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Microsoft Future Ready: How To Run Containers In A DevOps Production Environment

Understand how to run containers and manage clusters using Microsoft Azure, Azure Container Service, and Azure Service Fabric.

Microsoft Future Ready: How To Run Containers In A DevOps Production Environment
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 4 of 4
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Learn how to run containers using Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric

Containers can run on your local machine but if you run them in production, it unlocks a powerful and consistent way of bringing software to production.

These production environment containers run on a set of machines managed by cluster orchestration. During this four-week course, you’ll learn how to create, deploy and configure your containerised applications on Microsoft Azure using Azure Container Service (ACS) and Azure Service Fabric (ASF).

Understand how to manage your container cluster with VSTS

This course will show you how to manage and operate your container cluster. You’ll learn how to configure the cluster and how to manage them so that you have constant insights into how your application is doing in production. With this knowledge, you’ll learn how you can scale up and down based on demand, and deploy containers without downtime, minimising disruption.

You will gain a solid understanding of continuous delivery infrastructure like Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) as you use it to deploy your containers in a cluster.

Delve into DevOps practices and how you can manage clusters and containers

By the end of the course, you will understand how a cluster works, how to set it up, and how you can manage your DevOps production environments, including proactive monitoring.

You will be able to carry out useful processes such as setting up a production cluster to host containers and deploy containerised applications to different orchestrators.

This course is part of DevOps with Microsoft Azure ExpertTrack where you’ll learn the core values and principles of DevOps and how to put these into practice.

What topics will you cover?

  • Create container images
  • Manage multiple containers using tools such as Docker
  • Set up a production cluster to host containers
  • Deploy containerised applications to different orchestrators that are available in Azure Container Service (ACS), such as DC/OS, Docker Swarm and Kubernetes
  • Scale up the clusters, manage data and set up monitoring to proactively keep track of a cluster’s health and its deployed applications
  • Create, monitor and manage a Microsoft Azure Service Fabric cluster
  • Better manage and maintain Azure-hosted clusters and containers
  • Deploy containerised applications to one of the available cluster container solutions, by using continuous delivery pipelines
  • Manage clusters in production scenarios.

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  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Who is this accredited by?


This course is accredited and co-created by Microsoft

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Managed multiple containers using tools like Docker
  • Deployed containerized applications to different orchestrators that are available in Azure Container Service (ACS) i.e. DC/OS, Docker swarm and Kubernetes
  • Managed and maintained Azure hosted clusters and containers in a better way.
  • Identified how to scale up the clusters, manage data and set up monitoring to proactively keep track of the clusters health and its deployed applications

Who is the course for?

This course is best suited for developers working in an organisation delivering software.

This will also suit IT pros who have some knowledge and experience working with cloud-based solutions and Microsoft Azure, and are looking to expand their skills.

What software or tools do you need?

The upgrade version of this course will include all the required CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab practice environments to be used by students and learners on this course, powered by CloudSwyft.

You will need a computer running Windows, Mac OSX or Linux, and a web browser.

Who developed the course?

CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc.

CloudSwyft has partnered with the top global technology companies to deliver cutting edge digital skills learning across the modern workplace.

About this ExpertTrack

Gain knowledge and skills of DevOps using Microsoft Azure to help prepare you for deeper dives into DevOps practices.

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After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
  • Keep access to the content of courses you complete even after your subscription ends

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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