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  • Exam Name Exam AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design
  • Exam Type Multiple Choice Examination
  • Exam Duration 150 Minutes
  • Number of Questions 40 - 60
  • Exam Fee $165
  • Eligibility/Pre-Requisite None

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1. Is there any recommended prerequisite for Microsoft Azure Certification Exam AZ-301?

Yes, Microsoft Azure Certification Exam AZ-300 is the prerequisite for the Microsoft Azure Certification exam AZ-301. Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies is the primary and Exam AZ-301: Azure Architect Design is the final step to become an Azure Architect Expert. Also, It is recommended that the candidates are proficient in Azure development, Azure administration, and DevOps, and have expert level skills in at least one of these domains.

2. What are the important domains covered in the Microsoft Azure AZ-301 exam?

The important domains covered in the Microsoft Azure AZ-301 Exam are:

  • Determine workload requirements (10-15%)
  • Design for identity and security (20-25%)
  • Design a data platform solution (15-20%)
  • Design a business continuity strategy (10-15%)
  • Design for deployment, migration, and integration (10-15%)

Note: Microsoft has updated the content of the Azure AZ-301 exam on December 4, 2019.


3. What are the important topics for the AZ-301 certification exam preparation?

All the domains and the topics under these domains are important for the AZ-301 certification exam preparation. Some of the important topics that you can’t miss during your AZ-301 exam preparation are IT operations, virtualization, networking, identity, security, disaster recovery, business continuity, data management, budgeting, and governance.

4. Does the AZ-301 certification exam contain any performance-based lab questions?

No, the AZ-301 certification exam does not contain many performance-based lab questions. But the Azure Solutions Architect Expert role tests your hands-on knowledge in the AZ-300 exam.

5. Can I try the AZ- 301 free test before purchasing the complete Azure AZ-301 practice test?

Yes. We are offering Azure AZ-301 Free Test with 15 unique questions for the free evolution of our tool. You can try it before you purchase our complete test. Also, you will find the 15% discount coupon inside the free test that you can apply on the purchase of practice tests.

6. Why should I buy the Whizlabs Microsoft Azure AZ-301 practice test?

At Whizlabs, we are committed to building high-quality training courses and practice tests for the Microsoft Azure AZ-301 certification exam.

While a training course helps you learn various concepts and get ready for the exam, practice tests check your preparation level. Thus, you get aware of your weak areas and can work on them to improve. 

If you come across any doubts while taking the practice tests, our experts help you to clear them and thus you become more confident to pass the real exam. So, we highly recommend you to go through our AZ-301 practice tests before sitting in the actual exam.

7. Why should I take up the Azure AZ-301 certification exam?

Azure certifications are among the top-paying info-tech certifications in the world. The AZ-301 exam measures and validates your technical skills like storage, compute, security scalabilities, design scalable solutions, and other cloud operations on Microsoft Azure. The top reasons to take up Azure AZ-301 certification are as follows:

  • Validates your skills to perform various design and development related tasks on the Azure platform
  • Helps you to get expertise as an Azure Architect
  • It provides you a global recognition for your knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • Adds a credential to your resume and thus makes you stand out of the crowd.
  • Helps you to get a number of opportunities to enhance your career as a Microsoft Certified Azure Architect
  • Gets you more chances of being promoted in your current job or get a new job with a higher paycheck

To know more reasons for getting an Azure certification, you can check out our blog on Top 10 Reasons to Get an Azure certification.

8. Can I purchase an exam voucher from Whizlabs?

No, we do not provide an exam voucher. You will have to directly purchase it from Microsoft. The cost of the Azure AZ-301 exam is USD 165, which is different across countries.

9. Which Azure Certification should I choose?

Microsoft Azure introduced Role-based certifications in 2018 to make its certifications more role-specific. Since then there has been a number of modifications in the Azure certification list, involving the addition and deletion of certification exams as well as the addition of new roles.

Here is the complete list of Azure Certification Training Courses. 

10. What is the validity of the Microsoft Azure certification?

Once you get certified and achieve the Azure certification, it remains valid for a period of 2 years.

11. Are Whizlabs training courses enough to pass the Microsoft Azure certification exams?

To pass the Azure Azure certification exams all you need is to:

  • Go through exam content to prepare well
  • Get hands-on experience
  • Give practice tests to check your preparation level
  • The assistance of the subject matter experts to clarify your technical as well as non-technical doubts

This is all we provide in our azure certification training courses. 

Note that we include the links for whitepapers and documentation in our training videos and question explanations, and we highly recommend you to go through those links and dive deep to understand the concepts better.

12. Do you update the question bank with the latest updates?

Yes. Microsoft revises the exam syllabus based on the current trends to meet the industry standards. We have SMEs who monitor the changes into the exam syllabus and update the questions to ensure that we provide up to date preparation material to our students.

13. Does Whizlabs Offer any Subscription Plan?

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14. Do you provide a course completion certificate?

Yes, we provide a course completion certificate for online training courses. Once you watch the video course by 100% / complete an online course, you get a course completion certificate that is signed by our CEO.

15. How long is the license valid after the purchase?

Our simulators and video courses have a lifetime license/validity. Once you have purchased, you can access it for a lifetime.

1. What is the significance of managed identities for Azure resources?

Manging the credentials in your code for the authentication to cloud services, keeping the credentials secure, is a common challenge while building cloud applications. The managed identities for Azure resources in Azure AD (Azure Active Directories) is a solution to this problem. It provides Azure services with an automatically managed identity in Azure Active Directory. This identity can be used to authenticate any service that supports Azure Active Directory Authentication, including key vault, without any credential in your code.

2. Why is it important to understand consumption optimization for the AZ-301 exam?

AZ-301 is a solution architect exam and as an Architect, you need to learn the principal cost drivers of core Microsoft Azure technologies and how to optimize them aligning with the stakeholders’ business requirements.

3. What’s the next step after passing the Azure AZ-301 certification exam to become an Azure Architect Expert?

Microsoft Azure AZ-301 is the final step in the journey of becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Architect Expert. But before Azure AZ-301, you need to pass Azure AZ-300 exam. The path to becoming a Microsoft Azure Architect expert involves AZ-300 and AZ-301 certification exams.

4. What is the significance of the Azure SQL Database?

 Azure SQL Database plays multiple functionalities in Azure, some of these are :

  • Performance Tuning
  • Security for the data
  • Scalability and Resource Management with Elastic Pools
  • Business Consistency Features
  • Scalability of Azure SQL Database

5. What are the Skills validated in Azure AZ-301 Exam?

The skills that are validated in the Azure AZ-301 Exam are:

  • Determination of workload requirements 
  • Designing for identity and security
  • Designing a data platform solution
  • Designing a business continuity strategy 
  • Designing for deployment, migration, and integration

1. I am a non-technical person, can I take Microsoft Azure AZ-301 certification exam?

The recommended requirement to take up the Azure AZ-301 certification exam is to have a minimum of one year of experience in the field of Azure Administrator, Development or DevOps, plus the AZ-300 certification exam. So, it’s not possible for a non-technical person to take the Azure AZ-301 exam directly, but you need to follow a path.

As you are from a non-technical background, we would recommend you to start your preparation with the Azure AZ-900 Certification course that will help you learn the basics of Azure. At the same time, you can gain some hands-on experience on the Azure platform. And then, you can move to AZ-300 and AZ-301 certification exams. 

2. How to prepare for the Azure AZ-301 exam?

If you want to pass Azure AZ-301 exam in the first attempt to receive the badge of Microsoft Certified Azure Architect Expert, you should follow the right path for your preparation. Steps you need to follow while preparing for Microsoft Azure AZ-301 Exam are:

  • Go through the Microsoft Learning portal.
  • Understand the Exam Structure
  • Study Microsoft Documentation
  • Refer to Azure whitepapers and ebooks.
  • Take up Microsoft Azure AZ-301 training
  • Participate in Discussion Forums and Study Groups.
  • Take up AZ-301 free test and AZ-301 practice tests to examine your preparation level.

3. Will I receive the badge of Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert on passing the Azure AZ-301 exam?

Yes, you will receive the badge of Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert on passing the Azure AZ-301 exam. To become a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, you need to pass two exams - Exam AZ-300 and Exam AZ-301. After passing the AZ-300 exam you can take the AZ-301 exam, and on passing both, you will receive the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert title.

4. How long does it take to prepare for the Microsoft Azure AZ-301 exam?

Being an expert-level certification exam, it’s not so easy to pass the AZ-301 exam. But if you’re well determined and concentrated, you will need 10-15 hours to take Azure AZ-301 training course and practice tests. 

So, overall get an aggregate of 15-20 hours for the exam preparation and you will be prepared for the Azure AZ-301 exam.

Note: the time period required for an exam preparation depends on many factors such as prior knowledge and experience, level of the exam, the concentration of the candidate, and how much time one takes to grasp a new concept. So, the exam preparation duration mentioned above will vary from individual to individual.

5. What is the average salary of a Microsoft Azure Architect?

According to the report by Neuvoo, the average Azure Architect average salary is $158,715 per year in the USA which may range from $111,272 to $225,000 per year as per the knowledge and experience level of the candidate.

6. What are the roles and responsibilities of an Azure Architect?

An Azure architect is responsible for designing and developing highly available, scalable, available reliable, robust, and cost-effective applications and solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform. Following are the roles and responsibilities of an Azure Architect:

  • Manage Azure VM, resource utilization and migrate resources to Azure Cloud. 
  • Build and verify virtual networking and connectivity
  • Configure storage accounts and manage Azure Active Directory
  • Manage role-based access, application load balancing.
  • Design and configure serverless computing and deploy apps in AKS 
  • Build and configure Azure Kubernetes Service
  • Implement secure data solutions and  multi-factor authentication
  • Configure and manage storage accounts and Azure active directory

7. Do you have any preparation guidance for the AZ-301 certification exam?

Yes. We frequently write about certification preparation guides and tips on our blog. Here’s How to Prepare for the Exam AZ-301.

8. What is the Exam Retake Policy for the Microsoft Azure Certification exam?

  • The candidate needs to wait 24 hours before retaking the exam second time, if fails in the first attempt.
  • The candidate must wait at least 14 days before retaking the exam third time, if he/she fails in the 2nd attempt.
  • The candidate also has to wait at least 14 days before retaking the exam fourth and fifth times.
  • Candidate can take a maximum of 5 retakes in a year. (This 12-month period starts from the day of the fifth unsuccessful exam attempt.)

9. When the Azure certifications expire, do they disappear from my Microsoft transcript as well?

The Azure role-based certification gets lapse in 2 years. Your accreditation will consistently show up on the Microsoft transcript, however, it will be recorded in a different segment from the active certification.

10. Why should I go for Azure Certification?

The top reasons to go for Azure Certifications are:

  • Flexibility and development in Career.
  • High Salary Package.
  • Improves your technical skills on the Azure Cloud platform.
  • Top-paying info-Tech certifications in the world.
  • Adds a credential to your resume. 

11. Apart from mock exams/video courses, is there any further assistance I can get from Whizlabs?

Yes, you will get full support for any query related to the certification while preparing through our mock exams/video courses. Your query will be handled by the certified SME (Subject Matter Expert) & response will be provided in due course.

1. Do you offer a Money-Back Guarantee for Whizlabs training courses?

Yes, we offer a 100% unconditional money-back guarantee for our training courses. If you don’t clear the exam for any reason, you can apply for a full refund. 


Please note that we only refund the amount paid for the Whizlabs training course, not the certification exam cost. For more details, we recommend you to check our Refund Policy

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Yes, you can avail up to 50% discount on the purchase of more than 10 products at a time. For more details, please feel free to write here. A member of our support staff will respond back as soon as possible.

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We accept payments through different gateways like PayPal, CCAvenue, Stripe, etc.

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We have a dedicated team of subject-matter experts (SME) who will answer all of your queries that are submitted through our Learning Management System (LMS) interface. You will receive responses within 24 hours of the submission of the question.

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