Hello and welcome to Cyber Aires. Microsoft Azure Administrator A Z 103 course. I'm your instructor Will Carlson, and this is Episode one The Course Overview.
First, I want to tell you a little bit about myself.
I've been an i t. For over 15 years in various different roles, all the way from help desk to network administrator, systems administrator and on into cybersecurity and ultimately, into the role that I hold today for a mid sized financial service is Company as their director of I T and cybersecurity
around the office? They joked that if it plugs into the wall,
it's will's problem.
I hold a number of certifications that irrelevant for this course and some cybersecurity certifications and well, and an interesting fact about me is that I only have one kidney.
If you want to hear more about that story, please reach out and connect with me on the cyber very community or on lengthen. I'd love to connect to talk with you about that story in particular about this course about your experience on cyber Eri. This really is a great platform. Please connect with me here. I'd look forward to it
now the pre requisites for this course. There are two perspectives, in my opinion, on the prerequisites for this course, Microsoft perspective
and my perspective. Now Microsoft clearly gets a vote. This is their course in their exam, and they say this is a course in an exam for somebody that's in azure as an administrator already. So somebody with hands on regular experience with Azure as it is now,
absolutely those skills will definitely be helpful. There will be less new information for you to take on in this course. Being an azure administrator on the day today already will definitely not hurt you for the ese 103 exam. But strictly speaking, I don't think that it's necessary.
I think if you have Strong Systems Administration's background,
you're familiar with networking. So sub nets insider notation don't scare you off. Network ports and firewall rules are not boring to you. I think you'll be just fine with this course. The other caveat I would give is it's good to be familiar with. Some cloud computing terms, such as
infrastructure or platform, is the service software as a service,
and some general cloud security concerns and networking will definitely help you out in this course. Now,
if you don't take all those boxes perfectly, don't panic. You have a couple of options. I think the first option would be to take some serious notes in the course as you go and do a little self evaluation. If you didn't understand a concept, and especially if it's because of some foundational knowledge gaps,
Do your own research and fill in the gaps. This course will help you, I think immensely with a Z 103 But there's gonna be a significant component of passing the exam that requires you to do some research and reading of documentation on your own, so definitely do the same for the fundamental concepts. So
if cider notation throws you off when we're in the networking section, stop what you're doing and do a little bit of reading,
you'll be just fine.
The other alternative here, if you're finding yourself a little flat on the Azure knowledge, would be to go and do the ese 900 course and or sit for that certification exam as well. I highly recommend it. Just know that a Z 900 is not a technical exam. It's gonna give you a
high level overview of the azure ecosystem
and of cloud computing environments in general.
But I think those are your two options. If you have weaknesses, admit them and fill in those gaps. You'll be just fine for a Z one of three.
Now, the skills that we're gonna cover in this course and ultimately that the exam measure
we're gonna follow pretty closely to that exam outline. The first one's gonna be some management and administrative tasks required an azure. So using some resource groups and subscriptions and management groups and kind of the way that Azure is architected in general,
we're gonna talk about storage. Clearly, you need storage tohave a cloud environment.
We're gonna talk about virtual machines and networking all key components to doing anything meaningful in the cloud. And then, lastly, we're gonna cover. Somewhat unique to Microsoft, I believe, is the concept of identity. Clearly, there's identity management in a number of places, but
identity management really is key to the azure ecosystem because of the integration and how closely it's related to Azure active directory. We'll talk about that more as we go throughout the course
about the exam itself. Obviously, I have two goals here for this course. The 1st 1 would be to adequately help you prepare for passing the easy one of three exam. The second would be to grow your azure administration skills so that they're practically applicable in your day to day life.
Now, about the exam specifically is if you've not sat for a Microsoft exam before, they tend to be relatively narrow, and they expect you to know the material fairly deeply.
Now we will call out the areas of a azure that you need to know, and you will need to know them with sufficient depth. Microsoft is really good about testing that, and they do that through a number of ways. With their exams
to that point, you'll need to know how to do something. But also why would you do it at all? There are going to be some case study type questions on the exam that give you the information, ask you what you should do and then want you to implement it as you go. So definitely know the how and the why.
You're also gonna need to be able to identify commands for command line tools. In fact, I had to tell you for a Z 103 you're gonna have to know two different command line tools. We'll talk more about that in upcoming videos. Don't panic yet. Bear with me, but you will need to be able to identify commands.
Don't expect you'll have to write commands from scratch on a Z one of three.
We'll definitely need to do some matching fill in the blank or a dragon drop when it comes to scripting commands and test questions.
Microsoft is also very good about asking multiple question modalities. So Dragon Drop questions fill in the blank questions case study based questions Multiple drag multiple dropped down blanks on one question. So
if you've not taken a Microsoft exam before, I really recommend you looking into the approved official
test bank for the Easy one of three exam that's offered by a company called Measure Up. It's gonna cost a little bit of money. It's about $135. Last time I checked, and that only gives you 30 days access to the test engine.
It is a little bit of money, but I find it's a highly valuable investment, especially if you haven't sat for a Microsoft exam before.
Knowing how the questions they're gonna be thrown at you sometimes is equally as important as knowing the material itself.
Now this course will have a Siri's of slides and live demos. And quite frankly, this course is going to be
almost exclusively live demo. We are going to spend a lot of time in the azure portal itself.
Something else I want to call your attention to are gonna be the quiz questions for this course. Now, if you've sat through cyber ery courses before, you're probably used to a couple of questions at the end of every video segment.
I'm gonna do it a little bit differently for this course, partially because cyber is launching a relatively new quiz tool
and also because I find it really beneficial to test takers and learners Toe have all of the questions available to tend to them in one spot. I think the advantage that gives you is being able to use those questions to see how ready you really are for the exam. So if you wantto
hold off on doing all the questions until the end of the course.
You're welcome to do that
as an alternative. If you like the couple of questions at the end of every video, we're gonna break out the questions as they relate to each video segment so you can go through and say, Give me the questions for Episode one
So you have a couple of options of how you do the quiz questions, but to get to them, you'll find them in the resource is below and by searching the cyber a platform for those questions. It's a little bit different, but I think you'll find that it's a really good approach.
The last thing I want to mention here about this course format is that we will be using power show exclusively. There's a couple of reasons for that. Then I'll explain in future episodes. But we have option here at Microsoft and Azure let you use as your CLI a bash based tool or a power shell based too, and
for consistency sake, we're going to stick with Power Shell. I find that switching between both command line options gets a little bit confusing, but I'm gonna recommend that if we're doing work in the portal through the gooey based tool,
you're gonna need to know how to do that work with power shell and with azure sea ally, you're at least gonna need to be familiar with the commands you would use if you have to do that.
So coming up next, we're gonna dive right in and talk about some of the supplemental materials that are available to help you pass a Z 103
We really are lucky with this exam in particular because there are a whole host of supplemental materials that you can use that are really high quality. And it's good that we can go ahead and actually get our hands in azure without having to spend a penny testing environments or lab environments.
This course really is lucky in that respect.
I want to thank you for joining Earth. This chorus I'm really looking forward to the upcoming videos again. My goal here is to adequately help you prepare for passing the easy 103 exam and for growing some new skills to use in your day to day administrative life and Azure. Thanks so much for joining me. I'm looking forward to the next episode