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Visual Studio 2013

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
(Microsoft Training Course: 20532) - 5 days - £1995 exc VAT

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> Target Audience
This course offers students the opportunity to take an existing ASP.NET MVC application and expand its functionality as part of moving it to Azure, focusing on the considerations necessary when building a highly available solution in the cloud. It is intended for students who have experience building vertically scaled applications. Students will also have experience with the Microsoft Azure platform and a basic understanding of the services offered, and basic experience in implementing and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions. Students will also be proficient with the development tools, techniques and approaches used to build application solutions.
> Course outline
  1. Development using the Microsoft Azure Platform
  2. Establishing a Development Environment using Azure Virtual Machines
  3. Managing Infrastructure in Azure
  4. Web Infrastructure in the Azure Platform
  5. Designing Cloud Applications for Resiliency
  6. Processing Background Logic using Azure
  7. Storing Tabular Data in Azure
  8. Storing Files and Media in Azure
  9. Storing Data in Queues using Azure
  10. Automating Integration with Azure Resources
  11. Implementing Security in Web Applications using Azure
  12. Deploying Web Applications to Azure


Module 1: Development using the Microsoft Azure Platform
  • Azure Services
  • Management Portals
Skills
  • Describe some of the common Azure services
  • Describe the differences between the current and Ibiza management portals
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Module 2: Establishing a Development Environment using Azure Virtual Machines
  • Constructing Azure Virtual Machines
  • Azure Virtual Machine Workloads
  • Migrating Azure Virtual Machine Instances
  • Lab: Creating an Azure Virtual Machine for Development & Testing
  • Create a Logical Network using Azure
  • Create a Development Virtual Machine using Azure
  • Configure the Virtual Machine for Development
  • Create an Image from the Virtual Machine
Skills
  • Describe Virtual Machines service in Azure
  • Deploy a Linux or Microsoft workload to a Virtual Machine
  • Ingress VHDs to Azure
  • Monitor Virtual Machine endpoints
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Module 3: Managing Infrastructure in Azure
  • Azure Virtual Networks
  • Highly Available Azure Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Configuration Management
  • Customizing Azure Virtual Machine Networking
  • Lab: Managing Multiple Virtual Machines in a Virtual Network
  • Create the Database Virtual Machine
  • Create the Application Virtual Machines
  • Connect the Test Application to the SQL Server Virtual Machine
  • Modify the Application Virtual Machine into a Web Server
Skills
  • Create a Virtual Network
  • Describe options for allowing anonymous and private access to a VM and its port
  • Customize the networking rules for a VM
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Module 4: Web Infrastructure in the Azure Platform
  • Azure Web Sites
  • Hosting Web Applications in Azure
  • Configuring an Azure Web Site
  • Publishing an Azure Web Site
  • Monitoring an Azure Web Site
  • Lab: Creating an ASP.NET Web Site Using Azure Web Sites
  • Create an Azure Web Site
  • Deploy an ASP.NET Web Application to a Azure Web Site
  • Configure an Azure Web Site
Skills
  • Create an Azure Web Sites instance
  • Publish a simple ASP.NET web application to Azure Web Sites
  • Monitor an Azure Web Site
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Module 5: Designing Cloud Applications for Resiliency
  • Create a test case from an exploratory testing session. Application Design Practices for Highly Available Applications
  • Building High Performance Applications using ASP.NET
  • Common Cloud Application Patterns
  • Caching Application Data
Skills
  • Describe the design practices for creating highly available applications
  • Create high performance applications using ASP.NET
  • Describe the common cloud application patterns and how to use analytics on cloud applications
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Module 6: Processing Background Logic using Azure
  • Understanding Cloud Services
  • Cloud Service Web Roles
  • Customizing Cloud Service Configurations
  • Updating and Managing Azure Cloud Service Deployments
  • Cloud Service Worker Roles & Processing
  • Caching Data using Roles
  • Analyzing Applications in Cloud Service Role Instances
  • Lab: Creating a Background Process Using Azure Worker Roles
  • Create a C# Class Library
  • Add Class Library to Cloud Service Project
  • Debug Worker Roles in a Cloud Service Project
Skills
  • Describe the Azure Cloud Service offering
  • Explain the complexity of Cloud Service deployments as compared to Virtual Machines and Web Sites
  • Describe the differences between Web Roles and Worker Roles
  • Describe Cloud Service In-Role Caching
  • Leverage the Azure Compute Emulator
  • Create a Cloud Service Worker Role
  • Implement the methods for the RoleEntryPoint base class
  • Configure a Worker Role
  • Co-locate cache with a Cloud Service role
  • Convert a Worker Role to a dedicated cache role
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Module 7: Storing Tabular Data in Azure
  • Azure SQL Databases Overview
  • Managing SQL Databases in Azure
  • Using Azure SQL Databases with SQL Server Data Tools
  • Migrating Data to Azure SQL Databases
  • Replication and Recovery of Azure SQL Database Instances
  • Azure Storage & Tables Overview
  • Table Entity Transactions
  • Lab: Storing Event Data in Azure SQL Databases
  • Creating an Azure SQL Instance
  • Using Entity Framework with Azure SQL
  • Lab: Storing Event Registration Data in Azure Storage Tables
  • Populating the Sign-In Form with Registrant Names
  • Updating the Events Website to use Storage Tables
  • Verify that the Events Web Site is using Azure Storage Tables for Registrations
Skills
  • Describe the difference between Azure SQL Database Editions
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of hosting databases in Azure SQL DBs
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of hosting databases in a SQL Server installation on an Azure Virtual Machine
  • Describe the tools that can be used to manage Azure SQL Databases
  • Describe the VS2013 features that can be used to manage Azure SQL Databases
  • Explain options for migrating data from on premise to the cloud
  • Describe strategies for using Entity Framework with Azure SQL Databases
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Module 8: Storing Files and Media in Azure
  • Azure Storage Blobs & Azure Files
  • Controlling Access to Storage Blobs & Containers
  • Monitoring Storage Blobs
  • Configuring Azure Storage Accounts
  • Uploading and Migrating Storage Data
  • Lab: Storing Generated Documents in Azure Storage Blobs
  • Implement Azure Storage Blobs
  • Populating the Container with Files and Media
  • Retrieving Files and Media From the Container
  • Specifying Permissions for the Container
Skills
  • Describe the Blob services in Azure Storage
  • Detail the SDK libraries, namespaces and classes available for blobs
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Module 9: Storing Data in Queues using Azure
  • Queue Mechanisms in Azure
  • Azure Storage Queues Overview
  • Handling Storage Queue Messages
  • Azure Service Bus & Bus Queues
  • Azure Service Bus Relay
  • Azure Service Bus Notification Hubs
  • Lab: Using Queues and Service Bus to Manage Communication Between Web Applications in Azure
  • Create an Azure Service Bus Namespace
  • Use Azure Queue Storage For Document Generation
  • Use Service Bus Queues for Document Generation
  • Use Service Bus Relay to Connect a WCF Service and Client[s]
Skills
  • Describe Azure Storage Queues
  • Describe Azure Service Bus
  • Describe Azure Service Bus Queues
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Module 10: Automating Integration with Azure Resources
  • Azure SDK Client Libraries
  • Scripting Azure Service Management using PowerShell
  • Azure REST Interface
  • Azure Resource Manager
  • Lab: Automating the Creation of a Test Environment using PowerShell
  • Prepare Azure PowerShell Environment
  • Use PowerShell to Create and Access a Website
  • Use a Resource Template to Create Multiple Pre-Configured Resources
Skills
  • Describe the Azure SDKs and client libraries
  • Use PowerShell to automate Azure service management
  • Describe the Service Management API and how to authenticate to the API
  • Use the Resource Manager to create resource groups and templates
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Module 11: Implementing Security in Web Applications using Azure
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure AD Directories
  • Azure AD Access Control Service
  • Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Lab: Integrating Azure Active Director with the Events Administration Portal
  • Create an Azure AD Directory
  • Secure an Existing ASP.NET Web Application
  • Integrate Azure AD with ASP.NET Identity
Skills
  • Describe the Azure AD service offering
  • Detail the features available for directories in Azure AD
  • Describe the Azure AD Access Control Service
  • Describe the Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication service
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Module 12: Deploying Web Applications to Azure
  • Deployment Strategies for Web Apps
  • Deploying Azure Web Sites
  • Deploying Azure Cloud Services
  • Continuous Integration
  • Monitoring Cloud Applications
  • Lab: Deploying the Events Web Application to Azure
  • Create the Target Azure Services for Deployment
  • Manage Configuration Settings for a Cloud Web Application
  • Deploy the Web Applications to Azure
  • Monitor the Web Applications in Azure
  • Identity
Skills
  • List the deployment strategies for web applications
  • Describe Cloud Service package deployment for Azure Cloud Services
  • Describe WebDeploy deployment for Azure Web Sites
  • Describe the options for monitoring a web application in Azure
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> Pre-Requisites
Before attending this course, students must have:
  • experience working with the Azure platform
  • a general understanding of ASP.NET and C# concepts for the lab scenario
> Purpose
After completing this course, students will be able to compare the services available in the Azure platform; configure and deploy ASP.NET web applications; creating Azure WebSites from the gallery; deploying and monitoring Azure WebSites; creating and configuring Azure Virtual Machines; describe the relationship between Cloud Services and Virtual Machines; deploy existing Cloud Service packages; create and manage a Storage account; manage blobs and containers in a Storage account; create, configure and connect to a SQL Databases instance; identify the implications of importing a SQL Standalone database; manage users, groups and subscriptions in an Azure Active Directory instance; create a virtual network; implement a point to site network.