This course covers the knowledge domain for designing a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy in Azure in preparation for the 70-534 certification exam. The course will cover managing resources with systems center, on-premises monitoring, cloud-based virtual machines and applications, patching strategies, business continuity and disaster recovery, as well as a discussion of automation tools.
Welcome back. In this lesson, we'll be reviewing the key take-aways 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 ISVMs SCOM is a tool that many companies have invested time and effort in to so it makes sense to continue leveraging that investment as companies move from on-prem to purely cloud-based workloads.
In the next lesson, we'll be covering 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 ISVMs. 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 in to Azure Site Recovery, which supports Hyper-V, VM-ware 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, in to 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 allow 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 as Chef, Puppet, and Ansible.
Okay, the 534 exam is about Architecture. So, we didn't dive deep in to any of these topics. That's what 532 and 533 will accomplish. So, if some of these areas of study are a bit hazy, I recommend jumping in to the documentation for Microsoft as well as getting your hands dirty using this technology. 534 is a great certification to have and it's one that's earned, not given away, so congrats on putting in the effort. Good luck on the exam and thanks for watching.
About the Author
Ben Lambert is the Director of Engineering 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 the first platform to run and measure enterprise transformation initiatives at Cloud Academy, he’s hiking, camping, or creating video games.