How to Prepare for Microsoft Azure Certification 70-532?

The exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions exam has been retired on Dec 31, 2018. What if I have already passed this exam??

If you have already passed the 70-532 exam, you need to upgrade it with the exam AZ-202: Microsoft Azure Developer Certification Transition. Follow the AZ-202 Exam Preparation Guide and get ready to become a Microsoft certified Azure Developer Associate.

Are you preparing for becoming an MCSA: Cloud Platform or MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure? Are you ready to pass the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification Exam?

In this guide, we are going to answer common frequently questions around how to prepare and pass the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification Exam. You can subscribe to us for receiving further updates on this topic.

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Where to find more information about Microsoft Azure certifications?

You can learn more about each of available Microsoft Azure Certifications related to Cloud Platform and infrastructure in the Microsoft Certification official webpage.

The Cloud Platform competency is designed for those looking to capitalize on the growing demand for infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS) solutions built on Microsoft Azure.

What are certifications offered by Microsoft about Cloud Computing?

At printing time, Microsoft Azure certifications available are:

Level Certification Description
Fundamental MTA: IT InfrastructureMicrosoft Technology Associate The fundamentals of IT

Microsoft Technology Associate is a certification intended for aspiring technologists, and people seeking knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances your technical credibility.


This certification is for individuals considering a career in desktop or server infrastructure or private cloud computing. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances your technical credibility. You must pass any of following exams:·        Exam 98-365/Course 40365A Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

·        Exam 98-366/Course 40366A Networking Fundamentals

·        Exam 98-367/Course 40367A Security Fundamentals

·        Exam 98-368/Course 40368A Mobility and Device Fundamentals

·        Exam 98-369/Course 40369A Cloud Fundamentals


Entry-level MCSA: Cloud Platform Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Core skills for IT professionals and developers 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate is intended for people who seek entry-level jobs in an information technology environment. MCSA is a prerequisite for more advanced Microsoft certifications.



This certification demonstrates your expertise in Microsoft cloud-related technologies to reduce IT costs and deliver more value for the modern business. Earning an MCSA: Cloud Platform provides the foundation for a position as a cloud administrator or architect and is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).You must pass at least one of following cloud related exams:


· Exam 70-532/Course 20532C Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

·        Exam 70-533/Course 20533C Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

·        Exam 70-534/Course 40442A Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

·        Exam 70-473/Course 40441A Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

·        Exam 70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions


Professional-level MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert The globally recognized standard for IT Professionals 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert is a certification intended for IT professionals seeking to demonstrate their ability to build innovative solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premises and in the cloud.


This certification validates that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking. Earning an MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification qualifies you for such jobs as cloud administrator, cloud architect, computer support specialist, and information security analyst. 

You must obtain first the MCSA: Cloud Platform certification and must pass at least one of following cloud related exams:


·        Exam 70-532/Course 20532C Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

·        Exam 70-533/Course 20533C Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

·        Exam 70-534/Course 40442A Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

·        Exam 70-473/Course 40441A Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

·        Exam 70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

·        Exam 70-744/Course 20744A Securing Windows Server 2016

·        Exam 70-246/Course 20246D Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud

·        Exam 70-247/Course 20247D Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud


 There are many azure training courses that you can find available as were shown in the previous table. Whizlabs offers a complete azure certification training path to become successful with each azure certification exam.

Who should take this exam?

Eligible candidates for this exam are:

  • Candidates who are experienced in designing, programming, implementing, automating, and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions.
  • Candidates are also proficient with development tools, techniques, and approaches used to build scalable and resilient solutions.

Be sure to have hands on experience!

What are skills measured during this exam?

This azure certification exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

Since the last exam update, Microsoft Azure has had significant technology changes, and they are updating the exam objectives to include them:

Section Knowledge measured
Create and manage Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines (3035%)  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 VMsPerform configuration management·        Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and VM Agent (custom script extensions); configure VMs using a configuration management tool, such as Puppet or Chef; enable remote debugging

Configure ARM VM networking

·        Configure static IP addresses, Network Security Groups (NSG), DNS, User Defined Routes (UDRs), external and internal load balancing with HTTP and TCP health probes, public IPs, firewall rules, and direct server return; design and implement Application Gateway

Scale ARM VMs

·        Scale up and scale down VM sizes, deploy ARM VM Scale Sets (VMSS), configure ARM VMSS auto-scale

Design and implement ARM VM storage

·        Configure disk caching, plan for storage capacity, configure shared storage using Azure File service, configure geo-replication, implement ARM VMs with Standard and Premium Storage

Monitor ARM VMs

·        Configure ARM VM monitoring, configure alerts, configure diagnostic and monitoring storage location

Manage 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

Design and implement a storage and data strategy (2530%)  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 Content Delivery Network (CDN), design blob hierarchies, configure custom domains, scale blob storageImplement Azure storage tables and queues·        Implement CRUD with and without transactions, design and manage partitions, query using OData, scale tables and partitions, add and process messages, retrieve a batch of messages, scale queues

Manage access and monitor storage

·        Generate shared access signatures, including client renewal and data validation; create stored access policies; regenerate storage account keys; configure and use Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS); set retention policies and logging levels; analyze logs

Implement Azure SQL Databases

·        Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level, configure and perform point-in-time recovery, enable geo-replication, import and export data and schema, scale Azure SQL databases

Implement Azure DocumentDB

·        Create databases and collections, query documents, run DocumentDB queries

Implement Redis caching

·        Choose a cache tier, implement data persistence, implement security and network isolation, tune cluster performance

Implement Azure Search

·        Create a service index, add data, search an index, handle search results

Manage identity, application, and network services (1520%)  Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)·        Develop apps that use WS-federation, OAuth, and SAML-P endpoints; query the directory using Graph APIDesign and implement a communication strategy·        Implement hybrid connections to access data sources on-premises, leverage site-to-site (S2S) VPN and ExpressRoute to connect to an on-premises infrastructure

Design and implement a messaging strategy

·        Develop and scale messaging solutions using service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, event hubs, and notification hubs

Develop apps that use Azure AD B2C and Azure AD B2B

·        Design and implement .NET MVC, Web API, and Windows desktop apps that leverage social identity provider authentication, including Microsoft account, Facebook, Google+, Amazon, and LinkedIn; leverage Azure AD B2B to design and implement applications that support partner-managed identities

Design and implement Azure PaaS compute and web and mobile services (25–30%)  Design Azure App Service Web Apps·        Define and manage App Service plans; configure Web Apps settings, certificates, and custom domains; manage Web Apps by using the API, Azure PowerShell, and Xplat-CLI; implement diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics; implement web jobs; design and configure Web Apps for scale and resilienceImplement Azure Functions·        Create Azure Functions, implement a webhook function, create an event processing function, implement an Azure-connected function

Implement API management

·        Create managed APIs, configure API management policies, protect APIs with rate limits, add caching to improve performance, monitor APIs, customize the Developer Portal

Design Azure App Service API Apps

·        Create and deploy API Apps, automate API discovery by using Swashbuckle, use Swagger API metadata to generate client code for an API app, monitor API Apps

Develop Azure App Service Logic Apps

·        Create a Logic App connecting SaaS services, create a Logic App with B2B capabilities, create a Logic App with XML capabilities, trigger a Logic App from another app, create custom and long-running actions, monitor Logic Apps

Develop Azure App Service Mobile Apps

·        Create a Mobile App, add offline sync to a Mobile App, add authentication to a Mobile App, add push notifications to a Mobile App

Design and implement Azure Service Fabric apps

·        Create a Service Fabric application; build an Actors-based service; add a web front end to a Service Fabric application; monitor and diagnose services; migrate apps from cloud services; create, secure, upgrade, and scale Service Fabric Cluster in Azure; scale a Service Fabric app

 You can download the related azure exam preparation guide in  for more detail about it. We recommend that you review this exam preparation guide in its entirety and familiarize yourself with the resources on this website before you schedule your exam.

How to register for the exam?

You could to register now for any Microsoft Azure certification exam at Pearson Vue.

To register for an exam, please visit  to create a profile and register for an exam. Candidates need to create their Microsoft Profile prior to testing. You do not need a voucher to register for a Microsoft exam.

Could I take an Online Proctored Exam?

Online proctored (OP) exam delivery allows you to take an exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by a proctor via webcam and microphone. Take a system test now to see if your computer and location are compatible with the online proctoring software and then schedule your exam. This exam may be available in your country for online proctored delivery.

For more information, you can obtain exam details at: Microsoft Online proctored exam webpage.

What is the exam cost?

The examination registration fee is USD 165, if you’re at United States.

This reference price does not reflect any promotional offers or reduced pricing for Microsoft Imagine Academy program members, Microsoft Certified Trainers, and Microsoft Partner Network program members. Pricing is subject to change without notice and could to be different per each country. It does not include applicable taxes. Please confirm exact pricing with the exam provider before registering to take an exam.

Once I register for the azure exam how long the validity period for the voucher?

The voucher has a validation period of one year from the date that you register the exam.

What languages are supported?

All exams are available in English. Almost azure exams are available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil) and Russian. Please review the information related into each azure certification examination webpage.

What is the exam overview?

The exam has the following exam information:

Test item formats used in this examination are:

  • Multiple-choice: Examinee selects one option that best answers the question or completes a statement. The option can be embedded in a graphic where the examinee “points and clicks” on their selection choice to complete the test item.
  • Multiple-response: Examinee selects more than one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.
  • Sample Directions: Examinee reads the statement or question and, from the response options, selects only the options that represent the most correct or best answers given the information.

For more information about exam questions please review the Microsoft examination policies. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the specified training resources

If I fail in the exam, can re-take the exam without additional fees?

If you fail to pass a Microsoft Azure certification exam, you may retake the exam subject to the following conditions:

  1. You must wait 14 days from the day you fail to take the exam again.
  2. You can take an exam up to three times in one year from the date of your first attempt.
  3. Candidates must pay the exam price each time they attempt the exam.

Cancelling or rescheduling your exam within 5 business days of your registered exam time is subject to a fee. Failing to show up for your exam appointment or not rescheduling or cancelling your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment forfeits your entire exam fee.

Around the world, partners and customers look to Microsoft to deliver the highest quality exams and certifications. The Microsoft Certification exam policies have been developed to support the goals of the certification program. To learn more, visit the policy webpage:

What are the free resources available for preparing solutions architect exam?

You can find more information at “How to prepare Microsoft Azure Certifications” in the Certification site. You can prepare for your azure exam with free on-demand videos delivered by experts at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Also, Whizlabs offers a free test about Microsoft Azure Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Practice Test – Free Test, see it at:

What is the current demand for Azure certification in the market?

According to the article “15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2017” by John Hales, Global Knowledge instructor:

“The certification Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) – Server Infrastructure will retire on March 31, 2017 and be replaced by the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification which is one of the five new expert-level areas of competence. In fall of 2016, Microsoft streamlined its MCSE offerings and migrated all current MCSE certification holders to one of four new specialties. The first one of which made it on the list this year, Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. This expert-level certification validates skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.  All Windows Server and Azure exams can be found in this portfolio. “

Based into this report, the average salary for a MCSE certification related is about $100,000.

You’re increasing the opportunity to getting your dream job. There a huge market demand around Virtualization and Cloud computing, the market need for skilled and certified Azure developers. As you see, the reputation and salary related are very attractive.

If you’re looking to improve your skills and possibly your salary as well, these are some certifications you could pursue. Consider your current skill set and whether a related skill or a management skill may help power your career to the next level. For example, if you already know networking or development, consider pursuing a certification in virtualization or cloud computing like MCSA: Cloud Platform or MCSE: Cloud Platform and infrastructure, this will give you more opportunities in the market.

Nowadays, there are a growing demand for cloud platform and infrastructure solutions built on Microsoft Azure, that means a lot of job opportunities as solution architect, developer and system operators around those Microsoft technologies.

About Pavan Gumaste

Pavan Rao is a programmer / Developer by Profession and Cloud Computing Professional by choice with in-depth knowledge in AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform. He helps the organisation figure out what to build, ensure successful delivery, and incorporate user learning to improve the strategy and product further.
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