The Microsoft AZ-400 Exam (Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions) is the next certification I am going to be aiming for. The exam information can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-400
This will play its part on the pathway to the Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer Expert Certification and will give me a depth of knowledge across the Microsoft DevOps architecture!
The Microsoft Learn materials can be found structured as 6 discrete Learning Pathways (of which I am aiming to complete over the coming days) this blog post is the chronicle of my studies on the Learning Pathway:
This pathway is structured into 6 modules of which I have completed:
- Analyze DevOps Continuous Planning and Continuous Integration
- Introduce the foundation pillars of DevOps: Culture and Lean Product
- Characterize DevOps Continuous Collaboration and Continuous Improvement
- Explain DevOps Continuous Delivery and Continuous Quality
- Review planning and managing Azure costs
- Route system feedback to development teams
Once again, a fabulous set of learning resources provided free of charge by Microsoft Learn based around the mechanisms to foster collaboration and communication within a DevOps Capability.
Clearly some sections are based around the traditional view of a software development practice, but clearly there are lessons an Ops guy like me can take from these learnings. The introduction and discussion of the concepts surrounding continuous planning, continuous collaboration and continuous quality all help to foster that DevOps Mindset of Continuous improvement no matter wat the area you are focussed on looks like.
Skills measured in the AZ-400 exam:
- Develop an instrumentation strategy (5-10%)
- Develop a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) strategy (5-10%)
- Develop a security and compliance plan (10-15%)
- Manage source control (10-15%)
- Facilitate communication and collaboration (10-15%)
- Define and implement continuous integration (20-25%)
- Define and implement a continuous delivery and release management strategy (10-15%)
My Main ReadMe Page is all set up with a bit about me!
The guys at 100DaysofCloud have set up the GitHub repo to be cloned and also have a great repo containing ideas and areas to collaborate on: https://github.com/100DaysOfCloud/100DaysOfCloudIdeas
My Github Journey tracker can be found here: https://github.com/jonnychipz/100DaysOfCloud
Please Watch/Star my repo and feel free to comment of contribute to anything I push! I really look forward to hearing from anyone who is going to jump on the journey around the same time as me! Lets see where I get to in 100 days!
I would encourage others to jump on this journey, I’m not sure that I will be able to commit every day for 100 days, but as long as I can complete 100 days that will be great!