Exam Ref AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification and Beyond: A pragmatic guide to achieving the Azure administration certification, 2nd Edition 2nd ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1801819541
ISBN-10: 1801819548
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"I can recommend this book for the Microsoft AZ104 Azure Administrator Certification exams. It does a great job of covering the essential material and concepts. If you are a cloud administrator, engineer, or architect looking to broaden your knowledge of the Azure platform, then this is the first step. I would recommend this book to help you get there, and, by extension, to pass the exam. The key concepts covered in this book gave me a better understanding of how to configure and deploy instances and features on Azure. Inside the book is a good mixture of conceptual approaches, diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and screenshots (which are large enough to see what's going on) of the Azure portal.

I don't have anything to criticize about this book, other than I am a lazy reader and my personal preference is for ILT or VILT courses. That said, this is a good reference to have on hand when needed instead of my preferred two options. "Nothing beats a good reference guide!"

In conclusion, if I were a cloud administrator / architect looking to get to grips with administrative functions or looking to gain a better understanding of the Azure platform, then this is a great way to start your journey in obtaining your Azure Administrator certification.


Sean Olivier, Senior Solutions Architect –- NTT/Dimension Data, South Africa

About the Author

Riaan Lowe is a cloud security architect at one of the largest cybersecurity companies in Africa with multiple information technology certifications, including Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Azure, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (Server), Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Specialist in virtualization, Security+, MTCRA (CCNA equivalent), and MTCRE (CCNP equivalent). Riaan has had tremendous experience over the years in several roles as voice engineer, senior infrastructure engineer, Microsoft security specialist, second in charge of the Microsoft Team, lead Azure engineer, and cloud security architect. He currently resides in South Africa with his wife.

Donovan has more than 15 years experience in the IT industry with more than 7 years in architecture and more than 8 years in leadership roles. He has worked from the ground up, ran his own business, lead divisions, as well as established and grown business units. He has been involved in many facets of the business including Sales, Pre-Sales, Ideation, Architecture, Technical Delivery, Client Relationship Management, Strategic Planning, Research and Development, and Training.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Packt Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (July 22, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 776 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1801819548
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1801819541
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.88 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches
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Donovan Kelly is an Azure Architect Lead who heads up one of the Azure divisions for his global organisation. He has extensive experience in presales, engineering, architecting and leading teams. He has over 8 years of experience in the public cloud space and over 10 years working in both solution and technical architecture. With a solid understanding of the IT landscape, he engages multi-national clients at various business levels, connecting solutions to business requirements.

Donovan has many Microsoft Azure certifications including AZ-900, AZ-103, AZ-104, AZ-303, AZ-304 and AZ-500.

His passion for training and sharing knowledge has culminated in authoring cloud-related content that shares in-depth teachings and the practical insights of those who work extensively in this environment.

One of his favorite quotes: "Two roads diverged in a wood, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

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