Azure DevOps Engineer Training (AZ-400)

Level: Advanced

In this seven-part training, we cover how to implement continuous integration in an Azure DevOps pipeline, how to manage code quality and security principles, and how to implement a container build strategy. This course provides the knowledge and skills to implement continuous delivery, implement dependency management, deploy an application infrastructure in DevOps pipelines, and provides the knowledge and skills to implement continuous feedback. You will be provided the knowledge and skills to design a DevOps strategy and implement DevOps processes. Students will learn how to plan for transformation, select a project, and create team structures and learn how to use source control, scale Git for an enterprise, and implement and manage build infrastructure.

Key Features of this Azure DevOps Engineer Training:

You Will Learn How To:

  • Describe the benefits of using source control
  • Migrate from TFVC to Git
  • Scale Git for Enterprise DevOps
  • Implement and manage build infrastructure
  • Manage application config & secrets
  • Implement a mobile DevOps strategy
  • Implement continuous integration using Azure DevOps and explain why it matters
  • Integrate other build tooling with Azure DevOps
  • Create hybrid build processes
  • Integrate automated tests for code quality
  • Report on code coverage during testing
  • Implement a container build strategy 
  • Differentiate between a release and a deployment and explain things to consider when designing your release strategy
  • Classify a release versus a release process, and outline how to control the quality of both
  • Explain why you sometimes need multiple release jobs in one release pipeline
  • Deploy to an environment securely, using a service connection
  • List the different ways to inspect the health of your pipeline and release by using, alerts, service hooks and reports
  • Inspect codebase to identify code dependencies that can be converted to packages
  • Identify and recommend standardized package types and versions across the solution
  • Refactor existing build pipelines to implement version strategy that publishes packages
  • Manage security and compliance
  • Configure build pipeline to access package security and license rating
  • Apply infrastructure and configuration as code principles
  • Deploy and manage infrastructure using Microsoft automation technologies such as ARM templates, PowerShell, and Azure CLI
  • Deploy and configure a Managed Kubernetes cluster
  • Deploy and configure infrastructure using 3rd party tools and services with Azure, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, and Terraform
  • Define an infrastructure and configuration strategy and appropriate toolset for a release pipeline and application infrastructure
  • Implement compliance and security in your application infrastructure
  • Design processes to capture and analyze user feedback from external sources
  • Design routing for client application crash report data
  • Configure crash report integration for client applications
  • Implement routing for client application crash report data
  • Integrate and configure ticketing systems with development team's work management system
  • Perform live site reviews and capture feedback for system outages
  • Perform ongoing tuning to reduce meaningless or non-actionable alerts
  • Plan for the transformation with shared goals and timelines.
  • Select a project and identify project metrics and KPIs.
  • Create a team and agile organizational structure.
  • Develop a project quality strategy.
  • Plan for secure development practices and compliance rules.
  • Migrate and consolidate artifacts.
  • Migrate and integrate source control measures.
     

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Instructor-Led Course Information

  • Requirements

    • Students should have fundamental knowledge about Azure, version control, Agile software development, and core software development principles. It would be helpful to have experience in an organization that delivers software.
    • It is recommended that you have experience working in an IDE, as well as some knowledge of the Azure portal. However, students who may not have a technical background in these technologies, but who are curious about DevOps practices as a culture shift, should be able to follow the procedural and expository explanations of continuous integration regardless.
  • Who Should Attend

    Students in this course are interested in implementing DevOps processes or in passing the Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam.
  • Microsoft Exam Information

    This course can help you prepare for the following Microsoft role-based certification exam — AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

Instructor-Led Course Outline

  • Part 1 — AZ-400T01: Implementing DevOps Development Processes

    Module 1: Getting started with Source Control
    Lessons
    • What is Source Control?
    • Benefits of Source Control
    • Types of source control systems
    • Introduction to Azure Repos
    • Migrating from TFVC to Git
    • Authenticating to your Git Repos

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the benefits of using source control
    • Migrate from TFVC to Git

    Module 2: Scaling git for enterprise DevOps
    Lessons
    • How to structure your git repo
    • Git Branching workflows
    • Collaborating with Pull Requests
    • Why care about GitHooks?
    • Fostering Internal Open Source
    • Git Version
    • Public projects
    • Files in Git

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Scale Git for Enterprise DevOps

    Module 3: Implement & Manage Build Infrastructure
    Lessons
    • The concept of pipelines in DevOps
    • Azure Pipelines
    • Evaluate use of Hosted vs Private Agents
    • Agent pools
    • Pipelines & Concurrency
    • Azure DevOps and Open Source projects
    • Azure Pipelines YAML vs Visual Designer
    • Setup private agents
    • Integrate Jenkins with Azure Pipelines
    • Integration external source control with Azure Pipelines
    • Analyze & Integrate Docker multi-stage builds

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Implement and manage build infrastructure

    Module 4: Managing application config & secrets
    Lessons
    • Introduction to Security
    • Implement secure & compliant development process
    • Rethinking application config data
    • Manage secrets, tokens & certificates
    • Implement tools for managing security and compliance in a pipeline

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Manage application config & secrets

    Module 5: Implement a mobile DevOps strategy
    Lessons
    • Introduction to Mobile DevOps
    • Introduction to Visual Studio App Center
    • Manage mobile target device sets and distribution groups
    • Manage target UI test device sets
    • Provision tester devices for deployment
    • Create public and private distribution groups
    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Implement a mobile DevOps strategy
  • Part 2 — AZ-400T02: Implementing Continuous Integration

    Module 1: Implementing Continuous Integration in an Azure DevOps Pipeline
    In this module, you’ll be introduced to continuous integration principles including: benefits, challenges, build best practices, and implementation steps. You will also learn about implementing a build strategy with workflows, triggers, agents, and tools.
    Lessons
    • Continuous Integration Overview
    • Implementing a Build Strategy
    Lab : Enabling Continuous Integration with Azure Pipelines
    Lab : Creating a Jenkins Build Job and Triggering CI


    After completing this module, students will:
    • Explain why continuous integration matters
    • Implement continuous integration using Azure DevOps

    Module 2: Managing Code Quality and Security Policies
    In this module, you will be learn how to manage code quality including: technical debt, SonarCloud, and other tooling solutions. You will also learn how to manage security policies with open source, OWASP, and WhiteSource Bolt.
    Lessons
    • Managing Code Quality
    • Managing Security Policies
    Lab : Managing Technical Debt with Azure DevOps and SonarCloud
    Lab : Checking Vulnerabilities using WhiteSource Bolt and Azure DevOps


    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Manage code quality including: technical debt SonarCloud, and other tooling solutions.
    • Manage security policies with open source, OWASP, and WhiteSource Bolt.
    • Manage code quality including: technical debt, SonarCloud, and other tooling solutions.

    Module 3: Implementing a Container Build Strategy
    In this module, you will learn how to implement a container strategy including how containers are different from virtual machines and how microservices use containers. You will also learn how to implement containers using Docker.
    Lessons
    • Implementing a Container Build Strategy
    Lab : Existing .NET Applications with Azure and Docker Images

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Implement a container strategy including how containers are different from virtual machines and how microservices use containers.
    • Implement containers using Docker.
  • Part 3 — AZ-400T03: Implementing Continuous Delivery

    Module 1: Design a Release Strategy
    Lessons
    • Introduction to Continuous Delivery Release strategy recommendations
    • Building a High Quality Release pipeline
    • Choosing a deployment pattern
    • Choosing the right release management tool
    Lab : Building a release strategy

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Differentiate between a release and a deployment Define the components of a release pipeline
    • Explain things to consider when designing your release strategy
    • Classify a release versus a release process, and outline how to control the quality of both
    • Describe the principle of release gates and how to deal with release notes and documentation
    • Explain deployment patterns, both in the traditional sense and in the modern sense
    • Choose a release management tool

    Module 2: Set up a Release Management Workflow
    Lessons
    • Create a Release Pipeline
    • Provision and Configure Environments
    • Manage And Modularize Tasks and Templates
    • Integrate Secrets with the release pipeline
    • Configure Automated Integration and Functional Test Automation
    • Automate Inspection of Health
    Lab : Automating your infrastructure deployments in the Cloud with Terraform and Azure Pipelines
    Lab : Setting up secrets in the pipeline with Azure Key vault
    Lab : Setting up and Running Load Tests
    Lab : Setting up and Running Functional Tests
    Lab : Using Azure Monitor as release gate
    Lab : Creating a Release Dashboard


    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Explain the terminology used in Azure DevOps and other Release Management Tooling Describe what a Build and Release task is, what it can do, and some available deployment tasks
    • Classify an Agent, Agent Queue and Agent Pool
    • Explain why you sometimes need multiple release jobs in one release pipeline
    • Differentiate between multi-agent and multi-configuration release job
    • Use release variables and stage variables in your release pipeline
    • Deploy to an environment securely, using a service connection
    • Embed testing in the pipeline
    • List the different ways to inspect the health of your pipeline and release by using, alerts, service hooks and reports
    • Create a release gate

    Module 3: Implement an appropriate deployment pattern
    Lessons
    • Introduction into Deployment Patterns Implement Blue Green Deployment
    • Feature Toggles
    • Canary Releases
    • Dark Launching
    • AB Testing
    • Progressive Exposure Deployment
    Lab : Blue-Green Deployments
    Lab : Traffic Manager


    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe deployment patterns
    • Implement Blue Green Deployment
    • Implement Canary Release
    • Implement Progressive Exposure Deployment
  • Part 4 — AZ-400T04: Implementing Dependency Management

    Module 1: Designing a Dependency Management Strategy
    Lessons
    • Introduction
    • Packaging dependencies
    • Package management
    • Implement a versioning strategy
    Lab : Updating packages

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Recommend artifact management tools and practices
    • Abstract common packages to enable sharing and reuse
    • Inspect codebase to identify code dependencies that can be converted to packages
    • Identify and recommend standardized package types and versions across the solution
    • Refactor existing build pipelines to implement version strategy that publishes packages
    • Manage security and compliance

    Module 2: Manage security and compliance
    Lessons
    • Introduction
    • Package security
    • Open source software
    • Integrating license and vulnerability scans

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Inspect open source software packages for security and license compliance to align with corporate standards
    • Configure build pipeline to access package security and license rating
    • Configure secure access to package feeds
  • Part 5 — AZ-400T05: Implementing Application Infrastructure

    Module 1: Infrastructure and Configuration Azure Tools
    Lessons
    • Learning Objectives
    • Infrastructure as Code and Configuration Management
    • Create Azure REsources using ARM Templates
    • Create Azure Resources using Azure CLI
    • Create Azure Resources by using Azure PowerShell
    • Additional Automation Tools
    • Version Control
    • Lab Deploy to Azure using ARM templates
    • Module Review Questions

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Apply infrastructure and configuration as code principles
    • Deploy and manage infrastructure using Microsoft automation technologies such as ARM templates, PowerShell, and Azure CLI

    Module 2: Azure Deployment Models and Services
    Lessons
    • Learning Objectives
    • Deployment Models and Options
    • Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Services
    • Azure Automation with DevOps
    • Desired State Configuration (DSC)
    • Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) services
    • Azure Service Fabric
    • Lab Azure Automation - IaaS or PaaS deployment
    • Module Review Questions

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe deployment models and services that are available with Azure

    Module 3: Create and Manage Kubernetes Service Infrastructure
    Lessons
    • Learning Objectives
    • Azure Kubernetes Service
    • Lab Deploy and Scale AKS Cluster
    • Module Review Questions
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Deploy and configure a Managed Kubernetes cluster


    Module 4: Third Party and Open Source Tools available with Azure
    Lessons
    • Chef
    • Puppet
    • Ansible
    • Cloud-Init
    • Terraform
    • Lab Provision and configure an App in Azure Using X
    • Module Review Questions

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Deploy and configure infrastructure using 3rd party tools and services with Azure, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, and Terraform

    Module 5: Implement Compliance and Security in your Infrastructure
    Lessons
    • Security and Compliance Principles with DevOps
    • Azure Security Center
    • Lab Integrate a scanning extension or tool in an AZ DevOps pipeline/security center
    • Module Review Questions

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Define an infrastructure and configuration strategy and appropriate toolset for a release pipeline and application infrastructure
    • Implement compliance and security in your application infrastructure

    Module 6: Course Completion
    Lessons
    • Final Exam
  • Part 6 — AZ-400T06: Implementing Continuous Feedback

    Module 1: Recommend and design system feedback mechanisms
    Lessons
    • The inner loop
    • Continuous Experimentation mindset
    • Design practices to measure end-user satisfaction
    • Design processes to capture and analyze user feedback
    • Design process to automate application analytics
    Lab : Integration between Azure DevOps and Teams
    Lab : Feature Flags


    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Design practices to measure end-user satisfaction Design processes to capture and analyze user feedback from external sources
    • Design routing for client application crash report data
    • Recommend monitoring tools and technologies
    • Recommend system and feature usage tracking tools

    Module 2: Implement process for routing system feedback to development teams
    Lessons
    • Implement tools to track system usage, feature usage, and flow
    • Implement routing for mobile application crash report data
    • Develop monitoring and status dashboards
    • Integrate and configure ticketing systems

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Configure crash report integration for client applications
    • Develop monitoring and status dashboards
    • Implement routing for client application crash report data
    • Implement tools to track system usage, feature usage, and flow
    • Integrate and configure ticketing systems with development team's work management

    Module 3: Optimize feedback mechanisms
    Lessons
    • Site Reliability Engineering
    • Analyze telemetry to establish a baseline
    • Perform ongoing tuning to reduce meaningless or non-actionable alerts
    • Analyze alerts to establish a baseline
    • Blameless PostMortems and a Just Culture

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Analyze alerts to establish a baseline
    • Analyze telemetry to establish a baseline
    • Perform live site reviews and capture feedback for system outages
    • Perform ongoing tuning to reduce meaningless or non-actionable alerts
  • Part 7 —  AZ-400T07: Designing a DevOps Strategy

    Module 1: Planning for DevOps
    In this module, students will learn about transformation planning, project selection, and team structures.
    Lessons
    • Transformation Planning
    • Project Selection
    • Team Structures
    Lab : Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Azure Boards

    After completing this module students will be able to:
    • Plan for the transformation with shared goals and timelines
    • Select a project and identify project metrics and KPIs
    • Create a team and agile organizational structure

    Module 2: Planning for Quality and Security
    In this module, students will learn about developing a quality strategy and planning for secure development.
    Lessons
    • Planning a Quality Strategy
    • Planning Secure Development
    Lab : Feature Flag Management with LaunchDarkly and AzureDevOps

    After completing the module, students will be able to:
    • Develop a project quality strategy
    • Plan for secure development practices and compliance rules.

    Module 3: Migrating and Consolidating Artifacts and Tools
    In this module, students will learn about migrating and consolidating artifacts, and migrating and integrating source control measures.
    Lessons
    • Migrating and Consolidating Artifacts
    • Migrating and Integrating Source Control
    Lab : Integrating Azure Repos and Azure Pipelines with Eclipse

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Migrate and consolidate artifacts
    • Migrate and integrate source control measures

Azure DevOps Engineer Training FAQs

  • What is required to achieve the Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert Certification?

    To achieve the role-based certification, you must:
    • Have either earned the Azure Administrator Associate certification or the Azure Developer Associate certification. Learn more about our Azure Role-Based Certification Bundles ›
    • Pass Exam AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions
  • Does this new exam and certification replace any existing Azure exams?

    No, this is a brand new Microsoft certification program. 

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