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    Overview

    This course provides the knowledge and skills to design and implement DevOps processes and practices. Students will learn how to plan for DevOps, use source control, scale Git for an enterprise, consolidate artifacts, design a dependency management strategy, manage secrets, implement continuous integration, implement a container build strategy, design a release strategy, set up a release management workflow, implement a deployment pattern, and optimize feedback mechanisms.

    Audience profile

    Students in this course are interested in designing and implementing DevOps processes or in passing the Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions certification exam.

    Job role: DevOps Engineer

    Preparation for exam: AZ-400

    Features: none

    Skills gained

    • Plan for the transformation with shared goals and timelines
    • Select a project and identify project metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
    • Create a team and agile organizational structure
    • Design a tool integration strategy
    • Design a license management strategy (e.g. Azure DevOps and GitHub users)
    • Design a strategy for end-to-end traceability from work items to working software
    • Design an authentication and access strategy
    • Design a strategy for integrating on-premises and cloud resources
    • Describe the benefits of using Source Control
    • Describe Azure Repos and GitHub
    • Migrate from TFVC to Git
    • Manage code quality including technical debt SonarCloud, and other tooling solutions
    • Build organizational knowledge on code quality
    • Explain how to structure Git repos
    • Describe Git branching workflows
    • Leverage pull requests for collaboration and code reviews
    • Leverage Git hooks for automation
    • Use Git to foster inner source across the organization
    • Explain the role of Azure Pipelines and its components
    • Configure Agents for use in Azure Pipelines
    • Explain why continuous integration matters
    • Implement continuous integration using Azure Pipelines
    • Define Site Reliability Engineering
    • Design processes to measure end-user satisfaction and analyze user feedback
    • Design processes to automate application analytics
    • Manage alerts and reduce meaningless and non-actionable alerts
    • Carry out blameless retrospectives and create a just culture
    • Define an infrastructure and configuration strategy and appropriate toolset for a release pipeline and application infrastructure
    • Implement compliance and security in your application infrastructure
    • Describe the potential challenges with integrating open-source software
    • Inspect open-source software packages for security and license compliance
    • Manage organizational security and compliance policies
    • Integrate license and vulnerability scans into build and deployment pipelines
    • Configure build pipelines to access package security and license ratings

    Prerequisites

    Successful learners will have prior knowledge and understanding of:

    • Cloud computing concepts, including an understanding of PaaS, SaaS, and IaaS implementations.
    • Both Azure administration and Azure development with proven expertise in at least one of these areas.
    • Version control, Agile software development, and core software development principles. It would be helpful to have experience in an organization that delivers software.

    If you are new to Azure and cloud computing, consider one of the following resources:

    If you are new to Azure Administration, consider taking:

    If you are new to Azure Developer, consider taking:

     

    Description

    Module 1: Planning for DevOps

    Lessons

    • Transformation Planning
    • Project Selection
    • Team Structures
    • Migrating to Azure DevOps

    Lab : Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Azure Boards

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Plan for the transformation with shared goals and timelines
    • Select a project and identify project metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
    • Create a team and agile organizational structure
    • Design a tool integration strategy
    • Design a license management strategy (e.g. Azure DevOps and GitHub users)
    • Design a strategy for end-to-end traceability from work items to working software
    • Design an authentication and access strategy
    • Design a strategy for integrating on-premises and cloud resources

    Module 2: Getting Started with Source Control

    Lessons

    • What is Source Control
    • Benefits of Source Control
    • Types of Source Control Systems
    • Introduction to Azure Repos
    • Introduction to GitHub
    • Migrating from Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) to Git in Azure Repos

    Lab : Version Controlling with Git in Azure Repos

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the benefits of using Source Control
    • Describe Azure Repos and GitHub
    • Migrate from TFVC to Git

    Module 3: Managing Technical Debt

    Lessons

    • Identifying Technical Debt
    • Knowledge Sharing within Teams
    • Modernizing Development Environments with Codespaces

    Lab : Sharing Team Knowledge using Azure Project Wikis

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Manage code quality including technical debt SonarCloud, and other tooling solutions
    • Build organizational knowledge on code quality

    Module 4: Working with Git for Enterprise DevOps

    Lessons

    • How to Structure Your Git Repo
    • Git Branching Workflows
    • Collaborating with Pull Requests in Azure Repos
    • Why Care About Git Hooks
    • Fostering Inner Source
    • Managing Git Repositories

    Lab : Version Controlling with Git in Azure Repos

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain how to structure Git repos
    • Describe Git branching workflows
    • Leverage pull requests for collaboration and code reviews
    • Leverage Git hooks for automation
    • Use Git to foster inner source across the organization

    Module 5: Configuring Azure Pipelines

    Lessons

    • The Concept of Pipelines in DevOps
    • Azure Pipelines
    • Evaluate use of Hosted versus Self-Hosted Agents
    • Agent Pools
    • Pipelines and Concurrency
    • Azure DevOps and Open-Source Projects (Public Projects)
    • Azure Pipelines YAML versus Visual Designer

    Lab : Configuring Agent Pools and Understanding Pipeline Styles

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain the role of Azure Pipelines and its components
    • Configure Agents for use in Azure Pipelines

    Module 6: Implementing Continuous Integration using Azure Pipelines

    Lessons

    • Continuous Integration Overview
    • Implementing a Build Strategy
    • Integration with Azure Pipelines
    • Integrating External Source Control with Azure Pipelines
    • Set Up Self-Hosted Agents

    Lab : Enabling Continuous Integration with Azure Pipelines

    Lab : Integrating External Source Control with Azure Pipelines

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain why continuous integration matters
    • Implement continuous integration using Azure Pipelines

    Module 7: Managing Application Configuration and Secrets

    Lessons

    • Introduction to Security
    • Implement a Secure Development Process
    • Rethinking Application Configuration Data
    • Manage Secrets, Tokens, and Certificates
    • Integrating with Identity Management Systems
    • Implementing Application Configuration

    Lab : Integrating Azure Key Vault with Azure DevOps

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Manage application configuration and secrets
    • Integrate Azure Key Vault with a pipeline

    Module 8: Implementing Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions

    Lessons

    • GitHub Actions
    • Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions
    • Securing Secrets for GitHub Actions

    Lab : GitHub Actions Continuous Integration

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Create and work with GitHub Actions and Workflows
    • Implement Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions

    Module 9: Designing and Implementing a Dependency Management Strategy

    Lessons

    • Packaging Dependencies
    • Package Management
    • Migrating and Consolidating Artifacts
    • Package Security
    • Implementing a Versioning Strategy

    Lab : Package Management with Azure Artifacts

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Recommend artifact management tools and practices
    • Abstract common packages to enable sharing and reuse
    • Migrate and consolidate artifacts
    • Migrate and integrate source control measures

    Module 10: Designing a Release Strategy

    Lessons

    • Introduction to Continuous Delivery
    • Release Strategy Recommendations
    • Building a High-Quality Release pipeline
    • Choosing the Right Release Management Tool

    Lab : Controlling Deployments using Release Gates

    Lab : Creating a Release Dashboard

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Differentiate between a release and a deployment
    • Define the components of a release pipeline
    • Explain things to consider when designing your release strategy
    • Classify a release versus a release process, and outline how to control the quality of both
    • Describe the principle of release gates and how to deal with release notes and documentation
    • Choose a release management tool

    Module 11: Implementing Continuous Deployment using Azure Pipelines

    Lessons

    • Create a Release Pipeline
    • Provision and Configure Environments
    • Manage and Modularize Tasks and Templates
    • Configure Automated Integration and Functional Test Automation
    • Automate Inspection of Health

    Lab : Configuring Pipelines as Code with YAML

    Lab : Setting up and Running Functional Tests

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain the terminology used in Azure DevOps and other Release Management Tooling
    • Describe what a Build and Release task is, what it can do, and some available deployment tasks
    • Explain why you sometimes need multiple release jobs in one release pipeline
    • Differentiate between multi-agent and multi-configuration release job
    • Use release variables and stage variables in your release pipeline
    • Deploy to an environment securely using a service connection
    • List the different ways to inspect the health of your pipeline and release by using alerts, service hooks, and reports

    Module 12: Implementing an Appropriate Deployment Pattern

    Lessons

    • Introduction to Deployment Patterns
    • Implement Blue Green Deployment
    • Feature Toggles
    • Canary Releases
    • Dark Launching
    • AB Testing
    • Progressive Exposure Deployment

    Lab : Feature Flag Management with LaunchDarkly and Azure DevOps

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe deployment patterns
    • Implement Blue Green Deployment
    • Implement Canary Release
    • Implement Progressive Exposure Deployment

    Module 13: Managing Infrastructure and Configuration using Azure Tools

    Lessons

    • Infrastructure as Code and Configuration Management
    • Create Azure Resources using ARM Templates
    • Create Azure Resources using Azure CLI
    • Azure Automation with DevOps
    • Desired State Configuration (DSC)

    Lab : Azure Deployments using Resource Manager Templates

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Apply infrastructure and configuration as code principles.
    • Deploy and manage infrastructure using Microsoft automation technologies such as ARM templates, PowerShell, and Azure CLI

    Module 14: Third Party Infrastructure as Code Tools Available with Azure

    Lessons

    • Chef
    • Puppet
    • Ansible
    • Terraform

    Lab : Automating Infrastructure Deployments in the Cloud with Terraform and Azure Pipelines

    Lab : Deploying Apps with Chef on Azure

    Lab : Deploy App with Puppet on Azure

    Lab : Ansible with Azure

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Deploy and configure infrastructure using 3rd party tools and services with Azure, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and Terraform

    Module 15: Managing Containers using Docker

    Lessons

    • Implementing a Container Build Strategy
    • Implementing Docker Multi-Stage Builds

    Lab : Modernizing Existing ASP.NET Apps with Azure

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Implement a container strategy including how containers are different from virtual machines and how microservices use containers
    • Implement containers using Docker
    • Implement Docker multi-stage builds

    Module 16: Creating and Managing Kubernetes Service Infrastructure

    Lessons

    • Azure Kubernetes Service
    • Kubernetes Tooling
    • Integrating AKS with Pipelines

    Lab : Deploying a Multi-Container Application to Azure Kubernetes Service

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Deploy and configure a Managed Kubernetes cluster

    Module 17: Implementing Feedback for Development Teams

    Lessons

    • Implement Tools to Track System Usage, Feature Usage, and Flow
    • Implement Routing for Mobile Application Crash Report Data
    • Develop Monitoring and Status Dashboards
    • Integrate and Configure Ticketing Systems

    Lab : Monitoring Application Performance with Application Insights

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Implement tools to track system usage, feature usage, and flow
    • Configure crash report integration for client applications
    • Implement routing for client application crash report data
    • Develop monitoring and status dashboards
    • Integrate and configure ticketing systems with development team’s work management

    Module 18: Implementing System Feedback Mechanisms

    Lessons

    • Site Reliability Engineering
    • Design Practices to Measure End-User Satisfaction
    • Design Processes to Capture and Analyze User Feedback
    • Design Processes to Automate Application Analytics
    • Managing Alerts
    • Blameless Retrospectives and a Just Culture

    Lab : Integration between Azure DevOps and Teams

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Define Site Reliability Engineering
    • Design processes to measure end-user satisfaction and analyze user feedback
    • Design processes to automate application analytics
    • Manage alerts and reduce meaningless and non-actionable alerts
    • Carry out blameless retrospectives and create a just culture

    Module 19: Implementing Security in DevOps Projects

    Lessons

    • Security in the Pipeline
    • Azure Security Center

    Lab : Implement Security and Compliance in an Azure DevOps Pipeline

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Define an infrastructure and configuration strategy and appropriate toolset for a release pipeline and application infrastructure
    • Implement compliance and security in your application infrastructure

    Module 20: Validating Code Bases for Compliance

    Lessons

    • Open-Source Software
    • Managing Security and Compliance Policies
    • Integrating License and Vulnerability Scans

    Lab : Managing Technical Debt with SonarQube and Azure DevOps

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the potential challenges with integrating open-source software
    • Inspect open-source software packages for security and license compliance
    • Manage organizational security and compliance policies
    • Integrate license and vulnerability scans into build and deployment pipelines
    • Configure build pipelines to access package security and license ratings