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Microsoft Azure Architect Design

About the Course

Course Duration: 4 days

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Private Course: Click Here  This course teaches Solutions Architects how to translate business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. Lessons include design considerations related to logging, cost analysis, authentication and authorization, governance, security, storage, high availability, and migration. This role requires decisions in multiple areas that affect an overall design solution.  

Who is it for?

This course is for IT Professionals with expertise in designing and implementing solutions running on Microsoft Azure. They should have broad knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance. Azure Solution Architects use the Azure Portal and as they become more adept they use the Command Line Interface. Candidates must have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development processes and DevOps processes.

Entry Requirements

Successful Azure Solution Architects start this role with experience on operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, and networking. 

  • Understanding of on-premises virtualization technologies, including: VMs, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks. 
  • Understanding of network configuration, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies. 
  • Understanding of Active Directory concepts, including domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). 
  • Understanding of resilience and disaster recovery, including backup and restore operations.  

Recommended prerequisites: M-AZ303 – Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies 

The Exam

Purchased separately, AZ-304, is part of Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert  

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend solutions to minimize costs 
  • Recommend a solution for Conditional Access, including multi-factor authentication 
  • Recommend a solution for a hybrid identity including Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Connect 
  • Recommend a solution for using Azure Policy 
  • Recommend a solution that includes KeyVault 
  • Recommend a solution that includes Azure AD Managed Identities 
  • Recommend a storage access solution 
  • Design and Azure Site Recovery solution 
  • Recommend a solution for autoscaling 
  • Recommend a solution for containers 
  • Recommend a solution for network security 
  • Recommend a solution for migrating applications and VMs 
  • Recommend a solution for migration of databases 

Syllabus – Key points

Module 1: Design for Cost Optimization 

In this module, you will learn how to optimize costs from recommendations, breakdown costs by Azure Service, and download and review usage details. 01-View 

  • Recommend Solutions for Cost Management 
  • Recommended Viewpoints for Minimizing Costs 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Optimize with Azure Cost Management. 
  • Design with Cost in mind 
  • Optimize Costs from recommendations 

Module 2: Design a Solution for Logging and Monitoring 

In this module, you will learn about Azure Monitor, Azure Application Insights, and Azure Sentinel. You will be able to monitor Azure Resources with Azure Monitor and collect and analyze resource Logs for Azure. 

  • Azure Monitoring Services 
  • Azure Monitor 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Monitor Azure resources with Azure Monitor 
  • Collect and analyze Resource Logs for Azure resources 
  • Understand how Azure Sentinel collects data on the devices, users, infrastructure, and applications 

Module 3: Design Authentication 

In this module, you will learn to implement Conditional Access and Azure Multi-Factor Authentication and also be able to recommend an Authentication Methodology for Hybrid Identity. 

  • Recommend a Solution for Multi-Factor Authentication 
  • Recommend a Solution for Single-Sign On (SSO) 
  • Five Steps for Securing Identity Infrastructure 
  • Recommend a Solution for a Hybrid Identity 
  • Recommend a Solution for B2B Integration 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Plan for an MFA Deployment 
  • Understand Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) 
  • Recommend an Authentication Methodology for Hybrid Identity 
  • Integrate with Identity Providers 

Module 4: Design Authorization 

In this module, you will learn how to provide Identities to services and understand the hierarchy of Management Groups and Subscriptions. 

  • Infrastructure Protection 
  • Recommend a Hierarchical Structure for Management Groups, Subscriptions and Resource Groups 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend hierarchy of Management Groups and Subscriptions. 
  • Configure custom RBAC Role definitions and assignments 

Module 5: Design Governance 

In this module, you will learn apply an Azure Policy, Identify non-compliant resources, and manage tag governance with Azure Policy. Lessons 

  • Recommend a Solution for using Azure Policy 
  • Recommend a Solution for using Azure Blueprint 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Organize Policies with Initiatives 
  • Manage Tag Governance with Azure Policy 
  • Provide guidance on Azure Blueprints 

Module 6: Design Security for Applications 

In this module, you will understand Azure Key Vault availability and redundancy, managed Identities for Azure resources. Also, learn about system-assigned Managed Identity and Azure VMs. 

  • Recommend a Solution using KeyVault 
  • Recommend a Solution using Azure AD Managed Identities 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Understand Key Vault authentication and authorization 
  • Understand Azure Key Vault availability and redundancy 
  • Understand how Blueprints differ from Resource Manager Templates and Azure Policy 

Module 7: Design a Solution for Databases 

In this module, you will be able to recommend the appropriate data store and recommend Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance Service tiers. 

  • Select an Appropriate Data Platform Based on Requirements 
  • Overview of Azure Data Storage 
  • Recommend Database Service Tier Sizing 
  • Dynamically Scale Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instances 
  • Recommend a Solution for Encrypting Data at Rest, Transmission, and In Use 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend Database Service Tier Sizing 
  • Recommend a Solution for Encrypting Data at Rest, Transmission, and In Use 
  • Understand Azure Data Lake Store and Azure Blob Storage containers 

Module 8: Design Data Integration 

In this module, you will learn about data flows using Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Analytics architecture. 

  • Recommend a Data Flow 
  • Recommend a Solution for Data Integration 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Implement Azure Synapse Analytics 
  • Describe how data flows using Azure Data Factory 
  • Demonstrate how to use Azure Data Factory to load data into SQL Data Warehouse 

Module 9: Select an Appropriate Storage Account 

In this module, you will learn about recommend a design a strategy for using tiered storage and manage tiered Storage using Azure tools. 

  • Understanding Storage Tiers 
  • Recommend a Storage Access Solution 
  • Recommend Storage Management Tools 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend tools for working with Azure Storage 
  • Design for Azure Blob Storage access tiers 

Module 10: Design a Solution for Backup and Recovery 

In this module, you will learn about solutions for site recovery capacity and site failover and failback. You will be able to recommend solutions for recovery in different regions. 

  • Recommend a Recovery Solution for Hybrid and On-Premises Workloads 
  • Design and Azure Site Recovery Solution 
  • Recommend a Solution for Recovery in Different Regions 
  • Recommend a Solution for Azure Backup Management 
  • Design a Solution for Data Archiving and Retention 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend solutions for Azure hybrid and on-premises workloads that meets recovery objectives 
  • Recommend a solution for site recovery capacity 
  • Recommend storage types and methodology for data archiving 
  • Identify requirements for data archiving 

Module 11: Design for High Availability 

In this module, you will learn about solutions for application and workload redundancy, including compute, database, and storage. 

  • Recommend a Solution for Application and Workload Redundancy 
  • Recommend a Solution for Autoscaling 
  • Identify Resources that Require High Availability 
  • Identify Storage Types for High Availability 
  • Recommend a Solution for Geo-Redundancy of Workloads 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend a solutions for autoscaling 
  • Identify storage types for high availability 
  • Recommend a solutions for geo-redundancy of workloads 

Module 12: Design a Compute Solution 

In this module, you will learn about the appropriate compute technologies, including virtual machines, App Services, Service Fabric, Azure Functions, Windows Virtual Desktop, and containers. 

  • Recommend a Solution for Compute Provisioning 
  • Determine Appropriate Compute Technologies 
  • Recommend a Solution for Containers 
  • Recommend a Solution for Automating Compute Management 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Refer solution for automating compute management 
  • Recommend the appropriate compute technologies, including virtual machines, and App Services 
  • Recommend the appropriate AKS and ACI and the configurations 

Module 13: Design a Network Solution 

In this module, you will learn about solutions for network addressing and name resolution, network provisioning, and network security. 

  • Recommend a Solution for Network Addressing and Name Resolution 
  • Recommend a Solution for Network Provisioning 
  • Recommend a Solution for Network Security 
  • Recommend a Solution for Internet Connectivity and On-Premises Networks, 
  • Recommend a Solution for Automating Network Management 
  • Recommend a Solution for Load Balancing and Traffic Routing 

After completing this module, students will understand : 

  • Solutions for network addressing and name resolution 
  • Solutions for network security including private endpoints, firewalls, and gateways 
  • Recommendations for network connectivity to the Internet, on-premises networks, and other VNets. 
  • Recommendations for load balancing and traffic routing 

Module 14: Design an Application Architecture 

In this module, you will learn about solution for deployment of applications including ARM templates, Logic Apps, or Azure Functions. You will also learn about microservices architecture including Event Grid, Event Hubs, Service Bus, Storage Queues, Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and webhooks. 

  • Recommend a Microservices Architecture 
  • Recommend an Orchestration Solution for Deployment of Applications 
  • Recommend a Solution for API Integration 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Recommend deployment solutions using ARM templates, Logic Apps, or Azure Functions 
  • Recommend a solution for monitoring automation 
  • Recommend a hosting structure for API management 

Module 15: Design Migrations 

In this module, you will learn about recommend a solution for migrating applications and VMs and a solution for migration of databases. 

  • Assess and On-Premises Servers and Applications for Migration 
  • Recommend a Solution for Migrating Applications and VMs 
  • Recommend a Solution for Migration of Databases 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Assess on-premises servers and applications for migration 
  • Suggest solutions for migrating applications and VMs 
  • Determine migration scope, including redundant, related, trivial, and outdated data 

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