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.
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Module 1: OVERVIEW OF THE MICROSOFT AZURE PLATFORM
This module reviews the services available in the Azure platform and the Management Portals
used to manage the service instances.
- Azure Services
- Management Portals
Lab: Using the Azure Preview Portal
After completing this module, students will be able to create a Web Site using both the Azure
Management and Preview Portals.
Module 2: Establishing a Development Environment using Azure Virtual Machines
This module describes the Virtual Machine hosting options available in Azure. Students will be
able to deploy custom workloads to an Azure Virtual Machine, manage the VM and images and
also monitor VMs. Constructing Azure Virtual Machines.
- Azure Virtual Machine Workloads
- Migrating Azure Virtual Machine Instances
- Using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to Connect to a Virtual Machine
Lab: Creating an Azure Virtual Machine for Development & Testing
After completing this module, students will be able to create a Virtual Machine using
the Azure Management Portal and create an image of the VM.
Module 3: Hosting Web Applications on the Azure Platform
In this module Students will be able to create and host a simple website using Azure
Web Sites. Students will learn how to monitor and manage the website using the
- Azure Web Sites
- Hosting Web Applications in Azure
- Configuring an Azure Web Site
- Publishing an Azure Web Site
- Monitoring and Analyzing Running Azure Web Sites
- Lab Overview
Lab: Creating an ASP.NET Web Site Using Azure Websites
After completing this module, students will be able to create an Azure Web Site and
publish an existing ASP.NET web application to the site.
Module 4: Storing SQL Data in Azure
In this module, students will learn how to use Azure SQL Databases to store and retrieve
data. Azure SQL Database 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
Lab: Storing Event Data in Azure SQL
After completing this module, students will be able to create an Azure SQL server
and database. They will also be able to use Entity Framework Code First to migrate
tables to Azure.
Module 5: Designing Cloud Applications for Resiliency
In this module, students will understand and identify the common practices and patterns
for building resilient and scalable web applications that will be hosted in Azure.
- Design Considerations for Scale with Cloud Applications
- Application Design Practices for Highly Available Applications
- Building High Performance Applications using ASP.NET
- Common Cloud Application Patterns
- Application Analytics
- Caching Application Data
After completing this module, students will be able to describe and identify the common
practices and patterns for building resilient and scalable web applications that will be
hosted in Azure.
Module 6: Managing Cloud Services in 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.
- Overview of Cloud Services
- Cloud Service Web Roles
- Customizing Cloud Service Configurations
- Updating and Managing Cloud Service Deployments
- Cloud Service Worker Role
- Cloud Service Worker Role Processing
- Analyzing Application Cloud Service Role Instances
Lab: Creating Azure Web Roles Using Visual Studio 2013Lab: Creating a Background
Process Using Azure Worker Roles
After completing this module, students will be able to create a background process
using Azure Worker Role.
Module 7: Storing NoSQL Data in Azure
In this module, students will learn how to store data in Azure Table Storage.
- Azure Storage Overview
- Azure Storage Tables Overview
- Table Entity Transactions
- Azure DocumentDB
Lab: Storing Attendee Registration Data in Azure Table Storage
After completing this module, students will be able to create an Azure Table Storage
table and manage the table data using the .NET API for Azure Storage.
Module 8: Storing and Consuming Files from Azure Storage
In this module, students will be able to store and access multimedia files in Azure
using Blob Storage.
- 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 Blob StorageLab: Creating File Shares
using Azure Files
After completing this module, students will be able to create Azure Files SMB file
share and store documents related to the event website.
Module 9: Designing a Communication Strategy using Queues and Service Bus
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
- Queue Mechanisms in Azure
- Azure Storage Queues
- Handling Storage Queue Messages
- Azure Service Bus
- Azure Service Bus Queues
- Azure Service Bus Relay
- Azure Service Bus Notification Hubs
Lab: Using Storage Queues to Manage Requests between Web Applications in
Azure Lab: Using Service Bus to Manage Communication between Web
Applications in Azure.
After completing this module, students will be able to create an Azure Storage
Queue instance to store requests. They will also create an Azure Service Bus queue
instance to store requests. Students will then create an Azure Service Bus
namespace and use the namespace to connect a cloud web application to the local
Module 10: 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.
- Azure Virtual Networks
- Highly Available Azure Virtual Machines
- Customize 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 Machine using
the existing SQL template and connect this Virtual Machine to the existing
Module 11: Automating Integration with Azure Resources
In this module, students will explore the options for automating their interactions
with Azure Resources using PowerShell, Client Libraries or the REST API. Students
will also explore the two sets of modules available for PowerShell automation.
- Azure SDK Client Libraries
- Virtual Machine Configuration Management
- 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 create a test environment
using PowerShell and the Azure Service Management CmdLets.
Module 12: Securing Azure Web Applications
In this module, students will be able to use Azure Active Directory to implement
security in a Cloud web application.
- Azure Active Directory
- Introduction to Identity Providers
- Azure AD Directories
- Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication
- Azure Role-Based Access Control
Lab: Integrating Azure Active Directory with the Events Administration Portal
After completing this module, student will be able to integrate ASP.NET Identity for
the administration portal with Azure Active Directory.
Module 13: Maintaining and Monitoring Web Solutions in Azure
In this module, students will learn how to deploy web applications to Azure by using
WebDeploy and Service Packages.
- Deployment Strategies for Web Applications
- Deploying Azure Services
- Continuous Integration
- Monitoring Cloud Applications
Lab: Deploying the Events Web Application to Azure
After completing this module, students will be able to deploy the web application
projects to Azure.