How I Passed the 70-533 Exam

Recently I successfully passed the 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam.

I wanted to briefly share the resources that I used to accomplish this. Here’s the list in no specific order:

Book: Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

I enjoyed this book, and although there were sections that I knew a lot of content from, it helps to review the knowledge either way. I also posted a book reference with my highlights, which can be found here:



PluralSight Course: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-533)

I used the PluralSight course to review material and to increase my knowledge in areas that I was weaker in (i.e. Azure AD).


Another useful video course that I found was the Cloud Ranger Free Azure Training (70-533) series. There are 47 videos in this course, so you can either watch the entire series or only view the topics that you may personally need to focus on.


I also have a lot of real-world hands-on experience in Azure. This is important, as it helps to solidify your understanding of how the technologies work, and how they go together.

As a demonstration of this, I developed my current employer’s (New Signature) Azure Cloud Lab course. Here is an example description of the Azure Cloud Lab course:

I also developed the Azure Recovery Services version of this Cloud Lab, focused on Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup. Here’s an example description of this course:


The final part of my preparation for the exam was to utilize an official Microsoft Practice Test from MeasureUp.

I used this practice test in several ways. First, I took a randomized practice test (not the certification exam mode). Then, I took an individual practice test of all questions for a specific exam objective. Since there are 6 exam objectives, this means I took 6 test. But for each of these, I set the test mode to allow me to view the answers after I had answered the question. That way I could see if I answered incorrectly, and read the explanation to learn and better understand the correct answer.

Finally, after using this method for all exam objectives, I took the practice test in Certification Mode.


I hope these reference, resources, and methodologies may be of some help to you as well. My next exam focus will be on the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. Once completed, I will post a similar list of resources for that exam.

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