How I prepared for the AZ-400 exam!

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Hi Azure Friends,

 

The DevOps Engineer Expert exam was a challenge for me. My focus is mainly in the infrastructure area, but nevertheless I want to face this challenge.

 

Let's look at the checklist together.

 

1. Read through the Measured Skills at your leisure.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-400

 

2. Read the Study Guide by @thomasmaurer. This is really super helpful information!

https://www.thomasmaurer.ch/2019/07/passed-az-400-microsoft-certified-azure-devops-engineer/

 

3. Create a free Azure account, if you don't already have one, so that you can do all exercises in a hands-on manner
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/

 

4. Take a close look at the Microsoft learning path, or even better, work through it right away (the learning paths are listed a little further down on the website).

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-400

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/az-400-develop-instrumentation-strategy/

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/az-400-develop-sre-strategy/

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/az-400-develop-security-compliance-plan/

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/az-400-manage-source-control/

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/az-400-facilitate-communication-collaboration/

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/az-400-define-implement-continuous-integration/

 

5. Register for the exam early. This creates a little pressure and you stay motivated (registration can be started a little further down the website).

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-400

 

6. Practice, practice, practice ... With examples from the Microsoft Azure documentation portal.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/create-first-pipeline

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/get-started/what-is-azure-boards

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/repos/get-started/what-is-repos

etc.

 

One final tip: when you've learned something new, try to explain what you've learned to another person (whether or not they know your subject). If you can explain it in your own words, you understand the subject. That's exactly how I do it, except that I don't explain it to another person, but record a video for YouTube!

 

I hope this information helps you and that you successfully pass the exam. I wish you success!

 

Kind regards, Tom Wechsler

 

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