Following the release of this exam in beta on January 29, here’s a deeper dive into the exam. As you become more familiar with Microsoft Azure and the administration and the deployment strategies of objects in the cloud, you’ll likely started exploring Azure Stack. An extension to Azure, Azure Stack delivers Azure services from your datacenter, enables common DevOps processes, and uses the same administration tools as Azure does, all while running on Integrated Systems provided by Microsoft partners. 

As Microsoft’s portfolio of Azure-based solutions continues to grow, so do our certification opportunities. Exam 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack is now available, and it is one of the core exams you can take to attain the Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA): Cloud Platform certification. In addition, you need to pass either one of these three exams:

  • 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

If you’ve already achieved your MCSA, Exam 70-537 can be used as an elective towards your MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

One of the best ways to get ready for this exam is to focus your time on the Azure Stack Documentation (http://aka.ms/AzureStackDocs), which has a wealth of information and is always the most up-to-date source. Download the Azure Stack Development Kit (for free!) and deploy it in a virtual environment. If you’ve mastered the Documentation and have some experience deploying and managing an ASDK or a multi-node production environment, you should be ready for the exam. 

To learn how to configure and operate an Azure Stack environment, you can take the Microsoft Official instructor-led Course 20537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack from one of our Learning Partners, or you can take the self-paced training INF240x: Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Stack. 

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