Learning Azure



  • Could someone suggest some resources for learning Microsoft Azure?

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.



  • @sn said in Learning Azure:

    Could someone suggest some resources for learning Microsoft Azure?

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.

    Just curious, why Azure? That will be very expensive compared to other places that sell Windows VMs. How will you connect the VM back to your home office for syncing?



  • I think that MS Press has some books on that. And TechNet will have some good resources as well.

    Really there is nothing quite like just signing in and using the product, though. It's all about learning the interface.



  • @sn said in Learning Azure:

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.

    Are you look in "Learn Azure" in order to be an Azure expert? Or are you looking to "learn Azure" for this task? Because 99% of what you learn about Azure in general won't help for this task.



  • Here are a few things that I would say about your project...

    • Don't use Azure for this. It's costly and unreliable and hard to use. Use Vultr. Azure is for Enterprise DevOps teams, not SMBs. Vultr is for SMBs not doing DevOps.
    • If you want to use Azure, 99% of what you need to know isn't Azure and won't be taught in Azure. You'll want to learn DevOps and VPN and those are their own things.
    • Azure is intended solely for DevOps processes - meaning you never, ever need to log into the box or back it up. If the idea of running a Windows system that you can't log into bothers you, you are on the wrong platform.
    • Windows on Azure should be headless (no GUI).


  • For learning Azure and such i guess one of the best resources now available is from CloudAcademy, https://cloudacademy.com/library/?providers=Azure

    They are more concentrated on Azure, AWS and such.



  • @Dashrender said in Learning Azure:

    @sn said in Learning Azure:

    Could someone suggest some resources for learning Microsoft Azure?

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.

    Just curious, why Azure? That will be very expensive compared to other places that sell Windows VMs. How will you connect the VM back to your home office for syncing?

    You could setup site-to-site or site-to-point VPN to connect the VM back office for syncing.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Learning Azure:

    @sn said in Learning Azure:

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.

    Are you look in "Learn Azure" in order to be an Azure expert? Or are you looking to "learn Azure" for this task? Because 99% of what you learn about Azure in general won't help for this task.

    I am looking to "learn Azure" for this task. I did notice that Azure is getting expensive once I start adding resources to fulfil this task. However, I couldn't find any case study similar to my requirement when I searched for Vultr based domain controller deployment. That is why I was looking for Azure in the first place.



  • @Ambarishrh thanks!



  • @sn said in Learning Azure:

    @Dashrender said in Learning Azure:

    @sn said in Learning Azure:

    Could someone suggest some resources for learning Microsoft Azure?

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.

    Just curious, why Azure? That will be very expensive compared to other places that sell Windows VMs. How will you connect the VM back to your home office for syncing?

    You could setup site-to-site or site-to-point VPN to connect the VM back office for syncing.

    That's not a reason. Every VM can do that. In no way is that enabled by being on Azure. Windows has VPNs built in and all manner of third party options. Even when on Azure, you don't normally use Azure VPN tools for this.



  • @sn said in Learning Azure:

    @scottalanmiller said in Learning Azure:

    @sn said in Learning Azure:

    I have a plan for setting up a Windows 2016 Domain controller in Azure and sync it with my regional offices. I already signed up for the free trial to test this but just wanted to know the best practices to avoid a messy start.

    Are you look in "Learn Azure" in order to be an Azure expert? Or are you looking to "learn Azure" for this task? Because 99% of what you learn about Azure in general won't help for this task.

    I am looking to "learn Azure" for this task. I did notice that Azure is getting expensive once I start adding resources to fulfil this task. However, I couldn't find any case study similar to my requirement when I searched for Vultr based domain controller deployment. That is why I was looking for Azure in the first place.

    Windows is Windows. The reason that you find no case study is because it makes no sense. The platform that you run Windows on is irrelevant. They are all identical. There is nothing more to find out.



  • @sn said in Learning Azure:

    That is why I was looking for Azure in the first place.

    Then drop Azure and switch to Vultr. No reason to even have Azure on the table. I know that people looking at Windows virtualization often jump to it, same as they do with Hyper-V, because of the "Microsoft" association. But it is a very bad choice here and should not even be on the short list. Vultr is drop dead simple, there is nothing to learn. Just set up your VM and go. You are in better shape out of the gate than you are spending lots of time learning how to deal with Azure. Even if you learn Azure extensively you will be overpaying for a more risky service than you would get with Vultr because Azure is not even meant for this use case.


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