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A Walk Through of Core Azure Services

Hands-On Lab

 

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Training Architect

Length

00:30:00

Difficulty

Beginner

This lab will allow you to explore the Azure portal and take a look at some of the entries in the Azure Active Directory. The Azure portal is the command center, information portal, and organizational hub for all your Azure resources. When you begin learning to administer Azure, you will spend the majority of your time creating and managing services here.

What are Hands-On Labs?

Hands-On Labs are scenario-based learning environments where learners can practice without consequences. Don't compromise a system or waste money on expensive downloads. Practice real-world skills without the real-world risk, no assembly required.

Auditing the Core Azure Services

This lab allows us to explore the Azure portal and take a look at some of the entries in the Azure Active Directory. The Azure portal is the command center, information portal, and organizational hub for all our Azure resources.

We will spend the majority of our time creating and managing services here.

Once the lab begins, click the Open Azure Portal link and use the provided credentials for connecting to the Azure Portal.

We will then be able to explore the Active Directory, Virtual Machine, Virtual Network, and Storage account services (which are called 'blades' by Azure) so that we can better visualize the concepts described in this course, and how they're implemented in Azure.

Azure Concepts

When we log in to the Azure Portal, we will find a series of Dashboards. We can customize which Dashboards we would like to have shown whenever we log in to our Azure Portal, allowing us to get information we may need at a glance.

On this page, we will also see a list on the left side of the screen. This is our main navigation menu, though we can also use the Search bar at the top of the screen to find where we want to go as well. Since we are essentially in Read Only mode, we can not change or launch anything ourselves, but we can look around.

Let's get started.

Open and View the Virtual Machines

To begin, let's select Virtual Machines from the navigation list. We are taken to the Virtual machines page. Right now, it is empty, but we can add a virtual machine by selecting Create virtual machine or Add.

Once we're done taking a look, let's move on to our next section.

Open and View the Storage Accounts

Navigate to the Storage accounts page. If we use the Search bar, we will be given two options. Storage accounts (Classic) and Storage accounts. We want to use Storage accounts. There are currently no storage accounts available, but we are able to see what the page looks like, and can select either Add or Create storage account to see what it would be like to create a new storage account.

Open and View the Virtual Networks

Next, head over to Virtual Networks using either the navigation bar or the Search bar. It is very empty here, but once again, we can select Add or Create virtual network to see what we would have to do to create a network.

Open and View the Azure Active Directory

The last item we will go to is the Azure Active Directory. Navigate to it using our preferred method, though it looks like we can't get into it. We get an "Access denied" message, due to our lack of permissions. This is an example of how we can make sure that even with multiple people in our portal, we can allow or deny access to our Active Directory.

Conclusion

Now that we've completed this lab, we know how to navigate around the Azure portal. Feel free to keep exploring the portal as long as the lab is running. Have a lovely time in Azure!