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I am now so happy and grateful that… I passed Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Exam 70-537: Configuring and Using a Hybrid Cloud Using the Microsoft Azure Stack!
This exam opened as the first beta on January 29, 2018. I was one of 300 nations worldwide that I had the opportunity to take this beta exam. Thanks Microsoft!
I did a beta test in early March, and by the end of the test, I received a message that the result would not be available until the release date of the test. You should receive a printed scoring report via email within eight weeks (two months) of the direct release date of the exam. But when is the exam direct release date? I don’t know … sit back, relax and wait 🙂
Finally, the exam was publicly announced in May 2018, and on May 31, I got the result PASSING score.
I thought I would share my experience with this post to help you prepare for and clear this exam successfully.
Azure Consistency… Hybrid Cloud… Hybrid Applications is a clear message that Microsoft focused on Azure-pino.
By publishing Microsoft Azure stack, users can now extend Azure services and features on-premises. Azure-pino you can build, deploy, and deploy hybrid cloud applications consistently across Azure and Azure Stack. It is sold as integrated software and validated hardware.
In this exam I got some 69 questions (sixty nine! More than any experiment I’ve ever taken), and the total duration of the experiment is 190 minutes. Yes, it is a very long experiment! The questions correspond pretty much to the skills measured below.
This test measures your ability to perform the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major subject area of the experiment. The higher the percentage, the more questions are most likely to experiment in that content area.
Deployment and integration of Azure stack environment (20-25%)
- Build test environments with the Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK).
- Configure DNS for data center integration.
- Set up a connection for data center integration.
- Connect to and run Azure Stack API-based management.
Determination of PaaS and IaaS for the Azure stack environment (25-30%)
- Configure and manage your App Service resource provider.
- Configure and manage database resource providers.
- Configure and manage IaaS services.
Provision of services and implementation of DevOps for Azure Stack tenants (25-30%)
- Create and manage quotas, plans, and offers.
- Manage tenants.
- Manage Azure Marketplace.
- Enable DevOps for tenants.
Maintenance and control of the Azure stack environment (20-25%)
- Design and implement a backup and restore solution.
- Manage and monitor capacity, performance, updates and alerts.
- Manage usage reporting.
All in all, I spent a couple of months preparing for this exam. I was in the early stages Microsoft Azure stack after the release of Technical Preview 1 in January 2016 and during the Azure Stack Early Adaptation Program and the Azure Stack Technology Adoption Program (TAP). In addition to my daily work and all the objectives listed above. Having said that, I passed this exam on my first attempt, completed about two and a half hours, and did my best. Yes, it is a very long exam !!!
As you become more familiar with Microsoft Azure and cloud object management and deployment strategies, you’ll likely start exploring Azure Stack. The Azure plug-in, Azure Stack, delivers Azure services from your data center, enables common DevOps processes, and uses the same management tools as Azure, while running on integrated systems provided by Microsoft partners.
Configuring and using the hybrid cloud with the Microsoft Azure Stack certification exam 70-537 is directed Solution Architects, Cloud operators, Azure administrators and Developers. This is how Azure Stack is configured and used, and as such focuses on the details of deployment, use, and implementation. As a result, this exam does not cover so many things on the application development side. It also places more emphasis on analyzing solution requirements and business scenarios to test your ability to design a suitable solution using on-site or Azure-based Azure services.
Practice, Practice and Practice … I can’t stress enough that hands-on experience will help you pass this exam. In fact, as I prepared for this exam, I bought a mini Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) for practice.
The most important success in passing this exam is working with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack on a daily basis.
One of the best ways to prepare for this exam is to focus your time Azure Stack documentation, which is rich in information and is always the most up – to – date source. Download Azure Stack Development Kit (free!) and install it a real hardware, the virtual environment works, but it is slow. If you have studied the documentation and have experience in implementing and managing an ASDK or multi-node production environment, you must be ready for the exam.
If you want to learn how to set up and use Azure Stack, you can take it Microsoft Official Instructor-Led Course 20537: Configuring and Using a Hybrid Cloud Using the Microsoft Azure Stack from one of Microsoft’s learning partners.
SkillMeUp has both Course and Hands-on Lab available for the 70-537 Azure Stack exam! Here are links to Azure Stack content:
Unfortunately, there are currently no exam guidelines available for this exam; From Microsoft Press. However, you can order The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud was released with Azure Stack and Azure book and prepare.
If you are going to take this exam … I wish you all the best and good study !!!
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