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Getting started with Azure Infrastructure as a Service

John Savill

Leading cloud platform Microsoft Azure offers a wide range of services that includes a rich set of solutions related to infrastructure as a service (IAAS). The benefits of IaaS are clear. It enables organizations to create virtual machines (VMs) in regions throughout the globe with access to near infinite resources but only pay for what is actually used. However, even for those with vast experience in virtualization on-premises, using the cloud can be daunting.

John Savill walks you through the Azure key concepts of compute, storage, networking, and automation to help you utilize Azure to the fullest. Along the way, you'll explore management and resource creation using the portal, PowerShell, and JSON templates as you learn how to make Azure an extension of your data center.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand: - The key elements of an Azure IaaS solution - How to make Azure an extension of your data center

And you’ll be able to: - Create and utilize Azure resources - Use PowerShell to manage Azure - Deploy resources using JSON

This training course is for you because...

  • You're an IT administrator or operations team member who wants to utilize Azure services.
  • You're an architect looking to leverage Azure as part of your solutions.


  • A working knowledge of Windows, server infrastructure, IP, and PowerShell

Materials or Downloads Needed in Advance

  • A Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (preferred) machine with the AzureRM module installed using install-module AzureRM (Make sure your machine is patched; if using Windows 8.1, install WMF 5.1.)
  • Access to a server (useful but not required)

About your instructor

  • John Savill is a Windows technical specialist. An 11-time MVP and an MCSE for Azure Infrastructure and Windows Server 2016, John is also Azure certified, ITIL certified, and a CISSP. John is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows and a senior contributing editor to IT Pro, as well as the author of eight books, including Mastering Azure Infrastructure Services and Mastering Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, both from Wiley. John blogs at Savilltech.com and tweets at @NTFAQGuy.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Introduction to the cloud and Azure (50 minutes)

  • Lecture: Cloud basics; Azure compute options
  • Hands-on exercise: Log in to Azure and create a Windows Server VM using the default storage and network options; log in to the VM via the internet

Break (10 minutes)

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and virtual networks (60 minutes) - Lecture: Utilizing Azure Storage and managed disks for IaaS VMs; utilizing Azure Files for SMB storage; overview of virtual networks; publishing services to the internet; on-premises connectivity options - Hands-on exercise: Create a customer virtual network with two subnets; create a VM using a standard disk for the OS and a premium disk as a data disk

Break (10 minutes)

Managing Azure (40 minutes) - Lecture: Automating and managing in Azure with PowerShell, the CLI, and JSON - Hands-on exercise: Create a PowerShell script to a VM using the latest Windows Server 2016 image in the Azure Marketplace with an additional data disk

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)

Homework: Create a VM using a JSON template, taking a template from GitHub as a starting point.