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Advanced VM Management in Azure

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Microsoft Azure for Solution Architects
AZ-303 Exam Preparation: Technologies for Microsoft Azure Architects
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Duration1h 33m


This course offers an in-depth look at VM scale sets, VM configuration management, VM storage options, and VM monitoring within Azure. We kick things off by looking at VM scale sets, vertical scaling, and horizontal scaling.

After that, you'll learn about the tools used for configuration management, as well as how to deploy software using VM extensions and how to deploy an Azure PowerShell DSC Configuration.

The course will then cover the wide range of VM storage options available in Microsoft Azure and show you how to use them. Finally, you'll learn about Azure Monitor, a service that allows you to monitor the performance and health of your VMs and VM scale sets.

This course is packed full of step-by-step demonstrations that you can follow along with, allowing you to see all of the above topics put into practice in real-life Azure environments.

For any feedback relating to this course, please feel free to contact us at support@cloudacademy.com.

Learning Objectives

  • Scale VMs using scale sets and understand the difference between vertical and horizontal scaling
  • Learn about the tools used for managing VM configurations
  • Deploy software using VM extensions and PowerShell DSC
  • Understand the various VM storage options available in Azure
  • Restore a VM from a snapshot
  • Create a VM from a generalized image
  • Learn about Azure Monitor and its uses

Intended Audience

  • Anyone interested in learning about scale sets, configuration management, storage, and monitoring for Azure VMs


To get the most from this course you should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Azure and of the Azure portal.


Hi there, welcome to Advanced VM Management in Microsoft Azure. My name is Thomas Mitchell and I'll be taking you through this course. I'm an Azure instructor at Cloud Academy, and I have over 25 years of IT experience, several of those with cloud technologies. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, or send an email to support@cloudacademy.com.

This course is intended for those who are interested in learning about VM scale sets, VM configuration management, VM storage options, and VM monitoring. To get the most from this course you should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Azure and of the Azure Portal.

We're going to start things off by looking at virtual machine scale sets. You'll learn about vertical scaling and horizontal scaling. I'll even show you, via a hands-on demonstration, how to deploy a VM scale set with autoscaling enabled.

Next, we'll take a look at configuration management. I'll introduce you to the many tools that can be used to manage VM configurations. You'll even learn how to deploy software using VM extensions.

Later on, we'll dive into VM storage options. We'll cover things like managed disks, the different types of disks, and encryption. We'll then review the different disk roles, snapshots, and images, before working through some demonstrations.

We'll wrap things up by covering VM monitoring.

By the time you finish this course, you should have an understanding of how to scale VMs, manage VM configurations, configure VM storage, and monitor VMs.

We'd love to get your feedback on this course, so please give it a rating when you're finished. If you're ready to learn about Azure VM management, let's get started.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.