Passed Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert (AZ-400)

Today I have finished my Azure certification path by successfully passing the AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions exam. This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: design a DevOps strategy, implement DevOps development processes, implement continuous integration, continuous delivery, dependency management, application infrastructure, and continuous feedback.

The exam consists of 2 case studies, 12 lab tasks, 42 test questions that must be answered in 180 minutes. I had two lab tasks that couldn’t be finished because of Azure environment issues (exam’s account didn’t have required permissions on Azure resources to complete certain sub-tasks). Fortunately, I was pretty sure for overall result and, after speaking with proctor, decided to jump into the next exam’s sections.

How to prepare

  1. You must either earn the Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Developer Associate certification
  2. You must have an active Azure DevOps account. The Azure Pipelines and Azure Repos are needed at least.
  3. Check out the free Azure/DevOps training courses (AZ-400 OpenEDX that’s based on MCT training guides and AzureDevOps Labs). In addition, there are a lot of videos at Pluralsight for getting started with Azure DevOps and understand DevOps principles.
  4. The labs are all about Azure Services (IaaS/PaaS/IaC), so you must know how to prepare environments for CD, environment types and differences between them, make IaC, understand security options for each Azure resource, CI/CD. Also, I was pretty surprised to see the lab tasks to be completed on localhost file system before pushing the code to Azure.
  5. The certification will be valid only for 2 years, so keep learning and practice every day! I wish you good luck on the exam and may the force be with you.

Free Azure certification training courses

Howdy, I would like to share the list of the extremely useful FREE courses with you which can help you to prepare for Azure exams and level up your skills in the most efficient way. Tons of videos, hands-on labs and text guidances. You just need to find a free time and passion, plus make sure that you have an active Azure subscription (trial is an option).

Note:retired” = exam is no longer available but specified courses can still be a part of your preparation. “w/labs”  = exam has performance sections (lab tasks). Click on “check out my experience” where available to get more details.

Learning Paths from Pluralsight (recommended)

Learning Paths from Microsoft (step-by-step guidances)

Microsoft/OpenedX self-paced courses (have some outdated materials)

AZ-100|Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment (retired)

AZ-101|Microsoft Azure Integration and Security (retired)

AZ-103|Microsoft Azure Administrator (w/labs)

AZ-200|Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions (retired)

AZ-201|Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions (retired)

AZ-203|Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

AZ-300|Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (w/labs)

AZ-301|Microsoft Azure Architect Design

AZ-400| Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions (w/labs)

AZ-500| Microsoft Azure Security Technologies (w/labs)

There are also some free courses on EDX site (1 topic:1 course)

TIP: If you are not familiar with Azure Services, I’d highly recommend you to purchase pBook or download FREE ebook “Learn Azure in a Month Of Lunches” that I reviewed a few months ago. It’s a great all-in-one guide to get started with almost everything in Azure.

Happy learning and good luck with the exams!