Microsoft Azure Administrator

Authors: Tim Warner, John Savill, Gary Grudzinskas, James Bannan

Looking to master the core principles of operating a Microsoft Azure-based cloud infrastructure? This learning path is for any technology professional who wants to be involved in... Read more


Get your feet under you fast, even if you’re never administered cloud-based resources before with this pre-foundational course.


Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started

by Tim Warner

Feb 24, 2017 / 5h 40m

Beginner • 5h 40m

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This course, Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started, equips the new Azure administrator with the skills needed to be successful deploying infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) applications and services. First, you'll learn to deploy Azure virtual machines (VMs) by using the Azure Portal, Windows PowerShell, and the Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI). Second, you will perform configuration management on those VMs. Last, you will learn how to enhance Azure system security and understand how to monitor and troubleshoot your Azure services. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge to lay the foundation for an IaaS infrastructure, including storage, networking, and security.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Foundational Concepts
    28m 29s
  3. Virtual Machines
    39m 58s
  4. Disks and Storage
    36m 9s
  5. Inside the VM
    35m 5s
  6. Scaling and High Availability
    35m 59s
  7. Networking
    31m 39s
  8. Security
    33m 6s
  9. Monitoring
    34m 16s
  10. Troubleshooting and Support
    18m 59s
  11. Cost Management
    23m 23s
  12. Managed Disks
    21m 25s


Learn the basics of managing cloud-based resources in Microsoft Azure with these foundational courses.


Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting Started

by Tim Warner

Mar 7, 2017 / 1h 13m

Intermediate • 1h 13m

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Most Azure administrators go through a "gotcha" period in which they realize they made mistakes only after deployment. This course, Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting Started, will jump-start your skills with Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and give you knowledge to make the best decisions up front. First, you'll learn about configuring networking, security and storage. Next, you'll explore the various methods for deploying Azure VMs in a highly available environment. Finally, you'll be equipped to perform configuration management and disaster recovery tasks on your new environment. After completing this course, you'll know how to lay the foundation for Windows Server and Linux virtual machines (VMs), including storage, networking, and security. In order to properly follow along, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection a Microsoft Azure subscription (you can sign up for a 30-day free trial).

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Configuring Networking, Security, and Storage
    25m 24s
  3. Deploying a Highly Available Virtual Machine
    22m 24s
  4. Implementing Configuration Management and Disaster Recovery
    25m 20s

Microsoft Azure IaaS Monitoring and Management - Getting Started

by Tim Warner

Mar 30, 2017 / 1h 24m

Intermediate • 1h 24m

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In this course, Microsoft Azure IaaS Monitoring and Management - Getting Started, you'll learn the skills you need to keep your proverbial finger on the pulse of your Microsoft Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services. First, you'll discover how to use Azure Monitor to perform basic monitoring. Next, you'll explore how to install and configure Azure management solutions, particularly the Insight and Analytics solution. Finally, you'll get comfortable with using Log Analytics and Log Search to "drill down" into the most important data in your IaaS systems. When you're finished with this course, you'll have all the tools you need to confidently manage and monitor your IaaS deployments, and you'll be ready to dive deeper into Azure systems architecture.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Reviewing Service and Resource Health
    32m 6s
  3. Introducing Azure Management Solutions
    26m 59s
  4. Deep Analysis with Microsoft Azure Log Analytics
    24m 45s

Microsoft Azure Security - Getting Started

by Tim Warner

Jun 12, 2017 / 1h 35m

Intermediate • 1h 35m

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Security in the Microsoft Azure cloud can be complex, and the stakes are high. This course, Microsoft Azure Security - Getting Started, will provide you with the skills you need to deploy Azure solutions competently and confidently according to Microsoft security best practices and patterns. First, you'll cover security terminology and develop a thorough grounding of general cloud computing security principles. Next, you'll explore configuring both host-level and deployment-level security. Finally, you'll learn the ins and outs of how to utilize Azure Security Center, the automated intelligence engine. By the end of this course, you'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately to current and future Azure Resource Manager deployments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Configuring Host-level Security
    34m 35s
  3. Configuring Deployment-level Security
    31m 5s
  4. Configuring Azure Security Center
    29m 23s


Take your Microsoft Azure administration skills to production-level readiness with these practitioner courses.


Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking

by Tim Warner

Jun 20, 2017 / 4h 4m

Intermediate • 4h 4m

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Most newcomers to the Microsoft Azure public cloud face their biggest learning curve with software-defined networking. This course, Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking, teaches you all about the building blocks of Azure virtual networks, including planning, deployment, configuration, monitoring, and security. You will learn how to design virtual networks that support your workloads with the highest security and performance. You'll also learn how to configure hybrid connectivity between your on-premises environment and Azure. Additionally, you will learn how to closely monitor your network performance to keep in compliance with your service-level agreements (SLAs). By the end of this course, you will be able to design and deploy Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) networking with confidence and accuracy.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Azure Networking Basics
    33m 37s
  3. Azure Virtual Networks
    38m 36s
  4. Network Security Groups
    44m 3s
  5. Azure Load Balancers
    43m 24s
  6. Network Virtual Appliances
    19m 34s
  7. Hybrid Cloud Networking
    30m 46s
  8. Monitoring and Securing Azure Virtual Networks
    33m 51s

Automating Deployment and Scale of Azure IaaS Solutions

by John Savill

Nov 11, 2016 / 3h 23m

Intermediate • 3h 23m

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Automation is key to fully utilizing Azure in a consistent and optimal manner. In this course, Automating Deployment and Scale of Azure IaaS Solutions, you will learn how to create and scale services in an automated fashion. First, you will delve into the automation technology options offered within Azure. Next, you will dive into using PowerShell and JSON templates to define and deploy services to Azure. Last, you will learn how to scale resources in Azure. When you are finished with this course, you will have the foundational knowledge to help you script, automate, and scale Azure deployments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 8s
  2. The Need for Automation
    28m 50s
  3. Using PowerShell with Azure
    56m 29s
  4. Understanding and Using JSON Templates
    42m 10s
  5. Using Azure Automation
    48m 36s
  6. Scaling Azure Infrastructure Resources
    24m 47s

Mastering Microsoft Azure Resource Manager

by James Bannan

Jun 19, 2017 / 3h 9m

Advanced • 3h 9m

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Deploying resources to the public cloud in a structured, logical, and repeatable manner can quickly result in mess and chaos, impacting your business function. In this course, Mastering Microsoft Azure Resource Manager, you will use the latest tools and techniques to deploy both Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions in to Microsoft Azure. First, you'll learn how to use PowerShell to deploy resources, as well as repeatable deployments using ARM templates. Next, you'll learn to use resource dependencies to create complex solutions. Finally, you'll learn about securing resources using roles and policies. After watching this course, you'll know how to deploy resources and solutions in Azure using a variety of processes and you'll understand how these resources interact and depend on each other, setting the foundation for all your future Azure work.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Architecting a Cloud First Strategy
    10m 12s
  3. Understanding Azure Resource Manager Architecture
    28m 45s
  4. Understanding Azure Resource Manager Templates
    30m 35s
  5. Building Azure Resource Manager Services
    20m 8s
  6. Building Azure Resource Manager Infrastructure
    22m 4s
  7. Deploying Virtual Machines
    29m 44s
  8. Managing Resources
    27m 36s
  9. Authoring Deconstructed Templates
    19m 30s

Microsoft Hybrid Identity - Overview

by Gary Grudzinskas

Jun 20, 2017 / 2h 56m

Intermediate • 2h 56m

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Today’s working environment is changing. It's moving to the cloud. In this course, Microsoft Hybrid Identity - Overview, you’ll gain the ability to embrace cloud computing while keeping your current on-premises environment. First, you'll learn how the Hybrid environment works and how to join your user directory to the Azure Active Directory. Next, you’ll explore how to safely offer cloud apps to your users and on-premises apps to cloud users. Finally, you’ll learn how to manage your new hybrid environment. When you’re finished with this course, you'll be able to extend your on-premises network to the cloud in a safe and consistent way. Software required: Azure subscription or trial, and a Windows server DC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Benefiting from Azure Hybrid Identity
    34m 4s
  3. Planning Your Hybrid Identity Solution
    34m 47s
  4. Deploying Your Hybrid Identity
    39m 6s
  5. Utilizing Your Hybrid Identity
    42m 17s
  6. Managing Your Hybrid Identity
    25m 16s

What you will learn

  • Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
  • Microsoft Azure Security
  • Monitoring and Managing Microsoft Azure IaaS
  • Hybrid Identity with Microsoft Azure
  • Mastering Microsoft Azure Resource Manager
  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking
  • Automating Deployment and Scale of Microsoft Azure IaaS Solutions


It is recommended that you have basic server administration, network technology, and storage technology experience.