AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design


  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Mode of Delivery: Online -Instructor-led training
  • Job role: Solutions Architect
  • Preparation for exam: AZ-304
  • Cost: USD$2,250.00

This course teaches Solutions Architects how to translate business requirements into secure and reliable recommendations for infrastructure, governance, high availability, cost optimization, and data integration. Lessons include solutions for logging, multi-factor authentication, SSO, hybrid identity, backup and recovery, containers, microservices, monitoring, automation, networking, and application infrastructure. This course outlines how decisions in each area affects the overall solution.

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This course is for IT Professionals with expertise in designing and implementing solutions running on Microsoft Azure. They should have a broad knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance. Azure Solution Architects use the Azure Portal and as they become more adept, they use the Command Line Interface.
Candidates must have intermediate-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development processes and DevOps processes.


Before attending this course, delegates must have previous experience deploying or administering Azure resources and conceptual knowledge of:
• Azure Active Directory
• Azure compute technologies such as VMs, containers and serverless solutions.
• Azure virtual networking to include load balancers
• Azure Storage technologies (unstructured and databases)
• General application design concepts such as messaging and high availability.

Skills Gained

After completing this course, students will be skilled in:
• Implementing Azure data storage solutions such as Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, and Azure Files.
• Implementing Azure SQL Database Managed Instances and service tiers.
• Recommendations for Governance such as Azure Policy and Azure Blueprint.
• Recommendations for subscriptions, accounts, and Role-Based Access Control.
• Designs for Authentication and Authorization such as MFA and hybrid identities.
• Solutions for logging and monitoring such as Azure Monitor and Azure Monitoring solutions (Azure Security Center, Azure Application Insights, and Azure Sentinel).
• Recommendations for intra and intersite integration (name resolution, network security, internet protection, hybrid networks, and perimeter networks).
• Manage network traffic using network routing and service endpoints, Azure load balancer, and Azure Application Gateway.
• Solutions for Application Architecture such as event-based Cloud automation, microservices architecture on Azure Service Fabric, and designs for microservices APIs.
• Recommendations for Azure App Service, Azure Container Instances, and Kubernetes

Course outline

Module 1: Design a Compute Solution
• Lesson 1: Choose an Azure Compute Service
• Lesson 2: Determine Appropriate Compute Technologies
• Lesson 3: Recommend a Solution for Containers
• Lesson 4: Provisioning Solutions for Azure Compute Infrastructure
• Lesson 6: Module 1 Review Questions

Module 2: Design a Network Solution
• Lesson 1: Plan Virtual Networks
• Lesson 2: Recommend a Solution for Network Addressing and Name Resolution
• Lesson 3: Recommend Solutions for Network Security
• Lesson 4: Recommendation for Hybrid Networks
• Lesson 5: Implement a Secure Hybrid Network
• Lesson 6: Module 2 Review Questions

Module 3: Design for Migration
• Lesson 1: Planning Azure Migration
• Lesson 2: Assessment using Azure Migrate
• Lesson 3: Migrate Servers with Azure Migrate
• Lesson 4: Migrate Databases with Azure Database Migration Service
• Lesson 5: Migrate On: Premises Data to Cloud Storage with AzCopy
• Lesson 6: Lab
• Lesson 7: Module 3 Review Questions

Module 4: Design Authentication and Authorization
• Lesson 1: Tips for Identity and Access Management
• Lesson 2: Recommend a Solution for Multi Factor Authentication
• Lesson 3: Five Steps for Securing Identity Infrastructure
• Lesson 4: Recommend a Solution for Single Sign On (SSO)
• Lesson 5: Recommend a Solution for a Hybrid Identity
• Lesson 6: Recommend a Solution for B2B Integration
• Lesson 7: Recommend a Hierarchical Structure for Management Groups, Subscriptions and Resource Groups
• Lesson 10: Lab
• Lesson 11 Module 4 Review Questions

Module 5: Design Governance
• Lesson 1: Governance
• Lesson 2: Recommend a Solution for using Azure Policy
• Lesson 3: Recommend a Solution for using Azure Blueprint
• Lesson 4: Module 5 Review Questions

Module 6: Design a Solution for Databases
• Lesson 1: Select an Appropriate Data Platform Based on Requirements
• Lesson 2: Overview of Azure Data Storage
• Lesson 3: Recommend Database Service Tier Sizing
• Lesson 4: Dynamically Scale Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instances
• Lesson 5: Recommend a Solution for Encrypting Data at Rest, Transmission, and In Use
• Lesson 6: Lab
• Lesson 7: Module 6 Review Questions

Module 7: Select an Appropriate Storage Account
• Lesson 1: Choose Between Storage Tiers
• Lesson 2: Recommend Storage Management Tools
• Lesson 3: Module 7 Review Questions

Module 8: Design Data Integration
• Lesson 1: Azure Data Platform End-to-End
• Lesson 2: Recommend a Solution for Data Integration
• Lesson 3: Recommend a Solution for Data Warehousing and Big Data Analytics Integration
• Lesson 4: Module 8 Review Questions

Module 9: Design a Solution for Logging and Monitoring
• Lesson 1: Monitoring
• Lesson 2: Azure Monitor
• Lesson 3: Module 9 Review Questions

Module 10: Design a Solution for Backup and Recovery
• Lesson 1: Architectural Best Practices for Reliability
• Lesson 2: Recommend an Azure Site Recovery Solution
• Lesson 3: Design a Solution for Data Archiving and Retention
• Lesson 4: Module 10 Review Questions

Module 11: Design for High Availability
• Lesson 1: High Availability
• Lesson 2: Applications in Multiple Azure Regions for High Availability
• Lesson 3: Design HA Applications to Handle Disaster Recovery
• Lesson 4: Module 11 Review Questions

Module 12: Design for Cost Optimization
• Lesson 1: Recommend Solutions for Cost Management
• Lesson 2: Recommendations for Minimizing Costs
• Lesson 3: Cost Optimization Checklists
• Lesson 4: Module 12 Review Questions

Module 13: Design an Application Architecture
• Lesson 1: Recommend Event: Based Cloud Automation on Azure
• Lesson 2: Microservices Architecture on Azure Service Fabric
• Lesson 3: Designing APIs for Microservices
• Lesson 4: Lab
• Lesson 5: Module 13 Review Questions

Module 14: Design Security for Applications
• Lesson 1: Security for Applications and Services
• Lesson 2: Recommend a Solution using Key Vault
• Lesson 3: Recommend Solutions using Azure AD Managed Identities
• Lesson 4: Module 14 Review Questions


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Our minimum class-size is 3 for this course.
If there are no scheduled dates for this course, it can be customized to suit the time and skill needs of clients and it can be held online, at a rented location or at your premises.
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Product Information

In a rapidly changing technology environment, organizations face the need to transform their processes and systems to meet emerging business requirements. This digital transformation demands specific expertise and a set of practices to align business focus with technology solutions. Solution architecture belongs to the list of most important practices executed before any tech solution development begins.
Solution architects are therefore needed to evaluate a specific need that a business may have, and then build and integrate information and computer systems that meet that need They also examine the current systems architecture, and work with business and technical staff to recommend solutions that result in more effective systems. They possess a balanced mix of technical and business skills, and are responsible for the design of one or more applications or services within an organization. This can take the form of products or services, and involves integrating the software and hardware that will best meet requirements. Once solution architects are given a problem, they are not only in charge of finding the answers, but of actively leading the technical vision to success. Most solution architects have spent many years in the software development world and have therefore learned dozens of tools designed to help them be more effective and productive.
Their main focus is on the technical decisions being made regarding the solution and how they impact the business outcomes. The rest of the development team will then use the information to implement the solution.
Solution architects focus on:
• How technology can be used to solve a given business problem
• Which framework, platform, or tech-stack can be used to create a solution
• How the application will look, what the modules will be, and how they interact with each other
• How things will scale for the future and how they will be maintained
• Understanding and mitigating the risk in third-party frameworks/platforms
• Finding a solution to a business problem
Solution architects become involved with a project at the time the computer systems analyst is developing requirements. They then remain involved throughout the balance of the project. They organize the development effort, and are often expected to provide motivation and guidance to the entire development team during the systems development life cycle. They are ultimately responsible for the vision that underlies the solution and the execution of that vision into the solution.
Some solution architects may look after the programming, integration, and testing of software systems and associated devices. The process used typically involves selecting the most appropriate technology for a problem, as well as balancing architectural concerns of the project with the concerns of the enterprise.
Solution architects need significant people and process skills. They are often in front of management, trying to explain a complex problem in laymen’s terms. They have to find ways to say the same thing using different words for different types of audiences, and they also need to really understand the business’ processes in order to create a cohesive vision of a usable product.

Additional Information and FAQs

CERTFICATE OF COMPLETION: Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of a course. This is not an official certification for the product and/or software. Our courses do indicate the appropriate certification exam(s) that the participant can sit. Data Vision Systems does not provide certification or deliver the certification exams. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for the certification exams on the appropriate certification body.

CANCELLATION POLICY: There is never a fee for cancelling seven business days before a class for any reason. Data Vision Systems reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient registration or other extenuating circumstances. Participants will be advised prior to doing so.


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