ModernBiz Technical Series: Microsoft Cloud for SMB


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Learn how to leverage Microsoft Azure to deliver cloud and hybrid solutions and services to small and midsize businesses (SMB). Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible platform that provides the building blocks to quickly build, deploy, and manage cloud-based solutions. Azure offers a wide range of usage-based services across applications, compute, storage, and network. You can build applications using any language, tool, or framework on a fully automated self-service platform that enables the provisioning of scalable resources within minutes. Topics covered in this course include Azure Backup, Storage, Virtual Machines and more. This course is offered as an online workshop or in-person classroom event with hands-on-labs included. Note, there is slight variation in the syllabuses for each delivery type.  


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Who is it for?
This course is for new and existing Microsoft value added reseller (VAR) partners who work with small and midsize companies, both with or without existing solution practices built on server and cloud technologies. We also encourage gold and silver system integrators (SI) and independent software vendors (ISV) to consume this course to benefit from this solution-based approach. The training is designed for IT professionals and consultants who are ready to learn more about meeting the cloud technical needs of SMBs. The course is targeted for presales and technical specialist roles.

Course syllabus

Module 0: SMB Cloud Trends and Partner Opportunities
Begin the course with an overview of the partner opportunity with Microsoft Azure. Learn about how to transact, and specifically how to benefit from Azure in Open Licensing.

Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft Azure Services, Azure Backup

In this training module, you will get an overview of IaaS and PaaS as well as information about pricing out consumption-based services. Then you will learn about building solutions in the areas of backup and storage.

  • Overview of Microsoft Azure Services for SMBs
  • Data Protection Challenges
  • Storage vs. Backup vs. Disaster Recover (DR)
  • Azure Backup Architecture, Deployment, and Retention Policies (Demo)
  • Hands on Lab - Azure Pass Setup Azure Backup

Module 2: Azure Virtual Networks
This segment provides an overview of Azure Virtual Networks, including provisioning and managing VM workloads as well as importing, monitoring and pricing VMs. You’ll also learn about Microsoft Migration Accelerator, a new tool available to migrate VMs.

  • Overview of Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks
  • Azure Virtual Networks and Gateways (Demo!)
  • Hands on Lab - Create an Azure Virtual Network and Create a Site to Site Gateway
  • DNS Management
  • Connecting On-Premises Network to Azure (Demo)
  • Traffic Manager Overview
  • Microsoft Migration Accelerator
  • Hands on Lab - Connect an On-Premises Environment to Azure

Module 3: Azure Virtual Machines
Learn about opportunities to expand infrastructure to the cloud with Azure Infrastructure as a Service scenarios, moving workloads to Azure, hybrid deployments and Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V with Azure Site Recovery.

  • Overview of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
    • Azure IaaS
    • Supported Servers and Roles
    • Availability Sets
    • Affinity Groups
    • Deploying Workloads
    • VM Tiers
    • Provision Azure VMs (Demo)
  • Protecting VMs with Azure Site Recovery
    • Architecture
  • Hands on Lab - Monitoring and Managing VMs and Azure Site Recovery

Module 4: Planning Azure Workloads
Gain the skills to create new IaaS instances using Azure VMs integrated with on-premises domains and providing customers a single sign on solution by integrating on-premises domains to Azure.

  • Overview of Azure VM Domain Controllers
    • Business Drivers for Domain Controllers in Azure
    • Azure Considerations for Domain Controllers
    • Read Only Domain Controllers
    • Deployment of Replica Domain Controllers to Azure
    • Deployment of Read Only domain controllers to Azure
  • Hands on Lab - Deploy a Domain Controller in Microsoft Azure
  • Overview of SharePoint Deployments to Azure – Single Server and Scale Out Model

Module 5: Azure Active Directory and Identity Management
In this module, you will learn about creating seamless integration between on-premises services and Azure resources and VMs.

  • Overview of Azure Active Directory
    • Cloud Identity Management
    • Discover compatible SaaS applications
    • Working with Hybrid Identities
    • Azure Active Directory Application Proxy
    • Multifactor Authentication
    • Installing and running Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect (Demo)
  • Overview of Azure Active Directory Connect - Setup & Synchronization
  • Hands on Lab - Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect

Online workshop delivery course schedule
To see course descriptions, dates, and times, and to register for an online workshop, select your region and then click the registration links for details. New courses will be added regularly, so please check back if you don’t see a date or location that works for your schedule. You can also take the courses on demand on the Microsoft Partner Network portal.

North American Schedule:


April 22
Modern Biz Technical Series for SMB - Day 1

April 23
Modern Biz Technical Series for SMB - Day 2

May 12
Modern Biz Technical Series for SMB - Day 1

May 13
Modern Biz Technical Series for SMB - Day 2

June 10
Modern Biz Technical Series for SMB - Day 1

June 11
Modern Biz Technical Series for SMB - Day 2

Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa all have schedules as well

Registration for these events is on the Partner Learning Center. To register, you must be a member of the Microsoft Partner Network. To associate yourself to your company’s Microsoft Partner Network profile, follow the steps here. If you have issues with registration, email



What are the prerequisites for participating in the ModernBiz Technical Series: Microsoft Cloud for Small and Medium Businesses?
There are no prerequisites.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost to take the online workshops. Depending on the region where the course is offered, there may be a small fee to attend in-person deliveries. However, the majority of the in-class courses are offered at no charge. 

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