AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

This course teaches developers how to create end-to-end solutions in Microsoft Azure. Students will learn how to implement Azure compute solutions, create Azure Functions, implement and manage web apps, develop solutions utilizing Azure storage, implement authentication and authorization, and secure their solutions by using KeyVault and Managed Identities. Students will also learn how to connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services, and include event- and message-based models in their solutions. The course also covers monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimizing Azure solutions.

«Sergej Keselj was impactful in many ways. It was an honor and a privilege to have him as a mentor for this week, and he will be dearly missed. I hope I get the opportunity to learn from him again in the future. His deep knowledge of the topics at hand combined with a really pedagogical approach resulted in vast amounts of effective knowledge transfer despite going through large amounts of curriculum. » Course delegate


Students in this course are interested in Azure development or in passing the Microsoft Azure Developer Associate certification exam.

Job role: Developer

About Sergej Kešelj - instructor of the course

Sergej Kešelj is the founder of ICodeFactory, where he works as a CEO, Chief Solutions Architect and Lead Microsoft Certified Trainer. He is MCT, MCPD, MCTS, MCDBA, MCSD and MCAD certified software professional with 10+ years of experience as a trainer and 15+ years of software development experience. 

While educating and helping software professionals to get certified Sergej shares his broad experience from real-life software development projects. He has supported the whole development process of a CeBIT expo award-winning software which is now used by many international corporations. He does not miss a chance to speak at IT conferences. Some of his work has been published in leading IT magazines.

Course outline: 

Module 1: Explore Azure App Service

  • Describe Azure App Service key components and value.
  • Explain how Azure App Service manages authentication and authorization.
  • Identify methods to control inbound and outbound traffic to your web app.
  • Deploy an app to App Service using Azure CLI commands.

Module 2: Configure web app settings

  • Create application settings that are bound to deployment slots.
  • Explain the options for installing SSL/TLS certificates for your app.
  • Enable diagnostic logging for your app to aid in monitoring and debugging.
  • Create virtual app to directory mappings.

Module 3: Scale apps in Azure App Service

  • Identify scenarios for which autoscaling is an appropriate solution.
  • Create autoscaling rules for a web app.
  • Monitor the effects of autoscaling.

Module 4: Explore Azure App Service deployment slots

  • Describe the benefits of using deployment slots.
  • Understand how slot swapping operates in App Service.
  • Perform manual swaps and enable auto swap.
  • Route traffic manually and automatically.

Module 5: Explore Azure Functions

  • Explain functional differences between Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, and WebJobs
  • Describe Azure Functions hosting plan options
  • Describe how Azure Functions scale to meet business needs

Module 6: Develop Azure Functions

  • Explain the key components of a function and how they are structured
  • Create triggers and bindings to control when a function runs and where the output is directed
  • Connect a function to services in Azure
  • Create a function by using Visual Studio Code and the Azure Functions Core Tools

Module 7: Explore Azure Blob storage

  • Identify the different types of storage accounts and the resource hierarchy for blob storage.
  • Explain how data is securely stored and protected through redundancy.
  • Create a block blob storage account by using the Azure Cloud Shell.

Module 8 : Manage the Azure Blob storage lifecycle

  • Describe how each of the access tiers are optimized.
  • Create and implement a lifecycle policy.
  • Rehydrate blob data stored in an archive tier.

Module 9: Work with Azure Blob storage

  • Create an application to create and manipulate data by using the Azure Storage client library for Blob storage.
  • Manage container properties and metadata by using .NET and REST.

Module 10: Explore Azure Cosmos DB

  • Identify the key benefits provided by Azure Cosmos DB
  • Describe the elements in an Azure Cosmos DB account and how they are organized
  • Explain the different consistency levels and choose the correct one for your project
  • Explore the APIs supported in Azure Cosmos DB and choose the appropriate API for your solution
  • Describe how request units impact costs
  • Create Azure Cosmos DB resources by using the Azure portal.

Module 11: Work with Azure Cosmos DB

  • Identify classes and methods used to create resources
  • Create resources by using the Azure Cosmos DB .NET v3 SDK
  • Write stored procedures, triggers, and user-defined functions by using JavaScript

Module 12: Manage container images in Azure Container Registry

  • Explain the features and benefits Azure Container Registry offers.
  • Describe how to use ACR Tasks to automate builds and deployments.
  • Explain the elements in a Dockerfile.
  • Build and run an image in the ACR by using Azure CLI.

Module 13: Run container images in Azure Container Instances

  • Describe the benefits of Azure Container Instances and how resources are grouped.
  • Deploy a container instance in Azure by using the Azure CLI.
  • Start and stop containers using policies.
  • Set environment variables in your container instances.
  • Mount file shares in your container instances.

Module 14: Implement Azure Container Apps

  • Describe the benefits of Azure Container Instances and how resources are grouped
  • Deploy a container instance in Azure by using the Azure CLI
  • Start and stop containers using policies
  • Set environment variables in your container instances
  • Mount file shares in your container instances

Module 15: Explore the Microsoft identity platform

  • Identify the components of the Microsoft identity platform.
  • Describe the three types of service principals and how they relate to application objects.
  • Explain how permissions and user consent operate, and how conditional access impacts your application.

Module 16: Implement authentication by using the Microsoft Authentication Library

  • Explain the benefits of using Microsoft Authentication Library and the application types and scenarios it supports.
  • Instantiate both public and confidential client apps from code.
  • Register an app with the Microsoft identity platform.
  • Create an app that retrieves a token by using the MSAL.NET library.

Module 17: Implement shared access signatures

  • Identify the three types of shared access signatures.
  • Explain when to implement shared access signatures.
  • Create a stored access policy.

Module 18: Explore Microsoft Graph

  • Explain the benefits of using Microsoft Graph.
  • Perform operations on Microsoft Graph by using REST and SDKs.
  • Apply best practices to help your applications get the most out of Microsoft Graph.

Module 19: Implement Azure Key Vault

  • Describe the benefits of using Azure Key Vault
  • Explain how to authenticate to Azure Key Vault
  • Set and retrieve a secret from Azure Key Vault by using the Azure CLI

Module 20: Implement managed identities

  • Explain the differences between the two types of managed identities
  • Describe the flows for user- and system-assigned managed identities
  • Configure managed identities
  • Acquire access tokens by using REST and code

Module 21: Explore API Management

  • Describe the components (and their functions) of the API Management service.
  • Explain how API gateways can help manage calls to your APIs.
  • Secure access to APIs by using subscriptions and certificates.
  • Create a backend API.

Module 22: Explore Azure Event Grid

  • Describe how Event Grid operates and how it connects to services and event handlers.
  • Explain how Event Grid delivers events and how it handles errors.
  • Implement authentication and authorization.
  • Route custom events to web endpoint by using Azure CLI.

Module 23: Explore Azure Event Hubs

  • Describe the benefits of using Event Hubs and how it captures streaming data.
  • Explain how to process events.
  • Perform common operations with the Event Hubs client library.

Module 24: Discover Azure message queues

  • Choose the appropriate queue mechanism for your solution.
  • Explain how the messaging entities that form the core capabilities of Service Bus operate.
  • Send and receive message from a Service Bus queue by using .NET.
  • Identify the key components of Azure Queue Storage
  • Create queues and manage messages in Azure Queue Storage by using .NET.

Module 25: Monitor app performance

  • Explain how Azure Monitor operates as the center of monitoring in Azure.
  • Describe how Application Insights works and how it collects events and metrics.
  • Instrument an app for monitoring, perform availability tests, and use Application Map to help you monitor performance and troubleshoot issues.

Module 26: Develop for Azure Cache for Redis

  • Explain the key scenarios Azure Cache for Redis covers and its service tiers.
  • Identify the key parameters for creating an Azure Cache for Redis instance and interact with the cache.
  • Connect an app to Azure Cache for Redis by using .NET Core.

Module 27: Develop for storage on CDNs

  • Explain how the Azure Content Delivery Network works and how it can improve the user experience.
  • Control caching behavior and purge content.
  • Perform actions on Azure CDN by using the Azure CDN Library for .NET.

This training is recommended as preparation for exam AZ-204

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