Course Description

Don't miss the chance of joining a LIVE Online Academy with David O’Brien from ARGOS. In this training, you learn about core Azure concepts, services, security, and 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 Microsoft 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


Course Schedule

Date and Time for Live Webinars

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

  • Module 1: Thursday, July 14, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 2: Thursday, July 21, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 3: Thursday, July 28, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 4: Thursday, Aug 4, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 5: Thursday, Aug 11, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 6: Thursday, Aug 18, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Course Outline

Module 1: Introducing Cloud and Azure Infrastructure

  • 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
  • Our Showcase – Following a Company’s Journey to Azure
  • Understanding Cloud Types: Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid
  • Taking Control of Costs – Pay for What You Use

Module 2: Core Azure Services

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

Module 3: Azure Core Solutions and Management Tools

  • Introduction to IoT Services 
  • Introduction to Data Services: Synapse, HDInsight, and Databricks
  • Working with ML Services, Bot, and Cognitive Services
  • Introduction to Serverless Services, Functions, and Logic Apps
  • Creating Logic Apps 
  • Introduction to Azure DevOps, GitHub, and GitHub Actions
  • Azure Mobile Applications
  • Working with the Cloud Shell
  • Using Azure Advisor, Azure Monitor, and Azure Service Health
  • Using ARM Templates 
  • Deploying Azure Resources Using the Bicep Language


Module 4: Azure and Network Security

  • Using the Security Center
  • Working with Policy Compliance, Secure Score, and Alerts
  • Introduction to Azure Key Vault
  • Using Azure Sentinel
  • Azure Dedicated Hosts
  • Defense in Depth
  • Network Security Groups and Azure Firewalls
  • Azure DDoS Protection


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

  • Understanding Authentication: AuthN vs. AuthZ
  • Comparing Azure Active Directory and Active Directory
  • Using Conditional Access Policies
  • Enabling Azure MFA and SSO
  • Working with Azure RBAC and Tags
  • Using Azure Policy and Blueprint
  • Introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • Security vs. Privacy vs. Compliance – Understanding How They Are All Different but Related
  • Privacy Statement, Product Terms, and Data Protection Addendum
  • Understanding the Trust Center and Azure Compliance Documentation


Module 6: Azure Cost Management and Service Level Agreements

  • Reducing Costs in Azure
  • Introduction to Azure Advisor
  • Analyzing Resource Metrics
  • Cost Calculator
  • Azure Cost Management
  • Understanding Azure SLAs
  • Understanding Service Lifecycle

Instructor(s)

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