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ARM VM Features and Workloads


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Exam Prep 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

The purpose of this course is to help prepare you for the Microsoft Azure 70-533 Exam. This course focuses on key points that are meant to fill in the learning gaps for those who already have a base foundational knowledge of Microsoft Azure.

What You'll Learn in this Exam Prep 70-533

Lesson What you'll learn
Overview of the Course Overview of the course and the Learning Objectives
About the 70-533 Exam Learn about the exam, its objectives, and certification paths
Design and Implement Azure App Service Apps Discuss App Service Plans and Web Apps
Create and Manage ARM Virtual Machines Understand ARM VMs, pricing, resiliency and configuration limits
Design and Implement a Storage Strategy Learn to Implement Azure Storage, SQL Databases, and Recovery Services
Implement an Azure Active Directory Discuss Azure AD, tools, App integration, and monitoring
Implement Virtual Networks Learn about Azure networking and cross-site connectivity
Design and Deploy ARM Templates Learn about ARM Templates and Deployment options
Summary Course summary including Exam Tips and Tricks



Workloads define the type of work your Virtual Machine instances will perform. Microsoft supports many VM workloads much like on-premises servers. These include workloads such as Microsoft BizTalk server, Microsoft Dynamics, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, System Center, and of course Windows Server itself to name a few. Windows Server 2003 (with a CSA) and later versions are supported for deployment in Microsoft Azure. However for versions that are earlier than Windows Server 2008 R2, there is no Azure Marketplace support, and customers must provide their own images. In fact, Microsoft does not support operating systems that are past their End of Support without a Custom Support Agreement (CSA).

Workloads also include non-Windows operating systems such as Linux. You may find many Azure-Endorsed Linux distributions such as RedHat, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, etc. Not to mention there are many 3rd-party appliances such as Checkpoint and Barracuda firewall images.

Azure Virtual Machines are very capable. Here is a list of just some features available to Azure VMs.

Autoscale and Virtual Machine Scale Sets allows you to easily deploy and scale your VMs automatically based on resource demand
VMs can be of different sizes allowing you to cut costs as well as be adjusted later
VMs can be placed on separate virtual networks for isolation and segmentation yet still have the capability of connecting to each other as well as with on-premises machines
Much of the remote administration for VMs can be performed outside the VM through the Azure Portal and other tools such as Azure PowerShell.
Resources that make up the VM are separate from the VM itself allowing you to re-attach disks, network interface cards, Public IPs, etc. as well as rebuild a VM without having to remove any of these resources making rebuilding VMs that much easier.

About the Author

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Chris has over 15 years of experience working with top IT Enterprise businesses.  Having worked at Google helping to launch Gmail, YouTube, Maps and more and most recently at Microsoft working directly with Microsoft Azure for both Commercial and Public Sectors, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team in architecting complex solutions and advanced troubleshooting techniques.  He holds several Microsoft Certifications including Azure Certifications.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys movies, gaming, outdoor activities, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.