20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Length: 5 days | Audience: IT Professionals | Level: 200

This course is intended for students who have experience building vertically scaled applications. Students should also have experience with the Microsoft Azure platform and a basic understanding of the services offered in Azure.
This course offers students the opportunity to take an existing web application and expand its functionality as part of moving it to Azure. The course does not require any existing experience with the ASP.NET platform. This course focuses on the architectural considerations and decisions necessary when building a highly available solution in the cloud. This course also prepares the students for the 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam.

Module 1: Overview of the Microsoft Azure Platform

This module reviews the services available in the Azure platform and the Management Portals used to manage the service instances.


  • Azure Services
  • Management Portals

Lab : Using the Azure Preview Portal

  • Connect to the Azure Portals
  • Create a Web Site in Azure
  • Configure the Web Site Template


Module 2: Establishing a Development Environment using Azure Virtual Machines

This module describes the Virtual Machine hosting options available in Azure. Students will be able to deploy custom workloads to an Azure Virtual Machine, manage the VM and images and also monitor VMs.


  • Constructing Azure Virtual Machines
  • Azure Virtual Machine Workloads
  • Migrating Azure Virtual Machine Instances
  • Using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to Connect to a Virtual Machine

Lab : Creating an Azure Virtual Machine for Development & Testing

  • Create a Resource Group using Azure
  • Create a Development Virtual Machine in Azure
  • Configure the Virtual Machine for Development


Module 3: Hosting Web Applications on the Azure Platform

In this module, students will be able to create and host a simple website using Azure Web Sites. Students will learn how to monitor and manage the website using the Management Portal.


  • Azure Web Sites
  • Hosting Web Applications in Azure
  • Configuring an Azure Web Site
  • Publishing an Azure Web Site
  • Monitoring and Analyzing Running Azure Web Sites
  • Lab Overview

Lab : Creating an ASP.NET Web Site Using Azure Websites

  • Create an Azure Web Site
  • Deploy an ASP.NET Web Application to an Azure Web Site
  • Configure an Azure Web Site


Module 4: Storing SQL Data in Azure

In this module, students will learn how to use Azure SQL Databases to store and retrieve data.


  • Azure SQL Database Overview
  • Managing SQL Databases in Azure
  • Using Azure SQL Databases with SQL Server Data Tools
  • Migrating Data to Azure SQL Databases
  • Replication and Recovery of Azure SQL Database Instances

Lab : Storing Event Data in Azure SQL

  • Create an Azure SQL Databases Instance
  • Using Entity Framework with Azure SQL Databases


Module 5: Designing Cloud Applications For Resiliency

In this module, students will understand and identify the common practices and patterns for building resilient and scalable web applications that will be hosted in Azure.


  • Design Considerations for Scale with Cloud Applications
  • Application Design Practices for Highly Available Applications
  • Building High Performance Applications using ASP.NET
  • Common Cloud Application Patterns
  • Application Analytics
  • Caching Application Data

Lab : No lab


Module 6: Managing Cloud Services in Azure

In this module, students will learn how to use Cloud Service Worker Roles and Web Sites Web Jobs to process data in the background. Students will also be able to use Cloud Service Cache Roles to store data in the cache.


  • Overview of Cloud Services
  • Cloud Service Web Roles
  • Customizing Cloud Service Configurations
  • Updating and Managing Cloud Service Deployments
  • Cloud Service Worker Role
  • Cloud Service Worker Role Processing
  • Analyzing Application Cloud Service Role Instances

Lab : Creating Azure Web Roles Using Visual Studio 2013

  • Create an Azure Cloud Service project
  • Create an Azure Cloud Service Web Role from an existing project
  • Configure the properties of an Azure Cloud Service project
  • Debug an Azure Cloud Service project

Lab : Creating a Background Process Using Azure Worker Roles

  • Create a C# Class Library
  • Add the Class Library to a Cloud Service Project
  • Debug Worker Roles in a Cloud Service Project


Module 7: Storing NoSQL Data in Azure

In this module, students will learn how to store data in Azure Table Storage.


  • Azure Storage Overview
  • Azure Storage Tables Overview
  • Table Entity Transactions
  • Azure DocumentDB

Lab : Storing Attendee Registration Data in Azure Table Storage

  • Populating the Sign-In Form with Registrant Names
  • Updating the Events Website to use Storage Tables
  • Verifying that the Events Web Site is using Azure Storage Tables for Registrations


Module 8: Storing and Consuming Files from Azure Storage

In this module, students will be able to store and access multimedia files in Azure using Blob Storage.


  • Azure Stoage Blobs
  • Controlling Access to Storage Blobs & Containers
  • Monitoring Storage Blobs
  • Configuring Azure Storage Accounts
  • Azure Files
  • Uploading and Migrating Storage Data

Lab : Storing Generated Documents in Azure Blob Storage

  • Implement Azure Storage Blobs
  • Populating the Container with Files and Media
  • Retrieving Files and Media from the Container
  • Specifying Permissions for the Container

Lab : Creating File Shares using Azure Files

  • Implement Azure Files
  • Populating the File Share with Media


Module 9: Designing a Communication Strategy using Queues and Service Bus

In this module, students will use Azure Queue Storage to queue data for asynchronous processing. Students will also be able to identify the Service Bus offerings and identify which ones to use in appropriate scenarios. Students will be able to use the Azure Service Bus Relay to connect on-premise services with client applications.


  • Queue Mechanisms in Azure
  • Azure Storage Queues
  • Handling Storage Queue Messages
  • Azure Service Bus
  • Azure Service Bus Queues
  • Azure Service Bus Relay
  • Azure Service Bus Notification Hubs

Lab : Using Storage Queues to Manage Requests Between Web Applications in Azure

  • Using Azure Queue Storage for Document Generation
  • Verify the Requests are Created and Consumed

Lab : Using Service Bus to Manage Communication Between Web Applications in Azure

  • Create an Azure Service Bus Namespace
  • Use Service Bus Queues for Document Generation
  • Verify the Requests are Created and Consumed
  • Use Service Bus Relay to Connect a WCF Service and Client[s]


Module 10: Managing Infrastructure in Azure

In this module students will explore the Infrastructure components in Azure. Students will be able to describe Virtual Networks and understand the relationship between the VNETs and the different services offered in Azure. Students will also be able to add Cloud Services and Virtual Machines to VNETs. Finally students will scale multiple instances of services in a VNET.


  • Azure Virtual Networks
  • Highly Available Azure Virtual Machines
  • Customize Azure Virtual Machine Networking

Lab : Managing Multiple Virtual Machines in a Virtual Network

  • Create the Database Virtual Machine
  • Create the Application Web Site
  • Connect the Test Application to the SQL Server Virtual Machine
  • Modify the Database Virtual Machine


Module 11: Automating Integration with Azure Resources

In this module, students will explore the options for Automating their interactions with Azure Resources using PowerShell, Client Libraries or the REST API. Students will also explore the two sets of modules available for PowerShell automation.


  • Azure SDK Client Libraries
  • Virtual Machine Configuration Management
  • Scripting Azure Service Management using PowerShell
  • Azure REST Interface
  • Azure Resource Manager

Lab : Automating the Creation of a Test Environment using PowerShell

  • Prepare Azure PowerShell Environment
  • Use PowerShell to Create and Access a Web Site Instance
  • Use a Resource Template to Create Multiple Pre-Configured Resources


Module 12: Securing Azure Web Applications

In this module, students will be able to use Azure Active Directory to implement security in a Cloud web application.


  • Azure Active Directory
  • Introduction to Identity Providers
  • Azure AD Directories
  • Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Azure Role-Based Access Control

Lab : Integrating Azure Active Directory with the Events Administration Portal

  • Create an Azure AD Directory
  • Secure an Existing ASP.NET Web Application
  • Integrate Azure AD with ASP.NET Identity


Module 13: Maintaining and Monitoring Web Solutions in Azure

In this module, students will learn how to deploy web applications to Azure by using WebDeploy and Service Packages.


  • Deployment Strategies for Web Applications
  • Deploying Azure Services
  • Continuous Integration
  • Monitoring Cloud Applications

Lab : Deploying the Events Web Application to Azure

  • Create the Target Azure Services for Deployment
  • Manage Configuration Settings for a Cloud Web Application
  • Deploy the Web Applications to Azure
  • Monitor the Web Applications in Azure
Before attending this course, students must be able to:
  • Compare the services available in the Azure platform.
  • Configure and deploy web applications.
  • Create Azure WebSites using the gallery.
  • Deploying and monitoring Azure WebSites.
  • Create and configure Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Describe the relationship between Cloud Services and Virtual Machines.
  • Deploy existing Cloud Service packages.
  • Create and manage a Storage account.
  • Manage blobs and containers in a Storage account.
  • Create, configure and connect to a SQL Databases instance.
  • Identify the implications of importing a SQL Standalone database.
  • Manage users, groups and subscriptions in an Azure Active Directory instance.
  • Create a virtual network.
  • Implement a point to site network.