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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 foundation to enable automation and scaling of resources through to architecting highly available solutions in Azure and even using Azure as a DR service for on-premises services. Any IT administrator or architect looking to evaluate or use Azure infrastructure services will benefit from this path.Get Started
Skills: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Computing, IT Administrator, IT Architect, Network Administrator, Virtualization Administrator, Cloud Architect
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly every organization utilizes cloud services today and Azure AD provides an intuitive way to leverage a single identity to interact with those cloud services. In Managing Azure AD, you'll examine key management activities related to Azure AD to ensure an optimal experience for the organization and its users. First you'll learn user and group management, management using PowerShell and REST, and advanced federation configuration and deployment. Next, you'll learn how to protect privileged accounts. Finally, you'll learn how to use Azure AD with machines and non-Azure AD aware services. When you're finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of managing Azure AD needed to get the most out of your cloud investment.
This section covers automation through JSON templates and VM Scale Sets. Additionally utilizing Azure as part of a disaster recovery plan will be covered.
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.
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