This course covers the Design a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy part of the 70-534 exam, which is worth 20–25% of the exam. The intent of the course is to help fill in an knowledge gaps that you might have, and help to prepare you for the exam.
Welcome back, in this lesson we'll be reviewing the key takeaways from this course.
In our first lesson, we talked about SCOM and how most companies are hosting it on-prem to monitor servers that are on-prem then include their IaaS VMs. SCOM is a tool that many companies have invested time and effort into, so it makes sense to continue leveraging that investment as company's move from on-prem to purely cloud-based workloads.
In the next lesson we covered monitoring. Now we all know how important monitoring is for a successful operation strategy. And Microsoft has long since recognized that.
We covered the built-in monitoring tools for IaaS, and then we took it a step further to cover OMS, which allows for monitoring hybrid environments from Azure.
And we wrapped up by talking about Application Insights, which gives us the ability to understand how our web apps and services are running, and even proactively identify issues with their machine learning algorithms.
After that, we went on to discuss patching strategies in the next lesson. We talked about WSUS as a means to pre-approve Windows Update patches as part of a patch management strategy.
And then we covered SCCM as a means of updating apps, so that users are on the correct version of the apps that they're using.
And we finished off the lesson talking about the need to leverage custom solutions when we need to handle things such as updating an application stack.
The next lesson we talked about disaster recovery, which is crucial for companies of all sizes.
We talked about Hyper-V Replica, which allows replication of Hyper-V based VMs. And that naturally segued into Azure Site Recovery, which supports Hyper-V, VMware, and physical machines. And it even allows us to have site-to-site backups in addition to site-to-cloud backups.
We mentioned Azure Backup, which is basically a way to replace tape drives with cloud native solutions.
And then we wrapped up by talking about StorSimple, a hardware device that helps folks running on-prem to distribute some of the data that isn't used often into the cloud.
And our final lesson was on automation. We covered PowerShell Workflows to allow for more robust scripting with the ability to recover from checkpoints if needed. And we covered Azure Automation, which gives us the ability to execute runbooks, which are basically PowerShell scripts in either a text or graphical form.
And then we looked at configuration management using DSC, which is a set of PowerShell extensions that allows us as admins to specify the desired state of a node. In addition to DSC, we mentioned that there are other tools that exist in this same space, such Chef, Puppet, and Ansible.
Alright, that's going to wrap up this course. In the next course, we'll be covering the next domain objective of secure resources. So, whenever you're ready to keep learning, I'll see you in the next course.
About the Author
Ben Lambert is a software engineer and was previously the lead author for DevOps and Microsoft Azure training content at Cloud Academy. His courses and learning paths covered Cloud Ecosystem technologies such as DC/OS, configuration management tools, and containers. As a software engineer, Ben’s experience includes building highly available web and mobile apps. When he’s not building software, he’s hiking, camping, or creating video games.