Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using Microsoft Azure

Author: John Savill

This path guides learners through all the key Microsoft Azure areas related to infrastructure solutions including storage, networking and compute. These skills are used as the... Read more

What you will learn

  • How to Utilize Azure Infrastructure Services
  • How to Use Azure as Part of a Disaster Recovery Solution
  • How to Automate Scaling of Services in Azure


Learners should have a basic understanding of virtualization and networking including IPv4.


This section covers how to create storage accounts, virtual networks, and VMs in Azure; enabling services to be created in Azure and accessed via the Internet.

Deploying and Integrating Azure AD

by John Savill

Jan 21, 2016 / 3h 25m

3h 25m

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Many organizations leverage Active Directory for authentication and a centralized identity internally and look to extend this to cloud services. This course will show how to extend Active Directory to Azure based services and how to leverage Azure AD for a single identity throughout all services while integrating with your existing AD.

Table of contents
  1. Which Path Is for You?3m
  2. Examining On-premises and Cloud Directory Services Architecture51m
  3. Extending Active Directory into Azure27m
  4. Enabling Cloud Service Relationships with Federation41m
  5. Adding Applications with Azure AD23m
  6. Discovering Cloud Applications Used in Your Organization17m
  7. Implementing MFA Using Azure AD27m
  8. Reporting and Monitoring with Azure AD13m

Understanding and Using Azure Storage

by John Savill

Jun 28, 2016 / 3h 8m

3h 8m

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Understanding the storage capabilities in Azure can ensure an optimal infrastructure deployment and that you're using the right type of service while minimizing how much your organization spends. This course, Understanding and Using Azure Storage, is the vehicle to get you there. First, you'll get an introduction to storage fundamentals and a walk-through of the key types of Azure Storage available, including Standard and Premium. Next, you'll see how Azure IaaS VMs utilize storage. You'll finish the course by reviewing and seeing demonstrations on the StoreSimple Appliance. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a firm understanding of the Azure Storage capabilities and how they can be leveraged in infrastructure services, such as Azure IaaS VMs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Azure Storage44m
  3. Capabilities of Storage Types54m
  4. Azure IaaS VM Types of Storage37m
  5. Managing Azure Storage37m
  6. Using StorSimple14m

Architecting and Implementing Azure Networking

by John Savill

Aug 11, 2016 / 3h 43m

3h 43m

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In order to secure your information, you need to understand how your network, well, works. This course, Architecting and Implementing Azure Networking, will teach you how to use Azure networking to secure your assets. It explores the options available for Azure virtual networks and the best ways to use them with services in Azure and outside of Azure. You'll learn about the numerous options for publishing services in a highly available manner, along with how to secure and restrict communications as required. By the end of this course, you'll have the foundational understanding of Azure networking needed to architect and manage networking in Azure.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Azure Service Manager Cloud Services and Other Dinosaurs39m
  3. Virtual Networks38m
  4. Network Security Groups and Virtual Appliances44m
  5. Enabling External Access with Load Balancers and Public IPs35m
  6. Using Azure VPN to Connect to On-premises and User Machines33m
  7. Understanding and Using ExpressRoute29m

Deploying and Managing Azure IaaS Virtual Machines

by John Savill

Sep 14, 2016 / 3h 52m

3h 52m

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Azure provides a large number of services which are all built on VMs. In this course, Deploying and Managing Azure IaaS Virtual Machines, you'll dive into how to utilize Infrastructure as a Service offerings in Azure, and how they utilize other services such as storage and networking. First, you'll learn about the initial Azure Service Manager is. Next, you'll dive into detail on the newer and preferred Azure Resource Manager, and key concepts such as Resource Groups. Finally, the course will wrap up by taking a look at Microsoft Azure Stack and its requirements, footprint, and services offered. After watching this course, you should feel confident in your ability to architect and deploy complete solutions in Azure IaaS.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Azure Fundamentals52m
  3. Azure IaaS Compute Fundamentals52m
  4. Using Azure Resource Manager31m
  5. Azure IaaS VMs37m
  6. Azure IaaS VM Management36m
  7. Microsoft Azure Stack and the Hybrid Cloud20m


This section adds the advanced network connectivity to on-premises, enabling a true hybrid environment in addition to automating the creation of VMs through PowerShell.

Providing Disaster Recovery with Azure Services

by John Savill

Jan 10, 2017 / 2h 22m

2h 22m

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Disaster recovery is critical for every organization but can be a complex and costly endeavor. In this course, Providing Disaster Recovery with Azure Services, you'll learn how to use Azure for your DR requirements. First, you'll cover how to protect services running in Azure. Next, you'll discover how to use Azure for disaster recovery. Finally, you'll learn how to ensure users can still connect to services by hosting user environments in Azure. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to provide disaster recovery using Azure.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Disaster Recovery Fundamentals30m
  3. Using Availability Sets and Enabling DR for Azure Services28m
  4. Using Azure Site Recovery to Enable Azure as Your DR Location39m
  5. Azure Backup21m
  6. Enabling Remote User Environments with Azure21m

Managing Microsoft Azure Active Directory

by John Savill

Mar 27, 2019 / 2h 56m

2h 56m

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At the core of identity in the cloud utilizing Microsoft technologies is a thorough knowledge of Azure AD. In this course, Managing Microsoft Azure Active Directory, you’ll learn how to manage your organization's Azure AD deployment. First, you’ll learn the fundamentals of users and groups. Next, you’ll explore key capabilities to secure and enable end-user productivity, such as conditional access and privileged identity management. Finally, you’ll discover how to utilize Azure AD with modern desktop environments and legacy applications using Azure AD Join and Azure AD Domain Services. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Azure AD needed to manage your environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview0m
  2. User and Group Management Using the Azure Portal1h 13m
  3. PowerShell Management and Utilizing Azure AD Logs26m
  4. Using Role-Based Access Control and Conditional Access44m
  5. Azure AD Privileged Identity Management17m
  6. Leveraging Azure AD Join and Azure AD Domain Services12m


This section covers automation through JSON templates and VM Scale Sets. Additionally utilizing Azure as part of a disaster recovery plan will be covered.

Automating Deployment and Scale of Azure IaaS Solutions

by John Savill

Nov 11, 2016 / 3h 23m

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 Overview2m
  2. The Need for Automation28m
  3. Using PowerShell with Azure56m
  4. Understanding and Using JSON Templates42m
  5. Using Azure Automation48m
  6. Scaling Azure Infrastructure Resources24m
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