Learn Windows Server Hybrid and Azure IaaS VMs
A couple of weeks back I promoted a post about how you can learn about Windows Server on Azure and a post on ITOpsTalk for New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros. This week I got another message by colleague Orin Thomas (Cloud Advocate and Author of the Windows Server 2019 Book), that a lot more Microsoft Learn modules have been published, covering Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server on Azure IaaS VMs (Infrastructure-as-a-Service).
Learn about Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server Azure IaaS VMs 🎓
Here is a full list of Microsoft Learn modules to learn about Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server Azure IaaS VMs (virtual machines). This includes many of the Azure Hybrid Cloud services you can use together with Azure, like Azure Arc, Azure File Sync, Azure Site Recovery, and many more. These Microsoft Learn modules also cover a lot of the Azure Management services to manage your Windows Server virtual machines running on Azure, like Azure Monitor, Azure Update Management, networking, and much more.
- Implement Hybrid Identity Windows Server
In this module, you’ll learn to configure an Azure environment so that Windows IaaS workloads requiring Active Directory are supported. You’ll also learn to integrate on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment into Azure.
- Implement DNS for Windows Server IaaS VMs
In this module, you’ll learn to configure DNS for Windows Server IaaS VMs, choose the appropriate DNS solution for your organization’s needs, and run a DNS server in a Windows Server Azure IaaS VM.
- Implement Windows Server IaaS VM IP addressing and Routing
In this module, you’ll learn how to manage Microsoft Azure virtual networks (VNets) and IP address configuration for Windows Server infrastructure as a service (IaaS) virtual machines (VM)s.
- Deploy and Manage Azure IaaS Active directory Domain Controllers in Azure
In this module, you’ll learn how to extend an existing Active Directory environment into Azure by placing IaaS VMs configured as domain controllers onto a specially configured Azure virtual network (VNet) subnet.
- Implement Change Tracking and File Integrity Monitoring
In this module, you’ll learn how to monitor Windows Server Azure IaaS VMs for changes in files and the registry, as well as other monitor modifications made to application software.
- Implement Windows Server IaaS VM Network Security
In this module, you will focus on how to improve the network security for Windows Server infrastructure as a service (IaaS) virtual machines (VMs) and how to diagnose network security issues with those VMs.
- Implement a hybrid file server infrastructure
In this module, you’ll learn to deploy Azure File Sync, migrate from DFS, and use Storage Migration Services to migrate file servers to Azure.
- Implement hybrid backup and recovery with Windows Server IaaS
You’ll learn about Azure Backup before learning to implement Recovery Vaults and Azure Backup Policies. You’ll learn to implement Windows IaaS VM recovery, perform backup and restore of on-premises workloads, and manage Azure VM backups.
- Implement scale and high availability with Windows Server VM
You’ll learn how to implement scaling for virtual machine scale sets and load-balanced VMs. You’ll also learn how to implement Azure Site Recovery.
- Manage hybrid workloads with Azure Arc
You will learn to describe Azure Arc, implement Azure Arc with on-premises server instances, deploy Azure policies with Azure Arc, and use role-based access control (RBAC) to restrict access to Log Analytics data.
- Monitor Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machines and hybrid instances
You’ll be able to implement Azure Monitor for IaaS VMs in Azure, implement Azure Monitor in on-premises environments, and use dependency maps.
- Manage Azure updates
You’ll be able to enable Azure Update Management, deploy updates, review an update assessment, and manage updates for your Azure VMs.
- Migrate on-premises Windows Server instances to Azure IaaS virtual machines
You’ll be able to plan a migration and select appropriate server migration tools. You will also learn how to use Azure Migrate, how to assess physical servers, and how to migrate those servers.
- Audit Security of IaaS VMs
You’ll learn about Azure Security Center and how to onboard Windows Server computers to Security Center. You’ll also learn about Azure Sentinel, security information and event management (SIEM), and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR).
- Implement Windows Server Azure Hybrid Network Infrastructure
You’ll learn to connect your on-premises environment to Azure, implement subnets and routing between your on-premises and cloud environments, and ensure that workloads in the cloud and on-premises perform DNS resolution to locate each other.
- Configure BitLocker disk encryption for Windows IaaS Virtual Machines
You’ll be able to configure Azure Disk Encryption for Windows IaaS VMs and back up and recover encrypted data.
- Plan and deploy Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machines
You’ll be able to describe Azure compute and storage in relation to Azure VMs, and deploy Azure VMs by using the Azure portal, Azure CLI, or templates.
- Automate the configuration of Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machines
You’ll be able to deploy Desired State Configuration (DSC) extensions, implement those extensions to remediate noncompliant servers, and use custom script extension.
- Administer and manage Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine remotely
You’ll be able to use suitable tools and techniques to manage Windows IaaS VMs remotely. You’ll also be able to restrict administrative connections to those VMs.
- Understand Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine cost management
You’ll be able to use the Pricing calculator to assess likely costs, use Azure Advisor to monitor actual costs for Azure resources, implement Spot VMs and Azure Reservations, and describe benefits of Azure Hybrid licensing.
- Customize Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine images
You’ll be able to create new VMs from generalized images and use Azure Image Builder templates to create and manage images in Azure.
- Create and implement application allowlists with adaptive application control
You’ll be able to implement Adaptive application controls within your organization to protect your Windows Server IaaS VMs.
- Upgrade and migrate Windows Server IaaS virtual machines
Learn to migrate a workload running in Windows Server to an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) virtual machine (VM) and to Windows Server 2019 by using Windows Server migration tools or the Storage Migration Service.
I hope you enjoy the new Microsoft Learn modules for Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server on Azure IaaS. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below. If you are looking forward to take some exams, also check out my Microsoft exam study guides, for example for:
- Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator Exam Study Guide
- Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide