Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure is quickly becoming a cloud favorite for businesses. In this course, learn the basics of how to get started with Azure.

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  • Microsoft Azure
    • Getting Started with Azure
    • Is Azure Expensive
    • Create Virtual Machines in Azure
    • Create Virtual Machines in Azure Part 2
    • Manage Azure Subscriptions
    • Resource Groups 101
    • Manage with Tags and Policies
    • Manage with Locks and RBAC
    • Storage Accounts
    • Storage Replication
    • Azure Virtual Networks
    • Create an Azure Virtual Network
    • Scale and Availability Sets
    • Working with NSGs
    • Scale and Availability Sets Part 2

Getting Started with Azure

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In this show, Cherokee and Aubri discuss what Azure is and why one would use a cloud solution like Azure. They look at different servicing models and explain the many benefits associated of leveraging cloud services.

Welcome to IT Pro TV. I'm your host Don Pezet. >> [CROSSTALK]. >> You're watching ITProTV. >> Hello, and welcome to another exciting episode here at ITProTV. I'm your host, Aubri Spurgin, and this is Microsoft Azure. And in this episode, we're gonna be talking about getting started with Azure. But more importantly I'm gonna be exercising with my elasticity bands here and Cherokee who's our SME for the day, I heard that Azure is really elastic is that true? >> Azure really is a prime example of some elasticity in action there, because we have the ability to grow. >> I see what you just said. >> And shrink- >> [LAUGH] >> Based on our needs and that's just one of the really cool things that Azure has to offer. There are a lot of other reasons why, but maybe this is your first go around with Azure. Maybe you've been tasked with finding a good cloud solution. So that's what we're gonna be talking about in the next couple of shows. We got a few little mini series, but I think for now, we'll just get acclimated with this whole cloud computing idea. Because its very, very different, especially, if you've been in IT for a long time than maybe what you've done in the past. >> Can you tell us a little bit more about Azure, like what is it? >> Okay, so and I guess for me, it always kind of helps to think about where you were in the past, so where did you come from. And then you can kind of make that comparison and contrast there. Well, in the past, Aubri, if I need to go ahead and bring some more servers in my environment I would need to spec them out. I would need to order the parts, wait for the parts to get there. Hopefully, all the parts were working, and then put the machines together. Install the operating system, drivers, any kind of software, configure the software. So this process took a while and it could be a few days before your actual servers were provisioned. Heck, you may even had to have shipped them off to a remote site or branch, drive them there if you had, remote offices and not a very robust IT department. So those are just some of the hashtag struggles that some of you older admins out there can relate to. But when we look at cloud services, and we think about all of that hardware, well, yes, it still exists. But it's not in that traditional on premises format that I just explained. Those servers are residing in a data center, so that's owned by Microsoft, and they're handling and going through all of that trouble of getting the hardware configured and really managing the hardware on their side of things. And then there are different service levels where you can choose. You hear as a service, so you may hear platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, software as a service. And basically, that just really determines what level of responsibility are you handing off to that data center there? >> Mm-hm. >> So hopefully that makes sense. >> Yeah, are those the major differences between the Azure and the on-premises provisioning. >> I would say so. >> Okay. >> Let's take a look, I have a diagram, maybe that will help here. So here, if you look at these four columns, so on the left-hand side, this would be that traditional, on-premises example, right? Where you're basically in charge of that full stack there. >> Okay. >> Now, if you look at your infrastructure, I could say, infrastructure as a service since IaaS you may hear that term being referenced as you're really get, you're renting that infrastructure for Microsoft. So different cloud vendors or our Google whether it be Amazon, they also other players in the game offer those services as well. But here Microsoft is going to be the vendor providing as you're specifically and infrastructure as a service. So everything in light blue is still your responsibility, everything in dark blue is the vendors responsibility. So if you can kind of keep that mentality know where that responsibility demarcation line lies, right? So as far as who handles the actual networking storage, the servers, the hardware there. Setting up the virtualization so you can run multiple machines, that's all managed by Microsoft here in this column. And then if you kind of move over here to this third column, PaaS, Platform as a Service, is really where, of course, as we go towards the dark blue or also we're going to be looking at an increase in costs. Because you can see we're clearly getting more services for what we're requesting there. So there's a direct correlation between cost and services. >> Yeah, that makes sense. >> Right, I mean, it's just common economics, right? >> Right [LAUGH]. >> Okay, so really you're getting this platform served up to you. And maybe you're able to build, test, run, maintain an application sitting on top of this stack here in your platform as a service. So it's a very, very convenient way to run applications these days. And then if you look at the far right-hand corner, or column, we see software as a service, right? And, again, that's full stack there on that vendor side, so if you think about, Aubri, you're so young, you probably didn't have to do this. But back in the day, we would go to a big box store and we would buy Microsoft Word, and they would come in a box with the little DVD. >> Yeah, when I was a kid. >> [LAUGH] >> Went to Office Depot and check in all those boxes, yeah. >> Okay. >> Yeah. >> So does it, I mean, I'm sure someone sells those, but who does that really nowadays. >> Yeah. >> So software as a service is going to be your subscription based services like Office 365, right? So that's what we're kind of looking at here, so full-fledged getting everything from the vendor. I just need an internet connection to plug into that cloud, okay? So the cloud is not some ethereal mystical being, it's just a data center and that's where the hardware resides. >> Yeah, okay [LAUGH]. >> That's Azure, yeah, okay [LAUGH]. >> There's so many amazing things that you've told us about Azure like are there any, so it sounds, I would want to use it. Are there any more reasons why I would wanna use it? >> Aside from the quick provisioning, like I mentioned. You could get a virtual machine, spawn up literally in four, less than five minutes. So that's a huge departure from what we had seen with the older style of provisioning there, right? The elasticity, that's a great benefit, because there are different pricing models, if you will. So I can start small and as my company grows, I can also grow my services. Again, basic economics here which can really be beneficial to a lot of people. A lot of companies, especially smaller companies, might not have enough funding or payroll to hire IT admins, network admins, network engineers. So they're entrusting Microsoft with this responsibility to do that portion of their network for them. And then they just have a smaller IT department, so really offers a lot of flexibility. And I'm not trying to sell this as a solution just for small companies, because on the flip side of that, we sold our elastic bands. >> Mm-hm. >> It is perfect for scaling and I mean, theoretically, your budget's your limit here as to how many virtual machines you could have. So that's really what would be the limiting factor there. >> Okay. >> So a lot of questions that I get really would be like, okay, sounds great, sounds wonderful. You're hyping this thing up, but where do I start, all right? >> Yeah. >> So there's actually a portal, let's bring that up, let's take a look at that URL. It's and that should go ahead and take you to the homepage for that dashboard there. Now, if you haven't created an Azure account or subscription, that's fine, you'd be prompted to do so. And by default when you first sign up, you will get a, at the time when I signed up first, there was a $200 free credit. So let me go ahead before we continue any further and just throw in my disclaimer here. And that is, anything and everything within this interface, this portal, we are kind of in the wild wild west here Aubri, and there really are no rules. >> Okay. >> So we see this evolving landscape, and what you're looking at right now on the screen here? >> Yeah [LAUGH]. >> It probably is going to look different for you when you're watching along with this video, because it changes continuously. And that's really cool, too, because we're in this really fun time to be learning and changing, and on the cutting edge technology, >> This dashboard looks super different maybe not super different, but definitely different since the last time you showed me this and that was about two weeks ago or so, so. >> Yep, it really is constantly changing so, I do think that it has a clean and intuitive user interface here. So hopefully that remains the same, but there are also some customizations that you can use to kind of tweak things to make it a little more appealing or comfortable for your use. But some pretty, somethings that been around for a while here. On the left hand pane, this is called you Favorite's menu and you can see that being noted here. And each one of these little components here are resources. And we'll talk about some of this terminology, I know it gets a little overwhelming when you're hearing all these new terms that may be used in context that different than what you were taught in other areas of language. So we can grab one of these resources such as resource groups and bring it all down. So you can just see how you can kind of manipulate the order there and if you wanted to remove something, you could. You could select all resources, which here in this, these are called blades. As they're coming out, you'll notice kind of that design style, they'll propagate outward as you go through certain settings. So under all resources, these are going to be the resources. My subscription here is looking rather sparse, but we're just getting started. We're gonna create and generate lots of different resources here. >> Was that blade of grass, blade like knife [LAUGH]? >> I have no clue where that terminology spawned from, but it's interesting. Microsoft has their own way of doing things sometimes and I'm just the messenger. >> Yeah, okay. >> [LAUGH] So let's take a look at services here, maybe let me define that. So if I go into all services, notice how, I know it's a little bit small, but over on the right-hand side, some of these stars are grey, whereas, others are kind of a golden rod color if you will. So those are gonna be my favorite services here. And that's how they're displayed in that far left-hand blade in our favorites menu there. >> So if you just hit one of those grey stars, then it will turn into a favorite one. >> Bada bing bada boom. >> Wow, easy. >> That's it. >> Yeah, that's the easy button. >> [LAUGH] >> [LAUGH] We're just getting started don't worry it's not all this easy, but baby steps, right? Okay, so let's talk about some of these services, these resources over here. Now, you might have heard me mention the term subscription. So subscription is going to grant me access to our Windows services here, and to the actual portal. And this is my log in, and this is my subscription. We're gonna talk more about different organizational methods in which you could design your entire Azure infrastructure. Some people have multiple subscriptions, some people have one cumulative subscription, and then they'll create a lot of different little resource groups. And you're probably thinking, well, what the heck is a resource group? Well, a resource group, to be honest, in my opinion, the best way I can describe it would be a tote. You know what a tote is? >> Like a tote bag? >> No, like a Tupperware tote. >> I've never heard that before. >> Really, okay, so maybe I'm not doing well, let's rework this, how about a caboodle? >> [LAUGH] Like kitten caboodle [LAUGH]. >> Man, this is not going well guys. What about a tackle box? Okay, yeah. >> Okay. >> Yeah. >> Okay, so I have this tackle box, right? And it houses things that I need to perform a certain task such as. >> Like fishing. >> Exactly, so we’re not, really fishing here, the terminology would be we're finding an Azure solution. So my resource groups harbor resources that fulfill my Azure solution. Does that make sense? >> Yeah. >> Okay, cool, now, there are gonna be reasons why you would create. Resource groups are a nice way to organize and you think everything inside of that resource group. And you can have many resource groups, everything inside of that resource group should have the same life cycle. So from creation to deletion. It really makes it easier to go ahead and spin it up together, and then tear it down together instead of going through and piecemealing and having to delete. You'll notice there is working in the cloud a big, I'm not gonna say drawback, but something that's different than what you may be used to is going to be latency. So sometimes, if you're deleting something right there on your local system, you'll delete it, it's gone. Well, in Azure, when you're building and provisioning and deleting, there is a slight delay. In another disclaimer, I will say this, if you are using your free trial, that first $200 credit that you get initially. You do have a lower precedence compared to the paid subscribers. So you may see more of a delay, I have noticed that in the past, so FYI. Okay, so resources what are resources look like? What kind of things do we put inside of our tackle box, Aubri? >> Yeah. >> [LAUGH] What about things like virtual machines? Over on the left-hand pane here in my favorites column, you can see some of those resources. So virtual networks, right? Storage accounts, even services like load balancing would still fall under that realm of being a resource. So those are the types of things you would have inside of a resource group. And right, if you select, well, resource group, I'm already on that particular page. You can see I have different resource groups already created inside of this particular subscription. Click on the resource group and, of course, this is just a high level overview. We're gonna go through and break these out, and talk about them in depth, because there's a lot we can do. We can define role based access control within our resource groups to kind of limit access to different, well, resources within our Azure Landscape here. So it's kind of like an access control list. If you're familiar with Windows environments, we work with our different permissions, if you will, inside of the operating systems. We can create things called NSGs, which are network security groups, which would be comparable to a firewall, so there is really a lot to learn. We're just getting started here, I do want to mention one thing, though. Earlier, Aubri, you had asked me about, why would I, what's like a benefit to having Azure, if you will. And I think one of the amazing benefits that Azure has to offer us is redundancy. And we see this is just an example of regions, you'll also hear me use this term as we're creating virtual machines and creating different resources within our azure environment. We'll be asked, what region do you want to deploy this resource to, and what that means is well, where do you want this, resource to live, proverbially. >> Mm-hm, yes. >> Yeah, as I can speak here, what data center, basically. >> Yeah. >> And so, what you can see from this map, that we have a lot of different options, and of course, when it comes to high availability. We'll have to think about that in a more strategical way to make sure that we're not putting all of our eggs in one basket, so to speak. But it's really cool to know that I am getting this as part of the deal, I have all of this redundancy in the background there. So it's pretty cool, those are our regions there, what else do we need to talk about, Aubri? I think I am going to go ahead and put a pin in some of these high availability concepts such as availability sets and availability zones. Those are two ways that I can leverage high availability within my regions, and even really granular levels as far as breaking it down to the actual racks of servers inside of these data centers. So I have a lot of different options in terms there. Now, if this is your first trial into Azure, if you will, I would definitely suggest signing up for that free subscription. And getting in there and playing with things, we're gonna be looking at a lot. We'll be looking at how to spec out quotes, how to spin up VMs, how to create resource groups. Just so many different things within this little miniseries. So I hope it's fun for you, because Azure is a very new, exciting world for us to explore here, and that's what we're gonna do, Aubri. >> All right, so if you want to play along be sure to get that free subscription. So thank you so much Cherokee for guiding us through that. This has been getting started with Microsoft Azure. And thank you all out there for joining us, but signing off for ITProTV, I've been your host, Aubri Spurgin. >> And I'm Cherokee Boose. >> And we'll see you next time. [MUSIC] Thank you for watching ITPROTV.

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