Azure Architect Course AZ-305

Yes,  you are correct! From this blog title, you could come up a question in your mind.
“NEW Exam?”
“What happen to AZ-303/AZ-304?”

Well, I have to tell you about this news. Exam AZ-303 and AZ-304 will retire on March 31, 2022. A new exam AZ-305 will be available.

To earn this Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, you will need to complete the following requirements:

Please refer to this blog post for more details on certification pathways.

From the MCT Town Hall Dec 2021. They told us the reason on this change.

  • Based on feedback from MCT, Microsoft internal trainer, and community. Microsoft have focused the course to be on design
  • Case study, whiteboard, and discussion-based activities rather than hands on labs
  • Lecture concentrates on architecture best practices, decision trees, recommendations and customer scenarios

Many people around the world, they reported that the design course on Azure Architecture Design should be focus on design rather than on implementation. And the implementation skill test should be already tested when you take exams on Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification.


MCT Connect Conference 2022

Save the date! The MCT Connect virtual conference is scheduled for March 8 and 9, 2022. Registrations will open on February 1. It is a two days conference with featuring:

  • Community Networking Events
  • Sessions Hosted by various WWL Product Groups

For more information, visit MCT Central.


Are you new to Microsoft Certification exams? You may try this!

Being a MCT for 14 years already (yes, turning to 15 years in Apr, 2022), I was asked by many students about the exams. Specially what types of the exam question types they will be. From my experience, the question types could be,

    1. Simple QA with 4/5 choice, only 1 could be the answer (radio button selection);
    2. Simple QA with 4/5 choice, multiple answers could be selected (checkbox group selection);
    3. Drag and drop the answers
      1. drag box from Values Area to a box in Answer Area;
      2. drag boxes from Values Area to Answer Area; (multiple answers);
    4. Drop down List in Answer Area;
    5. 3-4 questions in same scenario but with slightly difference in the answer (Note: you cannot go back to previous questions in this scenario once you pressed Next.);
    6. 1 big Scenario, all information and requirements listed in multiple tabs, multiple questions. (Note: you could go back and forth to view the questions again);

In the past, there are some “action taking” in a sim desktop and you have to click in order like doing it in your desktop under some exams for System Admin certifications. But I haven’t see this question type any more in Azure’s exam.

Are you still having “questions” on the question types? Cannot imagine how they look like in real?

Good News! Microsoft has build up a “exam sandbox” which allows you take an exam experience. Microsoft created this experience to provide you with an opportunity to experience the look and feel of the exam before you take it. In the sandbox, you will be able to interact with the different question types (e.g., build list, drag and drop, etc.) that are available in the actual user interface that you will navigate during the exam. In addition, this experience includes the same introductory screens, instructions, and question type help information that you will see on your exam as well as the non-disclosure agreement that you must agree to before launching the exam.

As a result, using this sandbox should better prepare you for the exam experience and increase your familiarity with the user interface, how to navigate between pages and questions, what actions are required to answer each of the different question types, where information about the exam is located (e.g., time remaining, questions remaining, etc.), how to mark questions for review, and how to leave comments.

Although the questions are not real certification questions, the sandbox mimics the exams look and feel so you can become familiar with it before you take an exam.

Keep in mind that while this experience is designed to familiarize you with the exam’s look and feel and how to navigate through it, the secure browser that will be launched during a real exam is not enabled in the sandbox. When enabled during the exam, it will block all third-party applications, including assistive devices if you have not received prior approval to use them; this is why you must request an accommodation if you would like to use one during your exam.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try now!!!

Global AI Bootcamp 2022 @Hong Kong

I am helping to speak in Global AI Bootcamp 2022 (Hong Kong) on 14 January 2022. This event’s objective is to give younger generations more ideas and passion for AI. Speakers of this event include Eason Lai (Global Technology Strategist @ Microsoft; Microsoft AI MVP), Ricky Shiu (Data Scientist @ AIA Hong Kong and Macau), and Ken Lin (Senior Technical Consultant (APAC) @ Willis Towers Watson; Microsoft Dev rMVP). Please feel free to register and circulate.

Microsoft Hong Kong Cybersecurity Summit 2021


On 23 Nov 2021, Microsoft Hong Kong will host this event, its main topic is,

The impact of COVID-19 has introduced more security challenges with the increase of malware, ransomware, and nation-state attacks such as Nobelium and Hafnium. The proliferation of remote and hybrid work has also contributed to the increase of security risks and security practitioners’ workload. Organizations need to equip and better prepare themselves for the unexpected and change ahead.

Join us on 23 Nov 2021, for the Microsoft Hong Kong Cybersecurity Summit 2021 to hear some of the industry’s leading voices speak on mitigating risks and strengthening your security posture to safeguard your organization for 2022 and beyond.

At this event, you’ll gain fresh insights on:

  • Latest threat landscape and new technologies to secure your business
  • Perspectives on what’s top of mind of CISOs
  • Trends and best practices from security leaders on keeping your organization safe from most advanced cyberattacks.
  • Strategies for protecting against internal threats
  • Tactics to protect and govern data across your digital estate

If you have not yet register, please do it asap.

Click to browse to Registration Page