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Time
22 hours 25 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
24
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>> Hey everybody, and welcome to this course on
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the Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-104
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certification exam
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hosted right here on Cybrary.
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My name is Nick and I'm going to be
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your instructor for this course.
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Before we dive into the fun stuff,
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I want to talk a little bit about the details of
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this course and why you should we even
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pursuing this exam to begin with.
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The Azure Administrator certification is just that,
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it is a certification hosted by Microsoft.
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It is for the Azure public cloud.
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Now there's a couple different public clouds out there.
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There's AWS which is
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Amazon's version of the public cloud.
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There's Microsoft Azure, and then there's Google GCP,
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and then there are several others out there as well.
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This course is for Microsoft Azure,
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and naturally this is
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the same Microsoft built Windows and Office
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and a lot of other tools that we use on a
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day-to-day within our corporate and personal lives,
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and so these tools do
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integrate very naturally with the Azure cloud.
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It's a selling point
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for those that are looking to shift into
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the cloud or to leverage some of
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the great things that the cloud can provide.
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If you already work in a Microsoft environment,
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naturally things just plug and play very well.
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Here are some of the benefits on why you should be
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pursuing this course and why you
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should be pursuing this certification.
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The average annual salary for a cloud engineer is
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roughly a $124,000 a
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year based right here in the United States.
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Now, that's going to vary depending on
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where you are in the world.
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It also varies where you are in the United States,
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but that's the average.
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I can personally say as a cloud
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Security Engineer and working
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with lots of cloud engineers,
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I've seen people starting out in
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the cloud obtaining salaries in the low
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$100,000 range to closer
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to 200,000 and even higher than that.
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I've have even received offers
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that are higher than $200,000 a year
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so it is possible that you could
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be floating anywhere in between that range.
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The range is very vast and it also
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varies depending on what you do,
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your specialty and what's the demands.
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Right now I can honestly say that
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demand for the cloud is pretty high,
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so this is a good time to get into it.
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The Azure cloud is
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the second most popular public cloud
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out there, second to AWS.
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But still, let me just tell you it is
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following AWS pretty closely,
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so you're not being sold
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short by any means by going for Azure versus AWS,
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I do highly recommend it.
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I will say back when I was working
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for a big four organization,
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they were always looking for
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Azure engineers because we could
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not find enough people to staff two projects.
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There's a lot of benefits for
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organizations going to Azure.
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Microsoft does provide these things called credits,
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which are essentially as good as cash.
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Is basically free services and free time to use
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the Azure services and
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organizations do want to take advantage of that.
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But unfortunately, there weren't
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>> enough hands-on deck in
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>> order to hire two staff for
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certain projects and so it becomes difficult.
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What I'm trying to say is that right there is
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a skills gap in the industry.
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Which means if you obtain the skills,
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chances are you're going to be highly desired,
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which means more salary,
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more job opportunities, more job security,
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just overall better life,
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better quality of life for you
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if you pursue the Azure cloud.
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That being said, it is a very rewarding career path.
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There's a lot of challenges,
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it's not boring by any means.
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For anybody who has been doing advanced IT,
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maybe virtualization or cybersecurity,
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you know this, you know
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that the day-to-day doesn't always
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look the same and that's fun for a lot of people.
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I enjoy it. The cloud is very much the same thing.
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The day-to-day does not look the same.
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It always looks a little bit different, but it's great.
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I love showing up to work and never having to do
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the same boring thing every single day.
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I always get something there that I could work on.
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It's a benefit and like I said, very rewarding.
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The target audience for this course are going to be
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IT professionals looking to
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learn about the Microsoft Azure cloud.
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That's given, it's pretty obvious.
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But aside from that, if you're
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a cloud architect maybe coming from
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another cloud environment like
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AWS and you want to learn about Azure,
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this is a great course to
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take and familiarize yourself with the services.
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I actually did that myself when I was learning Azure.
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I came from AWS first,
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that was my first tool of
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choice just because of the environment
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I was working in at the time.
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When I started to learn Azure
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my goal was to compare the services.
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I knew what AWS looked like
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and I want to see what Azure provided,
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how they provided it and what did they call
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the services, and that's what I did.
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I just did an apples to apples comparison
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and was able to quickly learn Azure Architecture.
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If that's you, if you come from
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another environment and you're wanting to
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learn the Azure cloud,
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this creates a great way to approach it
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and this course will definitely help you with that.
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If you're a cybersecurity engineer looking to learn
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the cloud because you want to go into
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cloud security, that's excellent too.
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This course will definitely help you get
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familiar with the architectural pieces of
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the cloud and also
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we'll be talking about how to
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secure these pieces as well,
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so it'll be worth your time for sure.
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Course prerequisites, let's level set here.
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If you have studied in the past the AZ-900,
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which is the Azure Fundamentals course,
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this would technically be the next step for you and
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the chain of or the ladder of Azure certifications.
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If you are more developer focus,
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maybe you have a developer background,
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this may not be the one you want to go for.
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If you are a traditional IT operations, this is.
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Depending on your preference, you have options.
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If you go over to Azure's certification site you can
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see the map showing
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all the different certifications that
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>> Azure does provide.
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>> They do have a developer track.
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They have a IT administration track,
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which is this one right here.
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They have others as well.
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Just take a look and see which one fits
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the bill for you in your particular situation.
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But like I said, if you are an IT Operations Engineer,
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you come from that sysadmin systems
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engineer type background,
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this is naturally going to be the first step
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in going into the cloud at the associate level.
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I would say if you have taken the AZ-900,
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you are familiar with the basics of Azure, excellent.
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If you are not, that's okay.
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If you come from another cloud environments
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like AWS and maybe you hold
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a few certifications from
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other cloud vendors, that's good too.
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What that does is tell me that you understand
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the basics of how the cloud works
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and really at this point
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you're just trying to figure out,
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how does the cloud works specifically for Azure?
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Because you already understand how
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the cloud works in general.
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In general they all do work very similarly.
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Thirdly, anyone with
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a solid understanding of virtualized
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computing environments,
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virtualized networking environments
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as security principles
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should do just fine pursuing this course,
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this level of cloud engineering.
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I say that because the cloud
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is very much virtualized and there are a lot
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of security principles that have to be in
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place just because of the nature of the cloud.
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They all say the cloud is nothing more than just say
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a computer sitting in someone
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else's environments where your data lives in.
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Well, naturally that security
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is concerning regarding security,
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so we want to make sure that we are staying
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conscious about security throughout this process.
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Learning objectives; obviously
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we want to sit and pass the AZ-104,
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but of course you do not have to get certified.
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If you want to just learn the skills
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because this is what you need to do for your job,
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but you don't really care about getting
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the exam, that's totally fine.
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I personally like having the certifications,
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so I usually test out for them,
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but if that's not you, totally fine.
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The other thing that we want to focus on,
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our managing identities in Azure,
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we're going to be learning about Azure ID
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and how you can leverage
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the identity management solution to
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control access to all the different solutions in Azure.
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We're going to be learning about storage solutions,
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compute resources,
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virtual networking, and how to
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monitor and backup your Azure environment.
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The syllabus is going to look like such.
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Module 1 we're going to be talking about
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>> Azure overview,
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>> so we're going to be learning about
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the cloud architecture and what that is.
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We're going to be talking about Azure as a whole,
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different services that are in the scope.
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We're going to be breaking that whole thing
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down before we get into
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the nitty-gritty of the rest of the course.
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In module 2, we're going to be talking
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about Azure IAM or Identity.
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This is going to be very much focused
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on Azure AD Active Directory,
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and how you can control the users and groups that
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have access to various
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>> resources across the Azure cloud.
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>> Then we're going to be hopping over into
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resource and cost management,
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followed by Azure Networking,
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Azure Storage, Virtual Machines, Web Apps,
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and containers, monitoring management.
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Then we're going to wrap it up by
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preparing for the exam itself.
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I didn't get a chance to introduce myself.
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My name is Nicholas Moy.
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I am a Cloud Security Professional.
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I've been doing this for several years now,
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over a decade now.
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I do hold the CISSP, the GCSAA,
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which is the GIAC,
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Cloud Security Automation Certification.
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I'm also certified in AWS,
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Oracle cloud, and Azure.
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If you want to reach out to me,
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you can connect with me on Twitter, there is my handle.
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I also host a YouTube channel
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over at youtube.com/NicholasMoy.
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You can find me, I'll
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be probably talking about cybersecurity,
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cloud security, application security,
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all that fun stuff.
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Don't have it listed here,
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but I am pretty avid on LinkedIn as well.
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You can find me over there
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at LinkedIn.com/IN/NicholasMoy.
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Everybody that about wraps up this lecture.
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This lecture we covered who should
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>> be taking this course,
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>> the target audience, the course prerequisites,
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the learning objectives and the
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>> syllabus for the course,
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>> and a brief introduction of myself.
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I really want to meet you,
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so please feel free to reach
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>> out to me, connect with me.
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>> Tell me a little bit about your story.
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If you found this course helpful,
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if you found that there's areas that need
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improvement, I want to hear about it.
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Additionally, if you've got certified and you want
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to let the whole world
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know about your new certification,
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make sure to tag me on LinkedIn.
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I'll be sure to echo that
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across the interwebs and share that with
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my LinkedIn network and hopefully
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that'll give you a little boost if you're looking
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for a job or something like that.
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You might actually find the right connection there.
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That about wraps this up.
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I'll see you guys in the next lecture.
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