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Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

The question of "Where to start with Microsoft Azure Certification?" is a common one. Navigating the gauntlet of certification paths and exams can seem a bit daunting at first. This article is specially written to help ease the pain involved, so you can save time...

Build5Nines.com Ranked Top Microsoft Azure Blog to Follow in 2020

Build5Nines.com Ranked Top Microsoft Azure Blog to Follow in 2020

Early last year, Build5Nines.com (formerly BuildAzure.com) was ranked, via Feedspot, as the #1 Top Microsoft Azure blog to follow in 2019 by the community. In 2020, Feedspot has ranked Build5Nines.com (formerly BuildAzure.com) as the #1 Top Microsoft Azure blog to...

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

The first ever Microsoft Linux Conference named WSLConf is being held on March 10 - 11, 2020 in Redmond, WA, and it's free to attend. With great news for the conference, and possibly bad news for you, the first ever WSLConf is SOLD OUT! That is for in-person General...

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

The first ever Microsoft Linux Conference named WSLConf is being held on March 10 - 11, 2020 in Redmond, WA, and it's free to attend. With great news for the conference, and possibly bad news for you, the first ever WSLConf is SOLD OUT! That is for in-person General...

Build5Nines 2019 Year in Review

Build5Nines 2019 Year in Review

There was a lot more growth to BuildAzure.com (ahem... I mean Build5Nines.com) in 2019. It's been a couple years since I wrote up a "year in review" post, so I thought I'd do it again this year. Here's a short summary of the top 25 posts on Build5Nines.com, in...

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Studying for certification exams can be a time consuming task. This can especially be true if you're not entirely certain what to study. Chris Pietschmann and Dan Patrick have collaborated to combine their own insights as Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) to create a...

Windows 7 End of Life Jan. 14, 2020: Is your Enterprise prepared?

Windows 7 End of Life Jan. 14, 2020: Is your Enterprise prepared?

Windows 7 was originally released approximately 10 years ago already on October 22, 2009. With the planned lifespan of Windows 7 (as is common with Windows releases in general) being 10 years, the Windows 7 end of life, or end of support, for the product is...

Microsoft Teams is First Office App for Linux

Microsoft Teams is First Office App for Linux

It may not be the "Year of the Linux Desktop" yet, but Microsoft has released its first Office App for Linux. Microsoft Team is now available in Public Preview for the Linux operating system. This is yet another move by Microsoft to further prove their long touted...

Azure Portal App for Windows in Preview

Azure Portal App for Windows in Preview

If you’ve been waiting for an Azure Portal Desktop App, then you’ll be happy to learn that Microsoft now has an Azure Portal App for Windows in Preview. It’s unclear when this first became available, but a quick search reveals it’s been available for a few months now. This Azure Portal App allows you to install a desktop experience for the Azure Portal on a Windows machine. It seems to be framing in the Azure Portal website into a desktop app window, but it does feel more native than the browser experience. Plus, it provides all the same features of the Azure Portal; including the Azure Cloud Shell experience!

Book Launch: Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

Book Launch: Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification is your guide and introduction to growing your career through Microsoft certification! It’s difficult to decide which certification path to follow, and which suites you best based on your experience and current job role. This book was written as a guide to help you decide which certification(s) to pursue, and it lays out other important information about the Microsoft certification process.

Goodbye, Microsoft Professional Program is Retiring

Goodbye, Microsoft Professional Program is Retiring

The Microsoft Professional Program launched 3 years ago with the goal to help close the skills gap in many of the different job roles in the IT space. Originally, the program was called the Microsoft Professional Degree, but shortly after launch Microsoft dropped “Degree” from the name and switched to “Program”. Initially, the program was launched with a Data Science track, and has since been expanded out to a total of 9 different Microsoft Professional Program tacks. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to retire this program in favor or focusing on the Role-based Certification Paths instead.

Featured Articles

Build5Nines.com Ranked Top Microsoft Azure Blog to Follow in 2020

Build5Nines.com Ranked Top Microsoft Azure Blog to Follow in 2020

Early last year, Build5Nines.com (formerly BuildAzure.com) was ranked, via Feedspot, as the #1 Top Microsoft Azure blog to follow in 2019 by the community. In 2020, Feedspot has ranked Build5Nines.com (formerly BuildAzure.com) as the #1 Top Microsoft Azure blog to...

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

The first ever Microsoft Linux Conference named WSLConf is being held on March 10 - 11, 2020 in Redmond, WA, and it's free to attend. With great news for the conference, and possibly bad news for you, the first ever WSLConf is SOLD OUT! That is for in-person General...

Build5Nines 2019 Year in Review

Build5Nines 2019 Year in Review

There was a lot more growth to BuildAzure.com (ahem... I mean Build5Nines.com) in 2019. It's been a couple years since I wrote up a "year in review" post, so I thought I'd do it again this year. Here's a short summary of the top 25 posts on Build5Nines.com, in...

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Studying for certification exams can be a time consuming task. This can especially be true if you're not entirely certain what to study. Chris Pietschmann and Dan Patrick have collaborated to combine their own insights as Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) to create a...

Certification

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Book of News

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Book of News

Microsoft has tons of news and updates they've announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, Florida this week. Ignite is Microsoft's biggest tech event of the year with over 26,000 professionals in attendance. With the huge amount of news being released at and...

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Rumors and Predictions: What’s coming?

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Rumors and Predictions: What’s coming?

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, Florida is only a few short weeks away. The excitement for Microsoft's largest annual conference is heating up, and rumors / expectations are starting to fly around the Internet. With such an exciting time of...

Microsoft Learn is the new Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Learn is the new Microsoft Virtual Academy

Over the last few months I've seen a lot of comments about Microsoft Virtual Academy being retired, in addition to a fair amount of traffic going to an article I posted about Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) being retired January 31, 2019. It's important to note that...

Guide to Microsoft Azure Certifications

Guide to Microsoft Azure Certifications

No one can undermine the claim of Microsoft as a renowned player in the world of computing. The tech giant has not hesitated to take the big leap towards the cloud. Microsoft Azure has become a formidable name in the domain of cloud computing. Not to mention,...

Guide to Microsoft Azure Certifications

Registering for a Microsoft Certification Exam

There are several facets to the overall testing experience when sitting Microsoft certification exams. These includes the many different types of questions that could appear on the exam. There are also multiple options for taking the exams at a testing center or online proctored. You will also need to make sure you have a valid photo ID.

Internet of Things

Azure IoT Hub: Create using Azure Portal

Azure IoT Hub: Create using Azure Portal

Azure IoT Hub provides the cloud messaging service for building Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the cloud using Microsoft Azure. There are a few other options for messaging services within Microsoft Azure, but the Azure IoT Hub service is the only service that's...

Azure Blockchain Hands-on Lab – Microsoft Cloud Workshop

Azure Blockchain Hands-on Lab – Microsoft Cloud Workshop

In this lab, you will learn how to build and configure an Internet of Things (IoT) Audit Solution using Azure blockchain services. You will collect device telemetry using Azure IoT Hub and use Ethereum blockchain ledger to enforce contract specifics related to...

Lambda Architecture for IoT and Big Data Systems

Lambda Architecture for IoT and Big Data Systems

Lambda Architecture is a data processing design pattern designed for Big Data systems that need to process data in near real-time. This pattern works very well any Big Data solutions; including the Internet of Things (IoT). Once device event telemetry is ingested from...

Get Certified!

The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

Advance your career through cloud certification

This book will guide you through choosing which certification path(s) to follow you’re your unique career goals and technical background. It’ll also explore all the different certifications Microsoft offers, as well as many of your questions, like:  

  • Which certification is right for me?
  • How much does it cost to get certified?
  • What are the exams like?
  • How do I get started?
  • How do I study?

Microsoft and cloud certification helps you keep up-to-date on the latest technologies in a structured, easy to follow path, that is also verifiable by your peers and future career opportunities.

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