MCSA Linux On Azure


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This certifications test your technical skills in designing,implementing and maintaining complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions on Azure.It also validates your Linux system administration skills to show that you are fluent in today's cloud-native world.
To achieve MCSA Linux On Azure certifications, candidates should pass the following exams.

Below are the exam details of Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-553)

Exam Details


Required Exam(s) 70-553
Durations 120 Minutes (40 - 60 Questions)
Question Types Multiple choice, drag and drop, Fill in the blanks and simulation types.
Exam Fees Rs.4800
Prerequired Exams None
Recommended Training Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Exam Pattern

Below are the exam objectives of Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions 70-553

Design and implement Azure App Service apps (15–20%)
  • Deploy Web Apps
  • Define deployment slots; roll back deployments; implement pre- and post-deployment actions; create, configure and deploy packages; create App Service plans; migrate Web Apps between App Service plans; create a Web App within an App Service plan
  • Configure Web Apps
  • Define and use app settings, connection strings, handlers and virtual directories; configure certificates and custom domains; configure SSL bindings and runtime configurations; manage Web Apps by using Azure PowerShell and Xplat-CLI
  • Configure diagnostics, monitoring and analytics
  • Retrieve diagnostics data; view streaming logs; configure endpoint monitoring, alerts and diagnostics; use remote debugging; monitor website resources
  • Configure Web Apps for scale and resilience
  • Configure auto-scale using built-in and custom schedules, configure by metric, change the size of an instance, configure Traffic Manager
Create and manage Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines (20–25%)
  • Deploy workloads on Azure Resource Manager (ARM) virtual machines (VMs)
  • Identify workloads that can and cannot be deployed, run workloads including Microsoft and Linux, create VMs, connect to a Windows/Linux VM
  • Perform configuration management
  • Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and VM Agent (custom script extensions), configure VMs using a configuration management tool such as Puppet or Chef, enable remote debugging
  • Design and implement VM storage
  • Configure disk caching, plan storage capacity, configure operating system disk redundancy, configure shared storage using Azure File service, configure geo-replication, encrypt disks, implement ARM VMs with Standard and Premium Storage
  • Monitor ARM VMs
  • Configure ARM VM monitoring, configure alerts, configure diagnostic and monitoring storage location
  • Monitor ARM VM availability
  • Configure multiple ARM VMs in an availability set for redundancy, configure each application tier into separate availability sets, combine the Load Balancer with availability sets
  • Scale ARM VMs
  • Scale up and scale down VM sizes, deploy ARM VM Scale Sets (VMSS), configure ARM VMSS auto-scale
Design and implement a storage strategy (20–25%)
  • Implement Azure storage blobs and Azure files
  • Read data, change data, set metadata on a container, store data using block and page blobs, stream data using blobs, access blobs securely, implement async blob copy, configure a Content Delivery Network (CDN), design blob hierarchies, configure custom domains, scale blob storage
  • Manage access
  • Create and manage shared access signatures, use stored access policies, regenerate keys
  • Configure diagnostics, monitoring and analytics
  • Set retention policies and logging levels, analyse logs
  • Implement Azure SQL Databases
  • Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level; configure point-in-time recovery, geo-replication and data sync; import and export data and schema; design a scaling strategy
  • Implement recovery services
  • Create a backup vault, deploy a backup agent, back up and restore data
Implement an Azure Active Directory (15–20%)
  • Integrate an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) with existing directories
  • Implement Azure AD Connect and single sign-on with on-premises Windows Server 2012 R2, add custom domains, monitor Azure AD
  • Configure Application Access
  • Configure single sign-on with SaaS applications using federation and password-based, add users and groups to applications, revoke access to SaaS applications, configure access, configure federation with Facebook and Google ID
  • Integrate an app with Azure AD
  • Implement Azure AD integration in web and desktop applications, leverage Graph API
  • Implement Azure AD B2C and Azure B2B
  • Create an Azure AD B2C Directory, register an application, implement social identity provider authentication, enable multi-factor authentication, set up self-service password reset, implement B2B collaboration, configure partner users, integrate with applications
Implement virtual networks (10–15%)
  • Configure virtual networks
  • Deploy a VM into a virtual network; configure external and internal load balancing; implement Application Gateway; design subnets; configure static, public, and private IP addresses; set up Network Security Groups (NSGs), DNS at the virtual network level, HTTP and TCP health probes, public IPs, User Defined Routes (UDRs), firewall rules and direct server return
  • Modify network configuration
  • Modify a subnet, import and export a network configuration
  • Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network
  • Choose the appropriate solution between ExpressRoute, site-to-site and point-to-site; choose the appropriate gateway; identify supported devices and software VPN solutions; identify networking prerequisites; configure virtual networks and multi-site virtual networks
Design and deploy ARM templates (10–15%)
  • Implement ARM templates
  • Author ARM templates; create ARM templates to deploy ARM Resource Providers resources; deploy templates with PowerShell, CLI and REST API
  • Implement ARM templates
  • Leverage service principals with ARM authentication, use Azure Active Directory Authentication with ARM, set management policies, lock resources
  • Implement ARM templates
  • Secure resource scopes, such as the ability to create VMs and Azure Web Apps; implement Azure role-based access control (RBAC) standard roles; design Azure RBAC custom

Books to Prepare

Prepare for 70-553 exam by the below recommended books.

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Book Name : Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Author Name : Michael Washam , Rick Rainey

Publisher : Microsoft Press

Topics Covered in this book:


  • Deploy, configure, monitor, and scale websites
  • Implement virtual machine workloads, images, disks, networking, and storage
  • Configure, deploy, manage, and monitor cloud services
  • Implement blobs, Azure files, SQL databases, and recovery services
  • Manage access and configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
  • Implement an Azure Active Directory and integrate apps
  • Configure and modify virtual networks, including multisite and hybrid networks
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MCSA Linux On Azure


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This certifications tests candidates technical skills in linux administration and Exams are performance-based and Candidates will need to perform tasks or solve problems using the command line interface in their chosen Linux distribution.
The following choices of Linux distributions are offered for the Exam. Candidates will be prompted to select from one of these choices when registering for the Exam.

  • CentOS 7
  • openSUSE 13.1
  • Ubuntu 14.04
To complete MCSA Linux on Azure, you should pass Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-553) along with LFCS. Below are the exam details of Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)

Exam Details


Required Exam(s) : Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) Exam
Durations : 120 Minutes
Question Types : Perform Based questions
Exam Fees : N/A
Prerequired Exams : None
Recommended Training : Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)

Exam Pattern

Below are the exam objectives of Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)

Essential Commands - 25%
  • Log into graphical and text mode consoles
  • Search for files
  • Evaluate and compare the basic file system features and options
  • Compare, create and edit text files
  • Compare binary files
  • Use input-output redirection (e.g. >, >>, |, 2>)
  • Analyze text using basic regular expressions
  • Archive, backup, compress, unpack, and uncompress files
  • Create, delete, copy, and move files and directories
  • Create hard and soft links
  • List, set, and change standard file permissions
  • Read, and use system documentation
  • Manage access to the root account
Operation of Running Systems - 20%
  • Boot, reboot, and shut down a system safely
  • Boot systems into different runlevels manually
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot the bootloader
  • Change the priority of a process
  • Identify resource utilization by process
  • Locate and analyze system log files
  • Schedule tasks to run at a set date and time
  • Verify completion of scheduled jobs
  • Update software to provide required functionality and security
  • Verify the integrity and availability of resources
  • Verify the integrity and availability of key processes
  • Change kernel runtime parameters, persistent and non-persistent
  • Use scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
  • Manage the startup process and services
  • List and identify SELinux/AppArmor file and process contexts
  • Configure and modify SELinux/AppArmor policies
  • Install software from source
User and Group Management - 15%
  • Create, delete, and modify local user accounts
  • Create, delete, and modify local groups and group memberships
  • Manage system-wide environment profiles
  • Manage template user environment
  • Configure user resource limits
  • Manage user processes
  • Configure PAM
Networking - 15%
  • Configure networking and hostname resolution statically or dynamically
  • Configure network services to start automatically at boot
  • Implement packet filtering
  • Configure firewall settings
  • Start, stop, and check the status of network services
  • Statically route IP traffic
  • Dynamically route IP traffic
  • Synchronize time using other network peers
Service Configuration - 10%
  • Configure a basic DNS server
  • Maintain a DNS zone
  • Configure an FTP server
  • Configure anonymous-only download on FTP servers
  • Provide/configure network shares via NFS
  • Provide/configure network shares via CIFS
  • Configure email aliases
  • Configure SSH servers and clients
  • Configure SSH-based remote access using public/private key pairs
  • Restrict access to the HTTP proxy server
  • Configure an IMAP and IMAPS service
  • Query and modify the behavior of system services at various run levels
  • Configure an HTTP server
  • Configure HTTP server log files
  • Restrict access to a web page
  • Diagnose routine SELinux/AppArmor policy violations
  • Configure database server
Virtualization - 5%
  • Configure a hypervisor to host virtual guests
  • Access a VM console
  • Configure systems to launch virtual machines at boot
  • Evaluate memory usage of virtual machines
  • Resize RAM or storage of VMs
Storage Management - 10%
  • List, create, delete, and modify storage partitions
  • Create, modify and delete Logical Volumes
  • Extend existing Logical Volumes and filesystems
  • Create and configure encrypted partitions
  • Configure systems to mount file systems at or during boot
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  • onfigure and manage swap space
  • Add new partitions, and logical volumes
  • Assemble partitions as RAID devices
  • Configure systems to mount standard, encrypted, and network file systems on demand
  • Create and manage filesystem Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Diagnose and correct file permission problems
  • Setup user and group disk quotas for filesystems

Books to Prepare

Prepare for LFCS exam by below recommended books.



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