This is the ninth blog in the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Series(AZ-900) of Topic 2: Core Azure Cloud Services.
If you have not gone through the previous topic 2.4 Microsoft Azure Solutions: IoT, Big Data Analysis, ML & Serverless read it at https://k21academy.com/az90019
For the full list of blogs in Azure Fundamentals series, go to https://k21academy.com/az90011
In this blog post, we will be covering topic 2.5 Azure Management Tools which includes Azure Cloud Portal, Powershell, Cloudshell & Cloud Advisor.
Built-in Azure management and governance tools help your system administrators and developers to keep your resources secure and compliant, both on-premises and in the cloud.
Azure Cloud Portal
- The Portal is a web-based console that provides a graphical user interface and is the most common way for interactions with the cloud.
- You can build, manage, and monitor things such as simple web apps, subscriptions, billings, and even complex cloud deployments.
- The Azure portal is designed for resiliency, low access latency, and high availability as it is present in every datacenter.
- It is kept continuously updated hence it does not suffer any downtime.
Azure Cloud Powershell
- Azure Powershell is an extension of windows PowerShell that has its modules and cmdlets.
- Through these same cmdlets a user can perform powerful common tasks on the Azure cloud bypassing the need of the Azure Portal.
- Users can create automation scripts using PowerShell for repetitive tasks on the cloud resulting in a drastic decrease in Administrative overhead.
Azure Cloud Shell
- The Cloud shell grants access to a browser-based command-line experience that has been built keeping Azure management tasks in mind.
- As it is browser-based, it provides more flexibility than PowerShell as it remains machine and OS independent.
- It further differentiated itself from Azure PowerShell by offering a choice between Bash and PowerShell itself inside the browser.
- Microsoft manages Cloud Shell themselves, hence it comes with updated command-line tool and language support.
- Cloud Shell is also automated to securely authenticate and provide you with instant access to your resources.
Azure Cloud Advisor
- The Azure Advisor is a personalized cloud consultant that provides you guidance and helps you to follow best practices to optimize your Azure cloud deployments for cost-effectiveness, performance, high availability, and security.
- It analyzes your resource configurations and usage telemetry to give you recommendations that are proactive, actionable, and personalized.
Here is a sample question from the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Exam[AZ-900] that you should be able to solve after reading this blog.
Q1. You need to manage the settings of a web app from an iPhone. What is the Azure management tool that you can use?
- The Azure portal.
- Azure Cloud Shell.
- Windows PowerShell.
- Azure Storage Explorer.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Azure Cloud shell is platform and OS independent and requires no configuration on the device it is being used.
Q2. An Azure administrator plans to run a PowerShell script that creates Azure resources. You need to recommend which computer configuration to use to run the script.
Solution: Run the script from a computer that runs macOS and has PowerShell Core 6.0 installed.
Does this meet the goal?
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Irrespective of OS, PowerShell is the main tool here. Hence, Answer A
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- Topic 1.4 Cloud Deployment Models: Public, Private & Hybrid
- Topic 2.1 Azure Architecture: Region, Availability Zone & Geography
- Topic 2.2 Azure Resource Groups, ARM & ARM Template
- Topic 2.3 Azure Core Services: Compute, Network, Storage & Database
- Topic 2.4 Microsoft Azure Solutions: IoT, Big Data Analysis, ML & Serverless