Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-534)


I had been reminded by a number of work colleagues on Friday that the exam voucher packs we had bought whilst we were on our instructor led Architecting Azure Course back in May were due to expire at the end of this week.

Not wanting to waste the money that I’d spent and the fact that there was also a free retake option as part of the deal I decided to book the exam.  By no means was I confident as I’ve not been focusing on Azure at all, let alone actively using the system since I’m currently working and spending my time studying in preparation for my AWS Solution Architect Professional Exam.

Having spent most of my working career working with Microsoft Solution (since the old days of Windows NT4), there were a few questions during my exam that I was able to answer based on experience.

The exam format has changed significantly from my last Microsoft exam with today flowing as follows:

  • Section 1 – Case Study.
  • Section 2 – Case Study.
  • Section 3 – Scenario questions whereby you’re asked whether the feature either meets the requirement or not.
  • Section 4 – Approximately 30 questions that you either select the correct answer, drag and drop the appropriate answer to the right section.
  • Section 5 – Scenario with multiple proposed Solutions and simple either Yes or No answers to whether the Solution meets the requirements.

I had 3 hours in which to answer 56 questions and as I’m not a developer by trade, I personally struggled when faced with some code snippets and having to guess what I thought was the right answer.  Thankfully today I passed the exam although I wasn’t confident when I had finished.

It had been 5 years since I sat my last Microsoft exam when I did the upgrade from Windows 2008 to Windows 2012 giving me MCSA certification. Strangely enough this played a part in me gaining the MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure today as it was one of the pre-requisites else you have to do a few more of the Azure exams.

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