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MCSA: Linux on Azure: Microsoft’s First Linux Oriented Certification Is Here

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According to Microsoft, the certification represents ‘one more important step’ in broadening the integration between Microsoft and the open source community. With ‘Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure’ certification, Microsoft’s goal is to recognize the importance of open source-based workloads in the Microsoft cloud.

This step by Microsoft and Linux Foundation is a good sign of what’s coming up in the world of technology. IT enthusiasts normally choose one path of technology, either Microsoft or Linux. But as more and more enterprises are no longer relying on technology from a single vendor, the demand of experts having experience of multiple technologies is increasing.

I believe there should be more cross-platform certifications like this one which will help enthusiasts get their hands on multiple technologies. This will also break the barriers of getting labelled as expert of only a single vendor as opportunities get limited to that particular vendor only.

Why MCSA: Linux on Azure certification is introduced

“Currently, approximately one in four virtual machines on Azure are Linux, and more than half of Azure Marketplace images are based on Linux, which creates a great deal of opportunity on the Open Source platform.” – writes Alison Cunard, General Manager, Microsoft Learning Experiences. “This new certification combines Linux administration and Microsoft Azure implementation skills across designing, implementing, and maintaining complex Linux solutions that leverage Microsoft Azure’s extensive features and capabilities.”

About MCSA: Linux on Azure certification

This certification demonstrates your ability to design, architect, implement, and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that leverage Microsoft Azure open source capabilities. It also validates your Linux system administration skills to show that you are fluent in today’s cloud-native world.

What does MCSA: Linux on Azure certification cover?

MCSA: Linux on Azure consists of two exams – Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions from Microsoft and Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator by Linux Foundation.

Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions: Skills Measured
  • Implement websites
  • Implement virtual machines
  • Implement cloud services
  • Implement storage
  • Implement an Azure Active Directory
  • Implement virtual networks
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Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS): Core Domains and Competencies
  • Command-line
  • Filesystem & storage
  • Local system administration
  • Local security
  • Shell scripting
  • Software management
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Related offer: For a short period of time, you can register your LFCS exam at $179 instead of $300. Plus you get free access to LFS201, the exam prep course for LCFS (regular price $399). Along with this, you get a free retake and a tee shirt! You can schedule the exam anytime within 12 months of purchase. Register now and save big.

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How to get MCSA: Linux on Azure Certified?

There are three steps involved.

  1. Completing Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  2. Completing Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)
  3. Confirming that you have passed both exams with Microsoft. (More information)

If you have already completed exam 70-533, you just need to complete LCFS to earn your MCSA credentials.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Released 5 years ago in 2010, Azure is a flexible, open cloud computing platform and infrastructure. Developed for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters, Azure helps customers realize maximum value for their investments in the cloud.

What is Linux and Linux Foundation?

Linux is a free and open source operating system based on Linux kernel, developed by Linus Torvalds. The Linux Foundation is non-profit organization that hosts the Linux project since 2007 and issues Linux certifications.

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Source: Microsoft

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