John Savill's Microsoft Azure Master Class

Price: $625.00

Date and Time:

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:30pm

Presented by John Savill

Sessions meet Thursdays, July 24th - August 14th


The public cloud has become a viable and desirable option for organizations for many reasons, including greater scalability, datacenter resiliency, and elasticity to enable burst scenarios while only paying for resources when needed.

Attend John Savill's Microsoft Azure Master Class and become the Master of Microsoft's Public Cloud! Many organizations are currently evaluating how they can utilize the public cloud, what it means, and how to actually get started.

This 12-session Master Class will equip you with everything you need to understand, evaluate, deploy and maintain environments that utilize Microsoft Azure including hybrid scenarios. Over the course of four days, John Savill will answer questions such as:

  • How do I use Azure?
  • How does it integrate with my existing infrastructure including networking and AD?
  • How can I use Azure for DR?
  • What considerations are there when using Azure?
  • When should I use Azure?
  • How do I implement single pane of glass management for my complete hybrid environment?

Upon completion of the course, students will be awarded a certificate of completion and a John Savill Master Class coin.

Day 1: Azure Fundamentals – July 24th

Session 1. Cloud and Microsoft Azure 101 – 11am ET

This session provides an introduction to all types of cloud service and then dives into specifics about Microsoft's Azure based offerings. After an overview of how Azure is acquired and used, John will introduce Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with a focus on the difference between a best-effort and a reliable service and why really best-effort may be better!

Session 2. When to Use IaaS and Understanding Cost and Options – 1pm ET

Many organizations have plenty of on-premises infrastructure and wonder why you would use a public cloud solution. John will explore key IaaS scenarios to help identify ways in which public cloud and IaaS solve problems that can't be easily replicated on-premises and how public cloud pricing can be compared to on-premises. John will walk through the creation of a new VM and the core options available to illustrate how simple IaaS is. You will learn about sizing of Virtual Machines and the cost and feature implications, including licensing of Windows and other applications such as SQL Server.

Session 3. Customizing VM Storage – 3pm ET

Creating a basic virtual machine in Azure IaaS is easy but the next step is customizing and making services available to the outside world. In this session, John dives into customizing Virtual Machines with a focus on storage. You will learn about adding storage and types of cache configuration, combining storage within Virtual Machines to make large volumes, how storage actually works and is replicated inside Azure and between datacenters, and more.


Day 2: Azure Networking and Connectivity Options – July 31st

Session 4. Enabling External Connectivity to Azure Virtual Machines – 11am ET

It's very common to want to offer services running in Azure out to Internet based consumers, and this session looks at key concepts such as endpoints to offer services and also load balanced services for greater service availability. John will introduce Core Dynamic IP and Virtual IP concepts and show you how they are used in Azure and under what circumstances they may change. John will emphasize the difference between stopped and deprovisioned and the cost implications. He will also explore Local DNS along with limitations for communication and name resolution between different Azure Cloud Services in a subscription.

Session 5. Using Virtual Networks – 1pm ET

While a virtual machine created in a cloud service automatically gets an IP configuration and can communicate with Virtual Machines in the same cloud service, there is no management of that IP space nor ability to connect Azure Cloud Services to on-premises environments. Azure Virtual Networks provide a construct to enable customizable IP space configurations that are used by multiple Azure Cloud Services, enabling cloud-service-to-cloud-service communication and on-premises communication. John dives into architecting, configuring and managing Azure Virtual Networks including features such as reserving IP addresses for specific virtual machines via PowerShell. You will also gain an understanding of Availability Sets and Affinity Groups to help make multi-instance services as highly available as possible, with Affinity Groups forming the foundation for Azure Virtual Networks.

Session 6. Enabling Azure-to-On-Premises Connectivity – 3pm ET

With the Azure Virtual Network created and Cloud Services and Virtual Machines created in the Virtual Network the next step is to enable secure IP connectivity between services in Azure and those on-premises. Johns starts with the site-to-site VPN gateway functionality, including basic configuration using software and hardware on-premises gateways, and also explores the point-to-site VPN options. John will cover the new ExpressRoute connectivity option for organizations that do not want communication over the Internet and have connectivity and performance requirements that are not possible with the basic site-to-site VPN offering. At the end of this session, you will understand exactly how you can use Azure.


Day 3: Advanced Azure Configuration and Hybrid Scenarios – August 7th

Session 7. Extending Active Directory to Azure and Azure Active Directory – 11am ET

After enabling IP connectivity between Azure and your on-premises infrastructure, the next step is to join VMs in Azure to the corporate Active Directory. You can do this by accessing domain controllers on premises once the appropriate DNS changes are configured in Azure Virtual Networks. But ultimately you may want domain controllers actually in Azure, and John will show you the options and best practices for offering your Active Directory in Azure. He will explain Azure Active Directory and compare it to Active Directory Domain Services and also show how you can connect them. You will also learn about some of the benefits of Azure Active Directory premium.

Session 8. Using Azure for Backup, Replication and Disaster Recovery – 1pm ET

One common scenario and use case for Azure is for disaster recovery purposes.  However, doing so requires services and data to be replicated to Azure. John presents best practices and technologies for replicating different types of services to Azure such as SQL Server, SharePoint, file services and entire operating systems. You will also see what a failover would actually look like and possible implications. John will also explore using Azure as a backup target, some of the considerations to backup to Azure, and also how to backup VMs actually running in Azure.

Session 9. Advanced Customization of Azure Templates and Management – 3pm ET

In this session, John dives into how to create your own Azure templates and key considerations for custom templates and existing VHDs to work in Azure. He will cover capabilities to capture existing Azure VMs and turn them into images. You will get a detailed walkthrough of the Azure portal before looking at PowerShell management, which is one of the first steps to automation. John will also explain and demonstrate the Azure VM Agent and its various capabilities.


Day 4: Azure Management – August 14th

Session 10. Embracing a Hybrid Environment and Single Pane of Glass Management with Microsoft System Center – 11am ET

Very few organizations will move all their infrastructure into the cloud and will instead be looking at how to manage a hybrid environment with resources on-premises and in Azure. John will show you how to architect a hybrid environment and manage and monitor a true hybrid solution. He will cover the ability to move resources between on-premises and public cloud with custom code and with System Center in addition to perform bulk import and export operations for large scale migrations. You will see advanced scenarios such as a single provisioning service that automatically creates services on-premises or Azure, based on the requirements of the VM request, with a focus on a single experience for the end-user.

Session 11. Key Azure Technologies to Complete Your Azure Environment – 1pm ET

While Azure services such as Azure Traffic Manager, Azure Web Sites, Azure Automation, and Azure Scheduler are not strictly Azure IaaS or required for a complete solution, they do provide benefits to your implementation. The additional Azure capabilities enable full featured environments with the ultimate efficiency.

Session 12. What to Do Next! – 3pm ET

This final session brings together everything you’ve learned and shows you how to get started with Azure, how to plan out next steps, how to stay up-to-date in the rapidly changing world of Azure, and the importance of overall integration. John will also use this session to revisit key areas that attendees have requested throughout the course that require further explanation or were of interest to the majority of attendees



John Savill is a Windows technical specialist, an 11-time MVP, and an MCSE for Private Cloud and Server Infrastructure 2012. He's also ITIL certified and a CISSP. John is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows and a senior contributing editor to Windows IT Pro, as well as the author of Microsoft Virtualization Secrets (Wiley) and Mastering Hyper-V 2012 R2 with System Center and Azure (Wiley). John's blog is available at


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