Microsoft Certified Azure Expert

This year, for my professional development goal, I earned the Microsoft Certified Azure Solution Architect Expert qualification. I started early in the year with the first of two exams in April. The second was in August and I am now certified as an Azure Solution Architect.

The courses were interesting and definitely challenged me as a developer to expand my viewpoint to incorporate a wider viewpoint. Considerations such as Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery have very little scope in my current role as a developer, but are crucial considerations for solution architects.

Similarly Active Directory and specifically Azure Active Directory and hybrid solutions with AD Connect played an important component of the technical content. I think I now know more than I ever thought I’d need to about password hash synchronisation or ADFS and MFA. All good things to know though, I suppose.

Looking forward to having my weekends back to have time to prepare for the summer triathlon season. Am competing in two events this year, both sprint distance, and the usual Round The Bays in February. On the coding front I’m exploring using Kestrel on Linux and containers with Docker and Azure container instances.

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