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My 1st Microsoft Press Learning Course is Published – Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Azure Networking

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Kickstart your Microsoft Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions preparation and build the beginning foundation for your journey to becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Network Engineer Associate.

Over the last 7 months, I’ve been actively working on my first Microsoft Press learning course – Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (Video).

I am so happy and grateful now to share that the video course is officially published at the Microsoft Press store, Inform IT by Pearson, and the O’Reilly Media learning platforms.

Introduction

The Azure Network Engineer Associate exam is for network engineers, who design and implement the core Azure networking infrastructure, hybrid networking connections, network routing, load balancing, private access to Azure services, network security, and monitoring.

This is a critical job role because all Azure services and technologies require a network.

According to Microsoft, most of the Microsoft Azure support issues concern networking. Why? Because the subject is inherently complex, especially in cloud computing’s software-defined networking (SDN) architecture.

Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (Video Course)
Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (Video Course)

This course teaches network engineers the AZ-700 coverage: how to design, implement, and maintain Azure networking solutions. This course covers the process of designing, implementing, and managing core Azure networking infrastructure, hybrid networking connections, load balancing traffic, network routing, private access to Azure services, and network security and monitoring.

You will gain knowledge on how to design and implement a secure, reliable network infrastructure in Azure and how to establish hybrid connectivity, routing, private access to Azure services, and monitoring in Azure.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is for Network Engineers (aspiring or practicing) looking to specialize in Azure networking solutions. An Azure Network engineer designs and implements core Azure networking infrastructure, hybrid networking connections, load balance traffic, network routing, private access to Azure services, network security, and monitoring.

The Azure network engineer will manage networking solutions for optimal performance, resiliency, scale, and security.

This is an intermediate-level course.

Sample Course Content

If you would like to take a sneak peek at what you will learn in this course, please check and watch the following sample videos:

Exam AZ-700 Introduction
Exam AZ-700 Introduction

Course Requirements

To get the maximum out of this training course, you should be familiar with the following concepts:

  • Understanding on-premises virtualization technologies, including virtual machines, and virtual networking.
  • Understanding of network configurations, including TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption technologies.
  • Understanding of software-defined networking (SDN).
  • Understanding hybrid network connectivity methods, such as VPN.
  • Understanding resilience and disaster recovery, including high availability, and restore operations regarding networking.

What You Will Learn

What you will learn in this course?

Check out the following Table of Contents and details on what this course covers and what to expect to learn after watching it:

Module 1: Introduction to Azure Virtual Networks

Lesson 1: Explore Azure Virtual Networks

1.1 Understand Azure virtual networks
1.2 Understand virtual network address space
1.3 Understand virtual subnets
1.4 Understand private IP addresses
1.5 Understand regions and subscriptions
1.6 Create a virtual network
1.7 Run through a demonstration

Lesson 2: Configure Public IP Services

2.1 Understand public IP addresses
2.2 Choose the appropriate SKU for a public IP
2.3 Create a public IP address
2.4 Run through a demonstration
2.5 Lab, Set the stage: Design and implement IP addressing for Azure virtual networks
2.6 Lab, Students: Deploy an Azure virtual network and configure the subnets

Lesson 3: Design Name Resolution for Your Virtual Network

3.1 Understand public DNS
3.2 Create Azure DNS zones
3.3 Host your domain on Azure DNS
3.4 Add DNS record sets
3.5 Understand private DNS service
3.6 Create an Azure private DNS
3.7 Understand private zones
3.8 Run through a demonstration
3.9 Lab, Set the stage: Configure DNS name resolution
3.10 Lab, Students: Verify the configuration

Lesson 4: Enable Cross-VNet Connectivity with Peering

4.1 Configure virtual network peering
4.2 Configure virtual network peering: gateway transit and connectivity
4.3 Understand service chaining
4.4 Run through a demonstration
4.5 Lab, Set the stage: Create virtual network peering
4.6 Lab, Students: Configure connectivity between two VNets by adding peerings

Lesson 5: Implement Virtual Network Traffic Routing

5.1 Understand virtual network traffic routing
5.2 Configure user-defined routes
5.3 Configure forced tunneling
5.4 Configure Azure route server
5.5 Diagnose a routing problem
5.6 Run through a demonstration

Lesson 6: Configure Internet Access with Azure Virtual NAT

6.1 Choose when to use a virtual network NAT
6.2 Coexistence of inbound and outbound
6.3 Deploy Azure virtual NAT
6.4 Run through a demonstration

Module 2: Design and Implement Hybrid Networking

Lesson 7: Design and Implement Azure VPN Gateway

7.1 Plan a VPN gateway
7.2 Create the gateway subnet
7.3 Understand VPN gateway configuration
7.4 Understand VPN gateway types
7.5 Choose the appropriate gateway SKU
7.6 Create the local network gateway
7.7 Configure the on-premises VPN device
7.8 Create the VPN connection
7.9 Understand high availability options for VPN connections
7.10 Diagnose and resolve virtual network gateway connectivity issues
7.11 Run through a demonstration
7.12 Lab, Set the stage: Deploy a VPN gateway
7.13 Lab, Students: Configure a virtual network gateway to connect core services and VNet

Lesson 8: Connect Networks with Site-to-Site and Point-to-Site VPN Connections

8.1 Understand site-to-site VPN connections
8.2 Choose between Azure VNet peering and VNet gateways
8.3 Understand Point-to-Site protocols
8.4 Understand Point-to-Site authentication methods
8.5 Prepare Point-to-Site configuration

Lesson 9: Connect Remote Resources by Using Azure Virtual WAN

9.1 Understand Azure Virtual WAN
9.2 Choose a virtual WAN SKU
9.3 Create a virtual hub
9.4 Connect cross-tenant virtual networks to a virtual WAN hub
9.5 Understand virtual hub routing
9.6 Run through a demonstration
9.7 Lab, Set the stage: Steps needed to create a virtual WAN
9.8 Lab, Students: Create a virtual WAN by using the Azure portal

Lesson 10: Create a Network Virtual Appliance (NVA) in a Virtual Hub

10.1 Manage an NVA in a virtual hub
10.2 Deploy an NVA in your virtual hub

Module 3: Designing and Implementing Azure ExpressRoute

Lesson 11: Explore Azure ExpressRoute

11.1 Understand Azure ExpressRoute capabilities and use cases
11.2 Understand ExpressRoute connectivity models
11.3 Understand ExpressRoute service models and types
11.4 Use Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) with ExpressRoute
11.5 Configure encryption over ExpressRoute
11.6 Integrate site-to-site VPN and ExpressRoute
11.7 Create a zone-redundant VNET gateway in Azure availability zones
11.8 Use cross-region connectivity to link multiple ExpressRoute

Lesson 12: Design an ExpressRoute Deployment

12.1 Understand ExpressRoute SKUs
12.2 Choose a peering location
12.3 Choose the right ExpressRoute Circuit and billing model
12.4 Run through a demonstration
12.5 Lab, Set the stage: Configure an ExpressRoute Gateway
12.6 Lab, Students: Connect Azure virtual network and on-premises network via ExpressRoute
12.7 Lab, Set the stage: Provision an ExpressRoute circuit
12.8 Lab, Students: Create and provision an ExpressRoute circuit

Lesson 13: Configure Peering for an ExpressRoute Deployment

13.1 Configure private peering
13.2 Configure Microsoft peering
13.3 Choose between private peering, Microsoft peering, or both
13.4 Create route filters

Lesson 14: Connect an ExpressRoute Circuit to a Virtual Network, Connect Geographically Dispersed Networks with ExpressRoute Global Reach, and Improve Data Path Performance Between Networks

14.1 Connect the virtual network to an ExpressRoute circuit
14.2 Verify virtual network connectivity to ExpressRoute
14.3 Choose when to use ExpressRoute Global Reach
14.4 Configure ExpressRoute Global Reach
14.5 Understand ExpressRoute FastPath
14.6 Configure ExpressRoute FastPath

Lesson 15: Troubleshoot ExpressRoute Connection Issues

15.1 Verify circuit provisioning and state through the Azure portal
15.2 Validate peering configuration
15.3 Validate Address Resolution Protocol
15.4 Troubleshoot network performance

Module 4: Load Balance Non-HTTP(S) Traffic in Azure

Lesson 16: Explore Load Balancing Options

16.1 Understand a load balancer
16.2 Understand load balancing options for Azure
16.3 Choose a load-balancing option
16.4 Run through a demonstration

Lesson 17: Design and Implement Azure Load Balancer

17.1 Choose a load balancer type
17.2 Explore Azure load balancer and availability zones
17.3 Determine load balancer SKUs
17.4 Create a load balancer in the Azure portal
17.5 Create backend pools
17.6 Create health probes
17.7 Create load balancer rules
17.8 Configure session persistence
17.9 Configure outbound traffic with a standard load balancer
17.10 Lab, Set the stage: Create and configure an Azure load balancer steps
17.11 Lab, Students: Create an internal load balancer

Lesson 18: Explore Azure Traffic Manager

18.1 Understand the use cases for Azure Traffic Manager
18.2 Describe Azure Traffic Manager
18.3 Understand traffic routing methods
18.4 Understand Traffic Manager endpoints
18.5 Configure Traffic Manager profiles
18.6 Configure endpoint monitoring
18.7 Run through a demonstration
18.8 Lab, Set the stage: Create a Traffic Manager profile steps
18.9 Lab, Students: Create a Traffic Manager profile

Module 5: Load Balance HTTP(S) Traffic in Azure

Lesson 19: Design and Configure Azure Application Gateway

19.1 Understand Application Gateway features
19.2 Determine Application Gateway routing
19.3 Choose an Azure Application Gateway SKU
19.4 Plan and Configure Application Gateway
19.5 Configure Health Probes
19.6 Configure Listeners
19.7 Understand Application Gateway redirection
19.8 Choose Application Gateway request routing rules
19.9 Configure URL-based routing
19.10 Configure rewrite sets
19.11 Run through a demonstration
19.12 Lab, Set the stage: Deploy Azure Application Gateway steps
19.13 Lab, Students: Create an application gateway and test it

Lesson 20: Design and Configure Azure Front Door

20.1 Understand Azure Front Door
20.2 Compare Azure Front Door to Front Door Standard/Premium
20.3 Create a Front Door in the Azure portal
20.4 Configure routing and redirection rules
20.5 Configure (origin) backend targets
20.6 Configure health probes
20.7 Secure Front Door with TLS and end-to-end encryption
20.8 Run through a demonstration
20.9 Lab, Set the stage: Deploy Azure Front Door for a highly available web application
20.10 Lab, Students: Set up Azure Front Door that pools two instances of a web application

Module 6: Design and Implement Network Security

Lesson 21: Network Security with Microsoft Defender for Cloud

21.1 Understand network security controls
21.2 Understand Azure Security Benchmark
21.3 Use Microsoft Defender for Cloud for regulatory compliance
21.4 Identify alerts in Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Lesson 22: Deploy Azure DDoS Protection

22.1 Understand Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
22.2 Understand types of DDoS attacks
22.3 Describe Azure DDoS protection standard
22.4 Identify Azure DDoS protection features
22.5 Deploy a DDoS protection plan
22.6 Run through a demonstration
22.7 Lab, Set the stage: Deploy DDoS protection on a virtual network
22.8 Lab, Students: Create a virtual network, configure DDoS Protection, and simulate an attack

Lesson 23: Deploy and Configure Network Security Groups

23.1 Understand Network Security Groups (NSGs)
23.2 Identify default NSG rules
23.3 Recognize NSG effective rules
23.4 Create NSG rules
23.5 Use service tags to define network access controls
23.6 Understand Application Security Groups (ASG)
23.7 Run through a demonstration

Lesson 24: Design and Implement Azure Firewall

24.1 Understand Azure Firewall features
24.2 Identify rule processing in Azure Firewall
24.3 Deploy Azure Firewall in the Azure portal
24.4 Deploy Azure Firewall in a hub-spoke network topology
24.5 Compare Azure Firewall to Network Security Groups
24.6 Lab, Set the stage: Deploy and configure Azure Firewall steps
24.7 Lab, Students: Deploy and test a firewall and firewall policy

Lesson 25: Using Azure Firewall Manager

25.1 Understand Azure Firewall Manager features
25.2 Understand Azure Firewall Manager policies
25.3 Compare Azure Firewall Manager for hub virtual networks and secured virtual hubs
25.4 Deploy Azure Firewall Manager
25.5 Lab, Set the stage: Secure virtual hub using Azure Firewall Manager steps
25.6 Lab, Students: Create a secure virtual hub and connect the hub and spoke virtual networks

Lesson 26: Implement a Web Application Firewall

26.1 Understand Web Application Firewall
26.2 Understand Web Application Firewall policy modes
26.3 Identify Web Application Firewall Default Rule Set, rule groups, and rules
26.4 Locate Web Application Firewall Custom Rules
26.5 Create a Web Application Firewall policy on Azure Front Door

Module 7: Design and Implement Private Access to Azure Services

Lesson 27: Explain Virtual Network Service Endpoints

27.1 Understand Service Endpoints
27.2 Understand Service Tags
27.3 Add service endpoints to a subnet
27.4 Run through a demonstration
27.5 Lab, Set the stage: Restrict network access to PaaS resources steps
27.6 Lab, Students: Restrict network access to PaaS resources

Lesson 28: Define Private Link Services and Private Endpoints

28.1 Understand Azure Private Link
28.2 Understand Azure Private Endpoint
28.3 Understand Azure Private Link service
28.4 Identify Private Link service workflow
28.5 Plan private endpoints
28.6 Run through a demonstration
28.7 Lab, Set the stage: Create an Azure Private Endpoint steps
28.8 Lab, Students: Create a private endpoint for an Azure web app

Lesson 29: Integrate Private Endpoint with DNS

29.1 Understand Azure Private Endpoint DNS configuration
29.2 Remember IP address 168.63.129.16
29.3 Understand Azure services Private DNS zone configuration
29.4 Examine virtual network workloads without a custom DNS server
29.5 Identify on-premises workloads using DNS forwarder
29.6 Integrate virtual network and on-premises workloads using DNS forwarder

Lesson 30: Integrate Your Application with Azure Virtual Networks

30.1 Recognize VNet integration options for Azure PaaS services
30.2 Configure App Service for regional VNet integration
30.3 Configure the virtual network for integration with App Service
30.4 Associate App Service with virtual network
30.5 Identify network options for Azure Kubernetes Service

Module 8: Design and Implement Network Monitoring

Lesson 31: Monitor Your Networks Using Azure Monitor

31.1 Understand Azure Monitor
31.2 Examine Metrics Explorer
31.3 Explore Azure Monitor Network Insights
31.4 Lab, Set the stage: Steps to monitor a load balancer resource
31.5 Lab, Students: Create Log Analytics workspace and use Azure Monitor Insights

Lesson 32: Monitor Your Networks Using Azure Network Watcher

32.1 Understand Azure Network Watcher
32.2 Identify Network Topology
32.3 Examine Connection Monitor
32.4 Use IP Flow Verify
32.5 Use NSG Diagnostic Tool
32.6 Use Next Hop
32.7 Use Effective Security Rules
32.8 Examine VPN Troubleshoot
32.9 Interpret Packet Capture
32.10 Examine Connection Troubleshoot
32.11 Investigate NSG Flow Logs
32.12 Analyze Traffic Analytics

Acknowledgments

Video learning courses don’t record, edit, and publish themselves. I would like to say a big thank you to my wife and family for their support and patience while I was busier than usual the last year, and for always supporting the crazy things I want to do. They are the reason that I can fulfill my dream and follow my passion. I have also to thank my employer itnetX (Switzerland) AG for their continuous support.

Certainly, the learning course wouldn’t be possible at all without the Microsoft Press and Pearson Academic teams supporting all the instructors in different projects running simultaneously.

I want to say a big thank you to the Executive Editor, IT Professional Laura Lewin, Senior Producer Sean Donelson, Assistant Editor, IT Professional Jackleen Sougrakpam, as well as, the entire designer, video editor, and the graphics team (if I’ve missed anyone, I’m truly sorry).

Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Azure Networking

With over 13+ hours of technical goodness, you will deep dive into all Azure networking solutions. This course covers the process of designing, implementing, and managing core Azure networking infrastructure, hybrid networking connections, load balancing traffic, network routing, private access to Azure services, and network security and monitoring.

Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (Video)
Exam AZ-700 Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (Video)

You will gain knowledge on how to design and implement a secure, reliable network infrastructure in Azure and how to establish hybrid connectivity, routing, private access to Azure services, and monitoring in Azure.

I highly encourage you to get access to this course directly from the Microsoft Press learning platform.

Summary

In this course, you’ll learn how to design and implement Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions and get prepared to build the foundation for your journey to becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Network Engineer Associate.

And most importantly, you will learn what to expect on the live AZ-700 exam, and how to pass it.

We hope you enjoy watching this video course as much as we loved producing it.

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Thank you for reading my blog.

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-Charbel Nemnom-

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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