Microsoft is Retiring Their Azure Architect Exam! A Linux Academy Investigation

Fresh off the plane from Ignite, we have so many things to discuss with everyone that we are just bursting at the seams! You may have seen some of our recent blog posts regarding announcements from the conference, and we have much more to come as we begin to start diving deeper into the upcoming updates and new features from Microsoft; however, today’s discussion revolves around something that occurred after the conference!

As it is with most conferences from major cloud providers, announcements and updates to certifications for competency generally occur around the time of their major conferences and also sometimes involve beta testing those exams with conference attendees.

Recently, Microsoft announced changes to the domain competencies for exam 70-532 and 70-533 exams (we already have courses in development that cover the new objectives); however, we also have a new update to discuss regarding the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam! (more…)

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Azure at Ignite, Day 3: Reference Architecture, SQL Database Managed Instances

Wednesday most people could be found at any of the hundreds of seminars performed across the Orange County Convention Center. I spent the majority of my day taking in sessions on containers and DevOps pipelines in Azure.

Pinehead, our mascot, took some time to meet Mark Russinovich, Azure’s CTO, and Aaron Margosis, the co-author of Windows Internals, outside the convention bookstore.

Microsoft loves Linux, and Pinehead! Aaron Margosis (left) and Mark Russinovich (right).

Trust me, if you want to stand out at a Microsoft conference, being a giant penguin head is a good way to do it. Microsoft loves Linux and Ignite attendees love Pinehead!

During Wednesday’s seminars, I learned more about Azure SQL Database Managed Instances and Microsoft’s reference architecture for microservices-based applications.

Second things first. (more…)

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Azure at Microsoft Ignite, Day 2: Migrate, Availability Zones, and Planned Maintenance for VMs

Day 2 of Microsoft Ignite is in the books and I spent the majority of it at the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments booth (no. 2169, rear of the exhibit hall, across from the bookstore), talking to people about their enterprises.

The Linux Academy/Cloud Assessments booth crew on Tuesday. From left, Doug Vanderweide, Matthew Shaw, Winnie Guan, Chaz Wallace and Justin Overstreet.

The refrain I heard consistently from people stopping by the booth was that their companies want to move to the public cloud but don’t know how. Many attendees were at Ignite to explore the questions around exactly how to do that. (more…)

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Azure at Microsoft Ignite: Three New Certifications, One New Workload, One New Logo

Greetings from Microsoft Ignite in sunny Orlando, where the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments Azure team is manning booth 2169 (back of the exhibit hall, across from the Microsoft Bookstore), talking with students like you, and learning about new developments in Azure!

The Linux Academy sales and marketing team at Microsoft Ignite booth 2169. Stop by!

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Fantastic Opportunities Developing in Cloud Computing Careers

There is a Cloud revolution under way. It has been going on for several years now, but recently, it’s significance has increased dramatically. Businesses, both large and small, are driven to the cloud to save costs, access more data, automate, and remain competitive. And as a result, there has been a huge increase in the demand for cloud engineers, cloud developers, and cloud security experts in the last year. Businesses need to hire professionals that have a demonstrated deep knowledge of the latest cloud enabled technologies, such as serverless computing, big data, machine learning, DevOps, functional programming, software controlled networking, IoT, cloud security, and much more. (more…)

Azure Event Grid: The Missing Link For Serverless Domination

Two weeks ago, Azure announced what is arguably its most significant feature change since Azure Resource Manager. Thing is, most people don’t have much use for it today, and might not for a while, so you may not recognize it as such for quite some time.

But make no mistake: Azure Event Grid, now in public preview, is critical to the future of Azure, because it’s the missing link in the microservices architecture and makes serverless computing a first-class citizen in Azure.

For the uninitiated, let’s take a moment to review what it means to be serverless, and how that fits into a microservices architecture. (more…)

New Courses: Azure Exam 70-533 & Google Certified Professional Courses

We’re so excited to announce the release of two brand new courses this week! Doug V refreshed Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Exam 70-533 course to keep you updated in the latest 70-533 exam objectives, and Matt U launched the new Google Certified Professional – Cloud Architect – Part 1 course for those of you interested in taking the Google Cloud Architect certification exam!

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Microsoft Build 2017 Announcement Predictions

Microsoft Build 2017 is scheduled for May 10-12. This is Redmond’s big developer conference, and it’s also where Microsoft tends to make major announcements about its technology stacks.

(The other “big announcement” event is Microsoft Ignite, scheduled in the fall. Linux Academy will be in attendance, and hopefully so will I.)

For example, at Build 2016 Microsoft announced Azure Functions, its serverless offering; Service Fabric, which is basically a container technology for microservices;  the free availability of Xamarin, a cross-platform mobile development toolset; native support in Windows 10 for bash scripting over Ubuntu; significant improvements to IoT Hub; the Bot Framework, which is designed to host automated chat responses; and more.

So what will be announced at Build 2017? I’m not sure, but I have some guesses: (more…)

Getting Comfortable with PowerShell

Getting Comfortable with PowerShell – A New Course Series By Linux Academy

The world of IT has been moving towards a new direction. From cloud computing to advancements in big data analytics, administrative environments are becoming daunting daily tasks with increasingly complex challenges. One of the most profound changes occurring in 2016 is the business model approach Microsoft has taken with the open source community. With new leadership, Microsoft has adopted a less constrained engagement model and adapted to its userbase by allowing certain core proprietary technologies to be brought to the open source community. Fresh on the heels of the release of .NET to the open-source community, Microsoft announced it has launched PowerShell 6.0, aka PowerShell Core, to the open-source community and will be available on Linux and Mac clients alike.

So what does this mean for the average administrator – especially one who comes from a UNIX/Linux background? The first and foremost item is this will now introduce a cross-platform tool that can administrator numerous environments simultaneously. (more…)

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Microsoft Azure – Setting Up the CLI and Launching a VM

Microsoft continues to deliver on their promise to embrace open source. With dozens of officially supported Linux distributions and open source services available on their Azure platform, anyone can deploy workloads to their cloud platform regardless of the operating system of choice. Today, we are going to show you how to set up the Microsoft Azure CLI and use it to launch a virtual machine in the cloud. (more…)