[LONG POST ALERT]
Back in 2018, I added a post that it was time to “Deep Dive” into Microsoft Azure. At that time, I stated two goals that I wanted to accomplish by the end of January 2019. Let’s take a quick look at if I accomplished those goals.
Let’s look at both of those goals:
- Work on at least one basic Azure project by the end of January 2019. – Looking back on past projects, I actually completed three Azure projects by January 2019. One of those projects, I was shadowing for an Azure Governance workshop – Learned a ton on that project. The other two projects were small IaaS projects with Zerto Replication.
- Passing an Azure Certification exam. – Looking back, it’s almost laughable how bad of a miss this goal was. In a conversation with Nick Colyer a few weeks ago, I looked back and noticed that no video was watched by more than 30%. This is pretty sad.
During the COVD-19 lock-down, my wife said “You haven’t been doing as many certs as you used to do”. Looking back, Not even close. I used to average 1 certification a quarter. This was great as I was always adding a new technology to my tool belt, or leveling up on an existing technology. Looking back, I had only taken 1 exam since August 2018. That was a VxRail exam (Yikes).
Let’s fast forward to June (2 months after the conversation with the wife) – I knew I wanted to start from the basics and build a solid foundation. So I put a plan in place for at least one hour of study time per day. I planned each week in advance and where I wanted to be on the certification journey. Below is a screenshot of the original plan. (Notice I did have some misses on milestones)
I missed my target of July 6th to take the AZ-900, but I was able to knock it out successfully on July 8. Sure, it was the basics and ended up being a pretty simple exam, but it was a great confidence builder. It also made me learn how to study consistently again.
So, what’s the plan from here:
- Reading over the blueprint for VMware 2V0-51.19 (Desktop & Mobility) – I thought I would study for a day and take it – It was a ton of AppVolumes, DEM, vSAN and a sprinkle of Identity Manager – Successful as of 7/17. I had been doing a ton of projects in these areas – so I felt comfortable.
- Review MS-900 (O365 Foundations) and Study for it – The goal is to take the exam at the end of the week (7/24).
- Deep Dive on AZ-104 – I will be putting together a full plan for this exam as I did for AZ-900. I expect it to take me 40 days to prep and to take the exam. Let’s say, 09/15/2020 as a target. I plan to post the full plan to the blog.
Have a great day, and let’s get studying!