MCSA: Linux on Azure

Authors: Andrew Mallett, John Savill

Learning Linux on Azure seems straightforward with our two-parted Path. This certification requires passing Microsoft's 70-533 exam, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure... Read more

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-533)

First, you'll learn how to implement Microsoft Azure solutions, which corresponds with Microsoft's 70-533 certification exam. Passing this exam is the first step toward obtaining your MCSA: Linux on Azure certification.

Deploying and Integrating Azure AD

by John Savill

Jan 21, 2016 / 3h 25m

3h 25m

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Many organizations leverage Active Directory for authentication and a centralized identity internally and look to extend this to cloud services. This course will show how to extend Active Directory to Azure based services and how to leverage Azure AD for a single identity throughout all services while integrating with your existing AD.

Table of contents
  1. Which Path Is for You?3m
  2. Examining On-premises and Cloud Directory Services Architecture51m
  3. Extending Active Directory into Azure27m
  4. Enabling Cloud Service Relationships with Federation41m
  5. Adding Applications with Azure AD23m
  6. Discovering Cloud Applications Used in Your Organization17m
  7. Implementing MFA Using Azure AD27m
  8. Reporting and Monitoring with Azure AD13m

Understanding and Using Azure Storage

by John Savill

Jun 28, 2016 / 3h 8m

3h 8m

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Understanding the storage capabilities in Azure can ensure an optimal infrastructure deployment and that you're using the right type of service while minimizing how much your organization spends. This course, Understanding and Using Azure Storage, is the vehicle to get you there. First, you'll get an introduction to storage fundamentals and a walk-through of the key types of Azure Storage available, including Standard and Premium. Next, you'll see how Azure IaaS VMs utilize storage. You'll finish the course by reviewing and seeing demonstrations on the StoreSimple Appliance. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a firm understanding of the Azure Storage capabilities and how they can be leveraged in infrastructure services, such as Azure IaaS VMs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Azure Storage44m
  3. Capabilities of Storage Types54m
  4. Azure IaaS VM Types of Storage37m
  5. Managing Azure Storage37m
  6. Using StorSimple14m

Architecting and Implementing Azure Networking

by John Savill

Aug 11, 2016 / 3h 43m

3h 43m

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In order to secure your information, you need to understand how your network, well, works. This course, Architecting and Implementing Azure Networking, will teach you how to use Azure networking to secure your assets. It explores the options available for Azure virtual networks and the best ways to use them with services in Azure and outside of Azure. You'll learn about the numerous options for publishing services in a highly available manner, along with how to secure and restrict communications as required. By the end of this course, you'll have the foundational understanding of Azure networking needed to architect and manage networking in Azure.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Azure Service Manager Cloud Services and Other Dinosaurs39m
  3. Virtual Networks38m
  4. Network Security Groups and Virtual Appliances44m
  5. Enabling External Access with Load Balancers and Public IPs35m
  6. Using Azure VPN to Connect to On-premises and User Machines33m
  7. Understanding and Using ExpressRoute29m

Deploying and Managing Azure IaaS Virtual Machines

by John Savill

Sep 14, 2016 / 3h 52m

3h 52m

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Azure provides a large number of services which are all built on VMs. In this course, Deploying and Managing Azure IaaS Virtual Machines, you'll dive into how to utilize Infrastructure as a Service offerings in Azure, and how they utilize other services such as storage and networking. First, you'll learn about the initial Azure Service Manager is. Next, you'll dive into detail on the newer and preferred Azure Resource Manager, and key concepts such as Resource Groups. Finally, the course will wrap up by taking a look at Microsoft Azure Stack and its requirements, footprint, and services offered. After watching this course, you should feel confident in your ability to architect and deploy complete solutions in Azure IaaS.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Azure Fundamentals52m
  3. Azure IaaS Compute Fundamentals52m
  4. Using Azure Resource Manager31m
  5. Azure IaaS VMs37m
  6. Azure IaaS VM Management36m
  7. Microsoft Azure Stack and the Hybrid Cloud20m

Automating Deployment and Scale of Azure IaaS Solutions

by John Savill

Nov 11, 2016 / 3h 23m

3h 23m

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Automation is key to fully utilizing Azure in a consistent and optimal manner. In this course, Automating Deployment and Scale of Azure IaaS Solutions, you will learn how to create and scale services in an automated fashion. First, you will delve into the automation technology options offered within Azure. Next, you will dive into using PowerShell and JSON templates to define and deploy services to Azure. Last, you will learn how to scale resources in Azure. When you are finished with this course, you will have the foundational knowledge to help you script, automate, and scale Azure deployments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. The Need for Automation28m
  3. Using PowerShell with Azure56m
  4. Understanding and Using JSON Templates42m
  5. Using Azure Automation48m
  6. Scaling Azure Infrastructure Resources24m

Advanced Azure Storage

by John Savill

Aug 7, 2017 / 2h 23m

2h 23m

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There are three core fabric elements when looking at solutions; compute, network, and storage. This course, Advanced Azure Storage, dives into the range of storage services available in Azure. The solutions covered range from basic Blob storage through to complete relational database instances as a service. Storage solutions for IaaS VMs will be fully explored before moving onto key types of service available as part of Azure Storage Services. Next, the database options for structured data storage will be explored before finishing on looking at encryption, access control, and management processes. When you are finished with this course you will have the knowledge to use the right Azure storage solution based on your exact requirements.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Azure Storage Services Overview29m
  3. Utilizing Managed Disk32m
  4. Using Azure Storage Services30m
  5. Database Services in Azure28m
  6. Securing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Azure Storage20m

Implementing Azure Application Services

by John Savill

Aug 31, 2017 / 2h 25m

2h 25m

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Azure has a vast number of services and it is critical to understand the capabilities available in order to choose services that provide the closest levels of functionality based on a projects requirements to minimize effort, maintenance and cost. In this course, Implementing Azure Application Services, you'll dive into all the key Azure Application Services and their capabilities. First, you'll explore the key types of Azure Application Service. Next, you'll discover how to use Serverless Compute options and how to utilize multi-tiered applications. Finally, you'll learn how to enable geographically distributed deployments with Traffic Manager. By the end of this course, you'll be able to pick the right application service based on the exact requirements of your project.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Cloud and Azure Overview 21m
  3. Utilizing Azure App Services1h 16m
  4. Utilizing Azure Functions 17m
  5. Common Application Architectures in Azure28m

Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)

After you feel comfortable implementing Microsoft Azure solutions, become familiar with Red Hat 7 and work your way toward obtaining your Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) certification.

Learning the Essentials of CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Administration

by Andrew Mallett

Jan 19, 2016 / 6h 43m

6h 43m

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This is the first in a series of courses designed to support the Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin and the Red Hat Certified System Administrator practical exams. Based on CentOS 7.2, we get you started with installation before helping your though the basics of working on a CentOS 7 system.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introducing the Linux Foundation and LFCS Certification14m
  3. Installing CentOS 746m
  4. Working at the Command Line1h 1m
  5. Reading Files47m
  6. Using the vim Text Editor36m
  7. Piping and Redirection39m
  8. Archiving Files39m
  9. Accessing Command Line Help19m
  10. Understanding File Permissions36m
  11. Accessing the Root Account19m
  12. Accessing Servers with SSH23m
  13. Using Screen and Script17m

CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Operation Essentials

by Andrew Mallett

Feb 4, 2016 / 6h 50m

6h 50m

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This is the second course in a series of courses designed to support the Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin and the Red Hat Certified System Administrator practical exams. Based on CentOS 7.2 this course will help you manage your server of the long haul over its operational lifetime. Monitoring the server, managing logs and updating software are all topics that are included in this extensive course.

Table of contents
  1. Introducing the Linux Foundation and LFCS Certification12m
  2. Starting and Stopping CentOS 729m
  3. The Boot Process16m
  4. Managing GRUB229m
  5. Managing Linux Processes30m
  6. Process Priority21m
  7. Monitor Linux Performance30m
  8. Using Sysstat to Monitor Performance22m
  9. Managing Shared Libraries22m
  10. Scheduling Tasks in Linux35m
  11. Log Files and Logrotate48m
  12. Introducing SELinux31m
  13. Managing Software on CentOS 71h 2m
  14. Configuration Management Tools18m

CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 User and Group Management

by Andrew Mallett

Mar 1, 2016 / 4h 20m

4h 20m

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Being able to manage local users and groups fits into the realm of the system administrator, but if you are going to take these users and groups seriously, then you will also need to know how to work with OpenLDAP. The course starts gently introducing you to the idea of the local user and groups and their storage databases before moving on to enterprise solutions with LDAP directories and Kerberos authentication.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview 1m
  2. Introduction to Linux User and Group Management and the Associated Certification 10m
  3. Managing Login Scripts25m
  4. Creating and Managing Local Users in CentOS 752m
  5. Managing Local Groups in CentOS 729m
  6. Using PAM to Control User Access41m
  7. Implementing OpenLDAP Directories on CentOS 730m
  8. Implementing OpenLDAP Authentication in CentOS 723m
  9. Implementing Kerberos Authentication45m

CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Storage Management

by Andrew Mallett

Mar 24, 2016 / 6h 23m

6h 23m

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Finding a trustworthy storage solution that meets your needs as an administrator is difficult. This course, CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Storage Management, will help any admin learn how to use Linux in order to provide more reliability in their storage and services. First, you'll learn about the partitions on which Linux disks reside, file systems, and virtual memory. Next, you'll move onto ACLs and how to configure an iSCSI block storage server, and more. You'll finish with using the auto-mounter and learning about quotas. By the end of this course, you'll know how to use Linux to meet all your storage needs in a safe and reliable way.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Linux Storage Management and the Associated Certification12m
  2. Partitioning Disks38m
  3. Creating Linux File Systems36m
  4. Managing Swap and RAID Devices23m
  5. Extending Permissions with ACLS39m
  6. Managing Logical Volumes34m
  7. Configuring an iSCSI Block Storage Server30m
  8. Implementing HA Clusters47m
  9. Implementing Aggregated Storage with GlusterFS31m
  10. Encrypted Volumes30m
  11. Using the Auto-mounter28m
  12. Implement User and Group Quotas29m

CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Network Management

by Andrew Mallett

Apr 20, 2016 / 4h 7m

4h 7m

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There is more to Linux administration than managing a single system--you have to network many systems and protect these systems from the Internet. In this course, LFCS: Linux Networking, new system administrators like you will be equipped with the skills needed to integrate CentOS 7 into a networked environment. First, you will learn how to implement persistent configuration of the IP address, gateway, and DNS settings of your system. Next, you'll learn the skills required to implement firewalls on your CentOS 7 system. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement secure tunneling to create Virtual Private Networks. By the end of this course, you'll have the expertise you need to be able to network and secure multiple systems.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Linux Networking and the Associated Certification10m
  3. Configuring Hostnames30m
  4. Configuring NTP29m
  5. Network Services37m
  6. Routing with CentOS 726m
  7. Firewalling with Firewalld29m
  8. Using iptables24m
  9. Methods to Tunnel Traffic35m
  10. Monitoring the Network21m

CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Service Management

by Andrew Mallett

May 26, 2016 / 6h 50m

6h 50m

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When it comes to managing CentOS 7, you'll find it's often more about managing the services that reside on CentOS. In this course, you will prepare the CentOS 7 administrator with the skills needed to manage commonly-used and required services. You'll also integrate the services together in a practical way, mirroring what may be needed in your workplace. To start, you'll automate installs of CentOS 7 by creating an FTP repository and adding a DHCP server with PXE Boot enabled. The installation itself is automated by means of a Kickstart file. Before long, you'll look at building a PHP-based web application to query a MariaDB that you'll create and populate. The course closes by looking at sharing files to the Windows network with Samba and debugging SELinux to ensure you can keep the service secure. By the end of this course, you will be able to manage CentOS 7 and all its services with ease, and you'll also be more prepared for the LFCS Administrator exam.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Linux Service Management and the Associated Certification12m
  3. Configuring a BIND DNS Service53m
  4. Configuring FTP Servers32m
  5. Configuring DHCP30m
  6. Installing PXE40m
  7. Configuring Email in CentOS 756m
  8. Configure Printing in CentOS 724m
  9. Installing Apache Web Server1h 0m
  10. Installing and Testing PHP30m
  11. Installing MariaDB34m
  12. Configuring SELinux for Services32m

CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 Virtualization Management

by Andrew Mallett

Jun 15, 2016 / 3h 12m

3h 12m

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In today's competitive IT market, virtualization has become king and for those who can manage virtualization your future is secured. In this course, you will learn to manage virtual machines in an open source environment using Libvirt and KVM. Next, you'll learn to keep these virtual machines highly available via live migration by moving a running virtual machine from one KVM host to another. Finally, you'll learn how to create and manage lightweight system with Linux containers and Docker. When you're finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today's virtual IT environment. Software required: CentOS 7.x

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction to Linux Virtualization Management and the Associated Certification8m
  3. Installing XRDP22m
  4. Virtual Machine Networking34m
  5. Installing KVM14m
  6. Creating a Virtual Machine29m
  7. Managing Virtual Machines39m
  8. Migrating Virtual Machines18m
  9. Using Docker22m

What you will learn

  • How to install CentOS 7
  • How to use the command line for navigation
  • How to monitor performance
  • Ways to manage Linux processes, software, storage, and services
  • How to install XRDP
  • How to create, manage, and migrate virtual machines
  • How to create and manage users and local groups
  • Networking with CentOS 7 Linux
  • How to implement web sites on Microsoft Azure
  • How to implement virtual machines for Microsoft Azure
  • How to implement cloud services for Microsoft Azure
  • How to implement storage for Microsoft Azure
  • How to implement Active Directory for Microsoft Azure
  • How to implement virtual networks for Microsoft Azure


In order to successfully tackle the MCSA: Linux on Azure content, you should have basic PowerShell and web development skills, intermediate networking and cloud computing skills, and advanced Windows skills.

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