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Coincidentally, I've just started explorting Azure and am having a lot of fun with a few producers of YouTube tutorials, as well as my (company provided) Pluralsight account. I find Mark Heath's courses on Pluralsight to be awesome.
AFAIK @sanderrossel did the certification. But no idea how he prepared it.
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Microsoft did some free Azure Fundamentals courses a while back with the exam included, not sure if they still are. It was a day out with free beer and pizza and a certification thrown in. I guess they'd be virtual if they do them now, so you'd have to get your own beer/pizza.
I used Udemy, especially the courses by Scott Duffy[^].
Scott Duffy doesn't have the AZ-301, so I used Skylines Academy[^] for that.
Be sure to buy those courses when they're €11,99 instead of €[insert higher number].
They're almost always on discount, but not always.
Last, but not least, you'll also need a bit of luck.
There's A LOT of topics in the exam and you probably won't know them all equally well.
I got eight(!) questions on a topic I knew nothing about (Red Hat OpenShift, wtf) while a friend got zero questions on the same topic
For some exams you get Lab questions, which means you get a temporary Azure account and a question like "You need to store files and you need to make sure your files are available in the event of a data center outage for the lowest cost, what do you do?"
And then you need to create a Storage Account with GRS redundancy, but not GZRS because that's too expensive (really pay attention to "lowest cost" in questions!).
For these questions it doesn't matter how you create the Storage Account (or whatever you have to do), as long as it's there when you click "Done".
So these exams are not just theory anymore.
It's quite a lot, but even with my years of experience I didn't find these exams easy!
I really don't know.
I've been preparing, stopping, preparing again, then stopping because Microsoft was replacing all the existing exams, etc.
All in all over a years with pauses.
Of course I still have my experience.
Did it help you in your professional life? (career boost, new contracts or jobs, etc.)
Nope, It could have, but I started my own business and my current customers really don't ask for papers.
They just want the job done and know I can do it.
They also don't care much for technology and are fine with it being Azure, but if I told them they needed to buy a server they probably would do that too.
I currently have a customer who uses a (new) WinForms application and the database is running on a "server" that's just someone's computer.
So yeah, not much honor to be had in terms of Azure prowess
Before this I was a contractor, and those customers asked for certifications and if you had some you could easily earn a couple more €'s an hour.
Also, my employer really liked those certificates (because they could sell me better) so I would get a higher salary.
MS Learn is pretty good. Apart from that MS has youtube channels like Microsoft Azure or Microsoft Developer.
From paid ones Udemy courses by Scott Duff (mentioned by Sander Rossel) is not bad to give you advice what to look for.
I would advice to start with learning paths for AZ900 if you are new to Azure as you will not know what is what and then start exploring development like AZ203(old)/AZ204(new).
There is also big community on like groups e.g. MeetUp.com or similar where you can attend free workshops led by MS professionals for free.