10979: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

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About this course

This course provides the underlying knowledge required by all individuals who will be evaluating Microsoft Azure, regardless of whether they are an administrator, developer, or database administrator. This course also provides the pre-requisite knowledge for students wishing to attend course 20532C Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions, or course 20533C Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.

During this course, students will be introduced to the principles of cloud computing and will become familiar how these principles have been implemented in Microsoft Azure. In addition, this course will take students through the process of implementing the core Azure infrastructure, consisting of virtual networks and storage. With this foundation, students will learn how to create the most common Azure services, including Azure virtual machines (VMs), Web Apps, and SQL Databases. The course will conclude by describing features of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and methods of integrating it with on-premises Active Directory.

Due to Microsoft’s constant desire to make the Azure Portal experience as simple as possible, Microsoft is constantly modifying the Azure Management Portal. Because of this some of the lab instructions will be incorrect as written. We endeavor to validate all lab instructions prior to the class running, but please be aware that Microsoft makes these changes without any notification, and may change something during the week the course is being presented.

Please be patient during the class as we are doing our best to keep on top of all of these changes so that our instructors can better present the information to the students.

Audience profile

This course is intended for individuals who want to evaluate deploying, configuring, and administering services and VMs using Azure, including:

  • Developers who want to evaluate creating Azure solutions.
  • Windows Server administrators who are looking to evaluate the migration of on-premises Active Directory services and roles to the cloud.
  • IT professionals who want to evaluate the use of Azure to host web sites and mobile app back-end services.
  • Database administrators who want to evaluate the use of Azure to host SQL databases.


Before attending this course, students must have a background in IT.

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • Understanding of websites.
  • A basic understanding of virtualization.
  • A basic understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, users, and domain controllers.
  • A basic understanding of database concepts including tables and simple queries.

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe cloud computing, Azure, and Azure subscriptions.
  • Describe and create Azure Web Apps.
  • Create and configure VMs in Microsoft Azure.
  • Create an Azure virtual network.
  • Describe Azure storage.
  • Describe and deploy databases in Azure.
  • Describe Azure AD.

Course Outline

Module 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure

This module introduces students to cloud services and the various Azure services. It describes how to use the Azure portal to access and manage Azure services, and to manage Azure subscription and billing.


What is cloud computing?

What is Azure?

Managing Azure

Subscription management, support, and billing

Lab: Using the Azure portals

Customizing the Azure portal interface

Viewing billing, usage, and quotas data

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe cloud computing.

Describe Azure.

Manage Azure.

Describe subscription management, support, and billing.

Module 2: Microsoft Azure management tools

This module explains Azure PowerShell and its use in managing Azure subscriptions. It also describes the Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Azure cross-platform command-line interface, and explains their benefits and uses.


What is Azure PowerShell

The Azure SDK and the Azure CLI

Lab: Using Microsoft Azure management tools

Using the Azure PowerShell modules

Use the Azure CLI

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe Azure PowerShell.

Describe the Azure SDK and the Azure CLI.

Module 3: Virtual machines in Microsoft Azure

This module explains how to use Azure to deploy virtual machines. It also explains the highly available and scalable configuration of Azure virtual machines, and the management of virtual machine disks by using Azure.


Creating and configuring VMs

Configure disks

Lab: Creating a VM in Azure

Create a VM from the Azure Portal by using an Azure Marketplace image

Verify the functionality of the VM

Configure storage of a VM

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Create and configure VMs.

Configure disks.

Module 4: Web Apps and cloud services

This module explains how to create, configure, and monitor Web apps by using Azure. It also describes the creation and deployment of Cloud Services on Azure.


Creating and configuring web apps

Deploying and monitoring web apps

Creating and deploying PaaS cloud services

Lab: Web Apps and cloud services

Creating and configuring a WordPress web app

Create a cloud service

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Create and configure web apps.

Deploy and monitor web apps.

Create and deploy PaaS cloud services.

Module 5: Creating and configuring virtual networks

This module explains Azure virtual networks and how to create them. It also covers variety of virtual network components, focusing in particular on Azure load balancers.


Getting started with virtual networks

Creating a virtual network

Getting started with Azure Load Balancers

Lab: Create a virtual network

Creating a virtual network

Verifying virtual network functionality

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Explain virtual networks.

Create a virtual network.

Describe Azure Load Balancers.

Module 6: Cloud storage

This module explains the use of cloud storage and its benefits. It also explains how to create, manage, and configure cloud storage in Azure.


Understanding cloud storage

Create and manage storage

Lab: Configure Azure Storage

Create an Azure Storage account

Create and manage blobs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand cloud storage.

Create and manage storage.

Module 7: Microsoft Azure databases

This module explains the options available for storing relational data in Azure. It also explains how to use Microsoft Azure SQL Database to create, configure, and manage SQL databases in Azure.


Understanding options for relational database deployment

Creating and connecting to Azure SQL databases

Lab: Creating a SQL Database in Azure

Create a new Azure SQL database in Azure and configure SQL Server firewall rules

Manage content of an Azure SQL database by using SQL Server Management Studio

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand relational database deployment options.

Create and connect to Azure SQL Databases.

Module 8: Creating and managing Azure AD

This module explains how to use Azure AD and Azure Multi-Factor Authentication to enhance security. It explains how to create users, domains, and tenants in Azure AD, and how to use Multi-Factor Authentication and single sign-on (SSO).


Overview of Azure AD

Manage Azure AD authentication

Lab: Create users in Azure Active Directory tenants

Create users in Azure AD

Create a new Azure AD Tenant and a custom DNS domain

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe Azure AD.

Manage Azure AD authentication.