Shortcuts for learning about Azure Stack, shortcuts for training and certification, and just shortcuts to quickly find content on any topic on Azure Stack!
Learning Resources - fast track it
All of my Azure Stack Shortcuts start with aka.ms/AzureStack. Want to read more about what Azure Stack is? Goto aka.ms/AzureStack for the high level overviews or aka.ms/AzureStack/Hybrid for the complete whitepaper. One of my favorite finds for learning is on Channel 9 called the Azure Stack Channel = aka.ms/AzureStack/Channel. At the last MS Ignite 2016, there were also about a dozen sessions on Azure Stack. Find those at aka.ms/AzureStack/Ignite.
Also, for those parts of Azure that live in Azure Stack, you can see my aka.ms/Azure/Shortcuts page as well for lots of resources to assist. At the core of it all, my IaaSOpsGuide will probably have the most usefulness for Azure Stack. You can find that at aka.ms/Azure/IaaSOpsGuide.
Useful Training and Certification
Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates - skills
Once you are done with the POC setup, is to grab some QuickStart Templates! Azure ARM Templates are how resources are deployed. Get them at aka.ms/AzureStack/Templates. Read Template Deployment, to understand about what JSON templates are and how they are used in Azure and Azure Stack. To take your learning to the next level with some free training, I'd recommend these resources below to eventually become an ARM Template Ninja!
- If you are not familiar with ARM, start with Azure Resource Manager overview
- Deploying, Organizing and Securing Applications with the Azure Resource Manager - MS Ignite. Great overview of what can be done with ARM and Templates
- Azure Resource Manager DevOps Jump Start - Microsoft Virtual Academy - great online Template class!
- World Class ARM Templates - Considerations and Proven Practices -Download. This is must read for Architects and looking at all of the possibilities with ARM Templates.
In Addition to knowing how to craft ARM Templates, from the resources above, PowerShell Skills also come in handy for either Azure or Azure Stack. And who better to teach you than the inventor himself in these two online courses....most excellent Mr. Snover!
Certification for Readiness
While these certifications are not specific to Azure Stack, since Azure Stack is fundamentally Azure and you will make Hybrid Scenarios, I'd recommend the right certification track in Azure to match your role. Once Azure Stack certifications are ready, I'll update these as well.
- Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Exam Certification Preparation
- ms/mva/70-533 - Microsoft Virtual Academy 1 hour preparation session
- Exam Objectives to prepare ms/70-533
Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam Certification Preparation
- ms/mva/70-534 - Microsoft Virtual Academy 1 hour preparation session
- Exam Objectives to prepare ms/70-534
Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam Certification Preparation
For all of the above, I just discovered some new FREE Azure online training from PluralSight.
The Azure Stack Shortcuts!
|AppServiceEditor||Aka.ms/AzureStack/AppServiceEditor||Just as with Kudu, there are two ways to launch the App Service Editor. From the browser, if the Kudu URL is https://mysite.scm.azurewebsites.net , you can add a /dev token. The root URL comes https://mysite.scm.azurewebsites.net/dev|
|Backup||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Backup||Read about Backup and DR options on Azure Stack from Microsoft|
|Cisco||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Cisco||Read about the Cisco Hardware that will be available after GA|
|DevOps||Aka.ms/AzureStack/DevOps||This blog post links many relevant resources for DevOps which are applicable to either private or public cloud. Make sure to check out Donovan Brown's most excellent sessions.|
|Differences||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Differences||Differences between Azure and Azure Stack|
|Docs||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Docs||Download the entire Azure Stack Docs, documentation. Great to grab and go if going on a plane ride. Also, much easier to do a "Ctrl + F" to quickly find things only here, versus all of the Azure Documentation.|
|EAI||Aka.ms/AzureStack/EAI||Early Adopters Channel - must be a member|
|Endpoints||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Endpoints||Azure Stack datacenter integration - Publish endpoints|
|ExpressRoute||Aka.ms/AzureStack/ExpressRoute||Connect Azure Stack to Azure using ExpressRoute|
|Forum||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Forum||MSDN Forum to post Q&A with the Product Group|
|Huawei||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Huawei||Huawei announces plans to expand its server product portfolio to deliver Hybrid Cloud solution for Microsoft Azure Stack|
|Hybrid||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Hybrid||PDF detailing Hybrid Applications across Azure and Azure Stack|
|InAzure||Aka.ms/AzureStack/InAzure||You can pretend deploy Azure Stack in an Azure Resource Group for testing|
|iDNS||Aka.ms/AzureStack/iDNS||iDNS is a new feature that allows resolution of external DNS names (such as http://www.bing.com). It also allows you to register internal virtual network names. By doing so, you can resolve VMs on the same virtual network by name rather than IP address, without having to provide custom DNS server entries.
|Ignite||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Ignite||Search for all of the latest MS Ignite Sessions on Azure Stack. Currently this has Ignite 2016 sessions but I'll update once 2017 sessions are uploaded. See the 2011 session now also on the YouTube link below|
|Lab Script Kit on Github||Aka.ms/AzureStack/LabScriptKit||Once you have deployed Azure Stack, log in as Service admin and we can start the configuration of the lab with these handy scripts|
|Meters||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Meters||Answers some frequently asked questions about the Azure Stack Usage API and what Meter IDs you can see.|
|Mellanox||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Mellanox||Read about the journey that Microsoft and Mellanox started more than six years ago to enable our networking hardware to deliver the most efficient solutions for the new Windows Server 2016 and Azure Stack-based deployments.|
|Monitor||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Monitor||Azure Stack includes infrastructure monitoring capabilities that enable a cloud administrator to view health and alerts for an Azure Stack region.|
|Multi-Tenancy or MultiTenancy||Aka.ms/AzureStack/MultiTenancy||How to configure Azure Stack to support users from multiple Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenants to use services in Azure Stack|
|Nagios||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Nagios||Nagios plugin written in python used to monitor AzureStack alerts. This can be used with either the Nagios enterprise edition or the free edition/td>|
|Network||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Network||IP Addressing and initial network information/td>|
|Offer||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Offer||What an Offer is and how to create one|
|Plan||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Plan||What a Plan is and how to make one|
|POC||Aka.ms/AzureStack/POC||How to get the Azure Stack POC environment up and running from the beginning.|
|Prerequisites||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Prerequisites||Prerequisites for the Azure Stack POC
|PrivEndpoint||Aka.ms/AzureStack/PrivEndpoint||Using the Privileged Endpoint in Azure Stack|
|Quotas||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Quotas||What are Azure Stack Quotas and how to make them
|RBAC||Aka.ms/AzureStack/RBAC||Learn about Role Based Access Controls (RBAC) in Azure Stack. To learn more about RBAC see aka.ms/Azure/RBAC.|
|S2S||Aka.ms/AzureStack/S2S||Create a Site to Site VPN for Azure Stack|
|SCOM||Aka.ms/AzureStack/SCOM||This management pack enables System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 & 2016 to monitor Azure Stack|
|Security||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Security||Stack Security and Compliance resources - stay tuned|
|ServicePrincipal||Aka.ms/AzureStack/ServicePrincipal||What is a Service Principal and how to make one for Applications||Sizes||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Sizes||See the supported VM sizes for Azure Stack|
|SQL||Aka.ms/AzureStack/SQL||Use SQL databases on Azure Stack|
|SQLRP||Aka.ms/AzureStack/SQLRP||How to make and setup the SQL Resource Provider|
|Subscribe||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Subscribe||How a tenant (customer) would subscribe|
|Troubshoot or Troubleshooting||Aka.ms/AzureStack/TroubleShoot|
|Updates||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Updates||How to do updates on Azure Stack|
|UsageFAQ||Aka.ms/AzureStack/UsageFAQ||This article answers some frequently asked questions about the Azure Stack Usage API.|
|Usage data, also called as consumption data represents the amount of resources used. In Azure Stack, usage data must be reported to Azure for billing purpose. Azure Stack administrators should configure their Azure Stack instance to report usage data to Azure.|
|Validator||Aka.ms/AzureStack/Validator||Github Porject to Validate ARM Templates for use with Azure Stack|
|VirtualMachines||Aka.ms/AzureStack/VirtualMachines||An overview of the unique considerations for Virtual Machines and its features in Azure Stack|
|VisualStudio||Aka.ms/AzureStack/VisualStudio||Install Visual Studio Community edition for Azure Stack|
|WebApps||Aka.ms/AzureStack/WebApps||To give tenants the ability to create Web, Mobile, and API applications with their Azure Stack subscription, these are the steps to add an App Service Resource Provider|
|YouTube||Aka.ms/AzureStack/YouTube||This is a shortcut to the Ignite 2017 Conference Sessions on Azure Stack|