Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification and Beyond: Simplified cloud concepts and core Azure fundamentals for absolute beginners to pass the AZ-900 exam
Gain in-depth knowledge of Azure fundamentals that will make it easy for you to achieve AZ-900 certification
- Get fundamental knowledge of cloud concepts and the Microsoft Azure platform
- Explore practical exercises to gain experience of working with the Microsoft Azure platform in the real world
- Prepare to achieve AZ-900 certification on the first go with the help of simplified examples covered in the book
This is the digital and cloud era, and Microsoft Azure is one of the top cloud computing platforms. It’s now more important than ever to understand how the cloud functions and the different services that can be leveraged across the cloud.
This book will give you a solid understanding of cloud concepts and Microsoft Azure, starting by taking you through cloud concepts in depth, then focusing on the core Azure architectural components, solutions, and management tools. Next, you will understand security concepts, defense-in-depth, and key security services such as Network Security Groups and Azure Firewall, as well as security operations tooling such as Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel. As you progress, you will understand how identity, governance, privacy, and compliance are managed in Azure. Finally, you will get to grips with cost management, service-level agreements, and service life cycles. Throughout, the book features a number of hands-on exercises to support the concepts, services, and solutions discussed. This provides you with a glimpse of real-world scenarios, before finally concluding with practice questions for AZ-900 exam preparation.
By the end of this Azure book, you will have a thorough understanding of cloud concepts and Azure fundamentals, enabling you to pass the AZ-900 certification exam easily.
What you will learn
- Explore cloud computing with Azure cloud
- Gain an understanding of the core Azure architectural components
- Acquire knowledge of core services and management tools on Azure
- Get up and running with security concepts, security operations, and protection from threats
- Focus on identity, governance, privacy, and compliance features
- Understand Azure cost management, SLAs, and service life cycles
Who this book is for
This Azure fundamentals book is both for those with technical backgrounds and non-technical backgrounds who want to learn and explore the field of cloud computing, especially with Azure. This book will also help anyone who wants to develop a good foundation for achieving advanced Azure certifications. There is no prerequisite for this book except a willingness to learn and explore cloud concepts and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification and Beyond Foreword Contributors About the author About the reviewers Preface Who this book is for What this book covers To get the most out of this book Download the color images Conventions used Get in touch Share Your Thoughts Section 1: Cloud Concepts Chapter 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing Where has the cloud computing model evolved from? Evolution of cloud computing architectures What is the Shared Responsibility model? What are the cloud computing delivery models? Comparing the cloud computing delivery models What are the cloud computing service models? A closer look at the cloud computing service models What is serverless computing? Comparing the cloud computing service models Summary Further reading Skills check Chapter 2: Benefits of Cloud Computing Why cloud computing? Cloud computing as a digital transformation enabler Digital transformation triggers Migration approach Cloud computing's target audience Cloud computing mindset What is a traditional computing model mindset? What is a cloud computing mindset? Cloud computing hierarchy of needs Cloud computing operations model Operational benefits of cloud computing The economics of cloud computing Consumption-based model? Defining the expenditure models Applying cost expenditure models to cloud computing Thought exercise Migration assessment discovery output Migration solution proposal Summary Further reading Skills check Section 2: Core Azure Services Chapter 3: Core Azure Architectural Components Azure global infrastructure Azure regions and geographies Availability components Azure resource management Azure management scopes Azure management groups Azure subscriptions Azure Resource Manager Hands-on exercises Getting started Exercise 1 – Azure management groups Exercise 2 – Azure access assignment Exercise 3 – resource groups Exercise 4 – proximity placement groups Exercise 5 – availability sets Summary Further reading Skills check Chapter 4: Core Azure Resources Technical requirements Azure resources Azure Marketplace Azure compute services Virtual machines Container services Azure Container Instances Azure Kubernetes Service Azure App Service The Azure Virtual Desktop service Azure network services Azure VNets Virtual network peering Virtual private network gateways ExpressRoute Azure storage services Storage accounts Storage tiers Storage replication Data stores Disk Storage File storage Container (Blob) storage Azure database services Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure SQL Database Azure Database for MySQL Azure Database for PostgreSQL Cosmos DB Hands-on exercises Getting started Exercise 1 – creating a VNet Exercise 2 – creating a storage account Exercise 3 – creating a VM Exercise 4 – creating an Azure container instance Exercise 5 – creating an Azure web app Summary Additional information and study references Skill check Section 3: Core Solutions and Management Tools Chapter 5: Core Azure Solutions Technical requirements Serverless computing solutions Azure Functions Azure Logic Apps Artificial intelligence solutions Azure Machine Learning Azure Cognitive Services Azure Bot Service Internet of Things solutions Azure IoT solutions Big data and analytics solutions Azure Synapse Analytics Azure HDInsight Azure Databricks DevOps solutions The history of DevOps What is DevOps? Azure DevOps GitHub and GitHub Actions Azure DevTest Labs Thought exercise Hands-on exercises Getting started Exercise 1 – Creating a serverless solution using an Azure Function Exercise 2 – Creating a serverless solution using an Azure Logic App Exercise 3 – Creating an IoT solution using an Azure IoT Hub Exercise 4 – Creating an AI solution using a Bot Service Summary Further reading Skills check Chapter 6: Azure Management Tools Technical requirements Azure portal Azure PowerShell The Azure CLI Azure Cloud Shell Terraform on Azure Azure mobile app Azure Advisor Azure Monitor Azure Service Health Thought exercise Hands-on exercise Getting started Exercise 1 – installing Azure PowerShell Exercise 2 – installing the Azure CLI Exercise 3 – creating resources using PowerShell from Cloud Shell Exercise 4 – creating resources using the Azure CLI from Cloud Shell Exercise 5 – exploring Azure Service Health Summary Further reading Skill check Section 4: Security Chapter 7: Azure Security Technical requirements Threat modeling Zero Trust Defense in depth Network and application protection NSGs Azure Firewall Azure DDoS protection Azure Key Vault Azure Dedicated Host Azure Sentinel Azure Security Center Other protection solutions Hands-on exercise Getting started Exercise 1 – Create an Azure key vault Exercise 2 – Secure network access using an NSG Summary Additional information and study references Skills check Section 5: Identity, Governance, Privacy, and Compliance Chapter 8: Azure Identity Services Technical requirements Azure AD Authentication and authorization Single sign-on MFA and Conditional Access Hands-on exercises Getting started Exercise 1 – creating a new tenant instance of Azure AD Exercise 2 – creating users and groups in Azure AD Summary Further reading Skills check Chapter 9: Azure Governance Technical requirements Resource tags Resource locks Role-based access control Azure Policy Azure Blueprints The Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure Hands-on exercises Getting started Exercise 1 – assigning access with RBAC Exercise 2 – creating a custom RBAC role Exercise 3 – creating resource locks Exercise 4 – enabling resource tagging with Azure Policy Exercise 5 – limiting the resource creation location with Azure Policy Summary Further reading Skills check Chapter 10: Azure Privacy and Compliance Technical requirements Core security, privacy, and compliance tenets Trust Center Microsoft Privacy Statement The Product Terms site Data Protection Addendum Azure compliance documentation Azure Sovereign Regions Thought exercise Hands-on exercise Getting started Exercise – exploring Microsoft Trust Center Portal Summary Additional information and study references Skills check Section 6: Cost Management and Service-Level Agreements Chapter 11: Azure Cost Planning and Management Technical requirements Factors that affect costs Reducing and controlling costs Azure Cost Management Azure Pricing calculator TCO calculator Hands-on exercises Getting started Exercise 1 – using the Azure Pricing calculator Exercise 2 – using the TCO calculator Summary Further reading Skills check Chapter 12: Azure Service-Level Agreements Technical requirements Azure SLAs Azure service life cycle Thought exercise Hands-on exercise Getting started Exercise 1 – exploring the SLA for a service Exercise 2 – exploring Azure Preview features Summary Additional information and study references Skills check Chapter 13: Exam Preparation Practice Tests Test questions Practice test 1 – cloud concepts Practice test 2 – core Azure services Practice test 3 – core solutions and management tools Practice test 4 – security features Practice test 5 – identity, governance, privacy, compliance Practice test 6 – cost management, SLA, and service life cycle Test answers Practice test 1 – cloud concepts Practice test 2 – core Azure services Practice test 3 – core solutions and management tools Practice test 4 – security features Practice test 5 – identity, governance, privacy, compliance Practice test 6 – cost management, SLA, and service life cycle Summary Additional information and study references Why subscribe? 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