Azure is a cloud platform that provides the compute, storage, and networking resources needed to build cloud-hosted applications. As a new user, the Azure portal is likely to be the primary way you interact with Azure. The Azure portal lets you create and manage all your Azure resources. For example, you can set up a new database, increase the compute power of your virtual machines, and monitor your monthly costs. It's also a great learning tool since you can survey all available resources and use guided wizards to create new ones.

Here, you learn how to sign in to the portal and navigate the portal interface. You learn how to deploy new resources and explore preview features. You also learn how to customize the dashboard so it's convenient to locate and monitor your most essential services.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe options for Azure management, including the Azure portal.
  • Navigate the Azure portal.
  • Create, customize, and share dashboards.
  • Find and try out preview features.