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Certifications and Exams Exam News Roundup This month, we released five new live exams. We also focused ondeveloping exams for new certifications that we’ll announce later in January on the Microsoft Learning Blog.

New Live Exams
•   AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
•   AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design
•   AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition
•   AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (for more details on this optional exam, see our introduction to Fundamentals certifications exams)
•   70-777: Implementing Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Solutions  

Watch the Microsoft Learning Blog for Role-based Certification News
We regularly announce new role-based exams and certifications on the Microsoft Learning Blog. Stay tuned for all the details on the next wave of role-based certifications releasing through the end of January 2019:


Becoming a Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert—The Final Steps

Great News, Azure Developers! Microsoft is Simplifying Your Path to Certification!
In the coming weeks, we’ll announce: New Data and AI certifications. New certifications for Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Certifications for Functional Consultant Associates. Exam retirement updates. Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019   LinkedIn Learning Course Explores Role-based Certifications Looking for the latest detailed information on Microsoft Certifications? Now you can get up to speed with an updated two-hour course, “Microsoft Certifications: Exams, Paths, Certifications, and Resources.” Join instructor David Elfassy as he explores role-based certifications, including Azure Administrator, Azure Solutions Architect, Azure Developer, and Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator. David also discusses performance testing, legacy certification paths, and transition exams for new certifications, and he digs into how the exam questions are designed. You can find the course on LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com. Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019   Exam Replay Ends Soon—Don’t Miss Out! Certification can boost careers and help students get raises and promotions. Exam Replay gives students peace of mind as they prepare for certification exams. Whether it’s an exam retake on its own or an exam retake combined with a practice test, students can choose what they need to succeed. Hurry, offer ends on January 31, 2019. See offer details.
  Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019   Microsoft Press/Books Save up to 55% on Microsoft Press Exam Prep Books and E-Books Whether you’re studying for your first or your next Microsoft certification, now is the time to load your library with top-selling exam prep resources from Microsoft Press! For a limited time, buy one and save 35%, buy two and save 40%, or buy three or more and save 55%, when you apply discount code CERTIFY during checkout. Choose from books or e-books for the Exam Ref series, MOS Study Guides, Training Guides, and Training Kits. Offer ends February 28, 2019. Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019   Training (Courseware, Courses, Clinics) Complete Your MVA Courses Before They Retire on January 31, 2019 To simplify your tech training journey, we are consolidating our learning resources and retiring Microsoft Virtual Academy in phases, beginning on January 31, 2019. Complete site retirement is scheduled for later in 2019. Check your MVA Dashboard frequently for courses you have started that are retiring. To earn your certificates of completion, be sure to finish any courses by January 31, 2019. Learn more in this blog post on Microsoft Learning. Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019   New Containers Content: Containerize Your Apps with Docker and Kubernetes Want to learn about using containers to simplify the deployment and management of applications in the cloud? Advance your skills with the Containerize Your Apps with Docker and Kubernetes e-book from Packt. You’ll discover how to package and run both monolithic and new microservice-based applications in containers, following real-world examples and best practices in an accompanying GitHub repository. You’ll delve into the design of the Kubernetes platform to understand the steps you’ll need to take to successfully use Kubernetes with Docker to manage containers. In addition, the Microsoft Learn Administer containers in Azure learning path will help you deepen your experience, creating and managing containers using Azure Container Instances to provide elastic scale for Kubernetes. Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019   Get Your Free Copy of “Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches,” by Manning More than 100 Azure services offer everything you need to build and run your applications with all the performance, redundancy, security, and scale that the cloud has to offer. Wondering where to begin with all these services? Manning’s Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches breaks down the most important Azure concepts into bite-sized lessons with exercises and labs—along with project files in GitHub—to reinforce your skills. Complement this with the Microsoft Learn Azure Fundamentals learning path to explore the benefits of cloud computing, features in Azure that can save you time and money, basic strategies for transitioning to the cloud, and more.  Original Publication Date: 01/03/2019  

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