Overview of Azure Management Portal

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3 hours 51 minutes
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Beginner
CEU/CPE
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Let's take a look at the azure portal
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To do this. I'm gonna switch to my browser and walk you through the sky and the navigation options
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you access Azure portal by typing portal dot azure dot com In the address bar of your browser,
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you're asked to sign in.
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This is the azure account that you use to sign up for Azure,
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which you'll need to sign in with
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all type mine in, and it will also ask you for the password.
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Once you're in, you'll be positioned in the home page of the Azure portal.
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As your portal has three areas, one is the left side, which is called the Resource Bar.
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Then there is the main area that, in this particular case, is the homepage.
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There is also a top level navigation where we have different choices.
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There is also a global search bar that you can use to search anything from your resources to help and documentation.
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On the left side, which is the resource bar, you can see two sections. One is the favorite section, where you can place favorite resources as well as the common section that allows you to create a resource. Go to the homepage, see the dashboards or see all services
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you can add or remove services from the favorites by clicking on all services and removing the Yellow Star. From there,
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let's say I don't want to have the virtual machines anymore of my favorites.
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I can click on the star and remove it from there.
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Simple.
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I would like to add the marketplace. I can click the star and it'll show up here.
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If you go and click on a create a new resource, you'll see the so called azure marketplace
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as your marketplace is the place where you can find not only the standard azure resources but also different solutions published by Azure Partners or independent software vendors.
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You can do a search here.
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Let's say I would like to look for in a bun to server.
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When I do a search, I'll find all a bunch of server options that are available in the azure marketplace.
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The marketplace is also split into categories so you can search for things like AI and machine learning, devops, developer tools and so on.
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In the search, you can see that there are quite a few a bunch of options either offered by the maker of a boon to canonical or some other third parties.
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One thing to notice is when you go and actually start from home and do something, let's say create a resource. There's this white part of the working area of azure portal that is changing
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in azure terminology. This is called a blade.
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The blade can actually stick to the right on your screen and give you additional information to fill you in, depending on the workflow that you chose or the resources that you choose,
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you can close the blades by clicking the X button in the upper right corner.
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Here's how the blades work.
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Let's say I want to create an A bunch of server virtual machine.
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I select the virtual machine option from the azure marketplace.
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The new blade is showing up.
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As you can see, there is a scroll bar at the bottom that you can use to actually move between the blades.
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When I close this blade, it goes back to the original one.
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Now, what options does the horizontal navigation give you?
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We'll start from left to right.
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The first thing you see here is the cloud shell.
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If you click it. You can start the cloud shell session, and you can choose whether or want whether you want a bash or power shell option.
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The next thing is switching between the directories.
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As you may remember, we had the discussion about azure active Directory and the different tenants
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I can switch between tenants. When I choose the book with the filter,
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I can go and choose a different tenant that I want to work in.
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You can also filter the subscriptions here.
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If you have multiple subscriptions, you can say I want to see only a specific subscription.
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The next option is notifications.
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You can receive notifications from Azure,
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for example, new features or updates, as well as when you start work on any resources. In Azure Portal, you'll see notifications here that certain tasks are completed.
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The next option is customizing the portal.
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You can choose a theme, whether it's the normal theme, a light one, or you can choose a dark theme
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along with other different customization options.
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You can also say I want to be logged out from the portal after a certain period of in activity.
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The question mark is help,
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as we mentioned in one of our previous videos. You can go and create a support ticket from here. Or you can also look through the different free support options like
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check the azure roadmap, see what's new.
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You can launch guided tours and so on.
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The smiley faces a feedback button for the as routine
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you can submit. Submit feedback at any time from the portal.
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The last one is your account information.
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From here, you can directly go to your Microsoft account, or you can also sign in as a different user.
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I'll switch back to my light theme.
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I'll show you two more things
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we discussed previously. The cost management and billing.
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Normally, you can access this from the resource window.
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Now, if it's not available, you can go to all services and search for cost management.
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When you go there, you can explore your accounts, and you can see everything about any subscription that you have,
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for example, cost
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and you can go and analyze that cost.
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You need to select the subscription first, and it will give you many more options again in the blade format.
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Another tool that you should be aware of is the azure advisor
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as your advisor is a free service that provides recommendations for all the resources that you have deployed.
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Those recommendations can vary from high availability, recommendations, performance cost and security.
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Here, you can find very useful information that can help you improve your resources and azure from different points of view, whether it's from security, high availability and so on.
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Now you know how you can sign into Azure portal,
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customize it and find your way around.
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Next, we'll look at azure dashboards.
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