Microsoft MSCD Azure Solutions Architect

Microsoft MSCD Azure Solutions Architect

By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification. This MCSD certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every two years. (MCSE).


Courses

1. Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
2. Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
3. Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions


1. Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

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About this Course

This course is intended for students who have experience building vertically scaled applications. Students should also have experience with the Microsoft Azure platform and a basic understanding of the services offered in Azure.
This course offers students the opportunity to take an existing web application and expand its functionality as part of moving it to Azure. The course does not require any existing experience with the ASP.NET platform. This course focuses on the architectural considerations and decisions necessary when building a highly available solution in the cloud. This course also prepares the students for the 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam.

Audience Profile

The candidates targeted by this training have basic experience in implementing and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions. Candidates are also proficient with the development tools, techniques and approaches used to build application solutions.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Review the services available in the Azure platform and the Management Portals used to manage the service instances.
  • Create a Virtual Machine using the Azure Management Portal and create an image of the VM.
  • Create an Azure Web Site and publish an existing ASP.NET web application to the site.
  • Create an Azure SQL server and database.
  • Describe and identify the common practices and patterns for building resilient and scalable web applications that will be hosted in Azure.
  • Create an Azure Cloud Service project in Visual Studio 2013 and debug locally.
  • Create a background process using a Azure Worker Role.
  • Create an Azure Table Storage table and manage the table data using the .NET API for Azure Storage.
  • Create Azure Files SMB file share and store documents.
  • Create an Azure Storage Queue instance to store requests.
  • Create an Azure Service Bus queue instance to store requests.
  • Create an Azure Service Bus namespace and use the namespace to connect a cloud web application to the local WCF service.
  • Create a Virtual Machine using the existing SQL template and connect this Virtual Machine to the existing application.
  • Create a test environment using PowerShell and the Azure Service Management CmdLets.
  • Integrate ASP.NET Identity for the administration portal with Azure Active Directory.
  • Deploy the web application projects to Azure.

Prerequisites

  • Before attending this course, students must be able to:
  • Compare the services available in the Azure platform.
  • Configure and deploy web applications.
  • Create Azure WebSites using the gallery.
  • Deploying and monitoring Azure WebSites.
  • Create and configure Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Describe the relationship between Cloud Services and Virtual Machines.
  • Deploy existing Cloud Service packages.
  • Create and manage a Storage account.
  • Manage blobs and containers in a Storage account.
  • Create, configure and connect to a SQL Databases instance.
  • Identify the implications of importing a SQL Standalone database.
  • Manage users, groups and subscriptions in an Azure Active Directory instance.
  • Create a virtual network.
  • Implement a point to site network.

Course Outline

Module 1: Development using the Microsoft Azure Platform
In this module, students will review the services available in the Azure platform and the Management Portals used to manage the service instances.

Lessons

  • Azure Services
  • Management Portals

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe some of the common Azure services
  • Describe the differences between the current and Ibiza management portals

Module 2: Establishing a Development Environment using Azure Virtual Machines
In this module, students will learn about Virtual Machine hosting options available in Azure. Students will be able to deploy custom workloads to an Azure Virtual Machine, manage the VM and its images and also monitor VMs.

Lessons

  • Constructing Azure Virtual Machines
  • Azure Virtual Machine Workloads
  • Migrating Azure Virtual Machine Instances

Lab : Creating an Azure Virtual Machine for Development & Testing

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe Virtual Machines service in Azure.
  • Deploy a Linux or Microsoft workload to a Virtual Machine
  • Ingress VHDs to Azure
  • Monitor Virtual Machine endpoints

Module 3: Managing Infrastructure in Azure
In this module, students will explore the Infrastructure components in Azure. Students will be able to describe Virtual Networks and understand the relationship between the VNETs and the different services offered in Azure. Students will also be able to add Cloud Services and Virtual Machines to VNETs. Finally students will scale multiple instances of services in a VNET.

Lessons

  • Azure Virtual Networks
  • Highly Available Azure Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Configuration Management
  • Customizing Azure Virtual Machine Networking

Lab : Managing Multiple Virtual Machines in a Virtual Network

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create a Virtual Network.
  • Describe the options for allowing anonymous and private access to a VM and its port.
  • Customize the networking rules for a VM.

Module 4: Web Infrastructure in the Azure Platform
In this module, students will learn how to create and host a simple website using Azure Web Sites. Students will also learn how to monitor and manage the website using the Management Portal.

Lessons

  • Azure Web Sites
  • Hosting Web Applications in Azure
  • Configuring an Azure Web Site
  • Publishing an Azure Web Site
  • Monitoring an Azure Web Site

Lab : Creating an ASP.NET Web Site Using Azure Web Sites

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Create an Azure Web Sites instance
  • Publish a simple ASP.NET web application to Azure Web Sites
  • Monitor an Azure Web Site

Module 5: Designing Cloud Applications for Resiliency
This module covers the common practices and patterns for building resilient and scalable web applications that will be hosted in Azure.

Lessons

  • Application Design Practices for Highly Available Applications
  • Building High Performance Applications using ASP.NET
  • Common Cloud Application Patterns
  • Caching Application Data

After completing this module, students will be able to
:

  • Describe the design practices for creating highly available applications.
  • Create high performance applications using ASP.NET.
  • Describe the common cloud application patterns.
  • Describe how to use analytics on cloud applications.

Module 6: Processing Background Logic using Azure
In this module, students will learn how to use Cloud Service Worker Roles and Web Sites Web Jobs to process data in the background. Students will also be able to use Cloud Service Cache Roles to store data in the cache.

Lessons

  • Understanding Cloud Services
  • Cloud Service Web Roles
  • Customizing Cloud Service Configurations
  • Updating and Managing Azure Cloud Service Deployments
  • Cloud Service Worker Roles
  • Cloud Service Worker Role Processing
  • Caching Data using Roles
  • Analyzing Applications in Cloud Service Role Instances

Lab : Creating a Background Process Using Azure Worker Roles

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Azure Cloud Service offering.
  • Explain the complexity of Cloud Service deployments as compared to Virtual Machines and Web Sites.
  • Describe the differences between Web Roles and Worker Roles.
  • Describe Cloud Service In-Role Caching.
  • Leverage the Azure Compute Emulator.
  • Create a Cloud Service Worker Role.
  • Implement the methods for the RoleEntryPoint base class.
  • Configure a Worker Role.
  • Co-locate cache with a Cloud Service role.
  • Convert a Worker Role to a dedicated cache role.

Module 7: Storing Tabular Data in Azure
In this module, students will be able to use Azure SQL Databases to store and retrieve data. Students will also learn how to store data in Azure Table Storage.

Lessons

  • Azure SQL Databases Overview
  • Managing SQL Databases in Azure
  • Using Azure SQL Databases with SQL Server Data Tools
  • Migrating Data to Azure SQL Databases
  • Replication and Recovery of Azure SQL Database Instances
  • Azure Storage Overview
  • Azure Storage Tables Overview
  • Table Entity Transactions

Lab : Storing Event Data in Azure SQL DatabasesLab : Storing Event Registration Data in Azure Storage Tables

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between Azure SQL Database Editions
  • Explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of hosting databases in Azure SQL Databases.
  • Explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of hosting databases in a SQL Server installation on an Azure Virtual Machine.
  • Describe the tools that can be used to manage Azure SQL Databases.
  • Describe the Visual Studio 2013 features that can be used to manage Azure SQL Databases.
  • Explain options for migrating data from on premise to the cloud.
  • Describe strategies for using Entity Framework with Azure SQL Databases.

Module 8: Storing Files and Media in Azure
In this module, students will learn how to store and access multimedia files in Azure using Blob Storage.

Lessons

  • Azure Storage Blobs
  • Controlling Access to Storage Blobs & Containers
  • Monitoring Storage Blobs
  • Configuring Azure Storage Accounts
  • Azure Files
  • Uploading and Migrating Storage Data

Lab : Storing Generated Documents in Azure Storage Blobs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Blob services in Azure Storage.
  • Detail the SDK libraries, namespaces and classes available for blobs.

Module 9: Storing Data in Queues using Azure
In this module, students will use Azure Queue Storage to queue data for asynchronous processing. Students will also be able to identify the Service Bus offerings and identify which ones to use in appropriate scenarios. Students will be able to use the Azure Service Bus Relay to connect on-premise services with client applications.

Lessons

  • Queue Mechanisms in Azure
  • Azure Storage Queues Overview
  • Handling Storage Queue Messages
  • Azure Service Bus
  • Azure Service Bus Queues
  • Azure Service Bus Relay
  • Azure Service Bus Notification Hubs

Lab : Using Queues and Service Bus to Manage Communication Between Web Applications in Azure

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Azure Storage Queues.
  • Describe Azure Service Bus.
  • Describe Azure Service Bus Queues.

Module 10: Automating Integration with Azure Resources
In this module, students will explore the options for Automating their interactions with Azure Resources.

Lessons

  • Azure SDK Client Libraries
  • Scripting Azure Service Management using PowerShell
  • Azure REST Interface
  • Azure Resource Manager

Lab : Automating the Creation of a Test Environment using PowerShell

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Azure SDKs and client libraries.
  • Use PowerShell to automate Azure service management.
  • Describe the Service Management API and how to authenticate to the API.
  • Use the Resource Manager to create resource groups and templates.

Module 11: Implementing Security in Web Applications using Azure
In this module, students will be able to use Azure Active Directory to implement security in a Cloud web application.

Lessons

  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure AD Directories
  • Azure AD Access Control Service
  • Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication

Lab : Integrating Azure Active Director with the Events Administration Portal

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Azure Active Directory service offering.
  • Detail the features available for directories in Azure AD.
  • Describe the Azure AD Access Control Service.
  • Describe the Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication service.

Module 12: Deploying Web Applications to Azure
In this module, students will be able to deploy web applications to Azure by using WebDeploy and Service Packages.

Lessons

  • Deployment Strategies for Web Applications
  • Deploying Azure Web Sites
  • Deploying Azure Cloud Services
  • Continuous Integration
  • Monitoring Cloud Applications

Lab : Deploying the Events Web Application to Azure

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • List the deployment strategies for web applications.
  • Describe Cloud Service package deployment for Azure Cloud Services.
  • Describe WebDeploy deployment for Azure Web Sites.
  • Describe the options for monitoring a web application in Azure.

2. Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

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About this course

This course is intended for IT professionals who are familiar with managing on-premises IT deployments that include AD DS, virtualization technologies, and applications. The students typically work for organizations that are planning to locate some or all of their infrastructure services on Azure. This course also is intended for IT professionals who want to take the Microsoft Certification exam, 70-533, Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions.

Audience profile

This course is intended for

  • IT professionals who have some knowledge of cloud technologies and want to learn more about Azure.
  • IT professionals who want to deploy, configure, and administer services and virtual machines (VMs) in Azure.
  • IT professional who use Microsoft System Center to manage and orchestrate server infrastructure.
  • Windows Server administrators
    who are looking to evaluate and migrate on-premises Active Directory roles and services to the cloud.
  • IT professionals who want to use Windows Azure to host websites and mobile app backend services.
  • IT professionals who are experienced in other non-Microsoft cloud technologies, meet the course prerequisites, and want to cross-train on Azure.
  • IT professionals who want to take the Microsoft Certification exam, 70-533, Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe Azure architecture components, including infrastructure, tools, and portals.
  • Implement and manage virtual networking within Azure and connect to on-premises environments.
  • Plan and create Azure virtual machines.
  • Configure, manage, and monitor Azure virtual machines to optimize availability and reliability.
  • Deploy and configure web apps and mobile apps.
  • Implement, manage, backup, and monitor storage solutions.
  • Plan and implement data services based on SQL Database to support applications.
  • Deploy, configure, monitor, and diagnose cloud services.
  • Create and manage Azure AD tenants, and configure application integration with Azure AD.
  • Integrate on-premises Windows AD with Azure AD.
  • Automate operations in Azure management by using automation.

Prerequisites

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

  • Completed the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification in Windows Server 2012.
  • Understanding of on-premises virtualization technologies, including: virtual machines, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks (VHDs).
  • Understanding of network configuration, including: TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies.
  • Understanding of websites, including: how to create, configure, monitor and deploy a website on Internet Information Services (IIS).
  • Understanding of Active Directory concepts, including: domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight
  • Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
  • Understanding of database concepts, including: tables, queries, Structured Query Language (SQL), and database schemas.
  • Understanding of resilience and disaster recovery, including backup and restore operations.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Azure
This module explains cloud computing, and compares cloud computing and on-premises. It also lists the advantages of cloud computing including, scalability, availability, and elasticity. Finally, this module compares public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Lessons

  • Overview of cloud technology
  • Overview of Azure
  • Managing Azure with Azure portals
  • Managing Azure with Windows PowerShell
  • Overview of Azure Resource Manager
  • Azure management services

Lab : Using Azure Resource Manager to manage Azure

  • Using Azure portals
  • Using Azure Resource Manager features via Azure portal
  • Using Azure PowerShell

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe cloud technology.
  • Describe Azure.
  • Manage Azure with Azure portals.
  • Manage Azure with Windows PowerShell.
  • Describe Azure Resource Manager.
  • Describe Azure management services..

Module 2: Implementing and managing Azure networking
This module explains how to implement and manage Azure networking.

Lessons

  • Overview of Azure networking
  • Implementing and managing Azure virtual networks
  • Configuring Azure virtual networks
  • Configuring Azure virtual network connectivity
  • Overview of Azure networking in an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) version 1 (v1)

Lab : Using a deployment template to implement Azure virtual networks

  • Using GitHub to deploy the Azure Resource Manager template from the Azure portal
  • Deploying the Azure Resource Manager template from Microsoft Visual Studio

Lab : Configuring connectivity between the IaaS v1 and IaaS version 2 (v2) virtual networks

  • Using a PowerShell script to Connect IaaS v1 and IaaS v2 virtual networks
  • Validating virtual network connectivity

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Azure networking.
  • Implement and manage Azure virtual networks.
  • Configure Azure virtual networks.
  • Configure Azure virtual network connectivity.
  • Understand Azure networking in IaaS v1..

Module 3: Implementing virtual machines
This module explains how to implement virtual machines.

Lessons

  • Overview of IaaS v2 virtual machines
  • Planning for Azure virtual machines
  • Deploying Azure IaaS v2 virtual machines
  • Authoring Azure Resource Manager virtual machine templates
  • Overview of IaaS v1 virtual machines

Lab : Deploying Azure IaaS v2 virtual machines via Windows PowerShell and Azure portal

  • Using Azure portal and a Windows PowerShell script to deploy an IaaS v2 virtual machine
  • Validating the outcome of the deployment

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe IaaS v2 virtual machines.
  • Plan for Azure virtual machines.
  • Deploy Azure IaaS v2 virtual machines.
  • Author Azure Resource Manager virtual machine templates.
  • Describe IaaS v1 virtual machines.

Module 4: Managing virtual machines
This module explains how to manage virtual machines.

Lessons

  • Configuring virtual machines
  • Configuring virtual machine disks
  • Managing and monitoring Azure virtual machines
  • Managing IaaS v1 virtual machines

Lab : Managing virtual machines

  • Configuring availability
  • Implementing desired state configuration
  • Implementing storage space–based volumes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure virtual machines.
  • Configure virtual machine disks.
  • Manage and monitor Azure virtual machines
  • Manage IaaS v1 virtual machines.

Module 5: Implementing Azure Web App services
This module explains how to implement Azure Web App services.

Lessons

  • Introduction to the Azure App Service
  • Planning for Azure Web App deployment
  • Implementing and maintaining web apps
  • Configuring web apps
  • Monitoring web apps and WebJobs
  • Implementing mobile apps
  • Overview of Azure Traffic Manager

Lab : Implementing websites

  • Creating web apps
  • Deploying a web app
  • Managing web apps
  • Implementing Azure Traffic Manager

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Azure App Service.
  • Plan for Azure Web App deployment.
  • Implement and maintain web apps.
  • Configure web apps.
  • Monitor web apps and WebJobs.
  • Implement mobile apps.
  • Describe Azure Traffic Manager.

Module 6: Planning and implementing storage, backup, and recovery services
This module explains how to plan and implement storage, backup, and recovery services.

Lessons

  • Planning storage
  • Implementing and managing storage
  • Implementing Azure Content Delivery Networks
  • Implementing Azure Backup
  • Planning for and implementing Azure Site Recovery

Lab : Planning and implementing storage

  • Creating and configuring storage
  • Using Azure file storage
  • Protecting data with Microsoft Azure Backup
  • Protecting infrastructure as a service (IaaS) virtual machines with Azure Backup

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan for storage.
  • Implement and manage storage.
  • Implement Azure Content Delivery Networks.
  • Implement Azure Backup.
  • Plan for and implement Azure Site Recovery.

Module 7: Planning and implementing Azure SQL Database
This module explains how to plan and implement Azure SQL Database.

Lessons

  • Planning for storing relational data in Azure
  • Implementing Azure SQL Database
  • Managing Azure SQL Database security
  • Monitoring Azure SQL Database
  • Managing Azure SQL Database business continuity

Lab : Planning and implementing data services

  • Creating, securing, and monitoring a Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  • Migrating a Microsoft SQL Server database to the Azure SQL Database

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan for storing relational data in Azure.
  • Implement Azure SQL Database.
  • Manage Azure SQL Database security.
  • Monitor Azure SQL Database.
  • Manage Azure SQL Database business continuity.

Module 8: Implementing PaaS cloud services
This module explains how to implement platform as a service (PaaS) cloud services.

Lessons

  • Planning, creating, and deploying PaaS cloud services
  • Managing cloud services

Lab : Implementing PaaS cloud services

  • Deploying a platform as a service (PaaS) cloud service
  • Configuring deployment slots and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
  • Monitoring cloud services

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan, create, and deploy PaaS cloud services.
  • Manage cloud services.

Module 9: Implementing Azure Active Directory
This module explains how to implement Azure AD.

Lessons

  • Creating and managing Azure AD tenants
  • Configuring application and resource access with Azure AD
  • Overview of Azure AD Premium Storage

Lab : Implementing Azure AD

  • Administering Active Directory AD DS
  • Configuring single sign-on (SSO)
  • Configuring multifactor authentication
  • Configuring SSO from a Windows 10 computer

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create and manage Azure AD tenants.
  • Configure application and resource access with Azure AD.
  • Describe Azure AD Premium Storage.

Module 10: Managing Active Directory in a hybrid environment
This module explains how to manage Active Directory in a hybrid environment.

Lessons

  • Extending on-premises Active Directory into Azure
  • Implementing directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect)
  • Implementing federation with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Web Application Proxy

Lab : Implementing and managing Microsoft Azure Active Directory synchronization

  • Configuring directory synchronization
  • Synchronizing directories

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Extend on-premises Active Directory into Azure.
  • Implement Azure AD Connect.
  • Implement federation with AD FS and Web Application Proxy.

Module 11: Implementing Azure-based management and Automation
This module explains how to implement Azure-based management and Automation.

Lessons

  • Implementing Microsoft Operations Management Suite
  • Implementing Azure Automation
  • Implementing Automation Runbooks
  • Managing Automation

Lab : Implementing Automation

  • Configuring Automation accounts
  • Creating runbooks

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Implement Operations Management Suite.
  • Implement Automation.
  • Implement Automation Runbooks.
  • Manage Automation.