Integrating On-Premises Core Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure

This 3-day instructor-led course covers a range of components, including Azure Compute, Azure Storage, and network services that customers can benefit from when deploying hybrid solutions. In this context, the term hybridmeans integrating infrastructure technologies that customers host in on-premises datacenters with Azure IaaS and PaaS services. This course offers an overview of these services, providing the knowledge necessary to design hybrid solutions properly. It also includes a number of demonstrations and labs that enable students to develop hands-on skills that are necessary when implementing such solutions.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft Azure

This module provides an overview of cloud computing and Azure, including a brief description of the Azure services that this course presents. It also describes Azure Resource Manager and classic deployment methods, while emphasizing that using Azure Resource Manager is the recommended approach in new deployments.

Lessons

  • Overview of cloud computing and Azure

  • Overview of the Azure deployment models


Lab : Use Azure portal, Azure PowerShell, and Microsoft Visual Studio to deploy and manage Azure resources

  • Deploying Azure-based virtual machines by using the Azure portal

  • Deploying Azure-based virtual machines by using Azure PowerShell

  • Creating and deploying an Azure Resource Manager deployment template

  • Identify and delete newly deployed resources


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Describe cloud computing and Azure.

  • Describe the Azure deployment models.


Module 2: Integrating with Azure Compute services

This module provides an overview of Azure IaaS virtual machines, focusing on their differences from on-premises Hyper-V virtual machines. It explains the process of integrating on-premises Hyper-V virtual machine environments with Azure IaaS virtual machine deployments. This module also presents the concepts of Big Compute, containers, and Azure Service Fabric.

Lessons

  • Overview of Virtual Machines and Cloud Services

  • Extending workloads to Azure Virtual Machines by using virtual machine images and disks

  • Extending Big Compute workloads to Azure

  • Integrating compute workloads by using containers and Azure Service Fabric


Lab : Moving .vhd files between on-premises virtual machines and Azure-based virtual machines

  • Preparing your on premises .vhd file for upload

  • Uploading and attaching a .vhd file to an Azure virtual machine

  • Detaching a .vhd file and downloading and attaching it to your on-premises virtual machine


Lab : Moving containers between on-premises virtual machines and Azure-based virtual machines

  • Creating a Docker host with Docker Machine

  • Deploying Docker Registry in Azure


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Describe Virtual Machines and Cloud Services.

  • Extend workloads to Azure Virtual Machines.

  • Extend Big Compute workloads to Azure.

  • Integrate compute workloads by using containers and Azure Service Fabric.


Module 3: Integrating with Azure Virtual Network

This module introduces the Azure Virtual Network service and its components. It also describes the methods of connecting to Azure virtual networks by using a Point-to-Site virtual private network (VPN), a Site-to-Site VPN, and Azure ExpressRoute.

Lessons

  • Overview of the Azure Virtual Network service

  • Extending on-premises networks to Azure


Lab : Implementing a point-to-site VPN (Azure Resource Manager)

  • Preparing your Azure subscription for the implementation

  • Configuring an on-premises virtual machine

  • Testing a point-to-site VPN from an on-premises virtual machine


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Explain how to use the Azure Virtual Network service.

  • Extend on-premises networks to Azure.


Module 4: Integrating with Azure Storage, Data, and Analytics Services

This module introduces Azure Storage, Data Analytics services, Azure Backup, StorSimple, Azure Data Factory with Data Management Gateway, and Azure Content Delivery Network. It also describes the process of implementing Azure Backup for protecting on-premises workloads.

Lessons

  • Overview of Azure Storage, Data, and Analytics services

  • Implementing Azure Backup for on-premises workloads


Lab : Implementing Azure Backup agent–based backups

  • Preparing your Azure subscription for the implementation

  • Configuring a virtual machine for Azure Backup agent–based backups

  • Testing the backup of the virtual machine files and folders

  • Testing the restore operation of the virtual machine files and folders


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Describe the Azure Storage, Data, and Analytics services.

  • Implement Azure Backup for on-premises workloads.


Module 5: Designing and implementing Azure-based disaster recovery solutions

This module presents the main features of Azure Site Recovery and the scenarios it supports. It also describes the planning considerations for Azure Site Recovery, the different types of implementations of Azure as a disaster recovery site for on-premises workloads, and the disaster recovery capabilities that StorSimple offers.

Lessons

  • Overview of Azure Site Recovery

  • Planning for Azure Site Recovery

  • Azure Site Recovery with Azure as the disaster recovery site

  • Using StorSimple to enhance disaster recovery capabilities


Lab : Implementing protection of Hyper-V workloads in Azure

  • Preparing your Azure subscription for the implementation

  • Preparing your Hyper-V host for the implementation

  • Configuring the target environment


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Describe Azure Site Recovery.

  • Plan for Azure Site Recovery.

  • Explain how to use Azure Site Recovery with Azure as the disaster recovery site.

  • Use StorSimple to enhance disaster recovery capabilities


Module 6: Designing and implementing cross-premises applications

This module presents the most common solutions that facilitate implementation of cross-premises applications, including Azure RemoteApp, hybrid connection and Azure Service Bus relay, and Azure Traffic Manager. It also describes the process of implementing cross-premises solutions for desktop, web, and mobile apps.

Lessons

  • Overview of cross-premises application capabilities and design considerations

  • Implementing cross-premises solutions for desktop, web, and mobile apps


Lab : Implementing Azure Traffic Manager

  • Creating two instances of an organizational website using the Web Apps feature of Azure App Service

  • Creating and configuring an Azure Traffic Manager profile

  • Testing the distribution of traffic targeting the Azure Traffic Manager profile


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Describe cross-premises application capabilities and design considerations.

  • Implement cross-premises solutions for desktop, web, and mobile apps.


Module 7: Integrating operations and application monitoring and management

This module presents Azure-based services that deliver monitoring and management functionality for on-premises workloads. These services include the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (Log Analytics), Azure Automation (focusing on Hybrid Runbook Worker capabilities), and Visual Studio Application Insights. This module also describes the process of implementing cross-premises Azure monitoring and management solutions.

Lessons

  • Overview of cross-premises Azure monitoring and management capabilities

  • Implementing cross-premises Azure monitoring and management solutions


Lab : Implementing Azure Automation

  • Creating and configuring an Automation account

  • Creating and configuring an Operations Management Suite account

  • Configuring a target computer

  • Starting the runbook on the on-premises system and examining the outcome


After completing this module, students will be able to:




  • Describe cross-premises Azure monitoring and management capabilities.

  • Implement cross-premises Azure monitoring and management solutions.

Audience

This course is intended for IT professionals and development operations (DevOps) professionals who are well versed in on-premises technologies and who have some knowledge of cloud technologies but want to learn more about integrating their on-premises environments with Azure. These professionals should have at least three years of experience working in their respective fields—typically, in the areas of on-premises system administration or network administration, in addition to DevOps support. These IT professionals have broadly applicable administration and operational skills, and they generally work for both enterprise-level organizations and small and medium business environments.