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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



Configuration Management deals with establishing a baseline, high-level standard of quality for all the resources in your environment. In our case, we want to maintain the highest level of quality and serviceability of our virtual machines. Any deviation from this standard of quality should be quickly mitigated and resolved to return back to our baseline standard of quality.

Currently Azure has a couple major 3rd party software available directly in the Azure Portal to support Configuration Management: We have Chef and Puppet. Both solutions have images available in the Azure VM Gallery for creating a Chef or Puppet Master server along with VM Extensions to deploy to client VMs. Microsoft also makes available its own PowerShell Desired State Configuration extension for those clients which also blends well with PowerShell Custom Script extensions. PowerShell DSC scripts must first publish a config to a Storage Account and then Deploy the PowerShell DSC extension to a target VM which then pulls down the DSC Config file and auto-configures the target VM to meet the desired state.

These are the PowerShell commands that describe the process on the previous slide. On the left you have to two steps to publish and deploy a PowerShell DSC config file and script. On the right you see how to deploy a CustomScript Extension allowing you to run any code you want on any machine. This also works on Linux machines.

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.