October 2017 Changes to 70-533 Azure Infrastructure Exam

Last year in October, Microsoft announced some sweeping changes to it's exams.

And this year, they did it again. At the MS Ignite conference, they announced changes to the requirements for two exams - 70-532 Azure Developer and 70-533 Azure Infrastructure. Let's look at the 70-533 changes with this post. I reviewed the 70-532 changes here.

The changes are slated to take effect on October 12, 2017. They are posted to the US website only, and so there's no official word as to how this will be rolled out internationally.

Things removed from the 70-533 exam:

  • Storage objective - SQL Databases

Things added to the 70-533 exam:

  • App Service objective - App service environment (ASE)
  • App Service objective - deployment methods such as Git and FTP
  • App Service objective - App service backups
  • App Service objective - Authentication and authorization for app service apps
  • Virtual Machine objective - configure fault domains and update domains
  • Virtual Machine objective - Azure Container Services (ACS), Docker, DC/OS, Swarm, or Kubernetes, Azure Container Registry
  • Storage objective - manage SMB file storage
  • Storage objective - Azure Key Vault
  • Storage objective - Azure Storage Service Encryption (SSE)
  • Storage objective - Encryption and RBAC for Azure Data Lake Store
  • Network objective - VNet peering
  • Network objective - Puppet or Chef to configure networking
  • ARM Templates - count loops and marketplace items
  • New objective Security and Recovery objective - Azure Key Vault, SSL task automation, Azure Security Center, Single-Signon SaaS, Manage access to a SaaS app, federation, public identity providers
  • New objective Security and Recovery objective - Backup vault, backup agent, snapshots, geo-replication for recovery, DR as a service
  • New objective Azure Operations objective - Powershell runbooks, Azure Automation
  • New objective Azure Operations objective - Analyze data across multiple systems, custom visualizations, data across multiple subscriptions, flexible search queries, monitor system updates and malware status, track server configuration changes with Azure Log Analytics
  • Identity objective - Azure AD Connect Health
  • Identity objective - Azure AD Domain Services
  • Identity objective - MFA

And finally, the number and weightings for each of the objectives have shifted.

There used to be six objectives and now there are eight. Microsoft shuffled some things around, so that topics that used to fall under one objective now were moved to another.

  • Azure App Services was 15-20%, now 10-15% (down 5%)
  • Virtual Machines remains 20-25%
  • Storage was 20-25%, now 10-15% (down 10%)
  • Virtual Networks was 10-15%, now 15-20% (down 5%)
  • ARM Templates remains 10-15%
  • Azure Security and Recovery (new) 25-30%
  • Azure Operations (new) 5-10%
  • Azure Identities was 15-20%, now 5-10% (down 10%)

It's hard to judge, since they moved things around a bit. But virtual machines, virtual networks, and security are the top 3. Storage and Active Directory (identity) fell the most.

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