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Microsoft embraces open source and is now leveraging Linux to benefit from its Azure cloud solution. Microsoft is seeing an increase in Azure adoption as more organizations turn to it. This makes the skills and knowledge required to manage it highly desirable. The MCSA: Linux on Azure certification qualifies students for roles such as systems administrator, cloud services architect or architect, cloud developer, IT manager and many more.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Linux on Azure (MCSA: Linux on Azure)
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Linux on Azure certification was released in late 2015. It demonstrates your ability as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), to design, architect and implement complex, cloud-enabled Linux systems using Microsoft Azure. This certification is a partnership between Microsoft, the Linux Foundation, and reflects Microsoft’s recent embrace for open source.
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Start trainingThe MCSA Linux on Azure certification consists of two exams. One of these is covered by SPOTO Training:
Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-533).
Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)

This certification path requires that learners have some knowledge of Windows Server and experience working within an enterprise environment. The MCSA is an intermediate-level certification that does not require any prerequisite training or certifications.
Exam Details
Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have partnered to create the MCSA: Linux on Azure certification.
Microsoft Exam 70-533Time allotted to exam: 120 minutesNumber questions: 40-60* Passing score: 700

*Microsoft doesn’t publish exact numbers of questions associated to its exams. The number of questions that a learner will see is variable. **The number of questions is variable so it is not necessary that learners earn a simple 70% score to pass the exam.
Microsoft exams are known for being difficult. Many learners find that they need to take multiple exams to be successful. Microsoft recognizes the difficulty of their exams and offers an Exam Replay that allows learners to retake the exam at a fraction of the price. The Exam Replay may not be available all the time. The Microsoft exam that is associated with the MCSA Linux on Azure certification includes the option to include Exam Replay. However, this may change. To avoid missing out, learners should investigate Exam Replay availability.
Linux Foundation Exam LFCSTime allotted to exam: 120 minutesNumber and type of questions: N/APassing score 74%Question types are performance-based (candidates are asked for tasks or to solve problems using the command-line interface). Domains and Competencies: The Linux Foundation provides an overview and description of the various domains and competencies.