Overview

This course is for IT Professionals who wish to gain an introduction to Microsoft Azure technologies and gain Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Accreditation.
Learners will be systems administrators, software developers, enterprise architects, security professionals, or software testers who need to gain a fundamental appreciation of cloud principles and Microsoft Azure technologies and services
In this Total Learning course, learners will have the best of both digital and live learning in order to thoroughly prepare for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam. Additionally, learners will have access to optional digital primer content, which examines the key universal constructs of cloud computing, in order to ensure that they are comfortable with the universal cloud computing principles and concepts.
Learners will also benefit from further optional role-specific content that goes beyond the AZ-900 exam objectives and examines core Azure technology from the perspective of specific roles. Taking building a virtual machine as the core activity, you will be shown the considerations of how to build that VM in the Azure portal as a systems administrator; how to build that VM programmatically as a software developer, what type of VM you would choose and why as an architect, and what would be the steps to secure that VM as a security expert. Throughout this activity, you will gain a rounded appreciation of the considerations that must be taken into account when configuring this fundamental service.
The Digital stage, aligning to the AZ-900 exam, will include videos, reference materials, practical lab exercises, and practice questions and quizzes to ensure you are fully prepared for the Live event.
The one-day virtual Live event continues with this exam preparation, with a morning session that consists of a series of interactive quizzes and exercises to assess the learners' understanding of the key Azure technologies. The afternoon session is then dedicated to a series of practical technology demonstrations informed by the learner quiz results from the morning session.
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Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for taking this course. However, the more technical knowledge a student has, the more they will understand about the cloud.

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

  • clearly understand cloud computing concepts.
  • identify the core Azure services and appreciate the utility of these technologies.
  • detail the core solutions and management tools.
  • appreciate the general security & network features of Microsoft Azure.
  • understand the available identity, governance, privacy features.
  • articulate the cost and service management considerations of Azure services.
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Outline

This Total Learning course consists of three stages:
  • Digital stage – up to 10 hours of of core content completed over a minimum of two weeks
  • Live event – one day
  • Exam stage – learners will be receive an exam voucher in order to book the AZ-900 online exam at a time of their choosing. The exam is 45 minutes in duration with 40-60 questions and a pass mark of 70%.

Digital stage

Module 1: AZ-900 Exam prep: Introduction
  • Understanding cloud concepts
  • Understanding core Azure services
  • Understanding security, privacy, compliance, and trust
  • Understanding Azure pricing and support
Module 2: What is cloud computing?
  • What is cloud computing?
  • Cloud deployment models
  • Key cloud concepts
  • Cloud service models
  • Common use cases of cloud computing
  • How data centre architecture is reflected in the cloud
  • Knowledge Check: What is cloud computing?
Module 3: Overview of Azure services
  • Azure overview
  • Using the Azure portal
  • Using the Azure CLI
  • Service categories
  • Designing a solution
  • Managing services
  • Knowledge Check: AZ-900 Overview of Azure services (1 of 3) - Core services
  • Knowledge Check: AZ-900 Overview of Azure services (2 of 3) - Security and management
  • Knowledge Check: AZ-900 Overview of Azure services (3 of 3) - Additional services
Lab: Start Your First Azure Virtual Machine (Windows)
  • Logging in to the Microsoft Azure portal
  • Configuring and launching a Windows VM
  • Introduction to helpful Azure portal features
  • Connecting to the virtual machine (RDP)
Lab: Understanding core Azure storage products
  • Logging in to the Microsoft Azure portal
  • Storing Blob data in Azure
  • Reviewing file storage in Azure
  • Reviewing disk storage in Azure
  • Reviewing Azure storage concepts with the Azure portal
Lab: Understanding Core Azure networking products
  • Logging in to the Microsoft Azure portal
  • Reviewing Azure Virtual Networks
  • Reviewing Azure Load Balancers
  • Reviewing Azure Application Gateways
  • Reviewing Azure VPN Gateways
  • Starting an Azure Cloud Shell
  • Reviewing Azure Content Delivery Network
Module 5: Microsoft Azure security solutions
  • General Azure security
  • Storage security
  • Database security
  • Dynamic data masking
  • Identity and access management
  • Knowledge Check: Microsoft Azure security solutions
Module 6: Understanding Azure pricing and support
  • Understanding Azure pricing and support: Introduction
  • Price and support
  • Azure subscriptions
  • Planning and management
  • Best practices
  • Support options
  • Service-level agreements
  • Service lifecycle
  • Summary
Module 7: AZ-900 Exam prep: Additional topics
  • Cloud economics - Capex vs. Opex
  • Azure Regions and data residency
  • Resource groups
  • Multiple VNets
  • Further Azure storage
  • Github in Azure
  • Resource logs
  • Azure Dedicated Host
  • Azure Advanced Threat Protection and Azure Information Protection
  • Resource locks
  • Azure Policy Service
  • Management groups
  • Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework
  • The Trust Centre, the Microsoft Privacy Statement, and personal data
  • Reserved capacity
  • Cert Prep: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)

Live event

The virtual Live event builds upon the Azure-specific topics introduced in the Digital stage to ensure that all required domains are covered for the exam.

Exam

  • AZ-900 examination
  • 45 minutes in duration, 40-60 questions with a pass mark of 70% required
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