AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure Introduction

AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure


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Chapter 01: Introduction to Azure …………………………….20

Chapter 02: Serverless Applications……………………………59

Chapter 03: Messaging Model in Azure

Chapter 04: Deploy a website with Azure Virtual Machines…….394




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Table of Contents


Chapter 01: Introduction to Azure


What is Cloud Computing?

Benefits of Cloud Computing

The Economy of Cloud Computing

Technical Terms

Types of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Deployments Models

What is Azure?

Azure Marketplace

Global  Footprint

Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

Azure Services

How to Interact with Azure


Practice Question

Chapter 02: Serverless Applications

Best Azure Service to Automate business process


Identify the Technology Options

Lab 2-01: Create a Logic App feature of HTTP Trigger

Create Serverless Logics with Azure Functions


Decide if Serverless Computing is Right for Your Business Needs

Function App

Storage Account Requirements

Lab 2-02: Create a Web App

Execute an Azure Function with triggers


Determine the best trigger for your Azure function


Run an Azure Function on a schedule

Execute an Azure function with an HTTP request

Execute an Azure function when a blob is created

Lab 2-03: Create a Blob Trigger

Enable Automatic updates in a web application


Analyze the Limitations of a Polling-Based Web App

Enable Automatic Updates in a Web Application Using SignalR Service:

Lab 2-04: Use a Storage Account to Host a Static Website

Expose Multiple Azure Function Apps as a Consistent API via Azure API Management


Create a new API in API Management from a Function App

Lab 2-05: Working With Azure Functions Apps as a Consistent API via APIM

Chain Azure Functions together using input and output (I/O) bindings

Explore input and output binding types

Lab 2-06: Explore input and output bindings

Read Data with Input Bindings

Write Data with Output Bindings

Lab 2-07: Read and Write data with I/O Bidings

Long-running Serverless Workflow with Durable Functions


Durable Functions

Design a Workflow based on Durable Functions

Control long-lived task using timers

Lab 2-08: Create a Workflow via Durable Function and add a timer

Deployment and testing of Azure Function using Azure Function Core Tools

Deploy and execute Azure Functions via Core Tools

Publish a Function To Azure via Core Tools

Lab 2-09: Learn to create and publish a function

Monitor GitHub Event using Webhook with Azure Functions

Create a Function triggered by a Webhook

Setting a Webhook for a GitHub Repository

Trigger an Azure Function with a GitHub Event

Secure a Webhook Payload with a Secret

Lab 2-10: Learn to create and publish a function


Practice Questions

Chapter 03: Messaging Model in Azure


What is a message?

What is an event?

Implement message-based communication

Lab 3-01:  Create and configure Azure Service Bus

Create Service Queue Bus

Lab 3-02: Working with Service Queue Bus

Communication between applications using Azure queue storage

Lab 3-03: Create Azure Storage Infrastructure

Enable reliable messaging using Azure Event Hubs

Lab 3-04: Create and configure Event Hubs in Azure


Practice Questions

Chapter 04: Deploy a website with Azure Virtual Machine

Introduction to Azure Virtual machine


Compile a checklist for creating an Azure Virtual Machine

Required resources for IaaS Virtual Machines

Describe the options available to create and manage an Azure Virtual Machine

Azure Resource Manager

Azure PowerShell

Azure CLI


Azure Client SDK

Azure VM Extensions

Azure Automation Services

Manage the availability of your Azure VMs


Failover across locations

Back up your virtual machines

Advantages of Azure Backup

Using Azure Backup

Create a Linux virtual machine in Azure


Introduction to Azure Virtual Machine

Creating an Azure VM

Resources used in a Linux VM

Choose the VM Image

Sizing a VM

Choosing Storage Options

Network Communication

Azure virtual machines IP addresses and SSH options

Azure VM IP Addresses

Connecting to the VM with SSH

Network and security settings

Opening Ports in Azure VMs

Network Security Group

Creating Network Security Groups

Create a Windows Virtual Machine in Azure


Introduction to Windows virtual machines in Azure

Creating an Azure VM

Resources used in a Linux VM

Choose the VM Image

Sizing a VM

Choosing Storage Options

Network Communication

Use RDP to connect to Windows Azure virtual machines

Remote Desktop Protocol

Connecting to an Azure VM

Configure Azure virtual machine network settings

Opening Ports in Azure VMs

Network Security Group

Creating Network Security Groups

Design and run an application on MEAN stack on Azure Linux virtual machine


Decide if MEAN is right for you

Why Would I Pick MEAN?

Why might MEAN not be right for me?


Practice Questions


Chapter 01: Introduction to Azure

Chapter 02: Serverless Applications

Chapter 03: Messaging Model in Azure

Chapter 04: Deploy a website with Azure Virtual Machine



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Microsoft places equal emphasis on sound conceptual knowledge of its entire platform, as well as on hands-on experience with the Azure infrastructure and its many unique and complex components and services.

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  • Demonstrate your expertise in designing, deploying, and operating highly available, cost-effective, and secured applications on Microsoft Azure.
  • Gain recognition and visibility of your proven skills and proficiency with Azure.
  • Earn tangible benefits such as access to the Microsoft Certified Community, get invited to Microsoft Certification Appreciation Receptions and Lounges, obtain Microsoft Certification Practice Exam Voucher and Digital Badge for certification validation, Microsoft Certified Logo usage.
  • Foster credibility with your employer and peers.


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  • Identify skilled professionals to lead IT initiatives with Cloud technologies.
  • Reduce risks and costs to implement your workloads and projects on the Azure platform.
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About Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Azure Developer Associate


Exam Questions

Case study, short answer, repeated answer, MCQs

Number of Questions


Time to Complete

150 minutes

Exam Fee

165 USD








The Microsoft Certified: Candidates for the Azure Developer Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in designing, building, testing, and maintaining cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure. Responsibilities for this role include participating in all phases of cloud development from requirements, definition, and design; to development, deployment, and maintenance; to performance tuning and monitoring. Azure developers partner with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement solutions. A candidate for this certification should have 1-2 years professional development experience and experience with Microsoft Azure. In addition, the candidate for this role should have the ability to program in a language supported by Azure and proficiency in Azure SDKs, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks:


  • Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)
  • Develop for Azure storage (15-20%)
  • Implement Azure security (20-25%)
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (15-20%)
  • Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (15-20%)


Recommended Knowledge


  • Implement IaaS Solutions
  • Create Azure App Service Web App
  • Implement Azure Functions
  • Develop Solutions that uses Cosmos DB storage
  • Implement user authentication and authorization
  • Implement secure cloud solutions
  • Integrate caching and content delivery within solutions
  • Instrument solutions to support monitoring and logging
  • Implement API management
  • Develop event-based solutions
  • Develop message-based solutions



All the required information is included in this technology workbook.




Domain 1

Develop Azure compute solutions


Domain 2

Develop for Azure storage


Domain 3

Implement Azure security


Domain 4

Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions


Domain 5

Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services





















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