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Windows Azure Cloud Training for IT Pros - On Demand

Price: $199.00

Presented by Russell Smith

Total Run Time: 170 minutes


Join security expert Russell Smith for his new online training course that will teach you the basics of Windows Azure. In this introduction to Microsoft’s cloud platform for Windows systems administrators, you'll learn how to provision Windows servers for cloud services or as an extension to existing onsite corporate resources as part of a hybrid cloud solution.

Although Windows Azure provides a lot of functionality intended for developers, systems administrators also need to understand how to provision and maintain virtual machines (VMs), understand Azure’s capabilities, and know how they can complement existing onsite services. After a briefing of basic terminology and provisioning skills, Russell dives into more advanced capabilities such as using Azure storage in the cloud, migrating on-site servers to Azure VMs, providing a backup site for Active Directory, and using Azure for off-site backup.

Now is the time to learn about Windows Azure. Cloud and virtualization skills are becoming more important, and Microsoft is preparing its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) features for Azure, due to appear later this year. Attendees will leave these sessions with a proper grasp on Azure's capabilities and know how to perform basic operations with VMs and integration with existing onsite servers.

During this class you will learn how to:

  • Configure VMs and networks on Windows Azure
  • Extend onsite AD into the Azure cloud
  • Configure Windows Backup to work with Azure and access blob storage

Who should attend (skill level, roles): This class is intended for Windows Server systems administrators with no previous experience in Windows Azure


Session 1: Understanding Azure Services, Terminology, and Concepts - 11am ET

In this session, attendees will get an introduction to the Azure infrastructure and terminology required to work with Microsoft’s cloud platform. The session will conclude with a practical guide on how to provision VMs and how to configure virtual networks.


Session 2: Active Directory in the Cloud and Migrating VMs to Azure - 1pm ET

This session starts by looking at the different options for running AD on Azure. This will be followed by a practical guide to extending onsite AD to the cloud to provide a remote backup site. The session will conclude with a demo of how to migrate a server workload to the cloud.


Session 3: Using Azure for Storage and Backup - 3pm ET

This session will focus on using Azure for storage and backup. It includes a practical demonstration of how to configure Windows Backup in Windows Server 2012 to work with Windows Azure, and how to extend storage capability into the cloud with Azure blob storage.



Russell Smith specializes in the management and security of Microsoft-based IT systems. In addition to writing for Windows IT Pro, Russell blogs for the Petri IT Knowledgebase and is a regular contributor at CDW’s Biztech Magazine. Russell has more than 13 years of experience in IT, and has written a book on Windows security and co-authored one for Microsoft’s Official Academic Course (MOAC) series.


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