Course Description

Don't miss the chance of joining a LIVE Online Training with David O’Brien from ARGOS. In this training, you learn about core Azure concepts, Azure services, Azure security, and Azure management tools, including automation via PowerShell. While the core focus for this class is providing a solid Azure infrastructure foundation based on real-world implementations, the course does prepare you for the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam.

Note: If you already have an All Access Pass subscription, this course has been added to your account.

This program runs for six weeks and includes:

  • Weekly live webinars (with recordings and Q&A)
  • Weekly assignments to guide your progress
  • A community of individuals with the same goals
  • A private Facebook group with other participants for sharing reflections, progress, etc. 
  • The chance to ask David O’Brien questions directly in a live training environment

This LIVE Online Training is for YOU if you want to:

  • Be prepared for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam: AZ-900
  • Understand Azure infrastructure with its many tools and services
  • Learn how to pay for what you use  and effectively manage Azure costs
  • Implement network security using Azure Sentinel, Azure Firewalls, Azure Key Vault, and Azure DDoS Protection
  • Understand the Azure service lifecycle

Course Schedule

Date and Time for Live Webinars

Dates and start time for the live two-hour webinars:

  • Module 1: Thursday, Jan 26, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 2: Thursday, Feb 2, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 3: *Rescheduled* Thursday, Feb 9, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 4: Thursday, Feb 16, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 5: Thursday, Feb 23, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 6: Thursday, Mar 2, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Course Outline

Module 1: Introducing Cloud and Azure Infrastructure

  • Understanding Cloud Types: Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid
  • Understanding the Benefits of Cloud
  • Introducing High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, and Agility
  • Selecting the Right Cloud Service for the Right Job: IaaS vs. PaaS vs. FaaS vs. SaaS
  • Taking Control of Costs – Pay Only for What You Use

Module 2: Core Azure Services

  • Introducing the Microsoft Cloud Global Design
  • Choosing the Right Azure Region
  • Understanding Azure ExpressRoute
  • Using Availability Zones in the Real World
  • Azure Tenant vs. Azure Subscription vs. Azure Management Groups
  • Lab: Creating Azure Resource Groups via the Portal and Azure Cloud Shell (PowerShell)
  • Working with Resource Groups and Role-based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Using Azure Resource Manager
  • Core Azure Services and Their Use Cases: Compute, Network, and Storage
  • Lab: Creating Virtual Networks Using PowerShell
  • Lab: Establishing a Remote Connection to a VM without a Public IP Address

Module 3: Azure Core Solutions and Management Tools

  • Introduction to Serverless Services, Functions, and Logic Apps
  • Lab: Creating Logic Apps 
  • Introduction to Azure DevOps, GitHub, and GitHub Actions
  • Lab: Working with the Azure Cloud Shell
  • Using Azure Advisor, Azure Monitor, and Azure Service Health
  • Understanding Azure "Infrastructure as Code" Tools
  • Lab: Deploying Azure Resources Using the Bicep Language

Module 4: Azure and Network Security

  • Understanding Azure Defender for Cloud
  • Lab: Working with Policy Compliance, Secure Score, and Alerts
  • Introduction to Azure Key Vault and Secrets Management (Includes a Lab)
  • Understanding Azure Sentinel
  • Understanding Defense in Depth on Azure
  • Lab: Network Security Groups and Azure Firewalls
  • Understanding Azure DDoS Protection

Module 5: Identity, Governance, Privacy, and Compliance Features 

  • Understanding Authentication: AuthN vs. AuthZ
  • Comparing Azure Active Directory,  Active Directory Domain Services, and Azure Active Directory Domain Services
  • Lab: Creating Conditional Access Policies that Will Save Your Bacon
  • Lab: Working with Azure RBAC and Applying the Least Privilege Principle
  • Introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • Understanding Security vs. Privacy vs. Compliance: How They Are All Different but Related
  • Understanding the Microsoft Trust Center and Azure Compliance Documentation

Module 6: Azure Cost Management and Service Level Agreements

  • Reducing Costs in Azure
  • Lab: Saving Up to 70 percent of Your VM Cost with This Simple Trick
  • Demo: Cost and TCO Calculator
  • Lab: Introduction to Azure Advisor
  • Azure Cost Management
  • Lab: Analyzing Resource Metrics
  • Understanding Azure SLAs
  • Understanding Service Lifecycle


Instructor Bio:

David is the founder of ARGOS Cloud Security, a contextual cloud security SaaS that helps you keep your cloud platforms protected and secure. His fields of interest are mainly everything about cloud security, automation, and architecture. David has been a Microsoft Azure MVP for eight years and a Microsoft Certified Trainer for two years. When he isn’t working (and outside of a pandemic), he tries to spend as much time as possible with his family traveling the world or up in the air flying above it. If you would like to get in touch with David, just send him a tweet @david_obrien.

David O'Brien

Founder of ARGOS Cloud Security