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AZ-900 Exam-Prep: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (NOV 2020)

Prepare for the AZ-900 Exam with this Comprehensive AZ-900 Course, Azure Lab Simulator, and 50-Question Practice Exam!
Thomas Mitchell (50,000+ STUDENTS TAUGHT)
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Prepare for the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam
Learn the Basic Concepts of Azure and Cloud Computing
Describe the benefits and considerations of using cloud services
Describe the differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Describe the differences between Public, Private and Hybrid cloud models
Understand the core Azure architectural components
Describe core products available in Azure
Describe solutions available on Azure
Understand Azure management tools
Understand securing network connectivity in Azure
Describe core Azure Identity services
Describe security tools and features of Azure
Describe Azure governance methodologies
Understand privacy, compliance and data protection standards in Azure
Understand monitoring and reporting options in Azure
Understand Azure subscriptions
Understand planning and management of costs
Understand the support options available with Azure
Describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
Understand service lifecycle in Azure
Understand Azure Cognitive Services


Covers all the new AZ-900 exam objectives for NOVEMBER 2020.

Join over 30,000 students who have already enrolled in this course and get all these goodies:

  • TRY BEFORE YOU BUY: All lectures in the first section (Cloud Concepts) are available as FREE preview

  • (NEW!) AZURE LAB SIMULATOR: Free access to my labIT PRO Lite lab simulator to practice basic Azure skills

  • 5 HOURS OF VIDEO LECTURES: Learn from a 25-year veteran of the IT industry

  • ALL-NEW VISUALS: Because who wants to look at walls of text on PowerPoint slides?

  • HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATIONS: See where and how to access key Azure features

  • DOWNLOADABLE INFOGRAPHICS: Downloadable infographics highlight key concepts

  • SECTION QUIZZES: Every section ends with a quiz so you can test your knowledge

  • COMPLETE PRACTICE EXAM: FREE 50-question practice exam at the end of the course to test your readiness for the real AZ-900 exam

  • 30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE: Not happy with the course? Simply request a refund within 30 days

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This course, taught by a 25-year IT industry veteran (and Microsoft Certified Trainer), is the most-comprehensive AZ-900 exam-prep course available on Udemy. It features 5 hours of video lectures, numerous hands-on demonstrations, slick downloadable infographics, and several quizzes. I’ve even included a 50-question practice test at the end of the course.

Enroll today and you will learn everything you need to know for the AZ-900 exam:

  • Cloud Concepts & Core Azure Services

  • Core Solutions and Management Tools on Azure

  • General Security and Network Security Features

  • Identity, Governance, Privacy, and Compliance Features

  • Azure Cost Management and Service Level Agreements

This course maps to every new exam objective and sub-objective that is covered by the AZ-900 exam and ensures you are ready for the new AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam.

Even if you have no Azure experience, this course will prepare you for the AZ-900 exam. If you are looking for an entry point to Microsoft Azure, this AZ-900 exam prep course is the way to go!

Enroll today and be ready for the AZ-900 exam by tomorrow!

Getting Started


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AZ-900 Exam-Prep Pre-Test
Get FREE Complementary Access to My Azure Simulator

As a student of mine you are entitled to a FREE 30-day subscription to my Azure Simulator to use as you work through my AZ-900 course. It's a fantastic complement to any Azure course, really, since it allows you to "get your hands dirty" without paying for Azure resources.

Cloud Concepts

Section Intro - What to Expect
Why Cloud?

In this lecture, we'll touch on key topics as they relate to the AZ-900 exam. We'll cover cloud computing and several key cloud concepts. We'll also cover "economies of scale" and the differences between CapEx and OpEx accounting models. We'll wrap the lecture up by discussing the consumption-based model.

The topics that we cover in this lecture map directly to those covered by the Describe the benefits and considerations of using cloud services AZ-900 exam objective, which can be found under the main AZ-900 exam objective, called Understand Cloud Concepts.

Students who complete this lecture will understand key terms such as high availability, scalability, elasticity, agility, fault tolerance, and disaster recovery. Students will also understand the principles of economies of scale, the differences between CaapEx and OpEx, and they will understand the consumption-based model.

Cloud Models

In this lecture, we'll cover the three cloud models - Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. After reviewing the key characteristics of each cloud model, we'll compare and contrast them - noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The topics covered in this lecture map directly to those covered by the Describe the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud models AZ-900 exam objective, which is a sub-objective of Understand Cloud Concepts.

Upon completion of this lecture, students will be able to describe public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Students will also be able to compare and contrast the three different cloud models.

Cloud Services

In this lecture, you'll learn about the three types of cloud services. These include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (Saas).  We'll cover the characteristics of each, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. We'll also talk about the Shared Responsibility Model.

The topics covered in this lecture map directly to the AZ-900 exam objective titled Describe the differences between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, which is a sub-objective of Understand cloud concepts.

Section Conclusion - What You've Learned


Core Azure Services & Products

Section Intro: What to Expect
Core Architectural Components
Azure Compute Services

In this lecture, we’re going to cover various compute services that are available in Azure. We'll cover Azure Virtual Machines, VM Scale Sets, App Services and Azure Functions.

DEMO: Creating a Virtual Machine
Container Services

In this lecture, we’re going to review the Azure Container Service and the Azure Kubernetes Service. However, before we do so, we'll talk a bit about what containers are to begin with.

DEMO: Deploy Azure Container Instances
Azure Network Services

In this lecture, we’re going to dive into several key Azure networking service offerings. We'll cover Azure Networking, Azure Virtual Networks, Azure Load Balancer, VPN Gateways, Application Gateways, and the Content Delivery Network.

DEMO: Create a Virtual Network
YOU TRY IT: Create a Basic Virtual Network
Azure Data Categories

In this lecture, we’re going to take a look at the three types of data in Azure. They include structured data, semi-structured data, and unstructured data.

Azure Storage Services

In this lecture, we are going to talk about the key storage services that are available in Microsoft Azure. We'll take a look at Disk Storage, Blob Storage, Azure Files, Queues, and Tables.

DEMO: Provision Blob Storage
Azure Database Services

Azure database services are a collection of several different fully managed platform as a service database services that help reduce the time spent on managing databases. In this lecture, we'll cover key Azure database offerings, including Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, and the Azure Database Migration Service.

Azure Synapse Analytics

In this lesson, we are going to take an introductory look at what Azure Synapse Analytics is.

Key Azure Management Tools

In this lecture, we'll cover key Azure management tools, including the Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, the Azure CLI, and more.

DEMO: Create a VM with PowerShell
Azure Marketplace

In this brief lecture, we'll cover the Azure Marketplace.

Section Conclusion: What You've Learned

Core Solutions on Azure

Section Intro: What to Expect

Over the next several lectures, you are going to learn about key Azure solutions that are available to you. The solutions we're going to cover are those that are specifically called out in the AZ-900 exam objectives.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the ability of devices to collect data and then to relay that data for analysis. Although there are several services that help organizations create end-to-end solutions for IoT on Azure, the two main Azure IoT service types are Azure IoT Central and Azure IoT Hub. That being the case, these are the two offerings we’ll cover in this lecture.

DEMO: Implement the Azure IoT Hub
Big Data and Analytics

In this lecture, we’re going to review some of the key big data and analytics solutions in Azure. We’ll cover Azure SQL Data Warehouse, HDInsight, Data Lake Analytics, and Azure Databricks. We aren’t going to do a deep dive, because that’s not really what AZ-900 is after. Instead, we’ll touch on them at a higher level, so you understand what they are and what they offer.

Artificial Intelligence

In this lecture, we’re going to talk about Artificial Intelligence. We’re going to cover the Azure Machine Learning Service and the Azure Machine Learning Studio. However, before we get into those offerings, let’s look at what artificial intelligence is, in the context of cloud computing.

Azure Cognitive Services

In this lecture, you'll be introduced to the Azure Cognitive Services offering.

Serverless Computing

In this lecture, we’re going to take a look at what serverless computing is, and then we’re going to dive into some of the more common serverless service types, including Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, and Azure Event Grid.


In this lecture, we’re going to briefly cover what DevOps is and what some of the key DevOps services are in Azure. More specifically, I’m going to introduce you to Azure DevOps Services and Azure DevTest Labs.

Azure Sphere

In this lesson, we’re going to take an introductory look at the new Azure Sphere offering.

Azure App Service

In this lecture, we’re going to talk a little bit about the Azure App Service. It won’t be a long lecture, but since the AZ-900 is likely to ask you about it, my job is to make sure you know how to explain it.

DEMO: Create a Web App
Section Conclusion: What You've Learned

Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Trust

Section Intro: What to Expect
Securing Network Connectivity

In this lecture, we’re going to cover several topics. We’re going to talk about “defense in depth”, along with the shared security model. We’re also going to cover key security-centric Azure resources and services, including Azure Firewall and DDoS protection. Network Security Groups and Application Security Groups will also be covered. We’ll wrap up with recommendations for choosing Azure network security solutions.

Core Azure Identity Services

In this lecture, we’re going to talk about authentication vs authorization, Azure Active Directory, and Multi-Factor Authentication.

Security Tools and Features

In this lecture, we’re going to talk about several key security tools and features, including Azure Security Center, Key Vault, Azure Information Protection, and Azure Advanced Threat Protection.

Monitoring and Reporting

In this lecture, were going to take a look at tags, Azure Monitor, Azure Service Health, and how to most effectively monitor applications and services.

Azure Sentinel

Microsoft Azure Sentinel is newer Azure offering as of late 2019. It’s a cloud-based security information event management (or SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (or SOAR) solution.

Azure Governance Methodologies

! In this lecture, we’re going to cover various tools and service offerings that are used to govern Microsoft Azure. They include Azure Policy, Policy Initiatives, Role-Based Access Control, Resource locks, and Azure Blueprints.

Privacy, Compliance, and Data Protection Standards

In this lecture, we’re going to cover several compliance terms and requirements. We’re also going to cover several services that are used to set and maintain privacy, compliance, and data protection in Azure. They include the Microsoft Privacy Statement, the Trust Center, and the Service Trust Portal. We’re also going to cover Compliance Manager, Azure Government services, and Azure China 21Vianet.

DEMO: Enabling DDoS Protection for a Virtual Network
DEMO: Enabling Azure MFA for Azure AD Users
DEMO: View a Network Security Group in the Portal
Section Conclusion: What You've Learned

Azure Pricing and Support

Section Intro: What to Expect

In this section, we are going cover everything you need to know in order to deal with any questions on Pricing and Support that you may encounter on the exam. This video explains everything we are going to cover.

Azure Subscriptions

In this lecture, we’re going to take a look at Azure subscriptions, the different subscription options, and organization structure.

Planning and Managing Costs

In this lecture, we’re going to review the different ways that you can purchase Azure products and services. We’ll also take a look at the different factors that affect costs. Later on, in this lecture, I’ll explain the role that zones play in billing.

We’ll also look at the pricing calculator and the TCO calculator.

We’ll round things out with strategies for minimizing costs and how to use the Azure Cost Management tool.

DEMO: Use the Azure Pricing Calculator
DEMO: Use the Azure TCO Calculator
Support Options

In this lecture, you’re going to learn about the different ways you can get support in Microsoft Azure. We’ll cover several Azure support plan options, alternative support channels, and the Knowledge Center.

DEMO: Open a Support Request
Service Level Agreements

In this lecture, you’re going to learn about SLAs in Azure. We’ll review what SLAs are, and then we’ll take a look at SLAs for Azure products and services. We’ll also look at application SLAs.

Service Lifecycles in Azure

In this lecture, we’re going to take a look at public and private preview features, and how to access them. We’ll also look at Azure Portal Previews and what it means when a service goes into General Availability. We’ll wrap things up by investigating how to monitor service and feature updates.

DEMO: Access Azure Preview Features
Section Conclusion: What You've Learned

In this video, we'll review what you've learned in this section.


Wrap Up

Course Quiz
BONUS LECTURE: Prepare for the AZ-104 Exam!
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