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Microsoft Azure is a skill in high demand in today's large business marketplace.

According to Microsoft, Azure is being used by 85% of the Fortune 500 companies, particularly with their hot Office 365 suite Use of Azure has grown 90% year-over-year Salary survey sites report that Azure Architects earn US$130,000 to US$170,000 per year across the United States Microsoft has more than 100 data centers, across 33 regions and 10 geos, making it one of the largest data centers in the world. Microsoft has 3 certification tests around Azure, and 4 certifications. This course is the complete study preparation course for 70-534/70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. Passing this test gives you the "Microsoft Specialist: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions" certification.

I'm quite confident that this is the most complete training course targeted specifically at the exam. Microsoft doesn't even have any official training available at this time.

While the technology world is full of "buzzwords" and "flavors of the month", the cloud is a real paradigm shift in the way solutions are designed and architected. There are now so many reasons why you should include Azure cloud technology in your solutions design that there are almost no reasons why not to do it.

Cost savings is the one that catches the attention of businesses. Some companies are spending millions of dollars per month of their IT infrastructure, and every few years that hardware needs to be repaired and upgraded. Being able to reduce the capital investment and essentially rent powerful equipment on demand is quite a lot of up front savings.

If you add in the scalability, flexibility, and worldwide reach of the cloud, and the technology group sees the potential as well. You can truly do more with less.

This course goes through all of the requirements of the Microsoft exam 70-534/70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. Multiple videos are devoted to each sub-objective, and we cover the topic thoroughly.


    1. Overview of Windows Azure IaaS Components

    •   Introduction to cloud technology
    •   Microsoft offering in public cloud
    •   Windows Azure management Portal
    •   Azure Cloud Services
    •   Affinity group
    •   Windows Azure Storage
    •   Virtual Machine
    •   Virtual Machine Sizes
    •   Virtual machine deployment
    •   Disk& Images
    •   Virtual Machine Availability Set
    •   Data Import and Export Services

    3. Cloud Services, Websites and Infrastructure Services

    •   Windows Azure Compute
    •   Virtual Machine and Cloud Services
    •   Virtual Machine and Websites
    •   Windows Azure Websites
    •   Website Scalability
    •   Auto-Scaling

    5. Management & Monitoring

    •   Monitoring Virtual Machines with the portal
    •   Alert Rules
    •   Application Deployment
    •   Disk Configuration
    •   Disk caching
    •   StorSimple Overview
    •   Managing with PowerShell
    •   Auto-Scaling

    7. Windows Azure Pack

    •   The Cloud OS vision
    •   Service providers and enterprises
    •   Windows Azure Technology
    •   Management Portal
    •   Web Sites Services
    •   Virtual Machines Services
    •   Deployment architecture
    •   Deploying Windows Azure pack

    9. Premium Offerings

    •   Personalize access and Self Service capabilities
    •   Company branding
    •   Group-based application access
    •   Self-Service Password reset
    •   Self-Service group management
    •   Advance security reports and alerts
    •   Multi-factor authentication
    •   Forefront Identity manager (FIM)
    •   Enterprise SLA 99.9 %

    11. Implement websites

    •   Implement images and disks
    •   Perform configuration management
    •   Deploy workloads on azure virtual machine
    •   Configure scale and resilience
    •   Manage hosting plans

    2. Infrastructure Service Networking

    •   EndPoint Configuration
    •   Virtual Network
    •   Point to Site Connectivity
    •   Site to Site Connectivity
    •   Traffic Manager
    •   Managing ACL (Access Control List)
    •   Automation
    •   Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets

    4. Managing Azure Networking

    •   Overview of Azure networking
    •   Configuration, Implementation and Managing of Azure virtual network
    •   Overview of Azure networking in an IaaS

    5. Management & Monitoring

    •   Monitoring Virtual Machines with the portal
    •   Alert Rules
    •   Application Deployment
    •   Disk Configuration
    •   Disk caching
    •   StorSimple Overview
    •   Managing with PowerShell
    •   Auto-Scaling

    6. Microsoft Azure IaaS - Deep dive

    •   Windows Azure Security Overview
    •   Windows Azure datacenters
    •   Security extensions and configuration extensions
    •   Extending On-premises domain to cloud
    •   Windows Azure ingress and out grass traffic
    •   Geo-redundant Storage

    8. Windows Azure Active Directory - Overview

    •   Identity Challenges
    •   Difference between Windows Server AD and Windows Azure AD
    •   AD architecture options
    •   Manage identity
    •   SaaS Application integration
    •   AD to ADD sync options
    •   Configure Directory Synchronization.
    •   Federated SSO
    •   Configure SSO

    10. Backup & Recovery

    •   Simple, automated protection
    •   Replication and recovery to Azure
    •   Continuous health monitoring
    •   Orchestrated Recovery
    •   Simple and reliable server backup to the cloud
    •   Reliable offsite data protection
    •   A simple and integrated solution
    •   Create a backup vault
    •   Backup agent
    •   Manage backup vaults and servers


Sigfox to PowerBI with ThinxtraXKit and Azure EventHub


Create a PowerBI Dashboard from Sigfox data generated by a ThinxtraXkit using Azure EventHub.



In this hack we're going to use a ThinxtraXkit device to send temperature data over the Sigfox network into an Azure EventHub to provide a PoweBI dashboard.

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For this hack, I assume that you have:

  • An Azure Account, with a Resource Group that you have permissions to create services in. NOTE: you are solely responsible for all Azure charges that result from following this walk-through.
  • A PowerBI Account
  • Familiarity with compiling and installing Arduino Firmware.
  • A ThinxtraXkit with a Sigfox contract. (Any programmable Sigfox device will do but some specifics will vary)
  • Go through the "Xkit Overview and firmware update" and the first section of "Sigfox Configuration" in this article

EventHub Configuration

Unlike the AWS configuration, for Azure EventHub, we need to create the EventHub first prior to setting up the Sigfox callbacks.

Log into and click on "EventHubs" in the lefthand menu, note that it might be under "More Services". Then click 'Add', you should get the following screen.


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