Overview of the course
What is a Virtual Machine?
Creating and Connecting to Azure VMs
Scaling Azure Virtual Machines
Design and Implement VM Storage
Configure Monitoring & Alerts for Azure VMs
Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines
Virtual Machines are a very foundational and fundamental resource in Cloud Computing. Deploying virtual machines gives you more flexibility and control over your cloud infrastructure and services, however, it also means you have more responsibility to maintain and configure these resources. This course gives you an overview of why use virtual machines as well as how to create, configure, and monitor VMs in Azure Resource Manager.
Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines: What You'll Learn
|Lesson||What you'll learn|
|Overview||Overview of the course and the Learning Objectives|
|What is a Virtual Machine?||Understand what are Azure Virtual Machines and what workloads are ideal for VMs|
|Creating and Connecting to Azure VMs||Learn to deploy Windows and Linux VMs as well as how to connect to these VMs|
|Scaling Azure Virtual Machines||Understand VM scaling, load-balancing, and Availability Sets in Azure Resource Manager|
|Configuration Management||Understand the basic concepts of Desired State Configuration and the options available to Azure VMs|
|Design and Implement VM Storage||Gain an understanding of the underlying Storage options available to VMs as well as Encryption|
|Configure Monitoring & Alerts for Azure VMs||Learn to monitor VMs in Azure Resource Manager as well as configure alerts.|
|Summary||Course summary and conclusion|
GitHub Code Repository
Monitoring in Azure goes well beyond IaaS VMs and I felt it’s worth mentioning. Azure has an entire Application Performance Management (APM) suite called “Application Insights” which lets you monitor live web application traffic and automatically detect performance anomalies as well as offer tools to help you diagnose issues and user behaviors.
In addition, there is a framework called Log Analytics as part of Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite (OMS) that help you monitor not only your cloud environment, but also your on-premises environment. This illustration taken from Microsoft’s documentation shows how VM Agents and storage accounts in Azure can feed into the Log Analytics framework as well as your on-premises environment with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). This gives you a unified solution across cloud and on-premises to manage monitoring and alerting in your environment.
One other major suite released recently is Azure Monitor. This gives you even deeper monitoring insight in your environment. For example you can now monitor not only the Guest OS of an Azure VM, but also you gain monitoring capability of the Host VM. It’s definitely worth exploring all these options.
About the Author
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.