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AZ-400 – Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions

This course provides the knowledge and skills to design and implement DevOps processes and practices. Students will learn how to plan for DevOps, use source control, scale Git for an enterprise, consolidate artifacts, design a dependency management strategy, manage secrets, implement continuous integration, implement a container build strategy, design a release strategy, set up a release management workflow, implement a deployment pattern, and optimize feedback mechanisms.

Audience Profile

Students in this course are interested in implementing DevOps processes or in passing the Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan for the transformation with shared goals and timelines
  • Select a project and identify project metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Create a team and agile organizational structure
  • Design a tool integration strategy
  • Design a license management strategy (e.g. Azure DevOps and GitHub users)
  • Design a strategy for end-to-end traceability from work items to working software
  • Design an authentication and access strategy
  • Design a strategy for integrating on-premises and cloud resources
  • Describe the benefits of using Source Control
  • Describe Azure Repos and GitHub
  • Migrate from TFVC to Git
  • Manage code quality including technical debt SonarCloud, and other tooling solutions
  • Build organizational knowledge on code quality
  • Explain how to structure Git repos
  • Describe Git branching workflows
  • Leverage pull requests for collaboration and code reviews
  • Leverage Git hooks for automation
  • Use Git to foster inner source across the organization
  • Explain the role of Azure Pipelines and its components
  • Configure Agents for use in Azure Pipelines
  • Explain why continuous integration matters
  • Implement continuous integration using Azure Pipelines
  • Define Site Reliability Engineering
  • Design processes to measure end-user satisfaction and analyze user feedback
  • Design processes to automate application analytics
  • Manage alerts and reduce meaningless and non-actionable alerts
  • Carry out blameless retrospectives and create a just culture
  • Define an infrastructure and configuration strategy and appropriate toolset for a release pipeline and application infrastructure
  • Implement compliance and security in your application infrastructure
  • Describe the potential challenges with integrating open-source software
  • Inspect open-source software packages for security and license compliance
  • Manage organizational security and compliance policies
  • Integrate license and vulnerability scans into build and deployment pipelines
  • Configure build pipelines to access package security and license ratings

Participant Prerequisites

Successful learners will have prior knowledge and understanding of:

  • Cloud computing concepts, including an understanding of PaaS, SaaS, and IaaS implementations.
  • Both Azure administration and Azure development with proven expertise in at least one of these areas.
  • Version control, Agile software development, and core software development principles. It would be helpful to have experience in an organization that delivers software.

If you are new to Azure and cloud computing, consider one of the following resources:

  • Instructor-led course: AZ-900: Azure Fundamentals

If you are new to Azure Administration, consider taking:

  • Instructor-led courses: AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator and AZ-010: Azure Administration for AWS SysOps

If you are new to Azure Developer, consider taking:

  • Instructor-led course: AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure and AZ-020: Microsoft Azure Solutions for AWS Developers

Course Outline

The following items describe the outline of the course:

Module 1: Planning for DevOps

Module 2: Getting started with Source Control 

Module 3: Managing Technical Debt

Module 4: Working with Git for Enterprise DevOps

Module 5: Configuring Azure Pipelines

Module 6: Implementing Continuous Integration using Azure Pipelines

Module 7: Managing Application Configuration and Secrets

Module 8: Implementing Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions

Module 9: Designing and Implementing a Dependency Management Strategy

Module 10: Designing a Release Strategy

Module 11: Implementing Continuous Deployment using Azure Pipelines

Module 12: Implementing an Appropriate Deployment Pattern

Module 13: Managing Infrastructure and Configuration using Azure Tools

Module 14: Third Party Infrastructure as Code Tools Available with Azure

Module 15: Managing Containers using Docker

Module 16: Creating and Managing Kubernetes Service Infrastructure

Module 17: Implementing Feedback for Development Teams

Module 18: Implementing System Feedback Mechanisms

Module 19: Implementing Security in DevOps Projects

Module 20: Validating Code Bases for Compliance

Course Materials

The following materials are included as part of the course:

  • Microsoft Official digital Curriculum (MOC)
  • Microsoft Online Lab (MLO)

Chaminda Chandrasekara, MVP

Cloud Development & DevOps Architect at eKriegers (Pvt) Ltd

Chaminda is a Visual Studio ALM MVP, Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster®, focuses on and believes in continuous improvement of Software Development Life-cycle. He has more than 18 years of experience in software development, leading teams, coaching and training teams to follow agile practices. He is an expert on implementing Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Agile/Scrum with Microsoft stack using Microsoft Azure DevOps Server/Services.

AZ-400 - Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions

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