AZ-500 Study Resources

Use and know the Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies page. NOTE: towards the bottom of this page are specific Learning Paths you can walk through at your own pace!

On YouTube now! AZ-500 Certification Exam Rapid Training (CERT) review sessions – plus more to come!

Download Mark’s AZ-500 Study Slides full of resource Links.

LinkedIn Learning Identity & Access, Implement Platform Protection, Azure Security Center, and What is Azure Monitor

O’Reilly Learning Azure Security Technologies – 8 hours!

Stanislas Preparation Guide for Microsoft AZ-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies Certification

Pluralsight – Managing Azure Security Course

Cloud Academy Azure Security Services


Help yourself

Customers always ask me for help finding information in Azure. Sometimes I have the answers. Sometimes I have to go seek and find. I wanted to share the 4 places you can look too that I just documented for one of my customers. I hope this is useful to you as well.

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AZ-305 Resource Links

Below are the exam objectives for the AZ-305 exam which come from https://aka.ms/AZ-305. Throughout my AZ-305 CERT session I have many links that I show on YouTube and are the source for the content that I show and share. Below are those links so you can explore them further if you wish. I cannot possible tell you everything in 60+ minutes. Plus sometimes it helps to also read over what you have heard. And quite possibly you may run across nuggets of information that I may not have addressed.

I also want to cross reference Thomas Maurer’s AZ-305 blog where he creates a lot of resource links. I usually start with that first, and then see if I can find anything else that may help.

To access and share the AZ-305 video playlist for this, go to https://aka.ms/YouTube/AZ-305. And for all of the other CERT sessions, please like, subscribe and share https://aka.ms/YouTube/CERT.


Design a solution for logging and monitoring

Design authentication and authorization solutions

Design governance

Design identities and access for applications


Design a data storage solution for relational data

Design data integration

Recommend a data storage solution

Design a data storage solution for non-relational data


Design a solution for backup and disaster recovery

Design for high availability


Design a compute solution

Design an application architecture

AZ-104 Mod 3

AZ-304 Mod 1 Part 2

Design migrations

Design network solutions

As discussed in my YouTube Module 4 for AZ-305

AZ-104 Mod 4

AZ-303 Mod 1 Part 2

AZ-304 Mod 5

AZ-700 – only for those that really just want to dig deep into Azure Networking!

Design Networking Solutions Learning Path – if you want to go through this A-Z!

  • recommend a network architecture solution based on workload requirements
  • recommend a connectivity solution that connects Azure resources to the internet
  • recommend a connectivity solution that connects Azure resources to on-premises networks
  • optimize network performance for applications
  • recommend a solution to optimize network security
  • recommend a load balancing and routing solution

EZVegan -The Motor City Smoothie

When I used to have an appointment every weekend in Downtown detroit, the Whole Foods was across the street from where I was. And they had / have a wonderful Smoothie Bar. Not the foo foo smoothie type of place using ice cream or yogurts, but made just with real whole foods! It was sooo good, everytimeI I travel and find a Whole Foods, I look to see if they have a Smoothie Bar. They are pretty rare. So now whenever I pop into the Detroit Whole Foods, I automatically pop in to get this smoothie. This was the top selling smoothie when I used to go there, and still my favorite one too.

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SC-400 Study Guide

I’m taking a new approach to my study resources and trying to simplify it all. To start off, a simple URL for each eam to get to the corresponding exam objectives. In this case it’s aka.ms/SC-400. The, just append “StudyGuide and then you will have all of the resources that I used to create these sessions and links for you to further study a little deeper on areas that you are not as strong in. In the case of this blog, it is https://aka.ms/SC-400StudyGuide. I can’t review everything in my C.E.R.T. sessions, but try to highlight what areas I think are closest to what the exam objectives called out. Then you have two choices. 1. Listen through the audio sessions on YouTube, plus all of the links on the blog. No PowerPoints to drill down to. Just the resources to quickly listen to, or research through to get your ready faster!

How to prepare for any exam

Below I am going to link all the resource links that I find in order to build out my review slides. This is the process I use to build out my C.E.R.T. sessions on YouTube –https://aka.ms/YouTube/CERT.

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SC-300 Exam Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator Study Guide

Welcome back! This is yet another blog post that ties together the study links from my related YouTube video on the same topic. You can find the videos I produced for preparing for this exam at https://aka.ms/YouTube/SC-300. The exam objectives which should guide your studying, and which were also used to guide the creation of the video content can be found at Exam SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator – Learn | Microsoft Docs.

As referenced in the introduction part of the video, there was already another study guide out there with many solid reference links all on Azure Docs which can be found at aka.ms/SC-300StudyGuide.

Here are the slides to use for studying which contain all of the links provided and discussed in the video.

Azure Stack Security aka.ms/AzureStack/Security

Hello once again!  This will be an evolving blog, but many are asking what are the specific certifications around Azure Stack. Below is an excerpt from our engineering group.

“Customers told us that compliance paperwork is a major frustration. To alleviate that, Azure Stack is going through a formal assessment with a 3PAO (3rd-Party Assessor Organization). The outcome of this effort will be documentation on how the Azure Stack infrastructure meets the applicable controls from several major compliance standards. Customers will be able to use this documentation to jump-start their certification process. For the first round of assessments, we are targeting the following standards: PCI-DSS and the CSA Cloud Control Matrix. The former addresses the payment card industry while the latter gives comprehensive mapping across multiple standards.

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Back to Basics with Active Directory | aka.ms/Identity/AD

As my career progresses and I dive deeper and deeper into the cloud, every once in a while my core Windows Server Active Directory roots come up and tap me on the shoulder.  Or else others ping me to say “Hey, where are the best resources out there for Active Directory goodness?”. Since many of these links are oldies but goodies, I want to collect and collate the best current and past links for you, me and our customers.  Hope you enjoy and please share!

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PKI and Certificate Resources

Bookmark this!  https://aka.ms/PkiLinks

Having taken some recent internal PKI training, I decided to take my internal PKI resources, update with some of the newer concepts I have been learning about, and am now sharing with you.  This is a lot!  But if you want to really know PKI and Certificates, particularly around Windows Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), then there is plenty for you to read below 🙂 As I find new and update resources, I will refresh this blog.  Enjoy?

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Azure Resource Manager aka.ms/Azure/ARM

Once you have your Azure Subscription, I think the planning and implementing Resource Groups should be first on your list.  Because if this is not done, then when you go to deploy anything in the new Azure portal in ARM mode, then a default Resource Group will be created for you.  If you pre-make a few to start with, then once you create storage, network and compute resources, then you can assign those resources to Azure Resource groups, per Azure Region, as you see fit.  There are many ways to do this e.g. by dev/test environments or by resource types such as domain controllers or web servers. At a high level, most Azure pages will say to create these according to managed lifecycles of Azure Resources. By default the subscription administrators will have access to all of these, so if you make a bunch, then later, you can create groups to assign RBAC to delegate administration.

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