QA Total Learning™ is our newest and most effective way to learn.

Combining the best of digital and live learning, with access to world class industry experts, we focus on making sure you can apply our learning to help you drive impactful results in your workplace. This is all underpinned by our digital platform, giving you the tools to track progress and manage your own learning.

This course is for enterprise architects, software developers or systems engineers who require the skills necessary to effectively translate business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable Azure based solutions.

Learners will possess experience in designing and implementing enterprise solutions and will have significant existing experience working with Azure technologies. They will have attended the MAZ303 “Microsoft Azure Architect: Technologies” course or have equivalent experience.

In this Total Learning course, learners will enjoy the best of both digital and live learning in order to gain a full appreciation of the key considerations such as cost, scalability, elasticity, security, storage, disaster recovery and other factors that are key to successful Cloud projects.

This product includes best of breed digital learning consisting of video and written content supported by immersive labs and practical exercises designed to ensure that you have a strong comprehension of the main design considerations when building Cloud services.

Your two-day virtual live event is devoted to a design-led workshop in which learners will work in groups to produce effective service designs based on real world IaaS and PaaS case studies. Learners will be able to prove not just that they understand the functionality of the key Azure services and technologies, but also that they can apply them appropriately in the design of Cloud services.

Please note, this product addresses many elements of the AZ-304 exam syllabus. However, this product focuses on equipping the learner with the key skills necessary to effectively Architect and Design an Azure solution rather than focusing on the exam objectives. Therefore this product should not be considered as a vehicle for fully preparing you for the Microsoft Certified Azure Architect Expert exam AZ-304. You will receive the Microsoft Official Curriculum course manuals for the AZ-304 courses should you wish to undertake further self study towards the exams at a later date.

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At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • design a monitoring solution for cost optimization; logging and monitoring
  • design Business Continuity solutions for backup, recovery and high availability
  • design Data Storage solutions for databases, data integration and be able to select an appropriate storage account
  • design for Identity and Security, including authentication, authorization, governance and security for applications
  • design Infrastructures including compute solutions, network solutions, application architectures and infrastructure migrations
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Course Outline

This Total Learning course consists of three key phases, all explained during a 1 hour virtual kick off session, which includes Q&A:

  • Digital Essential Learning - 10 hours, completed over a minimum of 2 weeks
  • Live Virtual Classroom – 2 days
  • Apply phase – 18 hours over 3 months

Digital Essential Learning

Design for cost optimization

  • recommend a solution for cost management and cost reporting
  • recommend solutions to minimize costs

Design a solution for logging and monitoring

  • determine levels and storage locations for logs
  • plan for integration with monitoring tools including Azure Monitor and Azure Sentinel
  • recommend appropriate monitoring tool(s) for a solution
  • choose a mechanism for event routing and escalation
  • recommend a logging solution for compliance requirements

Design governance

  • recommend a strategy for tagging
  • recommend a solution for using Azure Policy
  • recommend a solution for using Azure Blueprints
  • recommend a solution that leverages Azure Resource Graph

Design a solution for backup and recovery

  • recommend a recovery solution for Azure hybrid and on-premises workloads that meets recovery objectives (RTO, RLO, RPO)
  • design and Azure Site Recovery solution
  • recommend a solution for recovery in different regions
  • recommend a solution for geo-redundancy of workloads
  • recommend a solution for Azure Backup management
  • design a solution for data archiving and retention

Design for high availability

  • recommend a solution for application and workload redundancy, including compute, database, and storage recommend a solution for autoscaling
  • identify resources that require high availability
  • identify storage types for high availability

Design authentication

  • recommend a solution for single-sign on
  • recommend a solution for authentication
  • recommend a solution for Conditional Access, including multi-factor authentication
  • recommend a solution for network access authentication
  • recommend a solution for a hybrid identity including Azure AD Connect, Azure AD Connect cloud sync and Azure AD Connect Health
  • recommend a solution for user self-service
  • recommend and implement a solution for B2B integration

Design authorization

  • choose an authorization approach
  • recommend a hierarchical structure that includes management groups, subscriptions and resource groups
  • recommend an access management solution including RBAC policies, access reviews, role assignments, Privileged Identity Management (PIM), Azure AD Identity Protection, Just In Time (JIT) access

Design a solution for databases

  • select an appropriate data platform based on requirements
  • recommend database service tier sizing
  • recommend a solution for database scalability
  • recommend a solution for encrypting data at rest, data in transmission, and data in use

Design data integration

  • recommend a data flow to meet business requirements
  • recommend a solution for data integration, including Azure Data Factory, Azure Databricks, Azure Data Lake, Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Select an appropriate storage account
  • choose between storage tiers
  • recommend a storage access solution
  • recommend storage management tools

Design a network solution

  • recommend a network architecture (hub and spoke, Virtual WAN)
  • recommend a solution for network addressing and name resolution
  • recommend a solution for network provisioning
  • recommend a solution for network security including Private Link, firewalls, gateways,
  • network segmentation (perimeter networks/DMZs/NVAs)
  • recommend a solution for network connectivity to the Internet, on-premises networks, and other Azure virtual networks
  • recommend a solution for automating network management
  • recommend a solution for load balancing and traffic routing

Design an application architecture

  • recommend a microservices architecture including Event Grid, Event Hubs, Service Bus, Azure Queue Storage, Logic Apps, Azure Functions, Service Fabric, AKS, Azure App Configuration and webhooks
  • recommend an orchestration solution for deployment and maintenance of applications including ARM templates, Azure Automation, Azure Pipelines, Logic Apps, or Azure Functions recommend a solution for API integration

Design security for applications

  • recommend a solution that includes Key Vault
  • recommend a solution that includes Managed Identities
  • recommend a solution for integrating applications into Azure AD

Design a compute solution

  • recommend a solution for compute provisioning
  • determine appropriate compute technologies, including virtual machines, App Services, Service Fabric, Azure Functions, Windows Virtual Desktop, Batch, HPC and containers
  • recommend a solution for containers
  • recommend a solution for automating compute management

Design migrations

  • assess and interpret on-premises servers, data, and applications for migration
  • recommend a solution for migrating applications and VMs
  • recommend a solution for migration of databases
  • determine migration scope, including redundant, related, trivial, and outdated data
  • recommend a solution for migrating data (Storage Migration Service, Azure Data Box,
  • Azure File Sync-based migration to hybrid file server)

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