Microsoft 70-533 (2018 Edition) – How to Pass

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Microsoft 70-533, which is named Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions is a great all-around Azure exam or an intro to Azure exam. It requires decent Azure knowledge but is still broad enough that it doesn’t go deep on many different topics. The Microsoft 70-533 exam is frequently taken as part of the requirements to earn a Cloud MCSA/MCSE. I would recommend this exam to any traditional infrastructure admins who are looking to get started with Azure. However, you should keep in mind that this exam puts a lot of emphasis on CLI based commands and can quickly push a more traditional admin out of their comfort zone. Just remember, that’s why you’re here, to broaden your skills.

Learning and Studying


Chart of Microsoft 70-533 Training Companies

Finding valid training content for this exam proved difficult. I started at A Cloud Guru as I had previously used their training to pass the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate and was a big fan. Unfortunately, the Azure training content just doesn’t live up to the A Cloud Guru name. I found that large and complex topics tended to be skimmed over with little to no explanation. I also found that it also had a lot of holes in the topics covered vs. the exam blueprint. Therefore, I looked elsewhere and found Whizlabs, which had better content and practice exams but was literally read by a robot voice. However, you would still have a better chance passing with Whizlabs then A Cloud Guru. Lastly, and thank god, I found Linux Academy. Even though their course was written for November 2016 objectives I found it was the most helpful and applicable of the three courses. They’re actually updating the course this month to reflect the 2018 objectives so Linux Academy should be a no brainer for 70-533.

With all of the trainings I followed along and performed as many of the tasks myself that I could manage in my text Azure environment. One cool thing about Linux Academy is that they have their own labs you can leverage to substitute for hands-on experience.

Lastly, once I was done with the Linux Academy course I went item by item in the blueprint to make sure I was at least exposed to everything listed. Don’t worry about knowing everything cold, just have an idea of what all of it is.

Exam Prep Tips

  1. Read, review and study against the exam blueprint.
  2. Know the Kubernetes cli commands to install the CLI tools, create a cluster, expand it and destroy it.
  3. Understand when/how to use Availability Sets (including fault & update domains defaults & maximums)
  4. Study both the Azure CLI and PowerShell commands for the following topics:
    1. Resource Groups
    2. Web Apps
    3. VMs
    4. Networking (this was a big one I totally missed)
  5. Study the items (required and optional) in an ARM template
  6. Memorize the differences between the App Service Plans
    1. How much storage for each?
    2. Which allow custom domains?
    3. Which allow SSL certs?
  7. Understand UDR and their priorities
  8. Azure AD Connect use cases and how to implement/replace DirSync with it
  9. Don’t worry too much about diagnostics and logging
  10. Don’t worry about Kudu

Exam Format & Details

  1. 42 questions
  2. 120 minutes
  3. First questions were questions that I could go back on.
    1. (8) different yes/no questions across 3 different scenarios
    2. Remainder of exam I could review
  4. All questions were multiple choice or drag and drop
  5. For questions with multiple parts/answers partial credit was given.

Exam Topics

Below is a rough breakdown of the topics I remember from the exam. Obviously, each exam is different but I just wanted to give you an idea of my experience.

Graph of Microsoft 70-533 Exam Topics


  1. All PowerShell questions were drag and drop so if you were familiar with PowerShell you could likely guess the answer.
  2. No questions on the following topics
    1. Backups, SQL or VM types/specs
    2. Kudu
    3. Load Balancers

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