WS-013: Azure Stack HCI Course Outline
This three-day course is intended primarily for IT Professionals who already have significant experience with managing an on-premises Windows Server environment. Its purpose is to cover advanced topics related to Windows Server software-defined datacenter, Azure Stack HCI, and other Azure Stack products. The course also describes the use of existing Microsoft System Center products to implement and manage software-defined datacenters with Windows Server 2019. This course is advanced and is designed for people that want to run their virtual workloads on Windows Server 2019 at medium-to-large scale using software-defined datacenter and hyper-converged principles.
This course is for IT professionals who manage on-premises Windows Server environments and want to use Azure to manage server workloads and run their virtual workloads on Windows Server 2019. They also want to use existing Microsoft System Center products to implement and manage software-defined datacenters with Windows Server 2019.
Describe the Azure Stack portfolio, including Azure Stack HCI, Azure Stack Hub, and Azure Stack Edge
Describe the Azure Stack HCI core technologies and management tools.
Describe the process of a typical Azure Stack HCI implementation.
Intermediate experience with managing Windows Server operating systems and Windows Server virtualized workloads in on-premises scenarios
Intermediate experience with common Windows Server management tools (implied by the first prerequisite)
Intermediate knowledge of core Microsoft compute, storage, networking, and virtualization technologies
Intermediate knowledge of Windows Server–based compute and storage high-availability technologies
Basic experience with implementing and managing Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) services in Microsoft Azure
Basic knowledge of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft virtualization security-related technologies
Intermediate knowledge of PowerShell scripting and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
Module 1: Introducing Azure Stack HCI
This module describes the basic characteristics of Azure Stack HCI, along with its peer offerings that are part of the Azure Stack portfolio, including Azure Stack Hub and Azure Stack Edge. The module also presents an overview of the Azure Stack HCI core technologies and management tools, and a high-level walkthrough of a typical implementation process. Finally, the modules concludes with a summary of Azure Stack HCI hybrid capabilities, most of which are covered in detail in Module 4.
Overview of Azure Stack HCI
Overview of Azure Stack HCI technologies
Overview of Azure Stack HCI management tools
Overview of the Azure Stack HCI hybrid capabilities
Module 2: Operating and maintaining Azure Stack HCI
This module describes how to implement, manage, and maintain workloads on Azure Stack HCI. As described in the first module, Azure Stack HCI is designed to optimize performance, resiliency, and scalability of specific types of workloads. Implementing these workloads follows the initial configuration, which involves provisioning virtualized storage and networking layers on top of the hardware approved by Microsoft that is running the Windows Server 2019 operating system. This module provides an overview of different Azure services and Windows Server functionality that can be used to manage and maintain those workloads, leveraging integration of Windows Server 2019 with Azure.
Implementing and managing workloads on Azure Stack HCI
Maintaining Azure Stack HCI
Lab : Lab B: Using Windows Admin Center in hybrid scenarios
Integrating hyperconverged infrastructure with Azure services
Reviewing Azure integration functionality
Managing updates to hyperconverged infrastructure
Module 3: Planning for and implementing Azure Stack HCI storage
This module describes how to plan for and implement Azure Stack HCI Storage. The module covers the core HCI storage technologies in detail and includes specific coverage of Storage QoS and Storage Replica (in the context of Azure Stack HCI). The module describes the process of planning, implementation and management of Azure Stack HCI storage.
Overview of Azure Stack HCI Storage core technologies
Planning for Storage Spaces Direct in Azure Stack HCI
Implementing a Storage Spaces Direct-based hyper-converged infrastructure
Managing Storage Spaces Direct in Azure Stack HCI
Planning for and implementing Storage QoS
Planning for and implementing Storage Replica
Lab : Implementing a Storage Spaces Direct cluster
Implementing a Storage Spaces Direct cluster by using Windows Admin Center
Implementing an Storage Spaced Direct cluster by using Windows PowerShell
Managing of a Storage Spaces Direct cluster by using Windows Admin Center and Windows PowerShell
Managing and monitoring resiliency of a Storage Spaces Direct cluster
Managing Storage Spaces Direct cluster tiers
Identifying and analyzing metadata of a Storage Spaces Direct cluster (optional)
Module 4: Planning for and implementing Azure Stack HCI networking
This module describes how to plan for and implement Software Defined Networking in Azure Stack HCI. The module focuses on the technology and its basic functionality, with emphasis on Windows Admin Center as the primary SDN management tool. The module also covers in more detail four specific components of SDN available in Azure Stack HCI; Switch Embedded Teaming (SET), Software Load Balancing (SLB), Datacenter Firewall, and RAS Gateways.
Overview of Azure Stack HCI core networking technologies
Overview of network virtualization and Software-Defined Networking
Planning for and implementing Switch Embedded Teaming
Planning for and implementing Datacenter Firewall
Planning for and implementing Software Load Balancing
Planning for and implementing RAS Gateways
Lab : Lab A: Deploying Software-Defined Networking
Deploying Software-Defined Networking by using PowerShell
Managing virtual networks by using Windows Admin Center and PowerShell
Implementing SDN Access Control List by using Windows Admin Center
Implementing SDN Software Load Balancing by using Windos Admin Center and Windows PowerShell
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