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This Total Learning course is for systems administrators new to Microsoft Azure who wish to gain a practical foundation in the Azure services utilised in an infrastructure as a service deployment model.
Learners can be either experienced systems administrators or relatively new to Windows or Linux administration.
In this course, learners will enjoy the best of both digital and live learning in order to effectively manage an Azure cloud-based environment. The Digital stage includes content and cloud-based labs to provide learners with the fundamentals of Azure, including administration, virtual networking, storage, and virtual machines.
The three-day Live event focuses on proving that you can employ the practical skills you have learned during the Digital stage via a virtual, interactive workshop experience. This will involve building a working cloud infrastructure, covering all of the key components in Azure.
Please note, whilst this course addresses elements of the AZ-104 exam syllabus, the focus is on equipping the learner with the skills necessary to effectively manage an Azure environment, and therefore should not be considered an exam preperation vehicle. However, you will receive the Microsoft Official Curriculum course manual for the AZ-104 course should you wish to undertake further independent study towards the exam at a later date.
Before attending this course, students must have:
- experience in operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking.
- an understanding of on-premises virtualisation technologies, including: VMs, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks.
- an understanding of network configuration, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies.
- an understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
- an understanding of resilience and disaster recovery, including backup and restore operations.
At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:
- work with virtual machines and learn how they are architected and deployed in Azure.
- understand virtual networking, IP addressing, and security work in the cloud, and compare this with on-premises setups.
- utilise features including storage accounts, blob storage, Azure Files and File Sync, storage security, and storage tools.
- Digital stage – up to 20 hours, completed over 4 weeks
- Live event – 3 days
- Apply stage – up to 3 hours of work over 3 months
- Module 1 - Introduction to course
- Module 2 – Overview of Azure services
- Module 3 - Implementing Azure Network Security
- Module 4 - Getting Started with Azure Virtual Machines
- Module 5 - Getting Started with Azure Virtual Networks
- Module 6 - Introduction to Azure Storage Part 1
- Module 7 - Introduction to Azure Storage Part 2
- Module 8 - Implementing Azure Backup
- Module 9 - Load Balancing with Azure
- Portal introduction and overview
- Manage resource groups
- Create a virtual network
- Create a network security group
- Create application security groups
- Add a new VNET
- Add a Private DNS Zone
- Add a new data disk to virtual machine
- Create a storage account
- Remote connect to the virtual machine
- Switch back to a storage account
- Switch back to a virtual machine
- Create a storage account
- Add extensions to existing virtual machines
- Test access to web pages and add a port rule to NSG to allow web traffic
- Shutdown virtual machine
- Selecting disks
- Start both virtual machine
- Test access to both virtual machines' web pages by individual public IP addresses
- Create Azure Recovery Service Vault
- Connect to a virtual machine (RDP)
- Install IIS with PowerShell
- Back up a virtual machine
- Perform a restore
- Create standard public load balancer
- Test access to load balancer public IP address
- Create a new virtual machine from the portal
- Remote into one of the virtual machines (RDP)
- Implement Traffic Manager Profile
- Global Load Balancer
- Create a report providing detail of one or more activities that you will undertake that incorporates one or more of the key concepts of Azure VMs, Azure networking, and Azure storage.
- Describe how effective utilisation of the key concepts you have identified above will contribute to the successful completion of the planned activity.
- Describe how the above activity (or activities) aligns to the commonly recognised benefits of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) deployment model
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