Becoming a Cloud Expert - Microsoft Azure IaaS - Level 1
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Becoming a Cloud Expert - Microsoft Azure IaaS - Level 1

Plan, Deploy and Monitor Cloud Solutions in Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service
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Created by Idan Gabrieli
Last updated 6/2020
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand the Building Blocks of Azure Infrastructure as a Service
  • Create Virtual Networks, Subnets, Allocate Private and Public IP Addressees
  • Plan and Deploy Windows and Linux Virtual Machines
  • Configure Traffic Filtering using Security Rules
  • Manage and Attach Virtual Disks to VMs
  • Create and Manage Storage Accounts
  • Configure Users and Access Role Assignments
  • Operate and Monitor VMs Ongoing Tasks
  • General understanding of cloud computing models ("Getting Started with Cloud Computing")

Are You Looking to Become a Cloud Expert?

Cloud computing is one of the biggest technology revolutions in the IT industry spreading at the speed of light all over the world. More and more business companies are looking for ways to migrate their applications into the cloud or to build new web-scale applications from scratch atop a cloud infrastructure.

The demand for more skilled people in the area of cloud computing is increasing every day across multiple industries. Starting from IT Expert, DevOps Engineers, Developers, Consultants, Security Experts and more.

This course is part of a larger training program called "Becoming a Cloud Expert" and it is the first important cornerstone for learning how to migrate applications into the cloud while using the Infrastructure As a Service model inside Microsoft Azure. We will learn how to create, set up and manage virtual networks, private/public IPs, storage accounts, virtual machines, virtual disks, security rules, access control and much more.   

Join us and start to pave your way as a Cloud Expert!

Who this course is for:
  • IT and Cloud Experts
  • Cloud Administrators
  • DevOps Engineers
  • Anyone preparing for Azure certification exams
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 05:13:57
+ Getting Started
2 lectures 05:36

Welcome and thanks for joining! this training program "Becoming a Cloud Expert".

Preview 02:19

Before we start lets' quickly review the course main learning objectives and high-level structure.

Preview 03:17
+ Introduction to Microsoft Azure
9 lectures 01:27:09


  • Cloud computing definition

  • Microsoft Azure Cloud

  • Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  • Global footprint

  • Azure Portal Overview

  • Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

  • Azure RBAC

Preview 01:31

Cloud Computing is the transformation of computer hardware, software and networks into a utility service just like electric, water or gas services. Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources, that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.  

Cloud Computing Definition

Microsoft Azure provides the services to build, manage and deploy applications on a global scale while using multiple data centers connected with a super fast network. The all hardware and software orchestration of the cloud infrastructure is done using a specialized cloud operating system, called “Microsoft Azure” developed by Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure Cloud

The cloud services are supposed to be available on a global scale and this is one of the most impressive things about a public cloud provider, like Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, or Google cloud. Those players are building and running a huge global infrastructure and every year they announce on additional regions.  

Global Footprint

Let's review the Azure web portal at a high level.

Demo - Azure Portal Overview

As part of the management layer of Azure, there is a central component that is called Azure Resource Manager, or in short ARM. The azure resource manager is used to allocate and deploy resources, organize resources into groups, control access to resources and much more.      

Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

Let's review the Azure ARM inside Microsoft Azure - resources, resource groups, resource providers, accounts and subscriptions and deployment templates.

Demo - Azure ARM

Access management for resources is a critical function for any group of users or an organization that is using the Azure cloud.  As administrators, the Role-based access control (RBAC) will be used to manage who has access to Azure resources and what they can do with those resources.

Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Let's create new users and assign them access to specific entities.

Demo - Azure RBAC
Test Your Knowledge - Introduction to Microsoft Azure
12 questions
+ Azure IaaS - Networking
10 lectures 01:08:50


  • What is Virtual Network?

  • Virtual network setting

  • IP Address Types

  • VM, NICs and IP Configuration

  • Azure Network Security

  • Traffic filtering with security rules

  • Network Security Group (NSG)

  • Application Security Group (ASG) 

Preview 02:19

A virtual network is basically a private isolated connectivity layer being used to connect between a group of cloud resources.     

What is a Virtual Network?

In azure a virtual network is a managed entity that users are creating with a group of setting that is configured during the creation process or added later when the virtual network entity is already created. 

Virtual Network Setting

Let's review the all process end-to-end for creating virtual network and subnets.

Preview 04:48

As soon as we have a new virtual network, we can create VMs as resources inside that virtual network or inside a specific subnet. Each resource must be assigned with at least one private IP address from the virtual network address range we allocated to the virtual network. In addition, if we want a resource inside the virtual network to access the outside internet than we will need to use also a public IP address.

IP Address Types

We have an IP address, that can be public or private created dynamically or with a static configuration. In Azure, we have a virtual machine, network interfaces and IP configuration profiles. Let’s see how those building blocks are connected and what kind of combination we can create.

VM, NICs and IP Configuration

Let's review how to create network interfaces, attach them to VMs and create or adjust IP configuration.

Demo - Network Interfaces and IP Configuration

All public cloud providers provide an ability to filter traffic and I am planning to present how it is being done in Microsoft Azure. In Microsoft Azure, we can filter network traffic to and from resources in a virtual network with an entity that is called a network security group.

Network Security Group (NSG)

Another useful option in Azure related to traffic filtering is using application security groups. The focus is moving to the function of the applications. We can group VMs based on their function.

Application Security Group (ASG)

Let's review how to configure NSG and ASG.

Demo - Configuring NSG and ASG
Test Your Knowledge - Networking
12 questions
+ Azure IaaS - Storage
10 lectures 01:24:05


  • The Power of a Cloud Storage

  • Types of Cloud Storage

  • Azure Storage Services

  • Storage Replication Options

  • Storage Accounts

  • VMs Disks

  • Encryption Data at Rest

Section Overview

Cloud storage is basically the option to store data on the Internet through a cloud computing provider who manages and operates data storage as a service. We talked about it in the introduction course about cloud computing but this is the power of the cloud, it is a public infrastructure enabling companies to build applications that can scale on a global level without the limitation of a single private data center.

The Power of a Cloud Storage

There are three main storage types

  • Block Storage

  • File Storage

  • And Object Storage

Types of Cloud Storage Services

Storage services provided by public cloud providers are basically a mix of multiple options to fulfill the storage needs of a variety of applications.     

Azure Storage Services

Any type of storage service, like blobs, files, disks, tables, and queues that we would like to use must be allocated inside a logical entity called a storage account. A storage account entity can be created and managed by us or in some cases it will be created and managed by Azure.

Storage Accounts

One of the most valuable features in a public cloud is high data durability. We know that data can be damaged because of many things like hardware failures, network or power outages, or maybe some massive site disasters. Systems availability is a critical factor and data is a critical component in almost all systems. This is why Microsoft Azure and also other cloud providers are replicating our data and enable us to configure the best replication option for our application.

  • Locally-redundant storage

  • Zone-redundant storage

  • Geo-redundant storage

  • Read-access Geo-redundant

Storage Replication Options

Let's review how to create and manage a storage account.

Demo - Creating and Managing a Storage Account

In addition to allocating computing power and setting networking connectivity, we also would like the capability to allocate storage capacity as virtual disks.   

There are three types of azure VM disks:

  • Operating System Disk (OS Disk)

  • Temporary Disk

  • Data Disk/s

VMs Disks

Let's review how to create, attach and detach data disks for VMs.

Demo - Create, Attach and Detach Data Disks

Security is a critical part of any solution, including the storage. Our next topic is encryption data at rest, meaning data that is stored in Microsoft Azure storage services.

  • Azure Key Vault

  • SSE - Storage Service Encryption 

  • Azure Disk Encryption (ADE)

Encryption Data at Rest
Test Your Knowledge - Storage
8 questions
+ Azure IaaS - Compute
8 lectures 01:00:26


  • Virtualization

  • Virtual Machines

  • VM Types and Sizes

  • Creating Windows\Linux VMs

  • VMs Setting

  • VMs Operation and Monitoring

Section Overview

At the core technology value of virtualization, we can say that virtualization is a great way to divide and optimize physical IT resources into logical entities or also called virtual resources. It is an abstraction management layer of physical objects into logical objects. Now going back to the cloud, a public cloud environment is all about virtualization but of course in a much larger scale than a single private data center. 


VM as a resource can be allocated on-demand while using the flexibility comes with a cloud environment. We can define the required VM from a variety of VM types and sizes to be used for different application workloads.

Virtual Machines

Every application or better call it workload will have a different resources consumption profile. Some applications require more CPUs power and less memory capacity and in other cases, it will be the other way around, more memory and less CPU power. So Microsoft Azure provides us with a variety of VM types and sizes that will be more optimized to the resources consumption profile of our application.

VM Types and Sizes

Let's review how to create a new VM while following the all process end-to-end.

Demo - Creating a VMs

VMs Setting

  • Attaching Network Interfaces

  • Attaching Data Disks

  • Scaling a VM Size

  • Security recommendations

  • Adding Extensions

  • Configure access control

Demo - VMs Settings

VMs Operations

  • Shutdown/Run a VM

  • Configure Auto-shutdown

  • Scheduled Backups

  • Using Inventory management for installed software components

  • Running scripts on a VM

Demo - VMs Operations

VMs Monitoring

  • Analyze activity logs

  • Review metrics or KPIs

  • Configure alerts

  • Configure the diagnostics setting

  • Review the Azure Advisor recommendations

Demo - VMs Monitoring
Test Your Knowledge - Compute
7 questions
+ Course Summary
3 lectures 06:32

Let's recap the main topics we covered in this course.

Let's Summarize

Thank you for joining and learning this course, let's speak about your next step moving forward as a Cloud Expert.

What Next?
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