Every week starting September 13, 2022 through December 15, 2022 (13 episodes)

Learn Live: FastTrack for Azure

Learn along with expert Azure engineers as they walkthrough hands-on exercises, share demos, and answer your questions to connect the dots and accelerate your Azure solution implementation. This interactive and on-demand series will cover a variety of Azure solution areas as directly requested by customers. Our engineers are eager to help you gain skills and apply them on your learning and deployment journey, including answering your questions.

Join us for this live learning experience where you will be guided by subject matter experts through the Learn modules below in real time along with developers around the globe. Earn badges, prepare for certifications and Learn Live with a great community! See you there :)

AKS Security Best Practices

AKS Security Best Practices: September 13, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

Kubernetes is the most important application hosting technology in the market today and understanding how to secure this platform is critical to success. This session will walk through the most important aspects of securing the platform from each angle. Note, the session will not cover application identity of cluster hosted apps hosted on the cluster but will instead focus on the Azure infrastructural and Kubernetes aspects of the cluster itself. In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Cluster Level concerns (API Server, Node Security, Authentication, Upgrades, Azure Defender for Containers)
  • Network concerns (Network Security, Network Policy, Egress Security)
  • Developer/Configuration concerns (Container Security, Azure Policy, Workload Identity)
  • Image Management concerns (Image Scanning).
Azure ML Enterprise Deployment

Azure ML Enterprise Deployment: September 27, 2022 2:00PM - 3:30PM (Australian Eastern)

In this session you will learn how to design and implement Azure Machine Learning using enterprise deployment features, so you can create a secure configuration that is compliant with your companies policies, enjoys tighter security and satisfies your enterprise governance requirements. We will discuss vNets, Endpoints, RBAC, AKS and much more! In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to organize
  • Secure
  • And monitor Azure Machine Learning services within your organization
Azure Governance

Azure Governance: September 29, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

Join us live to hear from Microsoft FastTrack for Azure (FTA) engineers and ask your questions about Azure Governance. This session will provide you the opportunity to expand on your knowledge of Azure Governance. Topics include on how to organize your resources, manage access, and manage cost and billing. In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Methods around organizing Azure resources
  • Managing policy and compliance,
  • Best practices around managing access to your Azure environment
  • Managing costs and billing.
Azure Networking Fundamentals

Azure Networking Fundamentals: October 4, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

A tour through the common tools for Azure networking, to understand the building blocks and best practices used to prepare for migrations and new IaaS centric workloads. In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Changes in networking methods for cloud networks
  • Resources used to deploy and manage Azure networks
  • Hub and Spoke architecture pattern for networks.
Modern Service Operations

Modern Service Operations: October 18, 2022 2:00PM - 3:30PM (Australian Eastern)

Having a well-managed cloud environment is more than just the tools we are using. This session discusses the importance of the people and process side of your cloud transformation journey. We review the various operating models, cloud functions and roles required for effective cloud management In this episode, you will:

  • Understand the different cloud operating models
  • Understand the various cloud functions
  • See how we use the Cloud Adoption RACI to build our teams
CI/CD automation for building, testing, and deploying Apps to Azure

CI/CD automation for building, testing, and deploying Apps to Azure: October 25, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

Explore how GitHub can help you securely develop, test, and deploy your applications to Azure with enterprise proven practices In this episode, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of CI/CD and DevOps practices
  • Learn how to build a CI and CD pipelines using GitHub Actions
  • Learn how to define a branch strategy to work with your repository
  • Understand the benefits of YAML pipelines over GUI
  • Learn how to secure your branches and deployments with Branch protection and Deployment Approvals
Deliver remote desktops and apps with Azure Virtual Desktop

Deliver remote desktops and apps with Azure Virtual Desktop: November 1, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

Learn what is Azure Virtual Desktop and how it works to help you decide how it fits in your organization. In this episode, you will learn:

  • What is Azure Virtual Desktop? Prerequisites and Concepts
  • FSLogix
  • Scaling and Monitoring
  • Image Management
  • Application Delivery in AVD
  • Security with AVD
AKS Operations Best Practices

AKS Operations Best Practices: November 8, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

Kubernetes is the most important application hosting technology in the market today and understanding the Day 2 operations on this platform is critical to success. This session will walk through the operational aspects critical to the functioning and maintenance of an AKS cluster. In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Resource Management
  • Patching and Upgrade
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Microsoft Identity Platform

Microsoft Identity Platform: November 15, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

We will discuss Azure AD (for both single-tenant and multi-tenant apps), Azure AD B2B for guest user access and Azure AD B2C for Customer Identity Access Management (CIAM). We will also cover how they are similar, where they are different, and when to choose which.In this session you will learn about the different offerings available in the Microsoft Identity Platform to help you integrate your solutions with a modern cloud-scale identity platform. We will discuss Azure AD (for both single-tenant and multi-tenant apps), Azure AD B2B for guest user access and Azure AD B2C for Customer Identity Access Management (CIAM). We will also cover how they are similar, where they are different, and when to choose which. In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Different offerings available in the Microsoft Identity Platform
  • Integrating your solutions with a modern cloud-scale identity platform.
Azure Monitoring

Azure Monitoring: November 29, 2022 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Pacific)

In this session, you will learn about the different components of Azure Monitor and how you can utilize for end-to-end monitoring across your Cloud Solution. We will discuss Cloud Management capabilities and how to best use the Insights for gaining visibility of your environment, and much more. In this episode, you will:

  • Design a centralized monitoring solution based on Log Analytics and Azure Monitor
  • Choose the right monitoring agents and data collection sources to meet your management requirements
  • Run basic log queries, visualize metrics, create alerts and workbooks
  • Understand how to configure auto-scale services using metrics
Microsoft Purview Data Governance

Microsoft Purview Data Governance : December 6, 2022 4:00PM - 5:30PM (Pacific)

Microsoft Purview (formerly Azure Purview) is a unified data governance service that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multi-cloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data. This session will provide you the opportunity to expand on your knowledge of Microsoft Purview data governance. In this episode, you will learn:

  • Concepts of the Microsoft Purview data governance platform
  • How to build a data catalog, data map, end-to-end lineage, etc.
SQL Migrations - Part 1 - Discovery, Assessment and Remediation

SQL Migrations - Part 1 - Discovery, Assessment and Remediation: December 13, 2022 3:00PM - 4:30PM (Australian Eastern)

In this session, you will learn how to discover and assess your SQL Server environment as well as remediate issues before migrating to Azure. With many tools, services and options available, the presenters will draw upon their experience of working with hundreds of organisations to provide you with the latest and most efficient options to bring your SQL workload to Azure. In this episode, you will:

  • Understand what tools to use to discover and assess a SQL Server workload.
  • Learn how to approach the remediation of migration blocking issues.
  • Learn how to right size your environment prior to migrating to Azure SQL.
SQL Migrations - Part 2 - Plan, Migrate and Optimize

SQL Migrations - Part 2 - Plan, Migrate and Optimize: December 15, 2022 3:00PM - 4:30PM (Australian Eastern)

In this session, you will learn how to plan and migrate your SQL Server workload to Azure as well as optimize it to improve performance and reduce costs. With many tools, services and options available to migrate SQL, the presenters will draw upon their experience of working with hundreds of organisations to provide you with the latest and most efficient options to bring your SQL workload to Azure. In this episode, you will:

  • Understand the importance of creating and testing a detailed SQL migration plan.
  • Discover what tools and services to use in your migration project.
  • Learn how to optimize an Azure SQL workload to save costs, improve performance and reduce operating overhead.

Our Speakers

  • Alexandra Miller-Browne

    FastTrack Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Amber Zhao

    Principal Data Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Bappaditya Banerjee

    Senior Customer Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Ben Harding

    FastTrack for Azure Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Brandon Stephenson

    Senior Customer Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Chris Ayers

    Senior Customer Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Colin Cole

    Principal Engineering Manager, FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft

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  • Dean Cefola

    Principal FastTrack Azure Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Jen Sheerin

    EUC Specialist, Azure Virtual Desktop, Microsoft

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  • Jennifer Wagman

    FastTrack for Azure Customer Engineer II, Microsoft

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  • Kris Bock

    Machine Learning/Data Science, Azure FastTrack Engineering, Microsoft

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  • Kruti Mehta

    Senior Customer Engineer for FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft

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  • Matthew Bratschun

    Senior Customer Engineer, FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft

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  • Mauro Contreras

    Azure FastTrack Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Nicholas McCollum

    Senior Azure FastTrack Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Ronel Vosloo

    Principal Program Manager, FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft

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  • Rupal Mudholkar

    Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

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  • Ryan CrawCour

    Principal Software Engineer, FastTrack Azure Engineering, Microsoft

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  • Saul Dolgin

    Senior FastTrack for Azure Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Sonalika Roy

    Senior Engineer, FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft

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  • Srini Padala

    Senior Data Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Umar Mohamed Usman

    Principal Engineer, Microsoft

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  • Vanessa Bruwer

    Senior Customer Engineer in FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft

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  • Varma Gadhiraju

    Senior FastTrack Engineer, Azure Data Analytics and Machine Learning, Microsoft

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attend the event?

The event is free! You can join YouTube to stream the content for free!

When does the event take place?

Every week starting September 13, 2022 through December 15, 2022

Will this event be available on-demand?

Yes! You can stream our past events anytime! Browse all Learn Live to stream anytime.

Where does the event take place?

This event series is virtual! Join us and thousands of others to enjoy the experience from the comfort of your own home, office, or device.

What language are episodes delivered in?

This show is delivered in English. Captioning in 14 different languages will be available in the recordings, made available 48 hours after each live show at Learn Live.

Code of Conduct

We seek to provide a respectful, friendly, professional experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, age, race or religion. We do not tolerate any behavior that is degrading to any gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability, or any behavior that would be deemed harassment or discrimination. Individuals are responsible for knowing and abiding by our standards and we encourage everyone to assist in creating a welcoming and safe environment. Additionally, we strive to treat our shared planet with the same amount of respect. Please report any questions, concerns, or disruptive activity or behavior to the organizing team, so that we can address the issue immediately.