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


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

Intermediate • 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 39s
  2. Examining On-premises and Cloud Directory Services Architecture
    51m 56s
  3. Extending Active Directory into Azure
    27m 38s
  4. Enabling Cloud Service Relationships with Federation
    41m 15s
  5. Adding Applications with Azure AD
    23m 22s
  6. Discovering Cloud Applications Used in Your Organization
    17m 16s
  7. Implementing MFA Using Azure AD
    27m 4s
  8. Reporting and Monitoring with Azure AD
    13m 43s

Understanding and Using Azure Storage

by John Savill

Jun 28, 2016 / 3h 8m

Intermediate • 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 Overview
    1m 45s
  2. Introduction to Azure Storage
    44m 27s
  3. Capabilities of Storage Types
    54m 7s
  4. Azure IaaS VM Types of Storage
    37m 25s
  5. Managing Azure Storage
    37m 4s
  6. Using StorSimple
    14m 2s

Architecting and Implementing Azure Networking

by John Savill

Aug 11, 2016 / 3h 43m

Intermediate • 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 Overview
    1m 49s
  2. Azure Service Manager Cloud Services and Other Dinosaurs
    39m 31s
  3. Virtual Networks
    38m 41s
  4. Network Security Groups and Virtual Appliances
    44m 17s
  5. Enabling External Access with Load Balancers and Public IPs
    35m 18s
  6. Using Azure VPN to Connect to On-premises and User Machines
    33m 34s
  7. Understanding and Using ExpressRoute
    29m 57s

Deploying and Managing Azure IaaS Virtual Machines

by John Savill

Sep 14, 2016 / 3h 52m

Intermediate • 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 Overview
    2m 8s
  2. Azure Fundamentals
    52m 39s
  3. Azure IaaS Compute Fundamentals
  4. Using Azure Resource Manager
    31m 30s
  5. Azure IaaS VMs
    37m 35s
  6. Azure IaaS VM Management
    36m 19s
  7. Microsoft Azure Stack and the Hybrid Cloud
    20m 19s


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 11, 2017 / 2h 22m

Intermediate • 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 Overview
    2m 5s
  2. Disaster Recovery Fundamentals
    30m 20s
  3. Using Availability Sets and Enabling DR for Azure Services
    28m 29s
  4. Using Azure Site Recovery to Enable Azure as Your DR Location
    39m 7s
  5. Azure Backup
    21m 50s
  6. Enabling Remote User Environments with Azure

Managing Azure AD

by John Savill

Apr 28, 2016 / 2h 54m

Intermediate • 2h 54m

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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.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 32s
  2. User and Group Management Using the Azure Portal
    37m 16s
  3. PowerShell and Graph API Management
    29m 8s
  4. Using Custom Roles and Role Based Access Control
    20m 28s
  5. Azure AD Privileged Identity Management
    20m 20s
  6. Advanced Federation Concepts
    46m 38s
  7. Leveraging Azure AD Join and Azure AD Domain Services
    19m 20s


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

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

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.

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