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Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Stack

Welcome to Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Stack

Welcome to the Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Stack online course. This self-paced course provides an in-depth discussion and practical hands-on training of Microsoft Azure Stack including Azure Virtual Machines, Storage, Virtual Networking, and deployment options. In addition to practical, hands-on training, the student will participate in several assessment checkpoints to help them gauge their level of understanding. This training is designed to relate IaaS and PaaS technologies used in Microsoft Azure Stack to those used in Microsoft Azure .

Throughout the last year, we’ve seen tremendous customer and partner excitement around Microsoft Azure Stack. In fact, we’re speaking with thousands of partners. Our partners are excited about the new business opportunities opened up by our ‘One Azure Ecosystem’ approach, which helps them extend their Azure investments to Azure Stack:

    • Azure Stack integrated systems are offered through a partnership of Microsoft and hardware partners, creating a solution that offers cloud-paced innovation and computing management simplicity. Because Azure Stack is offered as an integrated hardware and software system, you have the flexibility and control you need, along with the ability to innovate from the cloud. Azure Stack integrated systems range in size from 4-12 nodes, and are jointly supported by the hardware partner and Microsoft. Use Azure Stack integrated systems to create new scenarios and deploy new solutions for your production workloads.
    • Azure Stack software pricing and availability: We have released pricing for the pay-as-you-use and capacity-based models today, you can use that information to plan your purchases.
    • Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) availability: ASDK, the free single-server deployment option for trial purposes, is available for web download today. You can use it to build and validate your applications for integrated systems deployments.

Azure Stack  and Azure

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, thereby enabling a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform. Consistency removes hybrid cloud complexity, which helps you maximize your investments across cloud and on-premises environments. Consistency enables you to build and deploy applications using the exact same approach – same APIs, same DevOps tools, same portal – leading to increased developer productivity. Consistency enables you to develop cloud applications faster by building on Azure Marketplace application components. Consistency enables you to confidently invest in people and processes knowing that those are fully transferable. The ability to run consistent Azure services on-premises gets you full flexibility to decide where applications and workloads should reside. An integrated systems-based delivery model ensures that you can focus on what matters to your business (i.e., your applications), while also enabling Microsoft to deliver Azure innovation to you faster. 

Hybrid use cases unlock application innovation

Azure and Azure Stack unlock new use cases for customer facing and internal line of business applications: 

    • Edge and disconnected solutions: You can address latency and connectivity requirements by processing data locally in Azure Stack and then aggregating in Azure for further analytics, with common application logic across both. We’re seeing lots of interest in this Edge scenario across different contexts, including factory floor, cruise ships, and mine shafts.
    • Cloud applications that meet varied regulations: You can develop and deploy applications in Azure, with full flexibility to deploy on-premises on Azure Stack to meet regulatory or policy requirements, with no code changes needed. Many customers are looking to deploy different instances of the same application – for example, a global audit or financial reporting app – to Azure or Azure Stack, based on business and technical requirements. While Azure meets most requirements, Azure Stack enables on-premises deployments in locations where it’s needed. Saxo Bank is a great example of an organization who plan to leverage the deployment flexibility enabled by Azure Stack.  
    • Cloud application model on-premises: You can use Azure web and mobile services, containers, serverless, and microservice architectures to update and extend existing applications or build new ones. You can use consistent DevOps processes across Azure in the cloud and Azure Stack on-premises. We’re seeing broad interest in application modernization, including for core mission-critical applications. Mitsui Knowledge Industry is a great example of an organization planning their application modernization roadmap using Azure Stack and Azure. 

Ecosystem solutions across Azure and Azure Stack

You can speed up your Azure Stack initiatives by leveraging the rich Azure ecosystem:

    • Our goal is to ensure that most ISV applications and services that are certified for Azure will work on Azure Stack. Multiple ISVs, including Bitnami, Docker, Kemp Technologies, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux, are working to make their solutions available on Azure Stack.  
    • You have the option of having Azure Stack delivered and operated as a fully managed service. Multiple partners, including Avanade, Daisy, Evry, Rackspace, and Tieto, are working to deliver managed service offerings across Azure and Azure Stack. These partners have been delivering managed services for Azure via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and are now extending their offerings to include hybrid solutions. 
    • Systems Integrators (SI) can help you accelerate your application modernization initiatives by bringing in-depth Azure skillsets, domain and industry knowledge, and process expertise (e.g., DevOps). PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a great example of an SI that’s expanding their consulting practice to Azure and Azure Stack. 

Orderable integrated systems, free single-server kit for trial

Azure Stack has two deployment options:

    • Azure Stack integrated systems are offered through a partnership of Microsoft and hardware partners, creating a solution that offers cloud-paced innovation and computing management simplicity. Because Azure Stack is offered as an integrated hardware and software system, you have the flexibility and control you need, along with the ability to innovate from the cloud. Azure Stack integrated systems range in size from 4-12 nodes, and are jointly supported by the hardware partner and Microsoft. Use Azure Stack integrated systems to create new scenarios and deploy new solutions for your production workloads.
    • Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) – ASDK is a free single server deployment that’s designed for trial and proof of concept purposes. ASDK is available for web download today, and you can use it to prototype your applications. The portal, Azure services, DevOps tools, and Marketplace content are the same across this ASDK release and integrated systems, so applications built against the ASDK will work when deployed to a multi-server system. 

This course utilizes the ASDK for hands-on labs and serves as the platform for understanding the Azure Stack integrated systems.

About the Course

There are nine modules for this course.

The audience profile for this course is IT Professionals and Enterprise Architects with cloud computing experience. This course focuses on providing a basis for understanding and working hands-on with Azure Stack services, so prior knowledge of Azure is not a requirement for learning those services.

You will work your way through the online labs to become familiar with:

    • The components and architecture of Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Deploying Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Windows Server 2016 features used in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • DevOps using Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Resources in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Managing IaaS in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Managing PaaS in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Performing monitoring and troubleshooting in Microsoft Azure Stack
    • Understanding how licensing and billing works in Microsoft Azure Stack

The nine online labs included are :

NOTE: The online labs for this course will be available on 10/26/18.

  • Connecting to Microsoft Azure Stack using Azure PowerShell
  • Configuring Delegation Using the Azure Stack Administrator Portal
  • Add a Windows Server 2016 Image to Azure Stack using Azure PowerShell (Disconnected Scenario)
  • Add a Linux Image to Azure Stack using Azure PowerShell (Disconnected Scenario)
  • Create a Custom Marketplace Items using the Marketplace Toolkit
  • Validating ARM Templates with Azure Stack

Each lab includes the following:

    • Detailed procedures for individual lab tasks
    • Access to a Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller for performing hands-on lab exercises hosted on Microsoft Labs Online (MLO)
    • Access to Azure Stack Admin and Tenant portals
    • Short “how-to” videos for viewing each task should you get stuck and need to see how it’s done

The point is, you try the labs on your own, at your own pace, but we recommend you also view the individual demo videos for those times when you might need a little bit of help, such as entering a command string, or navigating your way through the Azure Stack portals.

  1. Course Number

    INF240x
  2. Course Mode

    Self-Paced
  3. Estimated Effort

    30-35 hours total
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