AZ-120 Exam Study Guide 2021(Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads)

AZ-120 Exam Study Guide 2021

How to prepare for AZ-120 ( AZ-120 Exam Study Guide)

Are you planning to prepare for the exam AZ-120 in 2021 and don’t know where to start?

Here you can find the starting point and guide to prepare for AZ-120

Exams skills outline –

Migrate SAP Workloads to Azure (10-15%)

Create an inventory of existing SAP landscapes

  • network inventory

Azure Networking for SAP workloads

  • security inventory

Azure VM security considerations for SAP workloads

  • computing inventory

Azure Compute for SAP workloads

  • operations system inventory

Infrastructure Technology Basics for SAP Deployment

  • resiliency and availability inventory

Azure VM high availability & disaster recovery for SAP workloads

  • SAP Database Inventory

  • SAP Landscape architecture

What is SAP Landscape?

  • SAP workload performance SLA and metrics

SLA for SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

  • migration considerations

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure – part 1

Design a migration strategy

  • certified and support SAP HANA hardware directory

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure – part 3

Certified and supported SAP HANA hardware

  • Design criteria for Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) solutions

SAP HANA Tailored data center integration

  • databox
  • HANA System Replication (HSR)

High availability of SAP HANA on Azure VMs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

High Availability for SAP HANA using System Replication

  • Azure Migrate

Protect SAP landscape with Azure Site Recovery

Disaster recovery for SAP HANA Systems on Azure

  • SAP backup and restore methods and solutions

Backup guide for SAP HANA on Azure Virtual Machines

Backup & restore of SAP HANA on HANA Large Instances

  • infrastructure optimization for migration

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure

Design an Azure Solution to Support SAP Workloads (20-25%)


Design a core infrastructure solution in Azure to support SAP workloads

  • network topology requirements

Basic Network Topology for SAP Systems

  • security requirements

Azure VM security considerations for SAP workloads

  • virtual or bare metal

What is SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances)?

  • compute

Azure Compute for SAP workloads

Azure VM compute, network, and storage considerations for SAP workloads

  • operating system requirements

OS support of Azure for SAP workloads

  • supported SAP products/versions

SAP product support on Azure

  • storage requirements

Storage support of Azure for SAP workloads

  • proximity placement group

Azure proximity placement groups for optimal network latency with SAP applications

  • infrastructure requirements

SAP HANA infrastructure configurations and operations on Azure

Design Azure infrastructure services to support SAP workloads

  • backup and restoration requirements

Prerequisites for backup – SAP HANA database

SAP HANA database restore

  • SLA/High Availability

SAP on Azure–Designing for availability & recoverability

SLA for SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

  • data protection (LRS/GRS, Availability Zones)

Azure storage types for SAP workload

SAP workload configurations with Azure Availability Zones

  • compliance

IRAP protected compliance

monitoring

Azure Enhanced Monitoring for SAP

  • licensing

SAP NetWeaver Licensing Mechanism in Microsoft Azure Cloud

YouTube video: SAP NetWeaver Licensing Mechanism in Microsoft Azure Cloud

  • application interfaces

Extension and Integration Technologies from SAP

  • dependencies

Detail on Dependencies

Design a resilient Azure solution to support SAP workloads (20-25 %)

  • HA/DR models supported in HANA (N+N, N+M)

SAP HANA Large Instances high availability and disaster recovery on Azure

High availability and disaster recovery support of Azure for SAP workloads

Disaster recovery for SAP HANA Systems on Azure

SAP HANA Disaster Recovery Support

  • application servers (NetWeaver and XS Advanced)

Overview of SAP application servers

  • SAP Central services

SAP central services

  • availability sets

Multiple instances of VM in the same availability set

  • availability zones

SAP workload configurations with Azure Availability Zones

  • Disaster Recovery (DR) with paired regions

Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR): Azure Paired Regions

  • Database HA

High availability of SAP HANA on Azure VMs on SUSE Linux enterprise server

Build and Deploy Azure for SAP Workloads (35-40%)


Automate deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs)

  • Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates

Create and deploy your first ARM template

  • automated configuration of VM

Configure a VM with Desired State Configuration

  • scripting with automation tools, including script development, script modification, and deployment dependencies

Use infrastructure automation tools with VMs in Azure

Implement and manage virtual networking

  • IDS/IPS for Azure

Deploy network-based intrusion detection/intrusion prevention systems

  • routing fundamentals

Virtual network traffic routing

  • subnetting strategy

Design subnets

  • isolation and segmentation for SAP landscape

Network Isolation

Manage access and authentication on Azure

  • custom domains

Add your custom domain name using the Azure AD portal

  • Azure AD Identity Protection

What is Identity Protection?

  • Azure AD join

Plan your Azure AD join implementation

  • conditional access policies

What is conditional access?

  • Role-based access control (RBAC)

What is Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC)?

  • service principal

Create an Azure service principal with Azure PowerShell

  • just in time access

What is Azure AD Privileged Identity Management?

Implement and manage identities

  • Azure AD Connect

What is Azure AD Connect?

  • AD Federation and single sign-on

What is a federation with Azure AD?

What is single sign-on (SSO)?

  • LDAP/Kerberos/SSH

Configure secure LDAP for an Azure AD DS managed domain

Configure Kerberos constrained delegation in Azure AD DS

  • Linux VMs Active Directory domain membership mechanism

Join an Ubuntu Linux VM to an Azure AD DS managed domain

  • SAP HANA Cloud Platform Identity Authentication (integration with Azure AD)

Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication

  • Monitor SAP workloads on Azure
  • Azure Extension for SAP
  • Azure Monitor
  • Log Analytics workspaces & metrics

Implement Azure Monitoring for SAP workloads on Azure VMs

Build & Deploy HA/DR infrastructure for SAP products

  • ASCS/SCS deployments on Linux & Windows (SOFS with S2D, Azure NetApp Files, 3rdparty products that emulate shared storage)
  • HA/DR scenarios for SAP HANA

Implement HA SAP HANA on Azure VMs

  • HA/DR scenarios for AnyDB

Implement HA SAP NetWeaver with AnyDB on Azure VMs

  • HA for non-NetWeaver Products like SAP Business One, SAP Business Object BI

SAP on AZURE: HIGH AVAILABILITY setup for SAP BusinessObjects

SAP Business One on Azure Virtual Machines

  • where to use load balances & troubleshooting connectivity

Public connectivity for VMs using Azure Load Balancer in SAP HA scenarios

Validate Azure Infrastructure for SAP Workloads (10-15%)
Perform infrastructure validation check

  • Apache JMeter, Spirent Avalanche, Microfocus LoadRunner

What are the best Performance Testing Tools?

  • Test implementation for SAP workloads

Go live phase

  • Verify network performance and throughput

Designing for performance & scalability

  • Verify storage

SAP HANA Azure virtual machine storage configurations

  • SAP HANA Hardware and Cloud Measurement Tools (HCMT) (HANA)

SAP HANA Hardware and Cloud Measurement Tools (HCMT)

  • flexible I/O tester (FIO) and DD

Flexible IO Tester: Practical Testing Tool for Developers

Perform operational readiness check

  • Backup and restore

Backup & restore of SAP HANA on HANA Large Instances

  • High availability checks

High availability for SAP NetWeaver on Azure VMs on SLES

  • failover test

Run a test failover

  • DR test

Protect SAP landscape with Azure Site Recovery

  • Print test

Printing on a local network printer from SAP instance in Azure

Operationalize Azure SAP Architecture (10-15%)

Optimize performance

  • Test performance and health of SAP workloads on Azure by using ABAPmeter

Performance tool ABAPMETER (Towards the bottom)

  • Storage structure

Storage structure of a VM for RDBMS deployments

  • SAP workloads on Azure support pre-requisites

Prerequisites for SAP workloads in the public cloud

  • scheduled maintenance for planned outages

High Availability for SAP NetWeaver on Windows

  • Recovery plan for unplanned outages

Protect SAP landscape with Azure Site Recovery

  • SAP application and infrastructure housekeeping (i.e. snapshots on OS volumes)

Increase ExpressRoute circuit bandwidth

  • Bandwidth adjustment for ExpressRoute
  • IPtables ExpressRoute Fast Path and ExpressRoute GlobalReach for HANA Large
  • Instances (HLI)

ExpressRoute Fast Path

Apply ExpressRoute Fast Path to HLI ExpressRoute circuits

Express Route Global Reach for HANA Large Instances

ExpressRoute Global Reach

Migrate SAP workloads to Azure

  • migration strategy

Strategies for migrating SAP systems to Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Migrate

Migrating SAP Applications to Azure

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure

  • private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual

Connecting Azure VMs to HANA Large Instances

  • Network

Routing in Azure

Accessing SAP systems running within Azure VMs

Connect a virtual network to HANA large instances

  • storage configuration

SAP HANA Azure virtual machine storage configurations

  • source and target environments preparation

DMO with System Move

  • Backup and restore of data

Back up SAP HANA databases in Azure VMs

Restore SAP HANA databases on Azure VMs

  • SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) (migration from DB2, Oracle, SAP ASE, to SQLServer in an Azure VM)

SQL Server Migration Assistant

The best place to start with AZ-120 preparation is the official Microsoft Documentation

Exam AZ-120: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-120?tab=tab-learning-paths

The recommended approach is to complete the official learning path. However, it’s a personal choice. You can straight away start with the available online courses mentioned below.

You can attend the online video course available at Whizlabs or Plural Sight (Updated April 2021).

https://www.whizlabs.com/microsoft-azure-certification-az-120/

Building and Deploying Azure for SAP Workloads

Once you are thorough with the concepts you can take practice tests which will help you test your knowledge and gain confidence before the actual exam.

Practice tests are available at Whizlabs and Udemy.

Whizlabs practice test

All the best!

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