IL - Migrating to Azure

Course Overview

In this hands-on course, attendees will learn how to perform a 'Lift and Shift' migration to Azure IaaS as well as understand when to take advantage of app modernization opportunities that to take use Azure PaaS services such as Web Apps, Azure SQL Database, and container technologies.

Attendees will learn how to successfully execute an Azure migration through a multi-phased approach of:

  • Assessment – Learn how to identify on-premises resources to plan where a migration should start
  • Migration – Migrate with the right software tools based on the identified workloads while ensuring minimal business impact
  • Optimization – Fine-tune Azure resources to strengthen security, improve performance, and maximize ROI post-migration


This course is 30% hands-on lab, 30% whiteboard design, and 40% lecture and demos by an Opsgility instructor.

Course Details
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Level: 400
Who this course is designed for
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineers
  • Cloud Architects

Course Objectives

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the different migration approaches and the phases to migration
  • Understand assessment data from Azure Migrate
  • Understand how to create, prioritize and rationalize an application portfolio for migration
  • Understand best practices and hands-on experience with migrating to Azure Virtual Machines from VMWare, Hyper-V, and Physical servers
  • Understanding of migration tools for applications and data

Course Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites:
  • Attendees should have a solid foundation in Microsoft Azure prior to attending the course
  • Previous experience with Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • Familiarity with Azure Storage and Azure Networking, including hybrid connectivity and data movement
  • Previous experience with scripting languages like PowerShell or Bash is suggested
  • Experience working with on-premises IT deployments, including virtualized environments using VMware and/or Hyper-V

Course Modules

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Architecting Azure Infrastructure as a Service

In this module, students will recap core Azure IaaS features, focusing on core capabilities, use cases, and general best practices.

Whiteboard Design Session: Building a Resilient IaaS Architecture

In this architecture session students will work as a team and learn how take an existing IaaS deployment and reconfigure it for resiliency in Azure. This exercise teaches IaaS architecture best practices and how to apply them in a customer scenario. This builds essential skills for planning how a migrated workload should be deployed in Azure.

MODULE 2: Strategizing an Azure Migration

In this session, students will learn how to build a cohesive strategy for approaching an Azure migration. Students will gain an understanding of:

  • System Classification – Develop strategies for common migration designs such as Retire, Replace, Rehost, Rebuild, and Retain on-premises.
  • Migration Process – Understand the Assess-Migrate-Optimize migration process, and the essential steps and deliverables at each stage.
  • When to use what – Overview of the existing migration tools and the tooling landscape across assessment, planning, and migration.

Students will also gain an understanding of the current landscape for migration tools from both Microsoft and third-party vendors.

MODULE 3: Building a Migration Plan

This module teaches students how to conduct a migration assessment, including all phases: discovery, planning and evaluation.

This session includes a step-by-step demonstration of how to carry out a technical discovery of a VMware environment using Azure Migrate, as well as discussing alternative discovery tools. Additional discovery activities, such as gathering non-functional requirements through stakeholder interviews, are also discussed.

Students then learn how to use the information gathered during the discovery phase to build a complete migration plan. This includes addressing non-functional requirements, assessing and mitigating risks, building a business case (including before and after TCO estimates), and conducting a go/no-go review.

MODULE 4: Subscription Management and Governance

In this session, students will learn the principles of subscription management in Azure. This includes understanding how to manage creation of different types of subscription, how to manage and control what is deployed and who has access, and how to audit usage.

Whiteboard Design Session: Lift and Shift

In this architecture session, students will work as a team and learn how to architect a migration solution for moving an infrastructure-based workload to Azure.

MODULE 5: Migrating Application Workloads

In this session, students will learn how migrate server workloads to Azure. Different approaches to migration are discussed, including clean re-installs, porting disks, and using migration tools such as Azure Site Recovery. Students will learn the capabilities of Azure Site Recovery, as well as topics concerning implementation, such as planning, configuration, replication, migration, workloads supported, etc.

MODULE 6: Migrating Data and Databases

In this module, students will learn how to use the Microsoft Data Migration Assistant (DMA) and Azure Database Migration Service (ADMS) to migrate existing on-premises SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL databases to Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, or SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machines.

MODULE 7: Monitoring and Operations

In this session, students will learn how to monitor and respond to events in Azure with Azure Monitor, Application Insights, and Log Analytics. This module also reviews some common troubleshooting techniques for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure network diagnostics using Network Watcher. The module closes with a discussion of how to integrate existing 3rd-party diagnostic and service management tools with Azure.

MODULE 8: Optimizing Cloud Spend

In this module, students will gain an understanding IaaS resource pricing models and available discount schemes. Students will also learn about the various tools available to monitor, report and analyze Azure spend, including monitoring multiple CSP subscriptions with Azure Cost.

MODULE 9: Partner Best Practices

This final module reviews some best practices for Microsoft Partners looking to build a successful Azure migration practice. Students will learn how to invest in re-usable IP and automation to build a migration factory. Azure subscription management and governance for CSPs is also discussed.



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