Ongoing Live Instruction

Skill Me UP Academy members get exclusive access to ongoing live technical sessions to help continue on their learning journey. Since the sessions are live, members can ask questions Common sessions include whiteboard design sessions, hackathons, discussions on new features and capabilities, best practices and much more!

Expert Talk (LIVE)
AZ-104 Exam Cram Table Talk
01/25/2021 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - CST
The AZ-104 exam (Azure Administrator Associate certificate) candidates often serves as part of a larger team dedicated to implementing their organization's cloud infrastructure. Candidates for this exam are typically responsible for administrating, managing, or securing Azure environments. Additionally, candidates will need to know how to deploy, manage, and configure compute and networking resources as well as monitoring and backing up Azure resources. Also, this role should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates. In this episode, Kit Skinner will guide you through preparing for the Azure Administrator exam and what you need to know to be successful.
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Azure Functions and APIM
01/26/2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - CST
You want to go serverless. You think Azure functions are cool, but you're not sure how to use them. You also have put something out there but you don't know how to secure it. Another problem you've encountered is the fact that your users don't like having "all of those links and keys". What do you do? In this session, join Brian Gorman as he shares a practical approach to using azure functions and APIM, and we'll see how to lock everything down and get the right information to the correct users with one entry point, regardless of how many different back-end operations we have. We'll cover Azure Functions and authentication with Azure Active Directory. We'll build an APIM solution to communicate with the function, setting up products and subscriptions, and we'll show how to test the various functions as we go using postman.
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Azure Stack Hub 2021
01/27/2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - CST
The Azure cloud platform provides a plethora of tools and solutions for solving lots of technical problems. However, there are situations where running the solution or package in the public cloud are not preferred or viable. For this situation, Azure provides the opportunity to bring the Azure cloud to your controlled environment with Azure Stack Hub. In this Technical Talk, Kit will discuss the on-premise self-deployment and practical solutions. Objective 1: What situations would need to run cloud service on premise? Objective 2: How can you deploy Azure Stack Hub in your environments? Objective 3: What has changed recently Azure Stack Hub offerings? This episode will guide you through deploying the Azure Stack to your environment and what you need to know to be successful.
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AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Cram Table Talk
01/29/2021 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - CST
Interest in the cloud continues to grow. How are you expanding your marketable skills within Azure? Are you new to Azure and need to understand how to secure services? In this Certification Talk, Dwayne Natwick will discuss the preparation for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam. He will review all of the objectives that make up the exam and discuss areas of focus as you prepare your cloud certification journey. This episode will guide you through preparing for the Azure Fundamentals exam and what you need to know to be successful.
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Azure Architect Exam Cram Table Talk
01/29/2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - CST
Interest in the cloud continues to grow. How are you expanding your marketable skills within Azure? Are you knowledgeable in architecting datacenter infrastructure? Then the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification may be the path for you. In this Certification Talk, Kit will discuss the requirements and preparation for the two exams that make up the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, and what changes have taken place recently regarding the exams and objectives. This episode will guide you through preparing for the Azure Solution Architect Expert exams and what you need to know to be successful.
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Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
02/03/2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
Join Brian Nielsen in this session as he shares information on building Teams apps directly within Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio.
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Azure Management Updates
02/05/2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
As Azure continues to grow and expand their available solutions, new methods, tools, and features continue to be developed and released to ease and expand the management of these resources. Among these include Azure Lighthouse, Arc, Automanage, PowerShell, CLI, and many others. In this Technical Talk, Kit and Dwayne will go over selection of the management solutions built into Azure. This episode will guide you through utilizing the Azure management tools in your environment and what you need to know to be successful.
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Protecting Your Security Perimeter with Azure Bastion
02/09/2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
Security is one of the most important things that a Cloud admin (IT Administrator) should always keep in mind, especially when managing business critical workloads in Azure. With Azure Bastion you remain able to connect to your IaaS VMs in a secure an easy way. In this session you will not only discover how Bastion natively integrates with the Azure Portal but also how you can harden it with JIT and NSG's to enhance your overall VM access security. So join us in this session to learn some best practices, tips and things you should keep in mind when working with this "jump-box-as-a-service".
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Azure Kubernetes Services - How can you take advantage of this platform service?
02/10/2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - CST
Containers and Kubernetes continue to be all the rage within the cloud. Azure is no different. More companies are wanting to find ways to modernize their applications and utilize platform services such as Kubernetes to orchestrate and scale compute resources. In this Cloud Maker episode, Dwayne Natwick and Richard Hooper will discuss the benefits of using Azure Kubernetes Services, some of the updates and enhancements that have taken place with this service, and what you need to know about modernizing your applications to utilize containers.
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AZ-220 Exam Cram Table Talk
02/12/2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - CST
The AZ-220 exam (Azure IoT Developer Associate certification) is a comprehensive exam that covers development for IoT devices, and is a specialized role-based certification. Candidates for this exam are typically developers that work with Azure IoT solutions to manage, monitor, and transform millions of rows of data from IoT edge devices. Additionally, candidates will need to know how to manage, configure, and deploy the devices, as well as provision appropriate solutions in Azure to work with the devices. The overall goal of the IoT developer is to be able to provide actionable solutions to ensure a successful digital transformation for their companies. This episode will guide you through preparing for the Azure IoT Devloper exam (AZ-220) and what you need to know/learn to be successful.
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AZ-500 Exam Cram Table Talk
02/12/2021 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - CST
Interest in the cloud continues to grow. How are you expanding your marketable skills within Azure? Are you new to Azure and need to understand how to secure services? In this Certification Talk, Dwayne Natwick will discuss the preparation for the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer. Objective 1: How can preparing for the Azure Security Engineer Associate exam help you? Objective 2: How should you prepare for the Azure Security Engineer Associate exam? Objective 3: What has changed recently regarding the objectives of the AZ-500 exam? This episode will guide you through preparing for the Azure Security Engineer Associate exam and what you need to know to be successful.
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Azure Stack Edge
02/17/2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - CST
With many solutions, data points and information collection happen in remote or mobile solutions sometimes far away from a high-speed connection. In these situations, it can be very useful to have data storage and processing near the collection point before it is integrated or uploaded to the cloud. In these scenarios, Azure provides the opportunity to bring many Azure to your remote environments with Azure Stack Edge. In this Technical Talk, Kit and Dwayne will discuss the remote and practical solutions. This episode will guide you through deploying the Azure Stack to your environment and what you need to know to be successful.
Expert Talk (LIVE)
Build custom low code apps without leaving Teams
02/25/2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse. Additionally, Microsoft Dataverse for Teams has been released that allows the suite of Power Apps and Dataverse capabilities at no additional cost. Join Brian Nielsen for more information on this exciting topic.