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This is the first of six preparation courses for the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions 70-534 certification exam. By the end of this course, you will have gained a solid understanding of Azure data center and VPN architecture. We will cover Azure’s use of Global Foundation Services for its data centers, virtual networks, Azure Compute (IaaS, virtual machines, fault domains), VPNs, and ExpressRoute. This session will also feature a high-level discussion of Azure services (load balancing options, Traffic Manager, and more).


Welcome back. In this lesson, we'll summarize what we've covered throughout the course, and we'll talk about what's next.

In our first lesson, we talked about Azure's datacenters. We talked about how they're distributed across the world. There's currently 30 and with more on the way. And having these datacenters around the world allows us to design applications that are highly available because we can ensure our apps are running in at least one datacenter.

Then, we talked about virtual networks. We talked about how to create a virtual network and break out our IaaS VMs into subnets, based on their purpose. We talked access control list and network security groups, and how that allows us to set up firewalls to protect our VMs.

Then we moved on to a two-part lesson on Compute options in Azure. We talked about what IaaS is and using Azure VMs. We discussed fault domains and update domains. And then we covered configuration management, which is something that is important to a DevOps strategy.

And then, the next lesson covered more about VPNs, where we reviewed the different options and why we'd use them.

And then we wrapped up the course with an overview of some of the different Azure services that are useful when architecting modern software systems. And then that brings us to this summary.

The next course in this six-part series is going to cover security. As companies move to the cloud, knowing how to keep systems and data secure is crucial. So Microsoft has included that in the exam objectives. There are five more courses in this series to cover all of the domain knowledge that's needed for the exam. However, you're well on your way to passing the exam.

I hope this course has been useful to you in preparing to take the 70-534 Exam. I hope you enjoy the rest of the courses, and good luck with the exam.

About the Author
Ben Lambert
Software Engineer
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Ben Lambert is a software engineer 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 software, he’s hiking, camping, or creating video games.