Category: Training

So you want to learn some Azure skillz for free

As you may or may not know I’m on a personal mission to learn as much Azure as I can, its my passion.

I have taken some of the new beta exams recently and have 4 later this month, I’m using the new beta exams as a way to test what I have learnt and to find gaps in my learning.

This blog post will cover all of the different ways I am trying to learn Azure and hopefully this will be of use to someone wishing to learn Azure, from a beginner to someone more experienced.

Everything below is free, yep free.

To start with there is no better place than the new Microsoft Learn pages which can be found -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/

Microsoft Learn which is completely free has modules and learning paths which currently cover beginner, intermediate and advanced Azure users.

Within Microsoft Learn you will also find links to Pluralsight courses, LinkedIn courses and Hands on Labs all of which I would highly recommend, there really is something for everyone. Whilst learning using Microsoft Learn you gain points and trophies and you level up as you go, below you can see where I am currently at and the courses I have completed and trophies you gain as you complete your learning.

 

There will be a lot more added in over time but there is currently 80+ hours of learning material.

The Pluralsight courses which are also free cover Azure Administrator, Microsoft Azure Developer and Microsoft Azure Solution Architect as seen below:-

Pluralsight if you sign up for it has the following courses within its library, again a huge number of courses and fantastic content:-

Along side that is LinkedIn Learning where you sign up and get a free months trial, LinkedIn Learning is actually very good and there is a tonne of Azure courses in there covering a huge amount of content on Azure. Here is a list of the types of things you’ll see if you try out LinkedIn Learning :-  https://www.linkedin.com/learning/topics/azure

One other great source I wanted to mention was Visual Studio Benefits:- https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/dev-essentials/

As  you can see, you get 3 Months Free Pluralsight, 3 Months Free LinkedIn Learning, Access to Microsoft Virtual Academy and much more.

So what are you waiting for, go learn some Azure skills and enjoy the free content!




Azure Architect AZ-300 Exam

Microsoft recently released information around the new Azure Architect exams: – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-az-300.aspx

This blog post will cover available learning materials and docs links to information relevant to the exam AZ-300, links to these articles will be updated regularly.

Hopefully this will give you as an architect a head start on what you need to learn in order to pass the AZ-300 exam.

 

 

Deploy and Configure Infrastructure (25-30%)
Analyze resource utilization and consumption

May include but not limited to: Configure diagnostic settings on resources; create baseline for resources; create and rest alerts; analyze alerts across subscription; analyze metrics across subscription; create action groups; monitor for unused resources; monitor spend; report on spend; utilize Log Search query functions; view alerts in Log Analytics

Configure diagnostic settings on resources
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/azure-monitor-multiple-diagnostic-settings/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-overview-of-diagnostic-logs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-enable-diagnostic-logs-using-template

Create baseline for resources
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-alerts-dynamic-thresholds

Create and raise alerts; Analyze alerts across subscription
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitor-alerts-unified-usage

Monitor for unused resources; monitor spend; report on spend
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/advisor/advisor-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-getting-started
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-understand-your-bill

Utilize Log Search query functions;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-queries

View alerts in Log Analytics
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-solution-alert-management
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-overview-unified-alerts

Create and configure storage accounts

May include but not limited to: Configure network access to the storage account; create and configure storage account; generate shared access signature; install and use Azure Storage Explorer; manage access keys; monitor activity log by using Log Analytics; implement Azure storage replication

Configure network access to the storage account;
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/announcing-virtual-network-integration-for-azure-storage-and-azure-sql/

Create and configure storage account
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-quickstart-create-account?tabs=portal
https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/microsoft-azure-creating-configuring-storage-accounts

Generate shared access signature
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-1
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-2
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/eventhub/generate-sas-token

Install and use Azure Storage Explorer
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/features/storage-explorer/

Manage access keys;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/key-vault/key-vault-ovw-storage-keys
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-account-manage

Monitor activity log by using Log Analytics
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-activity
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-activity-log-alerts
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-overview-activity-logs

Implement Azure storage replication
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-redundancy
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-redundancy-grs

Create and configure a Virtual Machine (VM) for Windows and Linux

May include but not limited to: Configure high availability; configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size; deploy and configure scale sets

Overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/

Configure high availability
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/tutorial-availability-sets
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/manage-availability

Configure monitoring, networking, storage, and virtual machine size
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/tutorial-monitoring

Deploy and configure scale sets
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/tutorial-create-vmss

Automate deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs)

May include but not limited to: Modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template; configure location of new VMs; configure VHD template; deploy from template; save a deployment as an ARM template; deploy Windows and Linux VMs

Modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/apps/cd/azure/build-azure-vm-template?view=vsts

Configure location of new VMs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/quick-create-portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/tutorial-manage-vm

Configure VHD template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/create-vm-specialized
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/prepare-for-upload-vhd-image
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/templates/201-vm-specialized-vhd-new-or-existing-vnet/

Deploy from template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/ps-template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/create-ssh-secured-vm-from-template

Save a deployment as an ARM template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/lab-services/devtest-lab-use-resource-manager-template
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/download-template

Deploy Windows and Linux VMs
https://azure.microsoft.com/id-id/services/virtual-machines/

Create connectivity between virtual networks

May include but not limited to: Create and configure VNET peering; create and configure VNET to VNET; verify virtual network connectivity; create virtual network gateway

Create and configure VNET peering; create and configure VNET to VNET
http://www.msserverpro.com/configuring-azure-vnet-peering-using-azure-portal/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-vnet-vnet-resource-manager-portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-vnet-vnet-rm-ps

Verify virtual network connectivity;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-portal#VerifyConnection
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-peering-overview

Create virtual network gateway
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-about-vpngateways
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2017/06/28/step-by-step-configuring-a-site-to-site-vpn-gateway-between-azure-and-on-premise/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/create-routebased-vpn-gateway-portal

Implement and manage virtual networking

May include but not limited to: Configure private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual network

Configure private and public IP addresses, network routes, network interface, subnets, and virtual network
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-static-private-ip-arm-pportal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-ip-addresses-overview-arm
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-network-interface-addresses

Manage Azure Active Directory (AD)

May include but not limited to: Add custom domains; configure Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure AD Join, and Enterprise State Roaming; configure self-service password reset; implement conditional access policies; manage multiple directories; perform an access review

Add custom domains;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/add-custom-domain

Configure Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure AD Join, and Enterprise State Roaming
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/identity-protection/enable
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/user-help/user-help-join-device-on-network
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-windows-enterprise-state-roaming-overview

Configure self-service password reset
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/authentication/concept-sspr-howitworks

Implement conditional access policies;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/conditional-access/app-based-mfa

Manage multiple directories
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-administer#how-can-i-add-and-manage-multiple-directories

Perform an access review
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/governance/access-reviews-overview

Implement and manage hybrid identities

May include but not limited to: Install and configure Azure AD Connect; configure federation and single sign-on; manage Azure AD Connect; manage password sync and writeback

Install and configure Azure AD Connect;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/hybrid/whatis-hybrid-identity#install-azure-ad-connect

Configure federation and single sign-on
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/hybrid/whatis-hybrid-identity

Manage Azure AD Connect
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/active-directory/hybrid/how-to-connect-post-installation

Manage password sync and writeback
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-sspr-writeback

 


Implement Workloads and Security (20-25%)
Migrate servers to Azure

May include but not limited to: Migrate by using Azure Site Recovery (ASR); migrate using P2V; configure storage; create a backup vault; prepare source and target environments; backup and restore data; deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) agent; prepare virtual network

Migrate by using Azure Site Recovery (ASR);
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/migrate-tutorial-on-premises-azure

Migrate using P2V
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/physical-azure-disaster-recovery

Configure storage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/tutorial-prepare-azure#create-a-storage-account

Create a backup vault
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/migrate-tutorial-on-premises-azure#create-a-recovery-services-vault

Prepare source and target environments
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/migrate-tutorial-on-premises-azure#set-up-the-source-environment

Backup and restore  data
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-recovery-services-vault-overview

Deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) agent
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/hyper-v-azure-tutorial#install-the-provider

Prepare virtual network
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/tutorial-prepare-azure#set-up-an-azure-network

Configure serverless computing

May include but not limited to: Create and manage objects; manage a Logic App resource; manage Azure Function app settings; manage Event Grid; manage Service Bus

Create and manage objects
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/serverless-computing/

Manage a Logic App resource
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/

Manage Azure Function app settings
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-how-to-use-azure-function-app-settings

Manage Event Grid
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/

Manage Service Bus
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/service-bus-messaging/

Implement application load balancing

May include but not limited to: Configure application gateway and load balancing rules; implement front end IP configurations; manage application load balancing

Configure application gateway and load balancing rules
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/application-gateway/application-gateway-introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/application-gateway/application-gateway-ilb-arm
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/application-gateway/

Implement front end IP configurations
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/load-balancer/loadbalancerfrontendipconfigurations/get
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/load-balancer-overview

Manage application load balancing
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/tutorial-load-balancer-standard-manage-portal

Integrate on premises network with Azure virtual network

May include but not limited to: Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway; create and configure site to site VPN; configure Express Route; verify on premises connectivity; manage on-premise connectivity with Azure

Create and configure Azure VPN Gateway
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-about-vpngateways
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-tutorial-create-gateway-powershell

Create and configure site to site VPN
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2017/06/28/step-by-step-configuring-a-site-to-site-vpn-gateway-between-azure-and-on-premise/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-portal

Configure Express Route
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-howto-circuit-portal-resource-manager
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-howto-routing-portal-resource-manager

Verify on premises connectivity
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-portal

Manage on-premise connectivity with Azure
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/connect-an-on-premises-network-to-a-microsoft-azure-virtual-network

Manage role-based access control (RBAC)

May include but not limited to: Create a custom role; configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles; configure management access to Azure; troubleshoot RBAC; implement RBAC policies; assign RBAC roles

Create a custom role
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/custom-roles

Configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal

Configure management access to Azure
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/users-groups-roles/directory-admin-roles-secure

Troubleshoot RBAC
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/troubleshooting

Implement RBAC policies
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/policy/overview

Assign RBAC roles
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal#grant-access

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

May include but not limited to: Enable MFA for an Azure tenant; configure user accounts for MFA; configure fraud alerts; configure bypass options; configure trusted IPs; configure verification methods; manage role-based access control (RBAC); implement RBAC policies; assign RBAC Roles; create a custom role; configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles; configure management access to Azure

Enable MFA for an Azure tenant;
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-getstarted#enable-azure-multi-factor-authentication

Configure user accounts for MFA
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-userstates

Configure fraud alerts
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#fraud-alert

Configure bypass options
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#one-time-bypass

Configure trusted IPs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#trusted-ips

Configure verification methods
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-mfasettings#selectable-verification-methods

Manage role-based access control (RBAC)
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal

Implement RBAC policies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_KK9fX-wKI

Assign RBAC Roles
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/

Create a custom role
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/custom-roles

Configure access to Azure resources by assigning roles
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/role-assignments-portal

Configure management access to Azure
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/overview


Architect Cloud Technology Solutions (5-10%)
Select an appropriate compute solution

May include but not limited to: Leverage appropriate design patterns; select appropriate network connectivity options; design for hybrid topologies

Leverage appropriate design patterns
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/magazine/dd727504.aspx

Select appropriate network connectivity options
https://www.moqdigital.com.au/insights/technical/network-connectivity-options-for-azure

Design for hybrid topologies
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/plan-connect-topologies

Select an appropriate integration solution

May include but not limited to: Address computational bottlenecks, state management, and OS requirements; provide for web hosting if applicable; evaluate minimum number of nodes

Address computational bottlenecks, state management, and OS requirements
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-the-cloud-for-high-performance-computing/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/improving-your-io-performance/

Provide for web hosting if applicable
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/videos/inside-azure-web-hosting-plans/

May include but not limited to: Validate data storage technology capacity limitations; address durability of data; provide for appropriate throughput of data access; evaluate structure of data storage; provide for data archiving, retention, and compliance

Validate data storage technology capacity limitations

Address durability of data
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-introduction

Provide for appropriate throughput of data access

Evaluate structure of data storage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/data-store-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/data-store-comparison

Provide for data archiving, retention, and compliance
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/solutions/backup-archive/


Create and Deploy Apps (5-10%)
Create web applications by using PaaS

May include but not limited to: Create an Azure app service web app by using Azure CLI, PowerShell, and other tools; create documentation for the API by using open source and other tools; create an App Service Web App for containers; create an App Service background task by using WebJobs

Create an Azure app service web app by using Azure CLI, PowerShell, and other tools
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/app-service-cli-samples
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/scripts/app-service-cli-deploy-staging-environment

Create documentation for the API by using open source and other tools
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/tag/swagger/

Create an App Service Web App for containers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/app-service/containers/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/containers/

Create an App Service background task by using WebJobs
https://www.hanselman.com/blog/IntroducingWindowsAzureWebJobs.aspx
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/webjobs-sdk-get-started
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/websites-dotnet-deploy-webjobs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/web-sites-create-web-jobs

Create app or service that runs on Service Fabric

May include but not limited to: Develop a stateful Reliable Service and a stateless Reliable Service; develop an actor-based Reliable Service; write code to consume Reliable Collections in your service

Develop a stateful Reliable Service and a stateless Reliable Service
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-reliable-services-introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-reliable-services-quick-start

Develop an actor-based Reliable Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/videos/azure-service-fabric-and-the-actor-model-with-mark-fussell/
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Journey-to-the-Websummit–Online-Masterclasses/Service-Fabric-and-actor-model-architectures–Joo-Pedro-Martins-Microsoft-UK/Service-Fabric-and-actor-model-architectures–Joo-Pedro-Martins-Microsoft-UK

Write code to consume Reliable Collections in your service
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-reliable-services-reliable-collections

Design and develop applications that run in containers

May include but not limited to: Configure diagnostic settings on resources; create a container image by using a Docker file; create an Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS) cluster by using the Azure CLI and Azure Portal; publish an image to the Azure Container Registry; implement an application that runs on an Azure Container Instance; implement container instances by using Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS), Azure Service Fabric, and other tools; manage container settings by using code

Configure diagnostic settings on resources;
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/containers/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/containers/

Create a container image by using a Docker file
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2016/09/23/getting-started-with-docker-and-container-services/
https://docs.docker.com/docker-for-azure/deploy/

Create an Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS) cluster by using the Azure CLI and Azure Portal
https://stackify.com/azure-container-service-kubernetes/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/kubernetes-service/

Publish an image to the Azure Container Registry
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-registry/container-registry-get-started-docker-cli
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-registry/container-registry-tutorial-quick-task

Implement an application that runs on an Azure Container Instance
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/container-instances/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-instances/container-instances-quickstart

Implement container instances by using Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS), Azure Service Fabric, and other tools
https://medium.com/bitnami-perspectives/az-aci-aks-acs-in-5-minutes-top-chrono-65c9952dfeb8

Manage container settings by using code
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/samples/container-service-python-manage/

 


Implement Authentication and Secure Data (5-10%)
Implement authentication

May include but not limited to: Implement authentication by using certificates, forms-based authentication, tokens, Windows-integrated authentication; implement multi-factor authentication by using Azure AD options

Implement authentication by using certificates, forms-based authentication, tokens, Windows-integrated authentication
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/app-service-authentication-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/develop/authentication-scenarios
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/azure-websites-authentication-authorization/

Implement multi-factor authentication by using Azure AD options
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/concept-mfa-howitworks
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/videos/multi-factor-authentication-for-azure-ad/

Implement secure data solutions

May include but not limited to: Encrypt and decrypt data at rest; encrypt data with Always Encrypted; implement Azure Confidential Compute and SSL/TLS communications; manage cryptographic keys in the Azure Key Vault

Encrypt and decrypt data at rest
https://cloudacademy.com/blog/how-does-azure-encrypt-data/

Encrypt data with Always Encrypted
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transparent-data-encryption-or-always-encrypted/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-always-encrypted
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-always-encrypted-azure-key-vault

Implement Azure Confidential Compute and SSL/TLS communications
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/azure-security-data-encryption-best-practices
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/introducing-azure-confidential-computing/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/azure-confidential-computing/

Manage cryptographic keys in the Azure Key Vault
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/key-vault/key-vault-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/key-vault/key-vault-whatis
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/key-vault/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/key-vault/about-keys-secrets-and-certificates


Develop for the Cloud (20-25%)
Develop long-running tasks

May include but not limited to: Implement large-scale, parallel, and high-performance apps by using batches; implement resilient apps by using queues; implement code to address application events by using web hooks; address continuous processing tasks by using web jobs

Implement large-scale, parallel, and high-performance apps by using batches
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/batch/batch-technical-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/solutions/big-compute/

Implement resilient apps by using queues
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/resiliency/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/using-the-retry-pattern-to-make-your-cloud-application-more-resilient/

Implement code to address application events by using web hooks
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-webhooks
https://thenewstack.io/tutorial-exploring-azure-event-grid-custom-webhooks/

Address continuous processing tasks by using web jobs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/best-practices/background-jobs
https://blog.comminus.hr/Comminus-Blog/January-2018/Run-continuous-or-triggered-background-task-with-W.aspxhttps://exceptionless.com/better-approach-running-azure-webjobs/

Configure a message-based integration architecture

May include but not limited to: Configure an app or service to send emails, Event Grid, and the Azure Relay Service; create and configure a Notification Hub, an Event Hub, and a Service Bus; configure queries across multiple products; configure an app or service with Microsoft Graph

Configure an app or service to send emails, Event Grid, and the Azure Relay Service
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-bus-messaging/service-bus-to-event-grid-integration-example
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-grid/custom-event-to-hybrid-connection
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/azure-service-bus-now-integrates-with-azure-event-grid/

Create and configure a Notification Hub, an Event Hub, and a Service Bus
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/notification-hubs/notification-hubs-push-notification-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/videos/azure-service-bus-event-hubs-101-with-dan-rosanova/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/events-data-points-and-messages-choosing-the-right-azure-messaging-service-for-your-data/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/notification-hubs/

Configure queries across multiple products
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/product-categories/integration/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/collaboration-and-federation-azure-service-bus-messaging-on-premises-futures/

Configure an app or service with Microsoft Graph
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/graph
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/graph/docs/concepts/overview

Develop for asynchronous processing

May include but not limited to: Implement parallelism, multithreading, processing, durable functions, Azure logic apps, interfaces with storage, interfaces to data access, and appropriate asynchronous compute models

Implement parallelism, multithreading, processing, durable functions, Azure logic apps, interfaces with storage, interfaces to data access, and appropriate asynchronous compute models
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/resource-manager-async-operations
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/durable-functions-overview
https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/azure-durable-functions-fundamentals?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjpGLv7_o3QIVqrDtCh11bwoNEAAYASAAEgIKkPD_BwE&aid=701j0000001heIpAAI&promo=&oid=&utm_source=non_branded&utm_medium=digital_paid_search_google&utm_campaign=UK_Dynamic&utm_content=&s_kwcid=AL!5668!3!277727472896!b!!g!!&ef_id=WyEQRAAAALSF5mjc:20181002193153:s
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/compute-comparison

Develop for autoscaling

May include but not limited to: Implement autoscaling rules and patterns (schedule, operational/system metrics, code that addresses singleton application instances, and code that addresses transient state

Implement autoscaling rules and patterns

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/features/autoscale/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-overview-autoscale
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/best-practices/auto-scaling
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/autoscale

Implement distributed transactions

May include but not limited to: Identify tools to implement distributed transactions (e.g., ADO.NET, elastic transactions, multi-database transactions); manage transaction scope; manage transactions across multiple databases and servers

Identify tools to implement distributed transactions (e.g., ADO.NET, elastic transactions, multi-database transactions);
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-elastic-transactions-overview

Manage transaction scope
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1639.handling-transactions-in-windows-azure-sql-database.aspx

Manage transactions across multiple databases and servers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tag/distributed-transactions/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-elastic-transactions-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/elastic-database-transactions-general-availability/
https://docs.particular.net/nservicebus/azure/understanding-transactionality-in-azure

Develop advanced cloud workloads

May include but not limited to: Develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms that identify items from images and videos; develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms related to speech, natural language processing, Bing Search, and recommendations and decision making; create and integrate bots; integrate machine learning solutions in an app; create and implement IoT solutions

Develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms that identify items from images and videos
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/classify-images-with-custom-vision-service/index
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/create-computer-vision-service-to-classify-images/index

Develop solutions by using intelligent algorithms related to speech, natural language processing, Bing Search, and recommendations and decision making
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/bing-web-search/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/custom-decision-service/custom-decision-service-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/cognitive-services/speech-service/

Create and integrate bots
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/bot-service/bot-service-overview-introduction?view=azure-bot-service-4.0

Integrate machine learning solutions in an app
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/machine-learning/

Create and implement IoT solutions
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/iot/build/



Azure Developer Exam: AZ-200

Microsoft recently released information around the new Azure Developer exams: – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-AZ-200.aspx

This blog post will cover available learning materials and docs links to information relevant to the exam AZ-200, links to these articles will be updated regularly.

Hopefully this will give you as a developer a head start on what you need to learn in order to pass the AZ-200 exam.

Select the appropriate cloud technology solution (15-20%)
Select an appropriate compute solution
May include but not limited to: Leverage appropriate design patterns; select appropriate network connectivity options; design for hybrid topologies

Overview of Azure compute
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/compute-overview

Design Patterns
https://azureinteractives.azurewebsites.net/CloudDesignPatterns/default.html
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/

Select appropriate network connectivity options
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-portal
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-plan-design

Hybrid Topologies
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/reference-architectures/hybrid-networking/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/reference-architectures/dmz/secure-vnet-hybrid

Select an appropriate integration solution
May include but not limited to: Address computational bottlenecks, state management, and OS requirements; provide for web hosting if applicable; evaluate minimum number of nodes

Address computational bottlenecks
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/premium-storage-performance
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-services/diagnostics-performance-counters

State Management
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/redis-cache/cache-aspnet-session-state-provider

OS Requirements
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/virtual-machines/

Select an appropriate storage solution
May include but not limited to: Validate data storage technology capacity limitations; address durability of data; provide for appropriate throughput of data access; evaluate structure of data storage; provide for data archiving, retention, and compliance

Validate data storage technology capacity limitations
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/premium-storage

Durability of Data
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-redundancy
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/resiliency/

Evaluate structure of data storage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/data-store-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/data-store-comparison

Data Archiving
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/solutions/backup-archive/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/storage/archive/


Develop for cloud storage (30-35%)
Develop solutions that use storage tables
May include but not limited to: Connect to storage; design and implement policies to tables; query a table storage by using code

Connect to storage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/table-storage-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/table-storage-how-to-use-dotnet
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/table-storage-design-guide

Policies
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/storageservices/establishing-a-stored-access-policy

Query table storage by using code
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/storageservices/querying-tables-and-entities
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/table-storage-how-to-use-dotnet

Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage
May include but not limited to: Choose a consistency level; choose appropriate API for Cosmos DB Storage; create, read, update, and delete tables in Cosmos storage by using code; manage documents and collections in Cosmos DB Storage

Choose a consistency level
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/consistency-levels
https://blog.jeremylikness.com/cloud-nosql-azure-cosmosdb-consistency-levels-cfe8348686e6

Choose appropriate API for Cosmos DB Storage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/

create, read, update, and delete tables in Cosmos storage by using code
https://dontpaniclabs.com/blog/post/2017/08/17/getting-started-azure-cosmos-db-part-1-crud/
https://elegantcode.com/2018/03/06/crud-using-azure-cosmos-db/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/samples/azure-cosmos-db-table-dotnet-getting-started/

Manage documents and collections in Cosmos DB Storage
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/cosmos-db/collections
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/storage-explorer

Develop solutions that use file storage
May include but not limited to: Implement quotas for File Shares in storage account; move items in file shares between containers asynchronously; set file storage container properties in metadata

Implement quotas for File Shares in storage account
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/storage/files/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-how-to-create-file-share

Move items in file shares between containers asynchronously
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-use-azcopy

Set file storage container properties in metadata
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-properties-metadata
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/storageservices/set-container-metadata

Develop solutions that use a relational database
May include but not limited to: Create, read, update, and delete database tables by using code; implement dynamic data masking

Create, read, update, and delete database tables by using code
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/app-service-web-tutorial-dotnet-sqldatabase

Implement dynamic data masking
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-dynamic-data-masking-get-started
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/security/dynamic-data-masking?view=sql-server-2017

Develop solutions that use blob storage
May include but not limited to: Create a shared access signature for a blob; move items in blob storage between containers asynchronously; set blob storage container properties in metadata

Create a shared access signature for a blob
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-1
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-2

Move items in blob storage between containers asynchronously
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-moving-data

Set blob storage container properties in metadata
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-properties-metadata
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/storageservices/setting-and-retrieving-properties-and-metadata-for-blob-resources
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/storageservices/set-blob-metadata

Developing for caching and content delivery solutions
May include but not limited to: Develop for Azure Redis cache, storage on Content Delivery Networks (CDNs); develop code to address session state and cache invalidation

Develop for Azure Redis cache
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/cache/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/redis-cache/cache-dotnet-how-to-use-azure-redis-cache

Storage on Content Delivery Networks (CDNs);
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cdn/cdn-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/cdn/

Develop code to address session state and cache invalidation
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/redis-cache/cache-faq
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/best-practices/caching


Create Platform as a Service (PaaS) Solutions (35-40%)
Create web applications by using PaaS
May include but not limited to: Create an Azure app service web app by using Azure CLI, PowerShell, and other tools; create documentation for the API by using open source and other tools; create an App Service Web App for containers; create an App Service background task by using WebJobs

Create an Azure app service web app by using Azure CLI
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/app-service-cli-samples

Create an Azure app service by using PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/app-service-powershell-samples
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/benjaminperkins/2017/10/02/create-an-azure-app-service-web-app-using-powershell/

Create documentation for the API by using open source and other tools
https://blog.kloud.com.au/2017/06/13/azure-functions-with-swagger/

Create an App Service Web App for containers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/app-service/containers/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/containers/

Create an App Service background task by using WebJobs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/web-sites-create-web-jobs
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/websites-dotnet-deploy-webjobs

Create mobile apps using PaaS
May include but not limited to: Add push notifications for mobile app; enable offline sync for mobile app; implement a remote instrumentation strategy for mobile devices

Add push notifications for mobile app
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-mobile/app-service-mobile-ios-get-started-push
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/notification-hubs/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/videos/mobile-push-notifications-to-users-windows-store/

Enable offline sync for mobile app
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/offline-sync-for-mobile-services/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-mobile/app-service-mobile-android-get-started-offline-data
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/xamarin/xamarin-forms/data-cloud/sync/azure-mobile-apps
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-mobile/app-service-mobile-offline-data-sync

Implement a remote instrumentation strategy for mobile devices
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/device-profile-android-teamviewer

Create an app service Logic App
May include but not limited to: Create a custom connector for Logic Apps, a custom template for a Logic App; create a Logic App; package an Azure App Service Logic App

Create a custom connector for Logic Apps
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/custom-connector-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/connectors/custom-connectors/create-logic-apps-connector
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/connectors/apis-list

Create a custom template for a Logic App
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/quickstart-create-logic-apps-with-visual-studio
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/logic-apps-create-deploy-azure-resource-manager-templates
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/logic-apps-create-logic-apps-from-templates

Create a Logic App; package an Azure App Service Logic App
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/logic-apps/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/quickstart-create-first-logic-app-workflow

Create app or service that runs on Service Fabric
May include but not limited to: Develop a stateful Reliable Service and a stateless Reliable Service; develop an actor-based Reliable Service; write code to consume Reliable Collections in your service

Develop a stateful Reliable Service and a stateless Reliable Service
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-reliable-services-introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-reliable-services-quick-start
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-application-scenarios

Develop an actor-based Reliable Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/videos/azure-service-fabric-and-the-actor-model-with-mark-fussell/
https://alexandrebrisebois.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/getting-to-know-actors-in-service-fabric/

Write code to consume Reliable Collections in your service
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-work-with-reliable-collections
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-reliable-services-reliable-collections

Create serverless functions
May include but not limited to: Implement the bindings for the function (input and output); implement the function trigger by using a data operation, timer, webhook, or other tools; develop an Azure Function app for containers by using Azure Portal, CLI, and other tools; develop an Azure Service Fabric Mesh App

Implement the bindings for the function (input and output)
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-triggers-bindings

Implement the function trigger by using a data operation, timer, webhook, or other tools
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps/logic-apps-scenario-function-sb-trigger

Develop an Azure Function app for containers by using Azure Portal, CLI, and other tools;
https://cmatskas.com/running-azure-functions-anywhere-with-the-power-of-containers/
https://markheath.net/post/azure-functions-docker

Develop an Azure Service Fabric Mesh App
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric-mesh/service-fabric-mesh-quickstart-dotnet-core
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric-mesh/service-fabric-mesh-overview

Schedule bulk operations
May include but not limited to: Define the batch output and conditions by using Batch Service API; write code to run a batch job; run a batch job by using Azure CLI, Azure Portal, and other tools

Define the batch output and conditions by using Batch Service API
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/batch/batch-apis-tools
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/batch/batch-api-basics
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/batch/

Create solutions that use Azure Kubernetes Service
May include but not limited to: Configure diagnostic settings on resources; create a container image by using a Docker file; create an Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS) cluster by using the Azure CLI and Azure Portal; publish an image to the Azure Container Registry; implement an application that runs on an Azure Container Instance; implement container instances by using Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS), Azure Service Fabric, and other tools; manage container settings by using code

Configure diagnostic settings on resources
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/monitoring-azure-kubernetes-service-aks-with-azure-monitor-container-health-preview/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring/monitoring-container-insights-overview

Create a container image by using a Docker file
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/aks/tutorial-kubernetes-prepare-acr
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/aks/tutorial-kubernetes-prepare-app
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-registry/container-registry-tutorial-quick-task
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-service/kubernetes/container-service-tutorial-kubernetes-prepare-app

Create an Azure Container Service (ACS/AKS) cluster by using the Azure CLI and Azure Portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/kubernetes-service/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-service/

Publish an image to the Azure Container Registry
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/container-registry/container-registry-get-started-docker-cli

Manage container settings by using code
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/containers/

Design and develop applications that use media services
May include but not limited to: Implement an application using Video Indexer, Video API, Preview, and other media related services; implement file-based encoding and Azure Media Analytics; develop media solutions that use AI services (e.g., content moderation, optical character recognition, video summarization, face detection, etc.)

Implement an application using Video Indexer
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/video-indexer/video-indexer-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/media-services/video-indexer/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/video-indexer/video-indexer-use-apis


Secure cloud solutions (15-20%)
Implement authentication
May include but not limited to: Implement authentication by using certificates, forms-based authentication, tokens, Windows-integrated authentication; implement multi-factor authentication by using Azure AD options

Implement access control
May include but not limited to: Implement Claims-Based Access Control (CBAC) and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) authorization

Implement secure data solutions
May include but not limited to: Encrypt and decrypt data at rest; encrypt data with Always Encrypted; implement Azure Confidential Compute and SSL/TLS communications; manage cryptographic keys in the Azure Key Vault

Ping me if any links are broken please.


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Global Azure Bootcamp – Glasgow April 21st 2018

Saturday April 21st was the day for the Azure Global Bootcamp which say people attend user groups all around the world as you can see below, so we all spent a day as the Azure community learning all about Azure in many different ways from speakers all around the globe.

I took part and my talk was on learning Azure and becoming ready for the exams into the bargain.

 

 

 

As promised here are my slides:- HowToLearnAzure3

The Glasgow event was awesome and we also had Analben Mehta talking about serverless and Azure Functions and then we had Kenny Lowe talking about Azure Stack, great content and lunch and beers/soft drinks provided, all in all great to be apart of and hopefully people enjoyed they’re day.

Hope to see the people attended at the next Glasgow Azure User Group.



Investing in Yourself

I listen to podcasts and read twitter probably a lot more than I should – why you may ask?

Well for me it’s about investing in yourself, if you want to be smarter than you are currently it wont happen itself, you have to invest time in yourself.

Investing in myself for me means I have dreams which I will fulfil and I have set goals for myself – this year alone I’ve been promoted, done some internal talks, learned a lot about Azure and even enough to do an external talk on it. I plan to do many more talks on Azure going forward.

I’ve written a few blog posts and this will continue when I get some spare time after I pass the 70-532 Azure exam, which I will.

Part of the reason why I want to continue on investing in myself is so that I can surround myself with quality people who I can learn from. I have had my fair share of disappointments in my career and yet I keep going. I will never stop taking hits along the way, I’ve failed the 70-532 exam twice now but I will pass it.

Investing in yourself takes time and it takes commitment, I am committed to learning Azure and passing at least 2 certifications in 2018.

Why Azure you may ask, well I  know .Net and will continue to learn .Net core in my spare time and use it with Azure as I go.

Failure is what life is about, suck it up and get over it.

If you’re not happy in your job or it’s not giving you what you want out of it then move on, don’t hang around if it’s not what you want to do.

So I will continue to invest in myself, I have done throughout my career, but I think its worth talking about that if you have goals and dreams then you need to invest in yourself to achieve them, which I will.

 



Reasons to get Azure Certified

Lets face it folks the cloud is where its at, you should be at the very least looking to gain cloud skills as it won’t be long before most software is deployed to the cloud.

So the following is a list of why you should get certified in the cloud and I decided to go for Azure certification so I will be covering Azure but the same principles apply to AWS, Google cloud etc. (sign up free for a trial)

  • In 4 months I have went from knowing absolutely nothing about Azure to knowing how, when and why you would want to use the features of Azure, I am far from knowing about all that Azure has to offer but by studying several courses and by doing hands on labs etc I have the knowledge to know what to use and when.
  • If you’re a Microsoft Developer then it makes sense to take a look into Azure and get familiar with Azure as you’ll be able to pick it up and follow very easily, that said Azure is very easy to get going with and the learning curve for most of it isn’t steep, being able to write code and deploy it to Azure is very straightforward.
  • Having to wait on servers being provisioned is painful, having to keep them up to date with patches etc is no fun, as a developer you want to write code and create new features and ship them fast, with the cloud this is the way forward, embrace new technologies and you and your team will reap the benefits. The cloud doesn’t have all the answers and there is no silver bullet but it’s definitely the right way to go.
  • Azure has some fantastic options for hybrid cloud, use your own sql server and keep the data on premise or use your own existing active directory etc and use the features of Azure which make sense to you and your team. There are so many options available nowadays, Azure has various ways of ensuring your data is secure such as encryption at rest in Azure SQL, secure Network Groups, access policies, Shared Access signatures when using API’s and storage and even an API management feature.
  • Having a certification doesn’t guarantee anything but it looks good on your resume and shows you at least know what you’re doing when it comes to Azure, it also shows that your keen to learn and no harm ever came from learning new skills. Plus its good fun learning new stuff right?
  • Getting certified means you’ll study and learn all about Azure and the huge benefits of cloud computing in general, and you’ll be able to suggest features of Azure your company can take advantage off going forward. You’ll also learn about cool stuff like cognitive services, machine learning and ai which are all hot topics right now.
  • And last but not least, you’ll become a Microsoft Certified Professional if you pass your first Microsoft exam. Then you can look into getting a more specific certification and you can find out more info here.


70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Study Notes

Hi folks, the following is a little insight into what I have been studying the past 4 months, when I decided it was time to start learning Azure, this is just some of the stuff I have been learning.

The content below is from the 70-532 exam page and the links I have pasted in below each section to help people studying for the exam, the content is also useful for anyone looking for links on a particular area of Azure.

Feel free to share this link out an I hope you find the content useful.

Update: either use the links below or use the GitHub page I have created here: https://github.com/gsuttie/gsuttie-gsuttie.github.io

Create and Manage Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines (20-25%)
Design and Implement a Storage and Data Strategy (25-30%)
Manage Identity, Application, and Network Services (10-15%)

 

Design and Implement Azure Compute, Web, and Mobile Services (35-40%)

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Azure CosmosDB – Quick Start Demo App

So one of the hottest thing in Azure these days is without doubt CosmosDB, Cosmos DB is

A database for extremely low latency and massively scalable applications anywhere in the world, with native support for NoSQL

To get started with your very first Azure CosmosDB

  • go into the portal and click ass on Azure CosmosDB
  • give your new database an id
  • choose an API from the options available
    • SQL
    • MongoDB
    • Casandra
    • Azure Table
    • Gremlin (graph)
  • select your Subscription
  • select a resource group / create a new one
  • choose a location
  • optionally turn on geo-redundancy
  • click pin to pin this to your dashboard

For this blog post I chose the SQL API and left geo-redundancy off.


Ok so once you’ve done this click on Quick Start

 

Now you’ll see that you can download a sample app using .Net, .Net Core, Xamarin, Java, node.js and Python which will download code for you to play around with and create a to-do app.

I chose .Net and downloaded the code to my machine and opened it up with Visual Studio, run the code and you have a working to-do application hitting your newly created Azure CosmosDB up in Azure.

Time to go play with Azure CosmosDB, enjoy.

 




My Azure Learning plan – update

Since mid December I have spent a fair amount of time learning about Azure, the content I have covered so far is below, the rest I have yet to learn about =)

Quick shout out to @Pluralsight, @AzureBarry and @Mark_heath without these courses I wouldn’t have learned most of what I know at this moment in time.

Section 1: Basics of Cloud Computing and Azure Overview
In this section we will see what is cloud computing and its acronyms concepts. At the end, the video provide an overview on Microsoft Azure.
• The Course Overview
• Cloud Computing Acronyms and Concepts
• Microsoft Azure Overview
1.1 The Course Overview
This video will an overview on the entire course
1.2 Cloud Computing Acronyms and Concepts
In this video, we are going to take a look at several Cloud Computing Acronyms and Concepts.
Understand Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud
Get to know IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, DRaaS, and BaaS
• Describe several cloud computing characteristics (Scalability, High Availability, Cost, Pay per use,…)
1.3 Microsoft Azure Overview
This video gives a high-level overview of the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform.
Know the concepts of the Microsoft Azure datacentre’s
Get an overview of Microsoft Azure components and Services
Understand the different Azure platforms, Azure Service Manager, and Azure Resource Manager

Section 2: Introducing Azure Subscriptions
This section introduces us to the Azure subscriptions and helps us to deploy an Azure trial subscription.
• Azure Subscriptions
• Deploying an Azure Trial Subscription
2.1 Azure Subscriptions
This video will an overview on the entire course
2.2 Deploying an Azure Trial Subscription
In this video, we are going to take a look at what it takes to deploy an Azure trial subscription.
• Get free trial subscription details
• Know the description of ‘other’ free Azure resources that you can use without a cost
• Watch a walk through demo on how to set up your trial Azure environment

Section 3: Introduction to Microsoft Azure Management Portals
In this section we will be exploring Azure portals also further the videos explains Azure Management tools in detail.
Exploring the Azure Portals
• Azure Management Tools
3.1 Exploring the Azure Portals
This video will an overview on the entire course.
Understand what lists are
See when lists are used
Learn how to perform data manipulation with lists

3.2 Azure Management Tools
In this video, we are going to take a look at the main differences between the Azure Classic Portal and the Azure Resource Manager Portal.
Explore the Azure Classic Portal
Explore the Azure Resource Manager Portal
Watch a demo on Azure portals

Section 4: Implementing an Azure Virtual Machine Architecture
This section defines the architectural design of the Azure VM and how to deploy it.
• Azure VM Architectural Design
• Deploying Your First Azure Virtual Machine
• Deploying a More Complex Azure VM Architecture
• Handling Azure VM High Availability
4.1 Azure VM Architectural Design
In this video, we are going to take a look at the following: (a) Azure Resource Groups (b)Azure Virtual Network (c)Azure Storage Azure Virtual Machines.
Get to know what are Resource Groups and how to architect them
Understand the different Azure Storage accounts and their characteristics, and the highlights of Azure VNets
Know the Azure Virtual Machine sizes and different images available today
4.2 Deploying Your First Azure Virtual Machine
In this section, we are going to take a look at Azure Virtual machines, going through different aspects of the creation process, deployment, and management.
Take a walk through of what settings and parameters are required for successful deployment of an Azure VM
Get to know what are the key Azure Virtual Machine requirements (Basics, VM size, settings and optional features)
Understand how to deploy and manage your first Azure VM: demo walk through
4.3 Deploying a More Complex Azure VM Architecture
This video has three main sections, helping you in understanding how to deploy more complex Azure VM architectures. It will make clear most of the deployment process in Azure relies on automation and scripts.
Explain the Azure MarketPlace templates
Uncover the GitHub Azure QuickStart templates
Use Visual Studio to automate your Azure VM architecture deployment process
4.4 Handling Azure VM High Availability
In this video, we discuss two prime features of Azure public cloud, allowing for a high available Azure VM architecture.
• Explain Azure Virtual Machine High Availability SLAs
• Get to know what are Azure Availability Sets and why to use them
• Demo walk through configuring Azure Availability Sets

Section 5: Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates
In this section we will learn what Azure Resources are and how to create customized ARM templates.
• Deploying Azure Resources from Community Templates
• Creating Your Own Customized ARM Templates
• Automating Azure VM Deployment Using Configuration Management
5.1 Deploying Azure Resources from Community Templates

In this video, you will learn the following: (a) The structure of an ARM template (b) Deployment from GitHub QuickStart Templates Deployment from Azure QuickStart Templates on azure.com
• Know what is the purpose of an Azure ARM template, and how is it structured
• Understand the key aspects of deployment of Azure Resources from the GitHub published QuickStart Templates
• Learn the key aspects of deploying Azure Resources from the Azure.com templates gallery
5.2 Creating Your Own Customized ARM Templates
This video is all about learning to build your own customized Azure ARM templates from Visual Studio
• Get an overview of the creation process in Visual Studio
• Demo walk through on how to create an Azure ARM template out of Visual Studio
• Deploy Azure Resources using automation
5.3 Automating Azure VM Deployment Using Configuration Management
In this video, we are going to take a look at what Azure VM Configuration Management means, discussing several of these Configuration Management tools, describing PowerShell DSC, Azure VM Extensions, and highlighting Chef and Puppet
• Learn the different definitions of Configuration Management and several well-known Configuration Management tools
• Get an overview of PowerShell DSC and VM Extensions in general and observe a demo on PowerShell DSC
• Do a walk through of Chef and Puppet

Section 6: Implementing Azure Identity
This section gives detailed explanation on deploying, creating and integrating Azure directory.
• Deploying Azure Active Directory
• Integrating On-Premises Active Directory with Azure AD
• Advanced Features of Azure Active Directory
• Integrating Azure AD with SaaS Applications
• Azure Active Directory Application Proxy
6.1 Deploying Azure Active Directory
This video is all about Azure Active Directory; starting from what exactly Azure Active Directory is, you’ll learn about the different versions and SKUs; we’ll quickly touch on Azure AD Domain Services, B2B, and B2C and close this video with a deployment walk through.
• Get to know what is Azure Active Directory
• Understand the Azure Active Directory versions, SKUs, and the differences between them
• Get an overview of Azure AD Domain Services, B2B, and B2C scenarios
6.2 Integrating On-Premises Active Directory with Azure AD
This video clearly teaches you how to establish a hybrid Azure identity solution, integrating cloud with on-premises Active Directory.
• Get to know what is the Azure AD Connect tool and how to use it.
• Understand what is Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
• Watch a demo on AD Connect in action
6.3 Advanced Features of Azure Active Directory
In this video, I’ll discuss several advanced features of Azure Active Directory
• Understand Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
• Know the company branding
• Get know what is advanced reporting
6.4 Integrating Azure AD with SaaS Applications
In this video, we are going to take a look at the current issue with using multiple identities and where Azure Active Directory can be of help.
• Understand the challenges with SaaS applications and authentication handling
• Get to know the use of Azure Active Directory help in optimization and streamlining cloud authentication and identity
• Understand what is the Azure Access Panel and how to enable and use it
6.5 Integrating Azure AD with SaaS Applications
In this video, we are going to take a look at the current issue with using multiple identities and where Azure Active Directory can be of help.
• Understand the challenges with SaaS applications and authentication handling
• Get to know the use of Azure Active Directory help in optimization and streamlining cloud authentication and identity
• Understand what is the Azure Access Panel and how to enable and use it

Section 7: Azure Monitoring and Diagnostics
In this section we will learn about Azure monitoring and operation management suite, also we will explore Azure application insights.
Azure Built-In Monitoring
• Operations Management Suite
7.1 Azure Built-In Monitoring
In this video, we are going to take a look at several concepts around Azure monitoring and diagnostics
Get to know the built-in monitoring features Azure provides
• Understand Azure Service Health and Azure Boot Diagnostics
• Learn how to configure alert notifications and customize your monitoring
7.2 Operations Management Suite
Even with several built-in monitoring and diagnostics features, Azure is sometimes limited in output, especially in a hybrid or enterprise oriented environment. That’s where Operations Management Suite (OMS) comes to the rescue!
• Understand what is Operations Management Suite (OMS) and how to deploy it
• Extend Operations Management Suite with Solution Packs
• Use OMS Log Search and Log Analytics

Section 8: Azure Disaster Recovery Solutions
This section gives thorough explanation on Implementing Azure for Azure VMs. The section also further explains the concept Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
• Implementing Azure Backup for Azure VMs
• Implementing Azure Backup (Hybrid)
• Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in Hyper-V and Non-Hyper-V Scenarios
8.1 Implementing Azure Backup for Azure VMs
Backup is still a vital point in providing a system’s high availability and disaster recovery, even when running as a public cloud virtual machine. While the Azure platform provides excellent uptime compared to most on-premises datacenters, one should not forget to take backup into account.
• Understand why we use backups for Azure Virtual Machines
• Know how to configure Azure Backups of Azure VMs, as well as how to restore an Azure VM
• Demo walk through the backup and restore operation
8.2 Implementing Azure Backup (Hybrid)
This video will teach you all about using Azure backup in a hybrid topology setup, mainly using Azure Backup solution as a target for your on-premises backups.
• Get to know what does it take to use Azure as a backup target
• Deploy Azure Backup (agent-based) and deploy Azure Backup Server
• Watch a demo on implementing Azure backup in a hybrid scenario
8.3 Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in Hyper-V and Non-Hyper-V Scenarios
Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides organizations with a true disaster/recovery solution for VM workloads, no matter where they are running. Using an intelligent “write change” replication, an async copy of your VMs are available in Azure and provide RPO/RTO of minutes instead of hours in most other DR solutions.
• Understand what is Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
• Deploy ASR for Hyper-V workloads
• Deploy ASR for non-Hyper-V workloads (Amazon AWS, VMware, Azure Classic VMs, and physical servers)

Section 9: Creating and Managing SQL Services in Azure
This section explores on creating and deploying SQL Azure. At the end, the section gives an overview on managing the SQL server and databases running in Azure.
• Deploying SQL VM Solutions
• Creating a SQL Azure DB Solution (PaaS)
• Managing SQL Server and Databases Running in Azure
• SQL Database (Backup and Restore)
9.1 Deploying SQL VM Solutions
This video is oriented around using the Azure infrastructure (IaaS) platform, to deploy Virtual Machines running SQL Server.
• Know what SQL Server VM Solutions can be deployed in Azure
• Understand how to deploy SQL Server VM solutions from an Azure ARM template
• Watch a demo on how to deploy SQL Server VM from a template in the Azure Portal
9.2 Creating a SQL Azure DB Solution (PaaS)
This video explains the core concepts of using SQL Azure hosted databases, relying on the PaaS aspect of Azure platform. Hosting SQL databases in Azure gives you a lot of flexibility and scalability out of the box, which makes it an ideal candidate for public cloud.
• Understand what are the main differences between SQL Server VM and SQL Azure
• Deploy a SQL Azure database solution
• Explain Azure SQL Database Tiers
9.3 Managing SQL Server and Databases Running in Azure

This video combines the management aspect of SQL databases, irrelevant from where they are running (on-premises, in-Azure VMs, or in-Azure PaaS)
• Learn how to manage SQL Server VM solutions running in Azure
• Learn what it takes to manage your SQL Azure hosted databases
• Demo
9.4 SQL Database (Backup and Restore)
This video details the flexibility of using Azure for storing your SQL database backups.
• Get to know how to integrate SQL Server VM Solutions’ backups with Azure
• Understand how to manage SQL Azure database backups
• Watch a demo on SQL backup and restore with the help of Azure platform services

Section 10: Implementing Azure Web Apps
In this section, we will see an overview on Azure Web Apps and plans. Further, we will learn building scalable Web App Solutions.
Azure Web Apps and Plans – An Overview
Deploying Web Apps
Configuring Azure Web Apps Settings
Azure Web Apps Monitoring and Diagnostics
• Building Scalable Web App Solutions
10.1 Azure Web Apps and Plans – An Overview
This video is part of a larger section, in which you’ll learn about Azure platform services. The key components you’ll see are Web Apps, Mobile Apps, and Logic Apps. This first video focuses on Azure Web Apps and how to deploy and manage them.
Get an overview of Azure Web Apps and Web Apps Services
Understand why we use Azure Web Apps
Get to know the different Azure Web Apps plans available today
10.2 Deploying Web Apps
In this video, we are going to take a look at what it takes to deploy Azure Web Apps.
Learn to deploy Azure Web Apps from the Azure Portal
Learn to deploy Azure Web Apps from Visual Studio
Learn the different ways to publish Web App content
10.3 Configuring Azure Web Apps Settings
This video is all about the configuration settings of an Azure Web App (and thus all other Azure App services if you want).
Configure the Web Apps general settings
Configure Web Apps authentication and authorization
Perform Web Apps backups and manage SSL certificates
10.4 Azure Web Apps Monitoring and Diagnostics
We already discussed Azure monitoring and diagnostics in a previous video; but this one is specifically around Azure App Services monitoring
• Monitor Azure App Services from the Azure Resource Manager Portal
• Use specific monitoring and diagnostics for Azure Web Apps
• Uncover Azure Application Insights
10.5 Building Scalable Web App Solutions
Deploying Azure Web Apps shouldn’t always be that hard. But for most enterprises the challenge is keeping up with performance, which is a huge business driver for migrating your web applications to a public cloud platform such as Azure.
• Use Staging and Production deployment slots (Continuous Integration/(CI))
Use Continuous Deployment (CD)
• Explain the scaling features per App Tier

Section 11: Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Components
This section introduces us to the Azure Paas Solutions, Azure queue storage and table storage and finally Azure Machine Learning.
Introduction to Azure PaaS Solutions
Azure Queue Storage and Table Storage
• Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Azure Non-SQL Database Solutions and Cache
• Azure IOT Solutions and Components
• Azure Security Center
11.1 Introduction to Azure PaaS Solutions
In this video, we will highlight several of the common Azure PaaS components, which basically means stepping away from managing the underlying infrastructure side of the Azure datacenters.
Get to know what is PaaS and how to describe it
Get an overview of Microsoft Azure PaaS Services and components
Explain PaaS characteristics
11.2 Azure Queue Storage and Table Storage
This video will teach you all about using Azure Storage Account components, specifically around application integration.
Understand the Azure queue storage
Know the Azure table storage
Secure the storage account integration from your applications
11.3 Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Azure Machine Learning (ML) allows organizations to run high density, high volume based calculations and predictions. It is often used in an industrial or scientific context.
• Understand why to use Machine Learning
• Understand Azure solutions enabling data science
• Get to know the Azure Machine Learning process and algorithms
11.4 Azure Non-SQL Database Solutions and Cache
We already discussed SQL database on Azure in a previous video. But SQL Server is not the only database technology available on Azure, as you will learn from this video.
• Get an overview of DocumentDB and MongoDB as non-SQL database solutions
• Get an introduction to MySQL and how to use it within Azure
• Get an overview of Redis Cache and how to use it
11.5 Azure IOT Solutions and Components
IOT (short for Internet of Things) is becoming a very important topic in the IT space, and basically in about any industrial segment. By connecting devices to the Internet, they become ‘smarter.’ In this video, I’ll describe the different aspects of IOT, and how it relates to Azure.
• Get to know why is Internet of Things (IOT) a big thing, and about IOT devices
• Understand the Azure IOT reference architecture
• Know the Azure Event Hub, IOT Hub, and Azure Stream Analytics
11.6 Azure Security Center
In this last video, I’ll talk about Azure security features, and more specifically about the “Azure Security Center.” This is a centralized dashboard, giving you real-detailed information and views on all-things security in your Azure environment.
• Get to know what is Azure Security Center
• Deploy Azure Security Center
• Watch a demo on using Azure Security Center

Way more to learn and I am really enjoying learning Azure.



Azure Learning plan

It’s time I got stuck into a learning plan and I’ve decided to start with Azure, something I really want to get my hands on more and use day to day.

My Azure Learning plan looks like this:-

Section 1: Basics of Cloud Computing and Azure Overview
In this section we will see what is cloud computing and its acronyms concepts. At the end, the video provide an overview on Microsoft Azure.
• The Course Overview
• Cloud Computing Acronyms and Concepts
• Microsoft Azure Overview
1.1 The Course Overview
This video will an overview on the entire course
1.2 Cloud Computing Acronyms and Concepts
In this video, we are going to take a look at several Cloud Computing Acronyms and Concepts.
• Understand Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud
• Get to know IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, DRaaS, and BaaS
• Describe several cloud computing characteristics (Scalability, High Availability, Cost, Pay per use,…)
1.3 Microsoft Azure Overview
This video gives a high-level overview of the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform.
• Know the concepts of the Microsoft Azure datacentre’s
• Get an overview of Microsoft Azure components and Services
• Understand the different Azure platforms, Azure Service Manager, and Azure Resource Manager

Section 2: Introducing Azure Subscriptions
This section introduces us to the Azure subscriptions and helps us to deploy an Azure trial subscription.
• Azure Subscriptions
• Deploying an Azure Trial Subscription
2.1 Azure Subscriptions
This video will an overview on the entire course
2.2 Deploying an Azure Trial Subscription
In this video, we are going to take a look at what it takes to deploy an Azure trial subscription.
• Get free trial subscription details
• Know the description of ‘other’ free Azure resources that you can use without a cost
• Watch a walk through demo on how to set up your trial Azure environment

Section 3: Introduction to Microsoft Azure Management Portals
In this section we will be exploring Azure portals also further the videos explains Azure Management tools in detail.
• Exploring the Azure Portals
• Azure Management Tools
3.1 Exploring the Azure Portals
This video will an overview on the entire course.
• Understand what lists are
• See when lists are used
• Learn how to perform data manipulation with lists

3.2 Azure Management Tools
In this video, we are going to take a look at the main differences between the Azure Classic Portal and the Azure Resource Manager Portal.
• Explore the Azure Classic Portal
• Explore the Azure Resource Manager Portal
• Watch a demo on Azure portals

Section 4: Implementing an Azure Virtual Machine Architecture
This section defines the architectural design of the Azure VM and how to deploy it.
• Azure VM Architectural Design
• Deploying Your First Azure Virtual Machine
• Deploying a More Complex Azure VM Architecture
• Handling Azure VM High Availability
4.1 Azure VM Architectural Design
In this video, we are going to take a look at the following: (a) Azure Resource Groups (b)Azure Virtual Network (c)Azure Storage Azure Virtual Machines.
• Get to know what are Resource Groups and how to architect them
• Understand the different Azure Storage accounts and their characteristics, and the highlights of Azure VNets
• Know the Azure Virtual Machine sizes and different images available today
4.2 Deploying Your First Azure Virtual Machine
In this section, we are going to take a look at Azure Virtual machines, going through different aspects of the creation process, deployment, and management.
• Take a walk through of what settings and parameters are required for successful deployment of an Azure VM
• Get to know what are the key Azure Virtual Machine requirements (Basics, VM size, settings and optional features)
• Understand how to deploy and manage your first Azure VM: demo walk through
4.3 Deploying a More Complex Azure VM Architecture
This video has three main sections, helping you in understanding how to deploy more complex Azure VM architectures. It will make clear most of the deployment process in Azure relies on automation and scripts.
• Explain the Azure MarketPlace templates
• Uncover the GitHub Azure QuickStart templates
• Use Visual Studio to automate your Azure VM architecture deployment process
4.4 Handling Azure VM High Availability
In this video, we discuss two prime features of Azure public cloud, allowing for a high available Azure VM architecture.
• Explain Azure Virtual Machine High Availability SLAs
• Get to know what are Azure Availability Sets and why to use them
• Demo walk through configuring Azure Availability Sets

Section 5: Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates
In this section we will learn what Azure Resources are and how to create customized ARM templates.
• Deploying Azure Resources from Community Templates
• Creating Your Own Customized ARM Templates
• Automating Azure VM Deployment Using Configuration Management
5.1 Deploying Azure Resources from Community Templates

In this video, you will learn the following: (a) The structure of an ARM template (b) Deployment from GitHub QuickStart Templates Deployment from Azure QuickStart Templates on azure.com
• Know what is the purpose of an Azure ARM template, and how is it structured
• Understand the key aspects of deployment of Azure Resources from the GitHub published QuickStart Templates
• Learn the key aspects of deploying Azure Resources from the Azure.com templates gallery
5.2 Creating Your Own Customized ARM Templates
This video is all about learning to build your own customized Azure ARM templates from Visual Studio
• Get an overview of the creation process in Visual Studio
• Demo walk through on how to create an Azure ARM template out of Visual Studio
• Deploy Azure Resources using automation
5.3 Automating Azure VM Deployment Using Configuration Management
In this video, we are going to take a look at what Azure VM Configuration Management means, discussing several of these Configuration Management tools, describing PowerShell DSC, Azure VM Extensions, and highlighting Chef and Puppet
• Learn the different definitions of Configuration Management and several well-known Configuration Management tools
• Get an overview of PowerShell DSC and VM Extensions in general and observe a demo on PowerShell DSC
• Do a walk through of Chef and Puppet

Section 6: Implementing Azure Identity
This section gives detailed explanation on deploying, creating and integrating Azure directory.
• Deploying Azure Active Directory
• Integrating On-Premises Active Directory with Azure AD
• Advanced Features of Azure Active Directory
• Integrating Azure AD with SaaS Applications
• Azure Active Directory Application Proxy
6.1 Deploying Azure Active Directory
This video is all about Azure Active Directory; starting from what exactly Azure Active Directory is, you’ll learn about the different versions and SKUs; we’ll quickly touch on Azure AD Domain Services, B2B, and B2C and close this video with a deployment walk through.
• Get to know what is Azure Active Directory
• Understand the Azure Active Directory versions, SKUs, and the differences between them
• Get an overview of Azure AD Domain Services, B2B, and B2C scenarios
6.2 Integrating On-Premises Active Directory with Azure AD
This video clearly teaches you how to establish a hybrid Azure identity solution, integrating cloud with on-premises Active Directory.
• Get to know what is the Azure AD Connect tool and how to use it.
• Understand what is Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
• Watch a demo on AD Connect in action
6.3 Advanced Features of Azure Active Directory
In this video, I’ll discuss several advanced features of Azure Active Directory
• Understand Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
• Know the company branding
• Get know what is advanced reporting
6.4 Integrating Azure AD with SaaS Applications
In this video, we are going to take a look at the current issue with using multiple identities and where Azure Active Directory can be of help.
• Understand the challenges with SaaS applications and authentication handling
• Get to know the use of Azure Active Directory help in optimization and streamlining cloud authentication and identity
• Understand what is the Azure Access Panel and how to enable and use it
6.5 Integrating Azure AD with SaaS Applications
In this video, we are going to take a look at the current issue with using multiple identities and where Azure Active Directory can be of help.
• Understand the challenges with SaaS applications and authentication handling
• Get to know the use of Azure Active Directory help in optimization and streamlining cloud authentication and identity
• Understand what is the Azure Access Panel and how to enable and use it

Section 7: Azure Monitoring and Diagnostics
In this section we will learn about Azure monitoring and operation management suite, also we will explore Azure application insights.
• Azure Built-In Monitoring
• Operations Management Suite
7.1 Azure Built-In Monitoring
In this video, we are going to take a look at several concepts around Azure monitoring and diagnostics
• Get to know the built-in monitoring features Azure provides
• Understand Azure Service Health and Azure Boot Diagnostics
• Learn how to configure alert notifications and customize your monitoring
7.2 Operations Management Suite
Even with several built-in monitoring and diagnostics features, Azure is sometimes limited in output, especially in a hybrid or enterprise oriented environment. That’s where Operations Management Suite (OMS) comes to the rescue!
• Understand what is Operations Management Suite (OMS) and how to deploy it
• Extend Operations Management Suite with Solution Packs
• Use OMS Log Search and Log Analytics

Section 8: Azure Disaster Recovery Solutions
This section gives thorough explanation on Implementing Azure for Azure VMs. The section also further explains the concept Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
• Implementing Azure Backup for Azure VMs
• Implementing Azure Backup (Hybrid)
• Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in Hyper-V and Non-Hyper-V Scenarios
8.1 Implementing Azure Backup for Azure VMs
Backup is still a vital point in providing a system’s high availability and disaster recovery, even when running as a public cloud virtual machine. While the Azure platform provides excellent uptime compared to most on-premises datacenters, one should not forget to take backup into account.
• Understand why we use backups for Azure Virtual Machines
• Know how to configure Azure Backups of Azure VMs, as well as how to restore an Azure VM
• Demo walk through the backup and restore operation
8.2 Implementing Azure Backup (Hybrid)
This video will teach you all about using Azure backup in a hybrid topology setup, mainly using Azure Backup solution as a target for your on-premises backups.
• Get to know what does it take to use Azure as a backup target
• Deploy Azure Backup (agent-based) and deploy Azure Backup Server
• Watch a demo on implementing Azure backup in a hybrid scenario
8.3 Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in Hyper-V and Non-Hyper-V Scenarios
Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides organizations with a true disaster/recovery solution for VM workloads, no matter where they are running. Using an intelligent “write change” replication, an async copy of your VMs are available in Azure and provide RPO/RTO of minutes instead of hours in most other DR solutions.
• Understand what is Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
• Deploy ASR for Hyper-V workloads
• Deploy ASR for non-Hyper-V workloads (Amazon AWS, VMware, Azure Classic VMs, and physical servers)

Section 9: Creating and Managing SQL Services in Azure
This section explores on creating and deploying SQL Azure. At the end, the section gives an overview on managing the SQL server and databases running in Azure.
• Deploying SQL VM Solutions
• Creating a SQL Azure DB Solution (PaaS)
• Managing SQL Server and Databases Running in Azure
• SQL Database (Backup and Restore)
9.1 Deploying SQL VM Solutions
This video is oriented around using the Azure infrastructure (IaaS) platform, to deploy Virtual Machines running SQL Server.
• Know what SQL Server VM Solutions can be deployed in Azure
• Understand how to deploy SQL Server VM solutions from an Azure ARM template
• Watch a demo on how to deploy SQL Server VM from a template in the Azure Portal
9.2 Creating a SQL Azure DB Solution (PaaS)
This video explains the core concepts of using SQL Azure hosted databases, relying on the PaaS aspect of Azure platform. Hosting SQL databases in Azure gives you a lot of flexibility and scalability out of the box, which makes it an ideal candidate for public cloud.
• Understand what are the main differences between SQL Server VM and SQL Azure
• Deploy a SQL Azure database solution
• Explain Azure SQL Database Tiers
9.3 Managing SQL Server and Databases Running in Azure

This video combines the management aspect of SQL databases, irrelevant from where they are running (on-premises, in-Azure VMs, or in-Azure PaaS)
• Learn how to manage SQL Server VM solutions running in Azure
• Learn what it takes to manage your SQL Azure hosted databases
• Demo
9.4 SQL Database (Backup and Restore)
This video details the flexibility of using Azure for storing your SQL database backups.
• Get to know how to integrate SQL Server VM Solutions’ backups with Azure
• Understand how to manage SQL Azure database backups
• Watch a demo on SQL backup and restore with the help of Azure platform services

Section 10: Implementing Azure Web Apps
In this section, we will see an overview on Azure Web Apps and plans. Further, we will learn building scalable Web App Solutions.
• Azure Web Apps and Plans – An Overview
• Deploying Web Apps
• Configuring Azure Web Apps Settings
• Azure Web Apps Monitoring and Diagnostics
• Building Scalable Web App Solutions
10.1 Azure Web Apps and Plans – An Overview
This video is part of a larger section, in which you’ll learn about Azure platform services. The key components you’ll see are Web Apps, Mobile Apps, and Logic Apps. This first video focuses on Azure Web Apps and how to deploy and manage them.
• Get an overview of Azure Web Apps and Web Apps Services
• Understand why we use Azure Web Apps
• Get to know the different Azure Web Apps plans available today
10.2 Deploying Web Apps
In this video, we are going to take a look at what it takes to deploy Azure Web Apps.
• Learn to deploy Azure Web Apps from the Azure Portal
• Learn to deploy Azure Web Apps from Visual Studio
• Learn the different ways to publish Web App content
10.3 Configuring Azure Web Apps Settings
This video is all about the configuration settings of an Azure Web App (and thus all other Azure App services if you want).
• Configure the Web Apps general settings
• Configure Web Apps authentication and authorization
• Perform Web Apps backups and manage SSL certificates
10.4 Azure Web Apps Monitoring and Diagnostics
We already discussed Azure monitoring and diagnostics in a previous video; but this one is specifically around Azure App Services monitoring
• Monitor Azure App Services from the Azure Resource Manager Portal
• Use specific monitoring and diagnostics for Azure Web Apps
• Uncover Azure Application Insights
10.5 Building Scalable Web App Solutions
Deploying Azure Web Apps shouldn’t always be that hard. But for most enterprises the challenge is keeping up with performance, which is a huge business driver for migrating your web applications to a public cloud platform such as Azure.
• Use Staging and Production deployment slots (Continuous Integration/(CI))
• Use Continuous Deployment (CD)
• Explain the scaling features per App Tier

Section 11: Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Components
This section introduces us to the Azure Paas Solutions, Azure queue storage and table storage and finally Azure Machine Learning.
• Introduction to Azure PaaS Solutions
• Azure Queue Storage and Table Storage
• Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
• Azure Non-SQL Database Solutions and Cache
• Azure IOT Solutions and Components
• Azure Security Center
11.1 Introduction to Azure PaaS Solutions
In this video, we will highlight several of the common Azure PaaS components, which basically means stepping away from managing the underlying infrastructure side of the Azure datacenters.
• Get to know what is PaaS and how to describe it
• Get an overview of Microsoft Azure PaaS Services and components
• Explain PaaS characteristics
11.2 Azure Queue Storage and Table Storage
This video will teach you all about using Azure Storage Account components, specifically around application integration.
• Understand the Azure queue storage
• Know the Azure table storage
• Secure the storage account integration from your applications
11.3 Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Azure Machine Learning (ML) allows organizations to run high density, high volume based calculations and predictions. It is often used in an industrial or scientific context.
• Understand why to use Machine Learning
• Understand Azure solutions enabling data science
• Get to know the Azure Machine Learning process and algorithms
11.4 Azure Non-SQL Database Solutions and Cache
We already discussed SQL database on Azure in a previous video. But SQL Server is not the only database technology available on Azure, as you will learn from this video.
• Get an overview of DocumentDB and MongoDB as non-SQL database solutions
• Get an introduction to MySQL and how to use it within Azure
• Get an overview of Redis Cache and how to use it
11.5 Azure IOT Solutions and Components
IOT (short for Internet of Things) is becoming a very important topic in the IT space, and basically in about any industrial segment. By connecting devices to the Internet, they become ‘smarter.’ In this video, I’ll describe the different aspects of IOT, and how it relates to Azure.
• Get to know why is Internet of Things (IOT) a big thing, and about IOT devices
• Understand the Azure IOT reference architecture
• Know the Azure Event Hub, IOT Hub, and Azure Stream Analytics
11.6 Azure Security Center
In this last video, I’ll talk about Azure security features, and more specifically about the “Azure Security Center.” This is a centralized dashboard, giving you real-detailed information and views on all-things security in your Azure environment.
• Get to know what is Azure Security Center
• Deploy Azure Security Center
• Watch a demo on using Azure Security Center

Time to get stuck in….