AZ-305: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

This course teaches Azure Solution Architects how to design infrastructure solutions. Course topics cover governance, compute, application architecture, storage, data integration, authentication, networks, business continuity, and migrations. The course combines lecture with case studies to demonstrate basic architect design principles.

This course will help students prepare for the new exam AZ-305: Microsoft Azure Architect Design. Read more about the new certification requirements under Certification further down.

Important notice about this new course

This is a 4 day course from Microsoft. However, Glasspaper has extended this course to 5 days to allow enough time to discuss important topics. 

This course replaces these 2 courses that will retire in March 2022: 
AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies and AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design


This course is aimed at Solution Architects with experience and knowledge in IT operations (including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platforms, and governance) as well as experience designing and architecting solutions.

Job role: Solution Architect


Before attending this course, students MUST HAVE previous experience deploying or administering Azure resources and conceptual knowledge of:

  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure compute technologies such as VMs, containers and serverless solutions
  • Azure virtual networking to include load balancers
  • Azure Storage technologies (unstructured and databases)
  • General application design concepts such as messaging and high availability

If you do not have necessary work experience, this course will help you prepare:

AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Skills gained by attending this course

  • Design a governance solution.
  • Design a compute solution.
  • Design an application architecture.
  • Design storage, non-relational and relational.
  • Design data integration solutions.
  • Design authentication, authorization, and identity solutions.
  • Design network solutions.
  • Design high availability solutions.
  • Design backup and disaster recovery solutions.
  • Design monitoring solutions.
  • Design migration solutions.

Course outline

Module 1: Design compute and application solutions

  • Design for governance
  • Design for compute solutions
  • Design for application architectures

Module 2: Design storage solutions

  • Design a non-relational storage solution.
  • Design a relational storage solution.
  • Design a data integration solution.

Module 3: Design networking and access solutions

  • Design authentication and authorization solutions
  • Design networking solutions

Module 4: Design business continuity solutions

  • Design for backup and disaster recovery
  • Design monitoring solutions
  • Design for migrations


This course will help you prepare for the new exam AZ-305: Microsoft Azure Architect Design which is part of the requirement for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification.

To earn the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification you must pass 2 exams completing the following requirements (you can choose between alternative 1 or alternative 2 below):

Alternative 1

Alternative 2


Read the blog post: Reimagining the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification

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