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Getting Started with Microsoft Azure

Deploying Your First Resources in Microsoft Azure

Thomas Mitchell

Ready to upskill yourself so you can compete in this new era of cloud computing? Give yourself an edge as an IT employee by taking this beginner-level course on Microsoft Azure.

In this four-hour course, you will learn the basics of Microsoft Azure. This course is designed to walk you through basic Microsoft Azure concepts and tools. In addition to learning basic concepts, you will also learn how to deploy and manage common Azure resources, including Resource Groups, Virtual Networks, Network Security Groups, Virtual Machines, Storage Accounts, and more.

This Azure training allows the student to build a solid foundational-level knowledge of Microsoft Azure, while, at the same time, learning how to deploy Azure resources in real-world scenarios. As such, you can be sure that the information that you learn can be immediately applied in your everyday job.

The instructor, Thomas Mitchell, an experienced Senior Systems Engineer and published author, will share his extensive knowledge of Microsoft Azure in a way that makes sense – even to those who are new to the product.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

After this course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe Core Azure Architectural components
  • Manage Typical Azure Services via the Azure Portal
  • Describe Core Azure Resources
  • Understand High Availability Options
  • Use the Portal to Deploy Core Azure Resources such as Resource Groups, VMs, Virtual Networks, and More
  • Deploy a VM with PowerShell
  • Deploy a VM with Azure CLI

This training course is for you because...

You are an IT professional who has had minimal exposure to Microsoft Azure and is interested in learning the basics of the platform.


  • Students should have a basic understanding of what Azure is and of the concept of virtualization
  • Students should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Windows technologies and of basic networking concepts
  • Access to a paid or trial Azure subscription will be helpful to students wishing to practice what is taught

About your instructor

  • Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry and he possesses deep IT knowledge, across numerous IT disciplines. His specialties include:

    • Microsoft Exchange / Messaging
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Infrastructure Services

    Tom hold numerous industry certifications, including several Microsoft certifications. He writes on all things IT for several online publications, produces his own line of IT training materials, and is the author of “The Azure PowerShell Quick-Start Guide” from Packt Publishing. Tom is the managing editor of UnderstandingAzure.com as well as labITout.com.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Getting Started (15-20 min)

  • Introduction
  • What is Azure?
  • Tour of Azure Services

Key Architecture Components (20-30 min)

  • Tenants
  • Subscriptions
  • Regions
  • Resource Groups
  • Resource Manager

Managing Services with the Azure Portal (20-30 min) - Azure Management Options - Navigating the Portal - Working with Blades - Using the Portal - Portal Dashboards - Customizing the Dashboard


Common Azure Resources (25-35 min)

  • Resource Groups
  • Virtual Networks
  • Network Security Groups
  • Virtual Machines
  • Azure Storage
  • Azure Web Apps

High Availability (15-25 min)

  • Availability Sets
  • Availability Zones
  • Load Balancers


Deploy Your First Azure Resources (60-90 min)

  • Deploying a Resource Group via the Azure Portal
  • Deploying a Virtual Network via the Azure Portal
  • Deploying a Network Security Group via the Azure Portal
  • Deploying a Windows Virtual Machine via the Azure Portal
  • Deploying a Linux Virtual Machine via the Azure Portal
  • Deploying a Storage Account via the Azure Portal
  • Creating an Azure File Share via the Azure Portal
  • Deploy Your First Web App via the Azure Portal


Getting Started with Azure PowerShell (15-20 min)

  • Install PowerShell
  • Connect to Azure via PowerShell
  • Deploying a Resource Group via PowerShell
  • Deploying a Virtual Machine via PowerShell

Getting Started with Azure CLI (15-20 min)

  • Install Azure CLI
  • Connect to Azure via CLI
  • Deploying a Resource Group via CLI
  • Deploying a Virtual Machine via CLI

Wrap-Up (15-20 min)

  • Q&A
  • Other Learning Resources
  • Connect with Me