Guest post by Ken Cenerelli
In honour of Global Azure Bootcamp,, which will be next month on April 25, 2015, I decided to create a list of free Microsoft Azure training resources to help you prepare. If you would like to participate in a Global Azure Bootcamp you can find a participating location near you.
Microsoft Press recently started releasing a series of new Azure e-books:
However, other free e-books on Azure also exist:
- Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
- Data Science in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and R (Sign up required)
There are several great sites where you can find Azure video training:
There is two types of Azure video content available on Channel 9.
- The first are traditional Azure videos which can be found by doing a search for the word Azure on the main page.
- The second are two weekly shows that cover Azure. Both can be accessed from the links in their names or as a video podcast in iTunes.
- One is Azure Friday, a show hosted by Scott Hanselman, which presents videos on the latest Azure releases in bite-sized chunks. Most shows are about 10-15 minutes in length. You can also download every Azure Friday video using this PowerShell script by Microsoft's Marc Gagné.
- The other is the Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover show. This program is more in-depth and the length of a show can range from 25 minutes to one hour.
The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a traditional video learning environment where you can watch full-length training videos on designated topics. You can either choose to sign in to chart your progress or you have full access without logging in. The videos are not just Azure based but cover all types of Microsoft technologies. The Azure courses are constantly being updated. Generally, the courses are recorded as a live event so you can follow along if you wish or you can watch the recording later. Most courses also have assessments after each module so you can gauge your progress.
Within the MVA is a series called Microsoft Azure Fundamentals which contains an introductory course on Azure and subsequent courses on websites, storage and data, and virtual machines.
Many people may not know there is a Microsoft Azure YouTube channel as well. Here you can find all sorts of videos about things like how to Supercharge your Datacenter to working with Docker in Azure. Subscribe to the channel to stay up to date. You can also find all of the Tuesdays with Corey series by Corey Sanders here as well.
Pluralsight is a third-party company dedicated to producing high quality videos for developers around the world. They have 40+ beginner, intermediate, and advanced trainings on Microsoft Azure in their catalog. Pluralsight offers a 10-day trial where you can watch an unlimited amount of videos for free.
We touched on video podcasts above but there are also audio podcasts too that cover Microsoft Azure.
- § The Microsoft Cloud Show is hosted by Andrew Connell and Chris Johnson. They offer the latest news on the cloud and how they see it.
- § The Azure Podcast offers insight into different areas of Azure in these short, timely podcasts.
- What is Windows Azure? - An article by Microsoft's Alexandre Brisebois on what Azure exactly is.
- The Azure Portal A to Z - This is a post about the Azure platform at large. It attempts to explain it, in its entirety, using the Azure portal as the launching point for discussion.
- Microsoft Azure Ecosystem infographic - Excellent article and infographic by Troy Hunt about how the site “Have I been pwned?” uses Microsoft’s cloud service.
- A Lap Around Azure Websites - A post by Canadian MVP James Chambers on the answers he provided during a recent MVA Azure Websites recording.
- The World's Greatest Azure Demo - A 90-minute demo of all the features in the Windows Azure Portal. Still relevant even though some items are being migrated to the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal.
Hands-On-Labs, Online Training & Certifications
- Azure Readiness – A repository in GitHub that contains all of the content to run your own Dev Camp. This repository has both the slide decks and the Hands-on-Labs for you to learn at your own pace.
- AzureConf 2014 - A virtual conference in October 2014 that was hosted by Channel 9. This one-day event had a keynote followed by several presentations. All of the sessions were recorded for Channel 9.
- Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event - A four-day virtual event in December 2014 that was hosted on Channel 9. This was billed as in-depth Azure training for IT Professionals. You can learn all about Azure IAAS in this series of videos.
- Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure - An online e-book designed to walk you through creating an end-to-end cloud app. Although it is from June 2013 it still has some relevant information.
- .NET Azure Documentation - Contains information on combining Azure with .NET and Visual Studio. Lots of samples here to work with.
- Learning map for Azure Websites - Follow the guidance on this page for an effective learning path through Azure Websites content.
- Microsoft Azure Documentation Center - Houses all of the Microsoft Azure information you will need.
- Azure Certifications - Turn your knowledge of Microsoft Azure into official recognition with Microsoft Azure certification training and exams. Check out the Microsoft Certification Roadmap to see where Azure fits in.
- trywebsites.azurewebsites.net - Experiment with Azure Websites for one hour with your Google or Facebook account — free of charge and commitment.
- Azure PowerShell - A module that provides cmdlets to manage Azure through Windows PowerShell.
Azure on Twitter
- Scott Guthrie (@ScottGu)
- MS Azure Canada (@cdnazure)
- Guy Barrette (@GuyBarrette)
- Alexandre Brisebois (@Brisebois)
- Tyler Doerksen (@tyler_gd)
- Adarsha Datta (@AdarshaDatta)
- RobinDotNet (@RobinDotNet)
- Mike Wood (@mikewo)
- Keith Mayer (@KeithMayer)
- Tommy Patterson (@Tommy_Patterson)
- Scott Hunter (@coolcsh)
- Yung Chou (@yungchou)
- Corey Sanders (@CoreySandersWA)