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Time
18 hours 58 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
9
Video Transcription
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>> Welcome back. In this upcoming episode,
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we're going to use our new Microsoft account to sign
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up for an Azure free trial. Let's dive in.
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First, let's understand how
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the free trial works and what is included.
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The Microsoft Azure free trial
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includes 12 months of free services,
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as well as a $200 credit
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to use in the first 30 days of the trial.
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This $200 credit can be used to
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explore any Azure service for free.
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Once the $200 credit is consumed or 30 days pass,
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you will be responsible for
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any additional purchases made in the service.
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However, there are some services that are always
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free during the trial with some limitations.
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This includes Linux and Windows
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virtual machines, storage, databases,
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networking bandwidth, as well as App Services,
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Functions, Event Grid, and Kubernetes Services.
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You can navigate to
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aka.ms/azurefree to sign up for the trial.
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Let's switch back to our browser to
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begin signing up for our free trial.
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Here we have the sign-up page for the Azure free trial.
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As we scroll down the page,
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we can see more details on how the free account works.
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Under the, what do I get?
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These are some of the things we've already covered,
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including the 12 months of
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free popular services and the $200 credit.
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Going down a bit further,
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there are additional details on which
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products are free for the first 12 months.
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We have Linux and Windows virtual machines for
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750 hours each month for the B1S hardware profile.
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We'll get into more detail later in
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the course on what that profile means.
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If you look at 31 days in a month times
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24 hours, that's 744 hours.
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So you can essentially run
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a single Linux or Windows VM
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for the entire month for free.
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We also have managed this to a certain capacity,
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Blob and file storage,
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and a 250 gigabytes SQL Database, Azure,
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Cosmos DB, and 15 gigabytes of outbound bandwidth.
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Looking a bit further,
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this section outlines which services are always free,
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but as you can see,
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they also have some limitations,
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such as a million requests per month for
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functions or a 100,000
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operations per month for Event Grid.
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One other important thing to note,
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you will need a credit or
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debit card to sign up for the free trial.
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This is to cover any costs that are incurred after
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the $200 credit is consumed or the 30 days have passed.
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If you're careful with cleaning up
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services when not in use,
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you can keep these costs to a minimum.
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Let's scroll all the way to the bottom and
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let's get started signing up for our account.
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Next, we're going to be prompted to
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sign in and we're going to use
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our newly created Microsoft account to do so.
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In order to get started, we need to fill out
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a little bit of information about ourselves.
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Next we need to do and identity verification.
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I'm just going to have it texts me to
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the phone number I input it earlier.
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After the verification is complete,
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this is where we do need to put in
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our credit or debit card.
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I'm going to pause the video at this time,
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input this information,
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and then continue to the next step.
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Now the credit card information has been entered in.
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I'm going to click on the I agree checkbox here,
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and then click on "Sign Up".
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Now, since I have used that payment method
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for a previous Azure free trial,
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I'm not eligible to sign up,
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whereas you would be if you
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haven't signed up for one before.
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Instead, I'm going to sign up for
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as a pay-as-you-go subscription.
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Success. It has finished setting up my account,
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and now we're in
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the Azure portal and we have
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the option of starting a tour to
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get familiar with the services or
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just click on maybe later
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to get straight into the portal.
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Now we have our Azure environment all set
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up and ready for the rest of this course.
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Let's switch back to the slides and wrap this up.
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If during the creation of your free trial,
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you may be prompted to select a support option.
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For the purposes of this course
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and learning for the exam,
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simply choose the basic or free option.
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There's no need to pay for an additional support for
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your personal free account
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while you're learning during this course.
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Wrapping up Module 1,
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we've talked about what this course
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is about and who does for,
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as well as the basics of Cloud computing.
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We created a Microsoft account and
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used it to sign up for an Azure free trial.
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The next episode begins Module 2,
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where we dive into the exam and topics covering
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deploying and configuring
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infrastructure in Microsoft Azure.
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I'm excited to dive into this technical details,
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so let's continue to the next episode.
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