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Azure Overview

Azure can really benefit your business by providing access to resources in the cloud and reducing costs at the same time. Azure provides high availability, backup and SLAs for your cloud-based infrastructure.

  • Cloud Computing
  • Azure Benefits
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Azure Products Overview
  • SLA and Pricing
  • Azure Deployment Models: Classic versus Resource Manager

Azure Management

Azure can be managed through the Azure Management Portal or with Windows PowerShell. PowerShell is the command-line tool to manage all your Windows servers and applications. Even when they are stored in Azure. PowerShell can be used to connect to and manage your subscription.

  • Azure Portal
  • Managing Azure with PowerShell
  • Cloud Shell
  • Role-Based Access Control

Azure Storage

An Azure storage account contains all of your Azure Storage data objects: blobs, files, queues, tables, and disks. Data in your Azure storage account is durable and highly available, secure, massively scalable, and accessible from anywhere in the world over HTTP or HTTPS.

  • Azure Storage Types
  • Storage Accounts
  • Creating a Storage Account
  • Access to Storage

Azure Networking

Virtual Networks in Azure allow you to setup communication between your VMs. Virtual Networks can be connected to one another through VNet peering or a VPN Gateway. This VPN Gateway can also be used to connect to your on-prem network, using a site-to-site or point-to-site tunnel. If you need dedicated bandwidth, you can choose an ExpressRoute connection, giving your company a direct link to the Azure Datacenters.

  • Virtual Network
  • VNet Peering
  • VPN Gateway
  • ExpressRoute
  • Azure DNS

Azure Virtual Machines

With virtual machines you have access to a scalable computing infrastructure on demand when you quickly need to create new environments to fulfill the growing needs of your organization. Azure provides a set of predefined Windows and Linux operating systems in different configurations to get you started. You can also upload your own VHDs and start from there.

  • VM Overview
  • VM Sizes
  • VM Storage
  • VM Networking
  • VM Availability
  • Create VMs
  • VM Scale Sets

Azure Load Balancing

Microsoft Azure provides multiple services for managing how network traffic is distributed and load balanced. You can use these services individually or combine their methods, depending on your needs, to build the optimal solution.

  • Azure Load Balancer
  • Application Gateway
  • Web Application Firewall
  • Traffic Manager

Azure Web Apps

With Azure Web Apps you can deploy and scale modern websites and web apps in seconds.

  • App Services and App Service Plans
  • Web Apps
  • Deployment
  • Deployment Slots
  • Web App Scaling
  • Backup and Restore
  • Adding a Custom Domain to your Web App
  • Enabling HTTPS

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database delivers Database-as-a-Service functionality, based on SQL Server and hosted in Microsoft Azure. SQL Azure focuses on predictable performance, scalability, business continuity, data protection, zero administration, and familiar tools.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Managed Instances
  • Pricing Models
  • Creating and Managing Databases
  • Connecting to SQL Azure Database
  • Business Continuity
  • Security

Azure Resource Manager Templates

ARM Templates are JSON files that define one or more resources to deploy to a resource group. The template can be used to deploy the resources consistently and repeatedly.

  • Resource Manager Overview
  • ARM Templates Overview and Syntax
  • Authoring Templates with the Portal and Visual Studio Code
  • Template Functions
  • Deploy Resources with Templates

Azure Active directory

Azure AD is a modern, REST-based service that offers possibilities for identity and access control for your cloud environment. You can now use only one identity service for Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Intune. Azure AD is an identity provider in the cloud that can easily be integrated with your local Active Directory environment.

  • Azure AD Overview
  • Azure AD Editions
  • Add your domain to Azure AD
  • User and Group Management
  • Access to SaaS Applications
  • Azure AD Business to Business

Azure AD Sign-In Options

With Azure AD Connect, you can synchronize your on-premises AD accounts to Azure. Various solutions can be used to enable Single Sign-On between the on-prem environment and the cloud.

  • Azure AD Connect
  • Directory Synchronization
  • Password Synchronization
  • Pass-Through Authentication
  • Seamless Single Sign-On
  • Federation

Azure AD Domain Services

Azure AD Domain Services lets you join Azure VMs to a domain in the cloud. Users sign in to these VMs using their corporate AD credentials and access resources seamlessly. Group Policy can be used to secure your machines. Applications can use Kerberos or NTLM for authentication.

  • Azure AD Domain Services Overview
  • AAD DS Features and Benefits
  • AAD DS Deployment Scenarios
  • AAD DS Configuration

Azure AD Services

  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Azure AD Application Proxy
  • Azure Information Protection
  • Azure AD Business to Consumer

Azure helps IT Professionals to build a scalable infrastructure to their needs. It reduces costs for the overall IT platform and allows you to extend your environment very quickly whenever necessary. New virtual machines can be setup in minutes, while giving you the flexibility, scalability and high availability that you require. The cost of the IT infrastructure is reduced because you only pay for what you really use.

In the first part of the course (3 days) we will focus on Infrastructure as a Service components (IaaS) like VMs, Virtual networking and automation features. We will also talk about some of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions: SQL Azure, Azure Web Apps.
This part is availabe as a separate course: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services.

The second part of the course (2 days) is all about identity management: Azure Active Directory is the main topic here. You will learn how to work with AAD and how to integrate with your on-prem AD environment. We will also cover a number of services that are related to Azure AD such as Azure AD Domain Services, Multi-Factor Authentication, Rights Management.
This part is available as a separate course: Azure Active Directory Identity Management.

This course is intended for IT professional technical specialists responsible for implementing and maintaining the IT environment.

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