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Azure 70-532 Study Guide: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

I recently passed the Microsoft certification exam for 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions. To celebrate this achievement, I would like to share some information that will help you prepare for the exam.

1. Read the Official Exam Prep book.

Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
by Zoiner Tejada, Michele Leroux Bustamante, Ike Ellis


You can purchase the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

2. Take notes while thoroughly reading the book.

Never underestimate the power of your own notes. By taking notes while reading the book, I was able to review the notes to remember key features just before I walked into the exam.

3. Watch the MVA course for 70-532 prep.

My colleague Bret Stateham and his co-host Sidney Andrews have a great video course on Microsoft Virtual Academy to give you a high-level overview of this exam’s objectives.

MS Virtual Academy

4. Watch the MVA course on Azure Fundamentals.

If you need a refresher on Azure Fundamentals, check out Bob Tabor‘s Azure Fundamentals video course on Microsoft Virtual Academy:

5. Watch the PowerShell video tutorial on

If you’re new to PowerShell, has a great video tutorial on PowerShell. If you don’t have an account with them, you can start with a free trial.

6. Memorize the details of each pricing tier. 

There are tables of data in the official book and in Azure documentation about pricing tiers for virtual machines, websites, SQL Server databases, etc. I would highly recommend reading through these tables thoroughly so that you’re prepared to answer questions where such knowledge is key.

7. Get some actual experience on Azure!

Nothing beats first-hand experience! Head on over to the Azure website today to start your free trial or activate your Azure account via BizSpark or MSDN, whichever option applies to you.

For more information on signing up with BizSpark, check out my BizSpark info page:

8. Download Visual Studio!

To get the development tools you need to work with the Azure SDK, download Visual Studio for free!

9. Now, get ready to schedule your exam!

Best of luck!

BizSpark Plus Offer Doubles to $120k Azure Cloud Credits

If you run a startup and haven’t heard of BizSpark yet, take a look at my BizSpark page for more info:

If you’ve been using BizSpark to get free Azure credits, you may heard of the BizSpark Plus program which has been giving out $60k of free Azure credits for a year’s worth of cloud goodness.


As of July 1, 2015, Microsoft will double that offer to $120k of free Azure credits!

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MVA Redesign June 2015

Over the years, Microsoft Virtual Academy has grown to serve over 3 million registered users worldwide!

MS Virtual Academy

As of June 2015, the MVA website has undergone a new redesign, to include the following:

  • Simpler site navigation, for Developers, IT Pros, Data Pros
  • Response design for mobile devices, works with any screen size
  • New course player, remembers video position across devices
  • New friction-free MVA trial experience, includes unlimited viewing without logging in!

More info at:

So far, I’ve co-hosted 2 MVA courses with my colleague James Quick, both on Construct 2 game development.

1. Developing Games with Construct 2
2. Construct 2 Advanced Game Development

Click the links or the screenshots to view the courses.

1. Developing Games with Construct 2

2. Construct 2 Advanced Game Development




Rollerball – Unity 3D Tutorial

New to Unity 5? Learn how to how build your first 3D game in Unity, using my Rollerball tutorial. The presentation is derived from the Roll-a-ball video tutorial from Unity Technologies:

My tutorial is split up into 2 PowerPoint PPTX files.

 Part 1 of 2: Download PPTX or view slideshow below

 Download project files for Part 1


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