Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions – Overview

Azure – What are the options?

IaaS, PaaS & SaaS

IaaS – Virtual Servers in the Cloud.
Easiest/ Logical method of moving to the cloud is IaaS. Drag your on prem Virtual Machines in the cloud. Basically transferring your on prem virtual machines in to the Cloud (Azure).
In event of failure on prem option, to run in azure, or migrate to azure
Active Directory – Azure AD connect. In a Hybrid environment

PaaS – Azure App Service
Storage, back and recovery services
More advanced – AI – Audio to Text PaaS

SaaS
Complete Software solution

What is the exam?
Exam : 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.
Expect 1-4 questions are PowerShell based

In theory, you will need another exam to qualify for the certification MCSE Cloud

Why move to Azure?
DR solutions
Hybrid options
Cost saving option – Turning off services over night will massively save money IaaS.
Auto scaling
Pay As You Go : Azure for your dev environment

SaaS

Location knowledge
Note : Geographic areas and some cost more to host and some have limited features.

West Europe would appear to be the best option for local businesses in Sunderland (UK).

But – Check features are available in a region.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/regions/services/

Pricing Calculator / Estimator
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/calculator/

Documentation
Location to learn information https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/

DevOPS : How to deploy to Azure . https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/vsts/deploy-azure/

Market Place : Search for products available on Azure

Azure Services / Categories
Compute, Networking, Data and Storage, Web & Mobile, Other services include AD, automation, logging, monitoring

Azure Portals
https://Portal.azure.com
Or old world
https://account.azure.com

Deployment methodologies
Visual studio or visual studio code (free option)
Resource templates. Json files

Log Analytics and ( Operations Management Suite )
Centralised location for gathering log information
Patch management view
Change management view
Resource monitoring

Thought : Could this be described as a new version of System Center, SCOM, WSUS, but a cloud version?

GitHub 
Github.com/MicrosoftLearning

https://github.com/MicrosoftLearning/20533-ImplementingMicrosoftAzureInfrastructureSolutions/tree/master/Instructions

Resource Groups and RBAC
Setup Resource Groups & Tags
Setup Access Control (IAM) Roles (RBAC)

Basic PowerShell Commands
Add-azureRMaccount
Get-AzureRMsubscription
Get-AzureRMresourceProvider

Networking and Providers
Location Providers – UK is London

London

AT&T NetBond, British Telecom, Colt, Equinix, InterCloud, Internet Solutions – Cloud Connect, Interxion, Jisc, Level 3 Communications, Megaport, MTN, NTT Communications, Orange, Tata Communications, Telecity Group, Telehouse – KDDI, Telenor, Verizon, Vodafone, Zayo Group+

From <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-locations-providers>

Azure Virtual Networks
Choose the IP address spaces. Don’t use a subnet where you might duplicate your on prem servers.
Azure utilises some IPs .. So smallest subnet /29 subnet

Azure Load Balancer – Overview
Internal, Internet, Application Gateway, Traffic manager
SSL offload & WAF

Azure DNS
PaaS DNS is quite limited or Create a VM hosting VMs for internal DNS / Domain Controller.

Template Examples
Github.com/Azure-quickstart-templates
Deploy to azure ( for speed, test it out at your own risk )

(My thoughts and opinions, are my own @stephenhackers)