Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (20535)

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This Microsoft official Azure Solutions Architect course teaches you to deploy Azure solutions using built-in DevOps tools such as Azure Resource Manager templates, deployments, resource groups, tags and Role-Based Access Control. Learn to make the architectural comparisons between services and make technical decisions to deploy well-designed solutions on the Azure platform.

Plus, get prepped for Microsoft exam 70-535, a requirement for MCSA: Cloud Platform and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

Key Features of this Azure Solutions Architect Training:

  • Microsoft Official Course (MOC) content
  • After-course instructor coaching benefit

You Will Learn How To:

  • Describe Azure architecture components, including infrastructure, tools, and portals
  • Create and deploy Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates for various all-up solutions
  • Compare and contrast various infrastructure, serverless, database and communication services; such as App Services, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Azure Cosmos DB, SQL Database, and Container Service in Azure
  • Incorporate various Azure platform services, such as Cognitive Services and Media Servicers into an overall Azure solution
  • Secure, monitor and backup solutions deployed to Azure
  • Create automated DevOps solutions using a combination of ARM templates, configuration management utilities, Azure CLI, and the Cloud Shell

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Azure Solutions Architect Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    Before attending this course, students must have the following technical knowledge:

    • Create resources and resource group in Azure
    • Manage users, groups, and subscriptions in an Azure Active Directory instance
    • Build an Azure Virtual Machine with related resources
    • Manage containers and blobs stored in an Azure Storage account
    • Create App Service Plans and manage apps related to the plan
    • Configure an Azure Virtual Network and enable S2S and P2S connectivity
    • Protect networked application components using Network Security Groups
    • Automate everyday Azure resource tasks using Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell
    • Deploy an Azure SQL, MySQL, Postgres or Cosmos database instance
    • Monitor existing Azure solutions using built-in metrics, Application Insights, or Operational Insights
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Azure Solutions Architect Course Outline

  • Module 1: Application Architecture Patterns in Azure

    This module introduces and reviews common Azure patterns and architectures as prescribed by the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team. Each pattern is grouped into performance, resiliency, and scalability categories and described in the context of similar patterns within the category.

    Lessons

    • Pattern Resources
    • Performance Patterns
    • Resiliency Patterns
    • Scalability Patterns
    • Data Patterns

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Locate and reference the Cloud Design Patterns documentation.
    • Locate and reference the Azure Architecture Center.
    • Describe various patterns pulled from the Cloud Design Patterns.
  • Module 2: Deploying Resources with Azure Resource Manager

    This module establishes a basic understanding of Azure Resource Manager and the core concepts of deployments, resources, templates, resource groups, and tags. The module will dive deeply into the automated deployment of resources using ARM templates.

    Lessons

    • ARM Templates
    • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • Resource Policies
    • Security
    • Building Blocks

    Lab : Getting Started with Azure Resource Manager

    • Create Resource Groups
    • Deploy an Empty Template
    • Deploy a Simple Template
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Create a resource group.
    • Add resources to a resource group.
    • Deploy an ARM template to a resource group.
    • Filter resources using tags.
    • Author a complex deployment using the Azure Building Blocks tools.
  • Module 3: Building Azure IaaS-Based Server Applications

    This module identifies workloads that are ideally deployed using Infrastructure-as-a-Service services in Azure. The module focuses on the VM Scale Sets and Virtual Machine services in Azure and how to best deploy workloads to these services using best practices and features such as Availability Sets.

    Lessons

    • High Availability
    • Templated Infrastructure
    • Domain-Connected Machines
    • Deploy a Virtual Machine using PowerShell DSC
    • Deploy a Virtual Machine Scale Set using PowerShell DSC
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Design an availability set for one or more virtual machines
    • Describe the differences between fault and update domains.
    • Author a VM Scale Set ARM template.
    • Join a virtualized machine to a domain either in Azure or on a hybrid network.
  • Module 4: Creating Managed Server Applications in Azure

    This module describes services that use infrastructure but manage the infrastructure on behalf of the user instead of obfuscating the infrastructure resources. The module focuses on infrastructure-backed PaaS options such as Azure Service Fabric, Container Service, and App Service Environments. The module will explore how to deploy custom workloads to these services such as an HPC batch processing task.

    Lessons

    • Infrastructure-Backed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
    • High-Performance Compute (HPC)
    • Migration
    • Create Azure Container Service Cluster
    • Deploy Docker Image
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Describe the differences between App Service Environments, Service Fabric and Container Service.
    • Use Azure Batch to manage an HPC workload.
    • Migrate to an Infrastructure-backed PaaS service from another IaaS service or a legacy Cloud Service.
  • Module 5: Authoring Serverless Applications in Azure

    This module describes how solutions can leverage serverless application hosting services in Azure to host web applications, REST APIs, integration workflows and HPC workloads without the requirement to manage specific server resources. The module focuses on App Services-related components such as Web Apps, API Apps, Mobile Apps, Logic Apps, and Functions.

    Lessons

    • Azure Web App
    • Azure Functions
    • Integration
    • High Performance
    • Create Web App
    • Deploy Web App Code
    • Deploy Function App and Code
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Select between hosting application code or containers in an App Service instance.
    • Describe the differences between API, Mobile, and Web Apps.
    • Integrate an API or Logic App with the API Management service.
    • Design an App Service Plan or multi-region deployment for high performance and scale.
  • Module 6: Backing Azure Solutions with Azure Storage

    This module describes how many Azure services use the Azure Storage service as a backing store for other application solution in Azure. The module dives into critical considerations when using Azure Storage as a supplemental service for an all-up Azure solution.

    Lessons

    • Pricing
    • Blob Storage
    • Files
    • StorSimple
    • Create Required Resources for a Virtual Machine
    • Create a VM With a Storage Account
    • Create a VM With a Managed Disk
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Determine the ideal pricing option for Azure Storage based on a solution’s requirements.
    • Identify performance thresholds for the Azure Storage service.
    • Determine the type of Storage blobs to use for specific solution components.
    • Use the Azure Files service for SMB operations.
    • Identify solutions that could benefit from the use of StorSimple physical or virtual devices.
  • Module 7: Comparing Database Options in Azure

    This module compares the various relational and non-relational data storage options available in Azure. Options are explored as groups such as relational databases (Azure SQL Database, MySQL, and PostgreSQL on Azure), non-relational (Azure Cosmos DB, Storage Tables), streaming (Stream Analytics) and storage (Data Factory, Data Warehouse, Data Lake).

    Lessons

    • Relational
    • NoSQL Services
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Data Storage
    • Data Analysis
    • Deploy a CosmosDB Database Instance
    • Validate the REST API
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Compare and contrast various database options on Azure.
    • Identify data streaming options for large-scale data ingest.
    • Identify longer-term data storage options.
  • Module 8: Networking Azure Application Components

    This module describes the various networking and connectivity options available for solutions deployed on Azure. The module explores connectivity options ranging from ad-hoc connections to long-term hybrid connectivity scenarios. The module also discusses some of the performance and security concerns related to balancing workloads across multiple compute instances, connecting on-premise infrastructure to the cloud and creating gateways for on-premise data.

    Lessons

    • VNETs
    • Load Balancing
    • External Connectivity
    • Hybrid Connectivity
    • Create an ARM Template for a Linux VM
    • Duplicate the VM Resources
    • Create a Load Balancer Resource
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Describe DNS and IP strategies for VNETs in Azure.
    • Compare connectivity options for ad-hoc and hybrid connectivity.
    • Distribute network traffic across multiple loads using load balancers.
    • Design a hybrid connectivity scenario between cloud and on-premise.
  • Module 9: Managing Security and Identity for Azure Solutions

    This module discusses both security and identity within the context of Azure. For security, this module reviews the various options for monitoring security, the options available for securing data and the options for securing application secrets. For identity, this module focuses specifically on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and the various features available such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Managed Service Identity, Azure AD Connect, ADFS and Azure AD B2B/B2C.

    Lessons

    • Security Monitoring
    • Data Security
    • Application Security Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
    • Hybrid Identity
    • Azure AD Application Integration
    • Deploy Key Vault using ARM Template
    • Deploy Virtual Machine using Key Vault Secret
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Integrate their existing solutions with external identity providers using Azure AD B2B or B2C.
    • Design a hybrid identity solution.
    • Determine when to use advanced features of Azure AD such as Managed Service Identity, MFA and Privileged Identity Management.
    • Secure application secrets using Key Vault.
    • Secure application data using SQL Database and Azure Storage features.
  • Module 10: Integrating SaaS Services Available on the Azure Platform

    This module introduces multiple SaaS services available in Azure that are available for integration into existing Azure solutions. These services include Cognitive Services, Bot Service, Machine Learning and Media Services.

    Lessons

    • Cognitive Services
    • Bot Services
    • Machine Learning
    • Media Services
    • Deploy Function App and Cognitive Service using ARM Template
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Identify when Cognitive Services, Bot Service or Machine Learning is appropriate for their solution.
    • Compare the various features available in Media Services and determine the appropriate features for their solution.
  • Module 11: Integrating Azure Solution Components using Messaging Services

    This module describes and compares the integration and messaging services available for solutions hosted on the Azure platform. Messaging services described include Azure Storage Queues, Service Bus Queues, Service Bus Relay, IoT Hubs, Event Hubs, and Notification Hubs. Integration services include Azure Functions and Logic Apps.

    Lessons

    • Event Messaging
    • Integration
    • IoT
    • Deploy Service Bus Namespace
    • Deploy Logic App
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Compare Storage Queues to Service Bus Queues.
    • Identify when to use Azure Functions or Logic Apps for integration components in a solution.
    • Describe the differences between IoT Hubs, Event Hubs and Time Series Insights.
  • Module 12: Monitoring and Automating Azure Solutions

    This module covers the monitoring and automation solutions available after an Azure solution has been architected, designed and possibly deployed. The module reviews services that are used to monitor individual applications, the Azure platform, and networked components. This module also covers automation and backup options to enable business-continuity scenarios for solutions hosted in Azure.

    Lessons

    • Application Monitoring
    • Platform Monitoring
    • Network Monitoring
    • Alerting
    • Backup
    • Azure Automation
    • Config Management
    • Auto-Scale
    • Deploy a Chef Management Server using ARM
    • Configure Management Server
    • Deploy a VM Scale Set using Chef-Configured VMs
    • Cleanup Subscription
    • Compare and contrast monitoring services for applications, the Azure platform, and networking.
    • Design an alert scheme for a solution hosted in Azure.
    • Select the appropriate backup option for infrastructure and data hosted in Azure.
    • Automate the deployment of future resources for backup recovery or scaling purposes.

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  • Can I learn architecting Microsoft Azure online?

    Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want. This course is available in class, online, and on demand.

  • Can I use SATVS to take this Azure Solutions Architect course?

    Yes! This course is eligible for Microsoft Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) redemption. Want to learn more about Microsoft SATVs? Click to view our SATVs infographic.

  • Microsoft exam does this course prepare me for?

    This course will prepare you the Microsoft 70-535 exam, a requirement for MCSA: Cloud Platform and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.

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