Authorized Microsoft’s training:

AZ-400 Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps solutions

Training length: 40 hours (5 days x 8 lessons) – one lesson lasts 45 minutes.

About this course:

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.


Students should have 1-2 years professional development experience and experience with Microsoft Azure. They must be able to program in an Azure Supported Language.
Students in this course are interested in Azure development or in passing the Microsoft Azure Developer Associate certification exam.


Course outline:

Module 1: Planning for DevOps

  • transformation planning
  • project selection
  • team structures
  • migrating to Azure DevOps
  • Lab: Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Azure Boards

Module 2: Getting Started with Source Control

  • 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

Module 3: Managing Technical Debt

  • identifying Technical Debt
  • knowledge sharing within teams
  • modernizing development environments with code spaces
  • Lab: Sharing team knowledge using Azure project wikis

Module 4: Working with Git for Enterprise DevOps

  • 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

Module 5: Configuring Azure Pipelines

  • 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

Module 6: Implementing Continuous Integration using Azure Pipelines

  • 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

Module 7: Managing application configuration and secrets

  • 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

Module 8: Implementing Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions

  • GitHub Actions
  • Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions
  • securing secrets for GitHub Actions
  • Lab: GitHub Actions Continuous Integration

Module 9: Designing and implementing a dependency management strategy

  • packaging dependencies
  • package management
  • migrating and consolidating artifacts
  • package security
  • implementing a versioning strategy
  • Lab: Package Management with Azure Artifacts

Module 10: Designing a release strategy

  • 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

Module 11: Implementing Continuous Deployment using Azure Pipelines

  • 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

Module 12: Implementing an appropriate deployment pattern

  • 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

Module 13: Managing infrastructure and configuration using Azure Tools

  • 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

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

  • 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

Module 15: Managing Containers using Docker

  • implementing a container build strategy
  • implementing Docker multi-stage builds
  • Lab: Modernizing existing ASP.NET apps with Azure

Module 16: Creating and maanaging Kubernetes Service Infrastructure

  • Azure Kubernetes Service
  • Kubernetes tooling
  • integrating AKS with pipelines
  • Lab: Deploying a Multi-Container Application to Azure Kubernetes Service

Module 17: Implementing feedback for development teams

  • 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

Module 18: Implementing system feedback mechanisms

  • 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

Module 19: Implementing security in DevOps projects

  • security in the pipeline
  • Azure Security Center
  • Lab: Implement security and compliance in an Azure DevOps pipeline

Module 20: Validating code bases for compliance

  • open-source software
  • managing security and compliance policies
  • integrating license and vulnerability scans
  • Lab: Managing Technical Debt with SonarQube and Azure DevOps


Description of the training in Polish: AZ-400 Rozwiązania DevOps dla Microsoft Azure

Additional information: Lessons, materials and software are in English.

Lecturer: Microsoft Certified Trainer.

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