Starting Azure Infrastructure

This hands-on course is intended for IT professionals and developers that wish to start working with or improve their knowledge of Azure virtual machines. The course starts at the very beginning, explaining what Azure is (and isn’t), administrative concepts, and then works through the fundamentals of virtual machines before looking at more advanced topics such as security, high availability, storage engineering, backup, disaster recovery, management/alerting, and automation.

Aidan has been teaching and assisting Microsoft partners in Ireland about Microsoft Azure since 2014. Over this time he has learned what customers are doing in Azure, and how they best get results. Combined with his own learning, and membership of the Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) program for Microsoft Azure, Aidan has a great deal of knowledge to share.

We deliberately keep the class small (maximum of 20) to allow for a more intimate environment where attendees can feel free to interact and ask questions.


This course spans two days. The agenda is below.

Day 1 (09:30 – 17:00):

  • Introducing Azure
  • Tenants & subscriptions
  • Azure administration
  • Admin tools
  • Intro to IaaS
  • Storage
  • Networking basics

Day 2 (09:00 – 16:00):

  • Virtual machines
  • Advanced networking
  • Backup
  • Disaster recovery
  • JSON
  • Diagnostics
  • Monitoring & alerting
  • Security Center

By the end of this course you should have new/additional knowledge to help you deploy business services using Azure virtual machines, with best practices on performance, security, and availability … in the real world.

Past Feedback

Here are some recent comments from courses that Aidan wrote and delivered:

Aidan covers all the information and workarounds so that you know what not to do, rather than having to learn the hard way from your mistakes. Also happy to answer question and off-topic questions.


I found it very useful for my job. I especially liked that we covered aspects that weren’t in the course but provided useful context, e.g. applying learnings like MS Flow and MigAz. I learned a lot about networking – not just the tools but the aspects that the tools are applied to.


Excellent as always.


Amsterdam, April 19-20, 2018

The course is bring run at the Radisson Blu at Schiphol, Schiphol-Rijk, Amsterdam, Netherlands. This hotel:

  • Is on public transport.
  • Has a car park, an we are covering 25% of the day rate.
  • Is accessible by direct flights from large parts of Europe (and the World) thanks to being near Schiphol Airport – 866 NOK return from Oslo, 589 DKK from Copenhagen, £105 from London City, €150 from Rome.
  • Is just 9 minutes by taxi.
  • Provides a hotel shuttle from to/from the airport.
  • If you wish to stay in the hotel, check for prices on 3rd party sites, for as low as €114 per night.

All travel & accommodation prices were searched for on Jan 20th for the dates of Apr 18-20 using Skyscanner and Trivago.

You can find the full details, pricing, and registration here.

Past Courses

London, February 22-23, 2018

Location: Lancaster Gate Hotel in London.

Attendance: Sold Out


… a fun two-day session and definitely recommended to anyone willing to dip their toes in the Azure waters.


Thanks for the awesome course! Felt like I learnt a lot and only scratched the surface.


Really valuable 2 days to build our knowledge.