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AZ-301 Microsoft Azure Architect Design Course Review

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By: Rasheen Whidbee

June 17, 2020

Microsoft Azure is a large collection of technologies that can transform and revolutionize an entire company, within days, if not sooner. With its interwoven solutions and pay-as-you-go model, Microsoft Azure has become a sought-out destination for new and existing businesses, large and small. However, with the availability and flexibility that Microsoft offers to its Cloud subscribers, it should be noted that although setting up a solution is fairly easy, ensuring that the solution works efficiently and securely takes time and knowledge. A good test of how much knowledge an Azure engineer possesses can be measured by Microsoft Azure's AZ-301 Architect Design exam. This exam thoroughly examines an engineer's ability to design a secure, cost-effective, and scalable solution within Microsoft Azure.

For those interested in sitting for this exam, and thoroughly understanding the intrinsic designs from within Microsoft Azure, David Okeyode Cybrary's course AZ-301 Microsoft Azure Architect Design would be an excellent resource. Okeyode's course is catered to both seasoned and novice technology professionals; but, it is ideal for engineers, system administrators, and solution architects responsible for complex Azure environments. With in-depth demonstrations and easy to follow lessons, David Okeyode gradually breaks down complex concepts into easily digestible lectures and walkthroughs.

Each lecture in the course is broken down into easy to follow concepts and, after each section, a quiz is provided to reinforce key concepts and technologies reviewed in the section. Okeyode effortlessly transfers his knowledge and information, throughout the course, to the viewers; immersing the students in the Microsoft environment through crisp, insightful slides and concise, well thought out demos.

To start the course, students are introduced to the various topologies available to Microsoft Active Directory in the cloud. From designing a hybrid environment consisting of Active Directory on-premise and AD in the cloud to utilizing Active Directory Domain Services and going serverless for authentication and authorization. This initial section also takes a deep look at Microsoft's more advanced authentication services, such as business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) offers. Seamlessly, the course introduces the Azure Key Vault and reviews the various vault designs and best practices. From utilizing Key Vault for authorization to utilizing Key Vault to implement best practice disk encryption.

This is followed up with a deep dive into Microsoft Azure Database options. Azure SQL, Azure Data Factor, Redis Cache, Azure Redis Cache, and Azure Cosmos DB are all reviewed. Each in conjunction with an easy-to-follow demo, so that the student is fully immersed in the course and can easily follow along.

More advanced concepts, such as Azure Automation, Cognitive Services, API management, Kubernetes, and Serverless Messaging, are also thoroughly reviewed. Each including either a demo or virtual lab, to ensure the student fully understands and grasps the concepts within the proceeding lecture. The information contained in this course covers everything a Cloud Architect would require to effectively design a secure and robust Azure topology, in a real-world environment, while still being able to sit and pass the AZ-301 exam, offered by Microsoft Azure.

Lastly, Okeyode provides a conclusion to the course, with a comprehensive exam preparation guide, so that users who choose to sit for the exam are well prepared for the unique challenges the AZ-301 exam offers. If sitting for the 301 exam is the viewer's primary goal, this course will help achieve that goal.

For individuals not specifically seeking certification, there's still a breadth of knowledge available. For technicians seeking guidance on an architectural design or novice engineers looking to advance their careers and explore the more robust features Microsoft Azure has to offer, Okeyode's course offers it all.

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