Relay

Implement Site to Site VPN

Implement Azure Virtual WAN

Implement Azure AD Application Proxy

Manage Storage and File Services (15-20%)

Configure and manage Azure File Sync         

Create Azure File Sync Service   

Create Sync Groups       

Create Cloud Endpoints

Register servers

Create Server Endpoints             

Configure Cloud Tiering

Monitor File Sync           

Migrate DFS to Azure File Sync  

Configure and Manage Windows Server File Shares

Configure Windows Server file share access        

Configuring File Screens

Configure FSRM quotas

Configure BranchCache

Implement and configure Distributed File System (DFS)

Configure Windows Server Storage 

Configure disks and volumes

Configure and manage Storage Spaces

Configure  and manage Storage Replica 

Configure Data Deduplication

Configure SMB direct

Configure Storage QoS  

Configure File systems


Thank you for reading my AZ-801 exam study guide. Be sure to check out my full exams study guide page!


Daniel Bradley

My name is Daniel Bradley and I work with Microsoft 365 and Azure as an Engineer and Consultant. I enjoy writing technical content for you and engaging with the community. All opinions are my own.

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