This course teaches IT Professionals how to create and manage virtual machines as part of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) computing infrastructure. Students learn how to assess their on-premises environment for virtual machine readiness in preparation for moving resources to the cloud to include sizing, pricing, and design considerations. Next, students learn how to create and deploy virtual machines in Azure using the Azure portal, PowerShell, and ARM templates. The course includes instruction on deploying custom images and Linux virtual machines. Then, students learn how to configure the networking and storage components of virtual machines. Deploying highly available virtual machines is critical in the light of planned and unplanned events, and students learn how to use availability sets to ensure that virtual machine resources are available during downtime followed by how to use extensions and Desired State Configuration (DSC) for post deployment automation and configuration tasks. Finally, students learn how to perform virtual machine backups and how to use Azure’s monitoring capabilities to collect, view, and analyze virtual machine diagnostic and log data.
Having seen how to create a template, the next section looks at template deployment. We'll discuss various ways to deploy a template, some deployment options, and provide some tips on how to troubleshoot deployment errors. Next, we'll dive into how more Azure IaaS features (e.g., load balancing and high availability) are incorporated into a template.
We will wrap up this module with a look at some additional resource manager template topics (e.g., loops, nested and linked deployment) as well as how to handle secrets using Key Vault. We'll also provide some references with lots of example templates you can use as starting points for your own deployments or as references for further study.
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