50466 Windows Azure Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
Training overview
3 days
Next start date: Contact for info. - United States of America

Course description

This class is an introduction to cloud computing and specifically Microsoft's public cloud offering in Windows Azure. Windows Azure has been described by Microsoft as an operating system for the cloud.

Course Outline

Cloud Computing

  • Define cloud computing.
  • Learn the benefits of cloud computing.
  • Understand the different types of cloud computing services.
  • Explore where computing clouds might exist.
  • Hear about potential concerns with cloud computing.
  • Learn where cloud computing can and cannot be applied.
  • Place Windows Azure in light of general cloud computing.
  • Know how Windows Azure compares to other cloud environments.
  • Lab : Windows Azure Account Setup (Optional)

Windows Azure Architecture

  • See a simple Windows Azure application.
  • Learn about the Microsoft data centers.
  • Explore the hardware, servers and virtualization (the Fabric) that host cloud applications and data.
  • Understand the role of the Fabric Controller in managing the Windows Azure cloud.
  • Know the general architecture and components of the Windows Azure Platform.
  • Understand the tools used to create and deploy Windows Azure services and data stores.
  • Understand the different types of roles in Windows Azure (Web, worker, VM).
  • Understand the types of storages provided by the Windows Azure Platform (Azure Storage, SQL Azure, etc.)
  • Lab : Introduction to Windows Azure

Windows Azure Web Roles

  • Explore the purpose of Windows Azure Web roles.
  • Understand how to create Web roles in a cloud service project.
  • See how to configure a Web role.
  • Learn how to test Web roles run in the Compute Emulator.
  • Start exploring the Windows Azure API.
  • Examine how to build Web roles with multiple Web sites.
  • Lab : Building a Web Role

Local Storage

  • Examine Windows Azure local storage.
  • See how local storage differs from normal server file systems.
  • Learn how to configure local storage.
  • Understand the limitations of local storage and where/when to use it.
  • Explore the API to access local storage.
  • Learn about Windows Azure Drive (formerly X-Drive).
  • Lab : Using Local Storage

Windows Azure Administration

  • Explore the various Windows Azure subscription administrators.
  • Understand Windows Azure OS Families and Guest OS Versions.
  • See how to Remote Desktop to a Windows Azure virtual machine.
  • Learn how to define a startup task for a role.
  • Lab : Configuring and Using Remote Desktop

Windows Azure Storage and Queues

  • Understand the purpose of Windows Azure Storage.
  • Learn how to create a Windows Azure Storage account.
  • Explore Windows Azure Storage costs.
  • Understand the Storage Emulator, how to use it, and how it is different from Windows Azure Storage.
  • See how to access Windows Azure Storage using both the REST API and the Storage Client Library.
  • Examine Windows Azure Storage Queues.
  • Learn how to get messages in and out of Windows Azure Queues.
  • Lab : Learning Windows Azure Storage and Queues

Blob Storage

  • Understand the rationale for using blob storage.Learn about the different types of blobs: block and page blobs.
  • Examine blob storage containers and how they are used to organize and control access to blobs.
  • Explore how to access blob storage with both the Storage Client and REST API.
  • Lab : Using Blob Storage

Table Storage

  • Explore Windows Azure Storages structural data service.
  • Understand the reason for table storage.
  • Examine the differences between table storage and traditional relational databases (as exhibited by SQL Azure).
  • Learn how to access table storage with both the Storage Client and REST API.
  • Understand entities as they relate to table storage.
  • Examine how to save and retrieve entities in table storage.
  • Lab : Using Table Storage

Worker Roles

  • Explore the purpose of Windows Azure worker roles.
  • Understand how to create worker roles in a cloud service project.
  • See how to configure a worker role.
  • Learn how to test worker roles run in the Compute Emulator.
  • Learn how to use Windows Azure Storage queues and messages to communicate with worker roles.
  • Explore how to setup worker role endpoints.
  • Learn how to communicate with worker role internal and input endpoints.
  • Lab : Building a Worker Role

SQL Azure Introduction

  • Learn what SQL Azure is and why you want to use it.
  • Understand SQL Azure in comparison to SQL Server and Windows Azure table storage.
  • Learn how to provision a SQL Azure server and databases.
  • Examine costs associated with SQL Azure.
  • See how to use familiar tools and APIs to work in SQL Azure.
  • Explore how to create and manage database objects in SQL Azure.
  • Know how to limit SQL Azure access.
  • Understand options for performing database backups.
  • See how to migrate data to SQL Azure.
  • Lab : Introduction to SQL Azure

Diagnostics

  • Learn how to accomplish debugging and logging in Windows Azure.
  • Examine Windows Azure Diagnostic Service.
  • Understand the role of the Diagnostic Agent process in the diagnostic service.
  • Learn how to configure the diagnostic service.
  • See how to transfer diagnostic data to Windows Azure Storage.
  • Lab : Diagnostics

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Understand cloud computing in its various forms and how Windows Azure fits in the cloud computing space.
- Learn why organizations want to run applications in the Azure cloud.
- Understand the architecture of Azure.
- Explore the Azure SDK and development environment (Compute and Storage Emulators).
- See how to develop applications for Azure and how that varies from normal .NET application development.
- Write and deploy an ASP.NET Web application (Web Role) to Azure.
- Learn how to create and deploy background computational applications (Worker Role) in Azure.
- Explore Azure Storage capability to include table, queue and blob storage.
- Examine SQL Azure, the relational database in the cloud.
- Study how SQL Azure differs from Azure Storage.

Who should attend?

This class is designed for .NET developers with Web application experience that are exploring developing new applications or porting existing applications to Windows Azure.

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