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

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Welcome to our AZ-800 Study Guide! This is for the AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure exam, the follow on from the infamous MCSA server exams that were let go by Microsoft! In this AZ-800 study guide, I hope to prepare you for this new exam and help you take the AZ 800 for free. By passing the AZ-800 and AZ-801 you will become a Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate! The exam is released for beta takers in December 2021 so you have plenty of time to get prepared. Early adopters of the exam have the option to take the Exam for free with a Microsoft Certification voucher from one of their skills challengers or get an 80% discount by being one of the first 300 to take the exam.

About The AZ-800 Exam

Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta)

Candidates for this exam administer core Windows Server workloads using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration.

A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

This exam is part 1 of the criteria to becoming a Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate, below you can see the path that you will need to take to achieve this certification. 

AZ-800 Study Guide Exam path

My AZ-800 Exam Feedback

I completed this exam in early December 2021 and felt very confident about passing after I completed my study following the Microsoft documentation links below. 

The exam totalled 120 minutes and I had 54 questions to complete. It included all the usual question formats such as; drag and drop, multiple choice, pairing the answers and case studies. 

I have a complete post on my AZ-800 Feedback Here.

AZ-800 Study Guide

Study Material for this Exam

Simply click on each subject line to take you to the relevant training material of our AZ-800 Study Guide!

Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in onpremises and cloud environments (30–35%)

This section is all about deploying, configuring and administering both Active Directory on-premise in your traditional Windows Server environment and Azure Active Directory Domain Services which is in the Azure Cloud. You will also need to have a good understanding of the hybrid topology in between which connects your traditional Active Directory Domain Service and Azure ADDS. By following the link below and completing the reading along with some hands-on experience you should be well on your way to building confidence with the topologies.

Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10– 15%)

This section is all about managing and maintaining your Windows Servers both on-premise and in the Azure cloud. You will also need to know about managing on-premise servers through Azure and various hybrid scenarios. Covered below is everything you need to understand and expand on to apply to scenarios you may be given in the exam. The exam will cover the Windows Admin Centre, Desired State Configuration, some PowerShell and everything on managing a maintaining your hybrid workloads.

Manage virtual machines and containers (15–20%)

Covered here is everything you need to know for the AZ-800 exam on managing, maintaining and adjusting your virtual machines and contrainers that are both on-premise and in the Azure Cloud. It is important to focus on your on-premise knowledge of Hyper-V also as it will be heavily covered in the exam. Make sure you check up on any new features of Hyper-V which could be related to Azure in any way.

Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15–20%)

Networking is the glue that connects all your resources both on premise and in the Azure Cloud. It is important that you understand how your on-premise infrastructure can connect to the Azure cloud. Other technologies your should become farely fluent with is IP Address Management (IPAM), DNS Sec, Hyper-V networking and Azure networking (which is not traditionally the same as you on premise environment).

Manage storage and file services (15–20%)

The last section of the exam brief is about managing data and your users access to data. More specifically you should confident with your knowledge of Hyper-V and Azure disk types and limits, Azure Files and how this can be utilised in your hybrid environment and technologies such as FSRM and DFS.

Hopefully the direct links above for each subject within the AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure skills outline has been helpful. Not only is there the above you can learn from, here are some further great links to help you each your Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification:

The Implement a Windows Server hybrid cloud infrastructure Microsoft learning path!

How to take the AZ-800 Microsoft Exam for Free

I have lots of content over on my How to get Free Microsoft Exam Certifications post so make sure you click the link were I detail how you can take the exam for free which can be done at a local test centre or in the comfort of your own home (I always take them from home!). 

Thank you for reading my AZ-800 Study Guide

Thank you for reading my AZ-800 Study Guide! This exam is typically for those who work closely with Azure architects and Microsoft 365 administrators in your organisation. You should be working often with Windows Server hybrid technologies and have extensive knowledge with on-premise Windows Server operating systems. But do not let that put you off! Whether you are just getting into Windows Server administration or the cloud, this exam is still the right path for you! Anyone can pass with the right training. 

For additional study resources make sure you check out our Complete Azure Training and Online Learning Guide.

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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