Category: Training

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….



My company’s 2 day hackathon

Last week at work we did an offsite hackathon over 2 days offsite at Skillsmatter which is in Central London, the idea was to get offsite and brainstorm ideas around how we can benefit our users and add more value to the product we work on.

The hackathon included everyone from the team including UX designers, QA testers, Developers and Product Owners, and we had a clear vision which was our goal for the 2 days.

I had never been to a hackathon or anything like it before and I wont go into too much detail but the following is what we did for 2 days, how we went about it and perhaps you can take some ideas from it and do your own similar thing at your company or with your team.

hackathon

Ground Rules

Define some grounds rules at the start and try to respect them over the 2 days.

Day 1

  • No electronics allowed (i.e. mobiles or Ipad’s), except your laptop.
  • No ideas are silly.
  • Only one person speaks at anytime.
  • Elmos – Enough Lets Move On (if one person talks for too long).
  • HiPPO (highest paid person’s opinion, highest paid person in the office) – everyone’s opinion has same value and weight, bosses don’t make the decisions.
  • Parking Lot – area where some ideas aren’t thrown out but places on this part of the whiteboard for later on future discussions perhaps.

After we set some ground rules we split into teams and individually wrote down all of our ideas for ways to try to meet our vision and then we discussed and grouped them into similar types. From there we decided we had 3 ideas which we then whittled down to 2, we split into teams and started with some sprint planning in each team.

After we planned out our ideas we then started work using small 1.5 hour sprints, each sprint ending with a sprint retrospective and show and tell to the other team, here we gave feedback to the other team and discussed the good and the bad and the potential with each idea etc.

Day 1 lasted from 8:30 am to around about 6pm I think it was and it was a pretty long day but super awesome fun.

Day 2

Day 2 started again with some sprint planning, figuring out what we wanted to achieve and splitting out tasks for each person in the team to have something to work on and something to produce at the end of the sprint. Some people worked on the UI design, developers worked on the code, testers wrote some test and wire frames were also created by the Product Owners and some of the designers too.

I’ll skip to the most important part of the 2 days and what I personally took away from the 2 day workshop/hackathon.

What did we produce

After the 2 days we came away with 2 separate pieces of work which met our vision and will definitely improve our product, we had working code, it was tested, it looked pretty good and with a couple of days work would be production ready.

Lessons Learnt

  • Working in a different way to our normal 2 week sprints was awesome, having everyone in the team, all together, working around a table, throwing ideas out, dismissing some and getting instant feedback resulted in rapid feature creation from start to finish, in 1.5 days of actually doing the work we had something not far off production ready.
  • Instant Feedback – Feedback from everyone right there and then was key to delivering something we all thought worked, and would benefit our end users.
  • Every single person had a voice, every single person had their own ideas and collaborating together to pull the best parts of these ideas together was something which we don’t always get to do.
  • Offsite – being away from work and not having the disruptions of email/meetings/phonecall’s in a nice big building with areas to go eat and relax for a bit helped a lot.
  • Writing down all the ideas, being able to group them together and see the most popular ideas helped drive the towards picking the ideas to work on.
  • Being able to have everyone at the same level and not have the boss have the final say was quite an interesting take on it and one which I think everyone welcomed.
  • This will hopefully change the way we do larger pieces of work going forward in our sprints, getting everyone together and brain storming ideas, designs and getting instant feedback and rapid development so that we can take a piece of work and deliver more over 1 sprint rather than breaking the same piece of work over say 2 sprints.

Summary
I’d recommend your team try something like this, keep it organised, keep it simple, everyone is equal in the room, set ground rules, have a vision or a goal your all attempting to try to reach and have fun, the best part of the 2 days it was fun, we were discussing it all week afterwards and every single person loved it.

We covered a lot more than this but I don’t want to bore people with all the details – if you want to ask me anything about this post add a comment.

Thanks
Gregor




MSWebDay – What I took away from it

Today, Feb 16th, I attended MSWebdevday ran by Microsoft in Glasgow which was an event covering all things web related from Microsoft, the speakers were @christosmatskas, @thebeebs and @martinkearn and was an all day event.

The Schedule for the day covered various topics and it was great to learn so many new things and get my first glimpse at some new technologies, I always love learning something new, and I even sat next to the illustrious Gary Ewan Park, someone who I have chatted to a few times on twitter but not every managed to meet.

Ok so lets cover the actual event:-

The first talk was by on What’s New in ASP.Net Core 1.0 and was a tour of the new features, how to get it, how to use it, whats new, whats no longer there and he also talked about how you can just take the files and drop them into a folder when deploying, there’s no gac, you can just deploy the Core files in a folder alongside your code, this is very neat, its cross-platform, and it means you could have the same site running under different version of Core going forward should you choose to or need to have this.

The second Talk was Building with JavaScript Task Runners, this was mainly about how to get gulp, how to set it up and how to run some tasks to minify your css, javascript files and all that good stuff, how to add it into Visual Studio as a build step after you compile your code, showed an example gulp file and lots more.

The third talk was Entity Framework Core 1.0, and covered EF and how to use it, how to use code first and also mentioned EF6 how its improved greatly from previous versions and why you should choose this version at the moment whilst EF Core 1.0 is still being worked on and has the tooling added to it for the Core 1.0 release.

The fourth talk was APIs: the cogs behind the machine and this talk was about api’s and mainly web api and how in Core 1.0 there is no MVC and WebAPI its just one thing now and your controller is an API controller, so no need for MVC and WebAPI there is just the controllers now which kind of merge both together.

The fifth talk was Dev Ops in Azure and this covered deploying your website to Azure, making changes, showing the changes, getting the publisher file for using in side Visual Studio and publishing your changes from Visual Studio using Git int his example to deploy your changes from within VS up to the new Azure portal.

The sixth talk was Hitchhikers Guide to JavaScript, this talk focused on ECMAScript and the future of JavaScript and basically how a lot more code that we write will be JavaScript and we saw examples of the features coming in the next few years etc.

The seventh talk was Web Performance and how to check your websites performance using tools like YSlow and Google Page Speed etc and then how to go about making it make far less requests, cache JavaScript, enable IIS features and how to optimise images etc to make your website perform much faster that it currently does.

The eight talk was Single Page Applications and was about KnockoutJS and Angular, talking about Angular 2 and how it makes use of TypeScript and showed code covering KnockoutJS and AngularJS.

The ninth talk was about Hybrid Web Apps and how you can create application that can appear as Windows 8/10 tiles, make use of Microsoft Office and showed some very neat stuff using ManifoldJS which is itself very cool stuff.

Other stuff mentioned
I wrote some notes during the talks (should have taken a lot more) but a couple of things I need to look at are listed below:-

Summary
The event was great, full days learning, a lot of content covered, great speakers and good turn out. Spoke to some guys I chat to on twitter and all in all an awesome day spent learning some new stuff. There was a lot of content, I’ve missed half of it I’m sure so take a look at the slides on the site at MSWebdevday.

Dear Microsoft can we have some more of these days please? – especially Azure and Core related content.