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Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

This Microsoft Azure video training course with Ben Finkel covers the topics and material required to fully understand how to implement enterprise-grade application architecture on the Azure Platform....
This Microsoft Azure video training course with Ben Finkel covers the topics and material required to fully understand how to implement enterprise-grade application architecture on the Azure Platform.

70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions goes beyond the basics of developing for the Azure platform to highlight and understand how to take the most advantage of Azure's features. This course also helps you prepare for the certification exam, by covering each course objective as well as demonstrating practical applications for using these features.

The 70-533 exam and this course cover the following general topics: Implementing Websites, Implementing Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Storage, Azure Active Directory, and Azure Virtual Networks.

Note: Microsoft recently updated many of its exams, including those associated with Azure. CBT Nuggets plans to update this course to align it with the new exam objectives and technology advances, but please note that this course is currently aligned with outdated exam objectives.

Recommended Experience Recommended Equipment
  • A desktop computer running Microsoft Windows version 7, 8, or 10
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013
Related Certifications
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Cloud Platform
  • MCSA: Linux on Azure
Related Job Functions
  • Web development
  • Application engineer/team lead
Ben Finkel has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2014. His areas of expertise and certifications include Google Developer Expert, Google Certified Trainer, Microsoft ASP.NET (WebForms and MVC), Data Analysis and Design, Relational Database Architecture, MS SQL Server, Microsoft C#.NET, Javascript, jQuery, Microsoft Visual Basic .NET & 6.0, .NET Reporting Services, MS Access, and Python.
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1. Exam 70-533: Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions (14 min)
2. Introduction to Azure Websites (21 min)
3. Azure Websites: Building and Deploying (26 min)
4. Azure Websites: Deploying and Scheduling WebJobs (15 min)
5. Azure Websites: Site Settings (17 min)
6. Azure Websites: Custom Domain Features (12 min)
7. Azure Websites: Logging and Monitoring (14 min)
8. Azure Websites: Monitoring, Rules, and Analytics (10 min)
9. Azure Websites: Auto Scaling (12 min)
10. Azure Websites: Resource Groups and Hosting Plans (11 min)
11. Introduction to Azure Virtual Machines (10 min)
12. Azure Virtual Machines: Deploying VMs (20 min)
13. Azure Virtual Machines: Uploading Disks (10 min)
14. Azure Virtual Machines: Custom Images (10 min)
15. Azure Virtual Machines: Configuration Management (15 min)
16. Azure Virtual Machines: VM Networking (27 min)
17. Azure Virtual Machines: Availability and Scaling (13 min)
18. Azure Virtual Machines: Storage Planning (13 min)
19. Azure Virtual Machines: Metrics and Alerts (9 min)
20. Introduction To Azure Cloud Services (14 min)
21. Azure Cloud Services: Deploying Packages (15 min)
22. Azure Cloud Services: Basic Configuration (15 min)
23. Azure Cloud Services: Network Configuration (12 min)
24. Azure Cloud Services: IIS Configuration (11 min)
25. Azure Cloud Services: Storage Caching (12 min)
26. Azure Cloud Services: Scaling (9 min)
27. Azure Cloud Services: Monitoring and Diagnostics (9 min)
28. Introduction to Azure Storage (11 min)
29. Azure Storage: Containers and Blobs (13 min)
30. Azure Storage: Uploading Data to Storage (13 min)
31. Azure Storage: CDNs and Custom Domains (11 min)
32. Azure Storage: Access Management (15 min)
33. Azure Storage: Diagnostics and Monitoring (8 min)
34. Azure Storage: SQL Databases (16 min)
35. Azure Storage: SQL Database Availability (18 min)
36. Introduction to Azure Active Directory (10 min)
37. Azure Active Directory: Directory Sync (16 min)
38. Azure Active Directory: Office 365 Sync (8 min)
39. Azure Active Directory: Monitoring (8 min)
40. Azure Active Directory: SaaS Single Sign-On (12 min)
41. Azure Active Directory: Integrate with Custom Apps (17 min)
42. Introduction to Azure Virtual Networks (10 min)
43. Azure Virtual Networks: Configuration and Deployment (14 min)
44. Azure Virtual Networks: Addressing and Load Balancing (15 min)
45. Azure Virtual Networks: Multi-Site Networking (15 min)

Exam 70-533: Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions

00:00:00

Exam 70-533, implementing Azure infrastructure solutions. Hello, everyone. This Ben Finkel. And in this Nugget, I just want to take a general overall introduction to exam 70-533 and what it means for you when you want to achieve that exam. I'm going to talk about the course and what topics we cover-- why we cover those topics.

00:00:17

And also just introduce Microsoft Azure a little bit. Talk about what it is and what makes it so great. So first of all, what is Microsoft Azure? Well, at its highest level, Microsoft Azure is just Microsoft's collection of integrated services in the cloud.

00:00:31

And what do we mean by that? That's not particularly descriptive term. Well, integrated services are all of the services that any organization needs to use or leverage for their IT solutions. We're talking about file servers and database servers, virtual machines, websites, web apps-- the whole kit and caboodle.

00:00:47

Microsoft has an entire collection of those services up inside of their public cloud offering. And we are talking about public clouds here. What do I mean by public clouds? Well, public clouds are cloud services that are available to the general public via the internet.

00:01:02

They're located all over the globe through a series of different data centers that can find in different points all over the planet. And these data centers can be used both by your users who need to access those services that you provide as well as your engineers, your developers, your software solutions architects-- everyone inside your business who needs to organize and administer and manage these services.

00:01:23

And because it's connected to the public internet-- because it's a public cloud-- that means that they can do this administration, they can do this management from anywhere-- the park, the gym, the beach, even the office for the few people who still work in a regular old office today.

00:01:37

By providing all of these integrated services up inside of the cloud, Microsoft Azure has create a platform that is exposed to anyone, anywhere they need to work from or anywhere they need to access your services from. And you might say, well, what's the big deal?

00:01:51

Why do we want to move to a public cloud service? We can set up private clouds relatively easily. Well, public clouds afford a couple of different things. The big promise of public clouds is scalability. Microsoft, being need large organization that they are with the immense amount of capital that they have, can create systems that scale up in a much more rapid pace, much more dynamically, much more elastically than we could and much more cost effectively than we can.

00:02:18

Scalability means that we can grow our services to handle the increased demand that we might run into on an unexpected basis. It also means that we can descale-- we can shrink our services when demand shrinks or when traffic patterns slow down so that we don't to pay for and buy services and capacity that we don't actually need.

00:02:37

It's also a worldwide solution like we were talking about before. Because it's Microsoft and they do have data centers all over the world, you can ensure that your services are being delivered in a fast, low latency fashion no matter where your customers are.

00:02:51

The two big components of Microsoft Azure's cloud at a very high level are infrastructure as a service and platform as a service. We call these IAAS and PAAS. And you'll get used to hearing those terms a lot when you're working with really any cloud service, but Microsoft in particular.

00:03:07

And they integrate these two services in really unique, interesting ways, allowing you to fully manage or really offload the full management of those systems to Microsoft so you can focus on developing and delivering solutions to run your business. Now, some of the things that make Microsoft Azure stand out from really the host of public cloud offerings out there is the fact that Microsoft Azure has some really unique feature offerings.

00:03:32

First of all, it's great with hybrid cloud solutions. Because Microsoft has such a wide foot hold inside of on premise data servers-- right, a lot of people are running Windows Server in their data centers. A lot of people are using Microsoft Active Directory for their identity management.

00:03:48

Microsoft Azure integration with their on premise data center is really, really tight. So you can create really cool, really neat hybrid-cloud solutions very, very easily with Microsoft Azure. Microsoft has also made a really dedicated push to be an open platform.

00:04:02

You're not limited to just working with Microsoft development technologies-- dot NET, SQL Server. You can use Linux and Java-- even Node.js-- all sorts of great, cool, open source technologies that everyone's real excited about these days integrate really nicely with Microsoft Azure.

00:04:19

They've made a real attempt to open that up. Microsoft Azure has bar none one of the best identity management systems on the planet-- that's Microsoft Azure Active Directory. A cloud-based Active Directory solution that you can actually synchronize and keep up to date with your own on premise Active Directory.

00:04:35

Microsoft also uses really familiar administration tools-- not just command line, but we're talking about Visual Studio, PowerShell, Web Matrix. Tools that you likely have a wide range of experience within your organization already. You can connect those right up to Microsoft Azure and start working right away with them.

00:04:53

Plus, Azure has a whole host-- a whole huge list of different features. We'll take a look at those a little bit later. But they do not just have compute and web data analytics-- networking, content delivery networks, integration, all kinds of different things that you can do with Microsoft Azure.

00:05:07

It's really a wide-ranging and robust offering they have. So now we understand what Microsoft Azure is, let's talk a little bit about the features that we're going to go over in this course in order to meet the exam objectives for the 70-533 exam, that's implementing Azure infrastructure solutions.

00:05:25

Microsoft Azure is, of course, made up of a ton of different products, but we really need to focus on a few key ones. For starters, we're going to take a look Azure Web Apps. Azure Web Apps is your platform as a service. And it used to be called Azure Websites.

00:05:38

In a lot other documentation, you'll see it referred to as Azure Websites. Throughout this entire course, we refer to it as Azure Websites. They only recently in April of 2015 updated the name to be Azure Web Apps. But they make no mistake, they're still the same thing.

00:05:52

It's still just Azure Websites/ They just simply rolled it up under another name and a different organization on their documentation pages. Azure web apps allow you to deploy-- one click deploy code-- to a fully-managed platform. You don't have to worry about implementing or setting up the environment and all.

00:06:08

Period. End of story. You simply develop your web app, develop your website, develop your back end web API, deploy it out into Microsoft Azure it's instantaneously available in the public internet. They also have Azure Virtual Machines, which is their infrastructure as a service offering.

00:06:24

And Azure Virtual Machines, just like it sounds like, is a way to very quickly spin up virtual machines that are managed by you in an infrastructure managed environment. So in that case, the infrastructure is provided as a service. They host the data center, they worry about uptime, they worry about proper climate controls, they worry about making sure that they meet their SLA, which is over 99%.

00:06:45

All you have to worry about is getting the software installed on that virtual machine that you need in order to deliver your solution. They then combine both of these two ideas down into something called Azure Cloud Services, which are really a kind of unique melding of Azure Websites-- a fully-managed platform as a service-- and Azure Virtual Machines-- an infrastructure as a service.

00:07:04

With Azure Cloud Services, you can spin up fully-managed machines on platforms you have some creative control over. You have the ability to set them up both as back-end worker role servers as well front-end web servers. And you have some choice in what operating systems they're going to run, whether or not they have IIS installed, et cetera.

00:07:22

So while it's not a fully wide open Azure Virtual Machine inside of cloud services, you do have some control over what those platforms look like and how they're controlled. These things really make up the core of Microsoft Azure Services. These are their IAAS and PAAS services that I talked about a few slides ago.

00:07:40

But, of course, Azure offers a ton of other things outside of that, and the things that we're going to look at in this course are Azure SQL Database. Just like it sounds like, this is a way to spin up SQL databases inside of Microsoft Azure's cloud. You've probably worked with or at least heard of Microsoft SQL Server before.

00:07:56

Well, you can get those servers very cheaply up and running inside of Azure with Azure SQL Database. And you can even do some really neat things too-- sort of hook them up to your local on premise SQL database data center if that's what you need to do.

00:08:08

Azure Active Directory is one of the really unique, powerful things that Microsoft Azure has. That is a cloud-based Active Directory Solution that, again, you can hook up to your on premise Active Directory in order to create a hybrid cloud very, very easily.

00:08:22

Azure Virtual Networks allows you to use software to define network infrastructures inside of your Azure cloud. And this way, you can control and isolate how your different solutions are communicating with one another and even set up VPN connections back to your on premise sites.

00:08:37

And Azure storage is a wide range of storage options-- storage is a service, really-- that allows you to store different types of data in different formats, whether it's NoSQL, binary BLOB data, even queueing up tasks for your Azure Websites can be done inside of Azure Storage.

00:08:54

And that's a really profound feature that we need to explore inside of this course. So the target intended audience for 70-533 is developers, implementers, and solution architects-- really anyone involved with Microsoft Azure as a platform is going to get some value out of this examine.

00:09:11

It has an interesting combination of both low-level programming tasks-- writing PowerShell code, building web apps-- as well as overall larger architecture questions-- things like what's the most cost-effective way to roll out your virtual machines or your cloud services in order to succeed at a given task.

00:09:28

So you'll find that it crosses a lot of territory and it requires a really broad base of knowledge in order to successfully take this exam. You need to know a little bit about writing code, you need to know a little bit about Active Directory, you need to know a little bit about networking and subnetting.

00:09:43

We cover all of that throughout this course. According to the official documentation-- the official website, which we'll go check out in a moment-- these are the topics, these are the exam objectives for 70-533. So first, 15% to 20% you need to implement websites or Azure Web Apps as they are now called.

00:10:00

You need to be able to spin up and roll those websites out into Azure with really one click deployment, both from Visual Studio as well as from the command line using PowerShell. Same thing with virtual machines. You need to know how to spin up and set up virtual machines using the Azure portal or using the Azure PowerShell commands.

00:10:16

Cloud services, like we talked about, are the interesting combination of websites and virtual machines. Then you need to know about how to implement those and set up things like worker roles verses web roles and what that entails-- what the implications of those two different roles in those different cloud services that you can enable are.

00:10:33

Implementing storage covers things like Azure SQL as well as Azure tables, queues, et cetera. These are the different ways you can store different information inside of Azure in a really cost effective but also fast way. Implementing Azure Directory is all about setting up identity management inside of the cloud.

00:10:51

Ways you can use a Azure Active Directory not only to synchronize from your on premise Active Directory, but federate out security to and from other services-- really make Azure Active Directory your central point of authentication and identity management for your entire organization.

00:11:07

And then lastly, virtual networks. That's all about setting up addressing space and organizing your network in order to prevent communication or enable communication between different services and systems inside of your Azure implementation. Here is the URL for that page.

00:11:23

I'm going to go ahead and bring it up right now so that we can see exactly what it looks like. When you bring up this page, you can schedule to take the exam right from here. And if you scroll down, you'll see a skills measured section, which covers everything that I just talked about.

00:11:36

As you expand each of these items, it's going to tell you the details about what you need to know under each topic in order to pass this exam. Again, we cover all of this throughout the Nuggets in this course. So make sure you take a good look at this and understand what's on this page so that you know what you have to know in order to pass the exam.

00:11:54

There's also some really good preparation options down here. So alongside the Nuggets in this course, you're going to want to sit down and load up the tools and follow along with the examples of the demonstrations. I'll tell you right now, I don't think you're going to pass the exam if you haven't actually sat down and worked with this stuff and seen these things in action, played around with it a little bit yourself, read some of the documentation.

00:12:14

It's a really important part of understanding what you're doing. This exam operates under the idea that you probably already have some experience-- quite a bit of experience, actually-- working with and maybe implementing Microsoft Azure as a solution.

00:12:26

So if you haven't sat down and got that experience working inside of each product, you're going to struggle on the exam. Make sure you go ahead and do that. Another really useful resources the Azure PowerShell Command. I've got it up on screen here. And this page-- this reference documentation-- is going to cover all the different PowerShell commands you can use with Microsoft Azure.

00:12:48

The exam covers a lot of different PowerShell commands. You're going to need to know the PowerShell commands that are available to you-- the ones that I cover throughout this course. You need to know what switches are available and how they work. So make sure that you keep this documentation-- this reference documentation-- handy so that you can look up and understand all the different PowerShell commands.

00:13:06

Now, lastly, I just want to talk about how this exam fits into the overall MCSD certification for Microsoft Azure. And this is, of course, the second exam in the series. You can see here, 533. The series is made up of exam 532, developing Microsoft Azure solutions, which is much more of a developer implementation focused exam.

00:13:24

And 534, architecting Azure solutions, which is a much higher level overall architecture focused exam. We've got here the middle-- 533, implementing Azure infrastructure. All right, that concludes this introductory Nugget on exam 70-533, implementing Azure infrastructure solutions.

00:13:43

So to recap, we talked about what exam 533 entails, and that is a wide ranging collection of information for implementing Azure. And that's both technical details-- things like writing PowerShell commands or building web apps-- as well as overall architecture questions about how to properly organize things so that it's most cost effective and most beneficial to you for your organization.

00:14:04

I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Introduction to Azure Websites

Azure Websites: Building and Deploying

Azure Websites: Deploying and Scheduling WebJobs

Azure Websites: Site Settings

Azure Websites: Custom Domain Features

Azure Websites: Logging and Monitoring

Azure Websites: Monitoring, Rules, and Analytics

Azure Websites: Auto Scaling

Azure Websites: Resource Groups and Hosting Plans

Introduction to Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines: Deploying VMs

Azure Virtual Machines: Uploading Disks

Azure Virtual Machines: Custom Images

Azure Virtual Machines: Configuration Management

Azure Virtual Machines: VM Networking

Azure Virtual Machines: Availability and Scaling

Azure Virtual Machines: Storage Planning

Azure Virtual Machines: Metrics and Alerts

Introduction To Azure Cloud Services

Azure Cloud Services: Deploying Packages

Azure Cloud Services: Basic Configuration

Azure Cloud Services: Network Configuration

Azure Cloud Services: IIS Configuration

Azure Cloud Services: Storage Caching

Azure Cloud Services: Scaling

Azure Cloud Services: Monitoring and Diagnostics

Introduction to Azure Storage

Azure Storage: Containers and Blobs

Azure Storage: Uploading Data to Storage

Azure Storage: CDNs and Custom Domains

Azure Storage: Access Management

Azure Storage: Diagnostics and Monitoring

Azure Storage: SQL Databases

Azure Storage: SQL Database Availability

Introduction to Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory: Directory Sync

Azure Active Directory: Office 365 Sync

Azure Active Directory: Monitoring

Azure Active Directory: SaaS Single Sign-On

Azure Active Directory: Integrate with Custom Apps

Introduction to Azure Virtual Networks

Azure Virtual Networks: Configuration and Deployment

Azure Virtual Networks: Addressing and Load Balancing

Azure Virtual Networks: Multi-Site Networking

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