Course Overview

In the early days of cloud computing, the “cloud” was mostly a place to park data and spin up virtual machines. Today it is much more. In addition to providing access to traditional storage and compute resources on Linux as well as Windows, Microsoft Azure includes extensive infrastructure options that need to be properly configured or deployed to maximize Azure’s benefits.

Microsoft Azure is the cloud solution available in 140 countries with 54 regional data centers. Azure has more global regions than any other cloud provider—offering the scale needed to bring applications closer to users around the world, preserving data residency, and offering comprehensive compliance and resiliency options for customers. Learn about the various features that Microsoft Azure has to offer and how to build Microsoft Azure infrastructural solutions in this 3-day, hands-on workshop.

Key Learning Areas

Attendees will acquire first-hand experience using Azure and the infrastructural services that it offers. You will learn:

      • The core concepts of Microsoft Azure infrastructure
      • How to use management tools such as Azure PowerShell, the Azure Software Development Kit, and the cross-platform Azure command-line interface (CLI)
      • How to create Azure virtual networks
      • How to combine Azure with on-premises resources to create hybrid networking solutions
      • How to create and manage Azure VMs and their disks
      • How to shift workloads to the cloud using VMs and containers
      • How to use Azure services that provide data storage, management, and analytics capabilities in hybrid scenarios
      • How to use Azure for disaster recovery and business continuity solutions for on-premises environments
      • How to use Azure Active Directory to create users and groups and manage devices, as well as provide single-sign-on and multifactor authentication.

Each course module consists of one or more lectures followed by hands-on labs designed to reinforce the principles presented during lecture.

Course Outline

Day 1

Microsoft Azure Management Tools

Learn how to use the Azure portal, Azure PowerShell, and the Azure CLI to manage virtual machines and other Azure resources. Also learn about the Azure Resource Manager and how to create and delete resource groups. 

Virtual Networks

Learn how to implement Azure virtual networks and integrate them with on-premises computing resources by establishing direct network connectivity between the two environments.

Day 2

Virtual Machines and Containers

Learn how to create and configure VMs in Azure and how to manage their disks. Also learn about the differences between Azure Virtual Machines and Azure App Services, how to migrate on-premises workloads to VMs, how to integrate computing workloads using containers and Azure Service Fabric, and how to migrate containerized workloads to the cloud.

Azure Storage and Data Services

Learn about Azure Storage and the capabilities that different storage types offer. Also learn about Azure Backup, StorSimple as a hybrid storage solution, Microsoft SQL Server Stretch Database, Azure Data Factory with Data Management Gateway, and Azure Content Delivery Network.

Day 3

Azure Site Recovery

Learn about Azure Site Recovery and the scenarios that it supports. Learn about planning considerations for Azure Site Recovery, how to configure disaster recovery for on-premises workloads, and how to enhance disaster recovery with StorSimple.

Implementing Azure Active Directory

Learn how to create and manage a new tenant for your organization. Your new tenant represents your organization and helps you to manage a specific instance of Microsoft cloud services for your internal and external users. You will then learn about configuring application and resource access using the identity, authentication and authorization processes inherent in Azure AD.

Who Benefits

IT Professionals or Enterprise Architects


This course is for administrators, developers, and high-end users who want to learn how to build Azure infrastructure solutions using Azure. In order to work along with the labs, attendees must have the following:

  • An understanding of on-premises virtualization technologies, including virtual machines, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks
  • An understanding of network configuration, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies
  • An understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Knowledge of Windows Server 2012 and/or Windows Server 2016 fundamentals, Windows PowerShell basics, and cloud-computing basics