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AZ-030: Microsoft Azure Solutions for AWS Architects

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AZ-030: Microsoft Azure Solutions for AWS Architects Course Outline

This course teaches Solutions Architects who have previously designed for Amazon Web Services how to translate business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions for Azure. Lessons include virtualization, automation, networking, storage, identity, security, data platform, and application infrastructure. This course outlines how decisions in each theses area affects an overall solution.

Audience profile
This course is for AWS Cloud Architects with expertise in designing and implementing solutions running on AWS who now want to design for Microsoft Azure.

Job role: Solutions Architect

Preparation for exam: AZ-303

Skills gained
Secure identities with Azure Active Directory and users and groups.
Implement identity solutions spanning on-premises and cloud-based capabilities
Apply monitoring solutions for collecting, combining, and analyzing data from different sources.

Experience (>1year) as an AWS Architect designing secure and scalable AWS cloud solutions across storage structures, compute, networking, and the interaction with external resources/services.
Understanding of on-premises virtualization technologies, including: VMs, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks.
Understanding of network configuration, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies.
Understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Understanding of resilience and disaster recovery, including backup and restore operations.
Understanding of programming fundamentals and use of a scripting language.
Candidates will benefit from familiarity with Azure administration, Azure development processes, and DevOps processes.

Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to Azure
In this module, you’ll learn about how Azure organizes subscriptions and accounts, and you can set up resource groups and templates to standardize creation and life-cycle management of your resources.

Subscriptions and accounts
Resource groups and templates in Azure Resource Manager

Module 2: Azure global infrastructure
In this module, you’ll see the worldwide architecture of Microsoft Azure and how that architecture affects the availability and reliability of your applications and sites.
Azure regions
Azure Availability Zones
Comparison with AWS

Module 3: Implement Azure Active Directory
In this module, you will learn how to secure identities with Azure Active Directory, and implement users and groups.
Introduction to Azure Active Directory
Domains and custom domains
Safety features
Guest users in Azure Active Directory
Manage multiple directories
Comparison with AWS

Module 4: Implement and manage hybrid identities
In this module, you will learn how to extend your on-premise Active Directory accounts to the cloud, and how to sync the accounts.
Introduction to Azure AD Connect
Comparison with AWS

Module 5: Implement virtual networking
In this module, you will learn about basic virtual networking concepts like virtual networks and subnetting, IP addressing, Azure DNS, network security groups, and Azure Firewall.
Azure Virtual Network and VNet peering
VPN and ExpressRoute connections
Comparison with AWS

Module 6: Implement VMs for Windows and Linux
In this module, you will learn how to configure VMs for high availability and how to deploy and configure scale sets.
Configure high availability
Comparison with AWS

Module 7: Implement load balancing and network security
In this module, you will learn how to implement Azure Load Balancer, and how to set up security groups.
Implement Azure Load Balancer
Implement an Azure Application Gateway
Implement Azure Firewall
Implement network security groups and application security groups
Comparison with AWS

Module 8: Implement container-based applications
In this module, you will learn how to configure the Azure Kubernetes Service and how to publish a solution on an Azure container.
Configure Azure Kubernetes Service
Publish a solution on an Azure Container Instance
Comparison with AWS

Module 9: Implement an application infrastructure
In this module, you’ll learn the basics of selecting an App Service plan, configuring your plan, and setting up Logic Apps and Azure Functions.
Create an App Service plan
Create and configure Azure App Service
Configure networking for an App Service
Introduction to Logic Apps and Azure Functions
Comparison with AWS

Module 10: Implement storage accounts
In this module, you’ll be introduced to Azure Storage and how to configure network access, replication, authentication, access, and failover.
Azure Storage core concepts
Managing the Azure Blob storage lifecycle
Working with Azure Blob storage
Comparison with AWS

Module 11: Implement NoSQL databases
In this module, you will learn about Azure Cosmos DB and how to configure it.
Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB
Select appropriate CosmosDB APIs
Set up replicas in CosmosDB
Comparison with AWS DynamoDB

Module 12: Implement Azure SQL databases
In this module, you will learn how to implement managed instances of Azure SQL database and how to configure it for high availability.
Configure Azure SQL database settings
Implement Azure SQL Database managed instances
Configure high availability for an Azure SQL database
Comparison with AWS

Module 13: Implement cloud infrastructure monitoring
In this module, you will learn how to use Azure Monitor to set alerts and how to log and manage costs.
Monitor security
Monitor cost
Configure a Log Analytics workspace
Comparison with AWS

Module 14: Implement and manage Azure governance solutions
In this module, you will learn how to configure role-based access control and how to configure Azure Policy to force compliance with governance requirements.
Assign RBAC roles
Configure management access to Azure
Implement and configure an Azure Policy
Comparison with AWS

Module 15: Manage security for applications
In this module, you will learn how to implement and configure KeyVault, how to register and manage application in Azure Active Directory, and how to configure Azure Active Directory Managed Identities.
Implement Azure Key Vault
Implement and configure Azure AD Managed Identities
Register and manage applications in Azure AD
Comparison with AWS

Module 16: Migration, backup, and disaster recovery management
In this module, you will learn how to migrate workloads, and now to manage backup, disaster recovery, and updates.
Migrate workloads
Implement Azure Backup for VMs
Implement disaster recovery
Comparison with AWS
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