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Introducing Microsoft Azure VMs for VMware vSphere Administrators

While running VMs on-premises is a good idea, running other types of VM workloads in the cloud offers significant advantages. Explore the Microsoft Azure computing model from the perspective of a VMware vSphere administrator in this course.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 13, 2017
Duration
1h 34m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Compare the Microsoft Azure Experience to VMware vSphere
Manage Virtual Machines in the Microsoft Azure Portal
Migrate VMware vSphere VMs to Microsoft Azure
Discover Microsoft Azure PaaS Services Beyond Virtual Machines
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 13, 2017
Duration
1h 34m
Description

If you're a virtualization administrator for VMware vSphere, you're used to managing, administering, and the entire computing model surrounding VMware's virtual machines. You probably also agree that it's a great method of operations for a lot of VM workloads. But, today's advancements in technology have evolved to where cloud-based execution of VM workloads is an operating model businesses can no longer ignore. In this course, Introducing Microsoft Azure VMs for VMware vSphere Administrators, you'll explore some of the comparisons between the Microsoft Azure experience and what you're used to seeing in VMware vSphere. First, you'll learn how to manage some of the everyday virtual machine tasks in the Microsoft Azure Portal. Next, you'll dig into the migration activity, moving vSphere VMs into Microsoft Azure. Finally, you'll discover Azure's PaaS services that go beyond traditional VMs. By the end of this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to extend your VMware vSphere on-premises infrastructure into the cloud.

About the author
About the author

Greg Shields is an Author Evangelist at Pluralsight.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you found my course on Introducing Microsoft Azure VMs for VMware vSphere Administrators. I am author evangelist and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been working with virtualization and cloud technologies for both companies since the beginning. If you're a virtualization administrator for VMware vSphere, you're used to managing, administering, and the entire computing model surrounding VMware's virtual machines. And you probably agree that it's a great method of operations for a lot of VM workloads. But today's advancements in technology have evolved to where cloud-based execution of VM workloads is an operating model businesses can no longer ignore. While running VMs on-premises is still a good idea for many situations, running other types of VM workloads in the cloud offers significant advantages. In this course we'll explore some of the comparisons between the Microsoft Azure experience and what you're used to seeing in VMware vSphere. We'll manage some of the everyday virtual machine tasks in the Microsoft Azure portal, we'll dig into the migration activity, moving VMware VMs into Microsoft Azure, and you'll leave with some extra discovery into Azure's PaaS services, Platform as a Service, that go beyond traditional virtual machines. If you've just been tasked with extending your VMware vSphere on-premises infrastructure into the cloud, this course is your next stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And then from here, you'll be ready to create your subscription, and begin digging deeper into the cloud-based computing model that Azure enables. Let's get started.

Manage Virtual Machines in the Microsoft Azure Portal
So you now have just a bit of an idea about the differences in the compute model, as well as the similarities between Microsoft Azure and what you have there in on-premises VMware vSphere. So let's take a minute here in this our second module and walk through here in the Microsoft Azure portal some of the common activities then that you would typically perform there in VMware vSphere. What I'm about to show you here in this module is quite literally nothing more than the creation of a new virtual machine in Azure. This might be a virtual machine for SharePoint, it might be a web server, the ultimate eventual workload doesn't really matter. While many workloads in on-premises environments are Microsoft workloads like SQL SharePoint, dynamics, and so on, it's worth mentioning here that Azure VMs are designed to run just about any mission critical workload, including SAP, Oracle, and so on. As we work through the different examples here in this module coming up, one thing to watch for is the uniformity of the experience. The preverbal single console for everything that you'll see as we create this virtual machine and go through some of its initial configurations. This I mention kind of in contrast to what you may experience now in your VMware vSphere environment, where for some different kinds of activities you have some different kinds of consoles. And just having to learn multiple different experiences can sometimes just add to the challenge in managing those kinds of on-premises environments.

Migrate VMware vSphere VMs to Microsoft Azure
You've explored a bit of Azure's compute model and you've done some compare/contrast with its VM management related mechanics. Your next question is probably, okay well now how do I actually get started? How do I take for example one of my VMware vSphere virtual machines and get it migrated there into Azure. That's our conversation for this our third module. As a vSphere administrator, you probably already have existing VM resources, you're managing the top VMware hypervisors, recreating them in the cloud isn't likely an option should you decide to make a move. And what are those options that exist today to migrate your VMware vSphere virtual machines to the Microsoft Azure cloud? In this module let's actually walk through the click by click for one of the more common approaches, using a tool called Azure Site Recovery. Then, once you've seen how it works, we'll talk a bit more about some of the other solutions that exist alongside or layer over the top, that can help you further accomplish the task.

Discover Microsoft Azure PaaS Services Beyond Virtual Machines
And then for our final topic we turn to some of the other services, the PaaS services that exist in Microsoft Azure, which go beyond virtual machines. It might seem ironic that we conclude this course on virtual machines with a module about cloud functions that don't require virtual machines. In actuality some IT services, particularly those you're building as green field solutions, may no longer require the "heavy weight" approach that an OS and virtual hardware bring to the table. Rather than running on top the classic operating system experience, the activities that make up an application can instead reside on light-weight cloud functions, databases, storage, containers, server-less websites, and so on, that all share a unique quality, they're all addressable by anywhere and from anywhere. And so let's here the last few minutes of this course, just take a quick exploration of some of these other non-virtual machine oriented services, Platform as a Service services that exist in Microsoft Azure and add themselves to just the list of possible services that exist once you extend your computing model from there exclusively on-premises to potentially including those resources here in the cloud.