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3 hours 51 minutes
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Beginner
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>> Welcome back to Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.
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This is Module 5, Azure Management Portal.
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In this module, we'll learn
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about the Azure management options.
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We'll explore Azure portal
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and learn how to find our way around.
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We'll look at the portal dashboard
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and learn how to customize it.
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At the end, we'll learn how to
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subscribe for Azure Betas,
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features and surfaces. Let's get started.
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What options do you have to manage Azure resources?
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Microsoft Azure offers a wide range of tools
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for management of their web
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and mobile management options,
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command line options, as well as
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numerous SDKs that you can use to
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implement your own management functionality.
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The one that every novice users or
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starts with is the Azure portal.
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Azure portal is a web-based user interface
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that you can login to with any browser.
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It's the best way to learn about Azure.
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We'll look at the Azure portal
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in detail in the next video.
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Although great for learning,
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Azure portal does not allow you to automate
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tasks which does make its use time-consuming.
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Another option to manage
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Azure resources is Azure PowerShell.
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Azure PowerShell is a module
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that you can install for PowerShell
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on Windows or PowerShell Core on Linux or Mac.
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This module adds an additional command lens to
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PowerShell that allows you to manage Azure resources.
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Using Azure PowerShell, you
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can create administration scripts and automate
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your workforce instead of
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spending time doing this manually in the portal.
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You can see on the screen
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this simple command that you can
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use to create an Azure storage account.
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You can run those scripts on any operating system,
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Windows, macOS or Linux by using PowerShell Core.
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Although PowerShell Core is cross-platform,
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it doesn't come pre-installed with the OS.
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If you want to use PowerShell
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as your scripting language,
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you need to first install PowerShell and
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then install the Azure PowerShell module.
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Azure CLI is a cross-platform command line tool
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that you can use to create and manage resources in Azure.
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Azure CLI is Python-based,
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and can be run on any OS that has Python available.
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The majority of UNIX-based OSs
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come with Python preinstalled.
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On the screen, you can see the command to create
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an Azure storage account using Azure CLI.
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Azure Cloud Shell is a powerful command line interface
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that you can run within your own browser.
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It's accessible from the Azure portal,
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and you have a choice of
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Azure CLI or PowerShell command lens;
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both are available in Azure Cloud Shell.
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In addition to the CLIs,
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Cloud Shell has a lot of
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development tools and editor tools available.
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You can choose from development like languages
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and frameworks like.NET,
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Java, Python, Node.js and Go,
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edit files and the editors like coat,
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Vim Nano or Emacs,
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or use build tools or package managers like NPM,
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Maven, Git and more.
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Azure Cloud Shell is backed by
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an Azure file share that you can use to
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upload your automation scripts
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or reference as a local drive.
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The last management option we'll look
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at is the Azure mobile app.
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The mobile app gives you the ability to manage
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your Azure resources on the go.
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You can view the current status of
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resources and check important metrics,
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receive and review alerts, start, stop,
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restart and connect to virtual machines,
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use Cloud Shell to run scripts and
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a lot more just from your mobile device.
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As we mentioned earlier,
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Azure offers software development kits
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in various languages that
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you can use to implement
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your own management functionality.
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If there is no SDK for your language of preference,
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you can use the REST APIs
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to implement the functionality by yourself.
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Because the portal is the easiest way to learn Azure,
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we'll have a deeper look into
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its functionality in our next videos.
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