Azure PowerShell: The Ultimate Beginners Course

Delivered by Microsoft MVPs Mike Pfeiffer, Tim Warner, and Jeff Hicks

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This on-demand course includes sixteen (16) hours of "zero to hero" Azure PowerShell training so you can hit the ground running.

Module 1: A PowerShell Refresher - Jeff Hicks

Even if you have a basic understanding of PowerShell fundamentals, we'll start things off and set a common baseline. This first session will be a brief introduction that is intended to be a crash-course or refresher on your PowerShell skills.

Module 2: Up and Running with Azure Cloud Shell - Mike Pfeiffer

Cloud Shell is the browser-based shell experience that gives you access to Azure PowerShell from virtually anywhere in the world. You'll learn how to get the most out of the Cloud Shell for interactively managing your Azure resources, how to persist your data across sessions using an Azure file share, and how to upload, edit, and run scripts in your browser.

Module 3: PowerShell Principles - Jeff Hicks

The journey towards mastering PowerShell has to begin with basic principals and concepts. In this session, we'll cover the essential concepts of working with the help system, understanding how the PowerShell pipeline works, how to filter and work with object output, and sort results returned from commands.

Module 4: PowerShell Structures - Jeff Hicks

Whether you are working with PowerShell interactively in a console or you have started writing simple PowerShell scripts, there are some common PowerShell structures and operators that you need to understand. Working with arrays, hashtables, and switches is the foundation of your PowerShell expertise.

Module 5: Mastering the Azure PowerShell Az module - Mike Pfeiffer

The Azure PowerShell Az module is now the intended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure. Az offers shorter commands, improved stability, and cross-platform support. Az also offers feature parity and an easy migration path from AzureRM. Learn how to get the most out of the Az module that you can run on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Module 6: Azure Automation Runbooks in Practice - Mike Pfeiffer

Azure Automation delivers a cloud-based automation and configuration service that provides consistent management across your Azure and non-Azure environments. In this session, you'll learn how to implement process automation with runbooks that orchestrate processes using PowerShell code that automates frequent, time-consuming, and error-prone cloud management tasks.

Module 7: Developing Locally with PowerShell Core - Tim Warner

PowerShell Core uses .NET Core 2.x as its runtime, and it supports the Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. In this session, you'll learn how to work with PowerShell Core and take your skills with the Azure Az module even further and set the foundation for your local development workflow.

Module 8: PowerShell Development Workflow with VS Code and GitHub - Tim Warner

The PowerShell ISE is deprecated, and we need a new authoring and debugging environment for building and running scripts. In this session, Tim Warner will give you all the information and skills you need to get productive with VSCode and GitHub for PowerShell development. You'll learn practical examples and real-world scenarios that you can start using right away.

Module 9: Azure PowerShell Notes from the Field - Mike Pfeiffer

In this session, Mike will share a collection of solutions, code snippets, and scripts that solve some of the most common scenarios people are facing with Azure PowerShell in the real world. We'll step through each solution, so you understand how to overcome time-consuming tasks and common pitfalls to working with Azure PowerShell, and walk away with the code samples that you can use within your own Azure subscriptions.

Module 10: Azure Automation DSC in Practice - Mike Pfeiffer

In this session you'll go further with Azure Automation and implement cloud-based configuration management with Azure Automation DSC. Manage your DSC resources in Azure Automation and apply configurations to virtual or physical machines from a DSC Pull Server in the Azure cloud. You'll see how to work with rich reports that inform you of important events such as when nodes have deviated from their assigned configuration, and much more.

Module 11: ARM Template Development and Deployment - Tim Warner

Everyone is talking about Infrastructure as Code (IaC) these days. In this session, you'll learn how to generate and deploy Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. Find out how to store and version your Azure resources in a declarative template that can leverage different types of PowerShell extensions to help you roll out end-to-end automated solutions.

Module 12: Azure Infrastructure as Code in Practice - Mike Pfeiffer

After you've learned the mechanics of working with ARM templates and Azure PowerShell exentions, you'll learn more as we walk you through a case study from a recent project at If you're interested in understanding the patterns and practices used by DevOps teams in the real-world, then you'll really enjoy this session. We'll take everything you've learned throughout the workshop and show you how to use it inside fully automated build and release pipelines in the Azure DevOps service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nope. Some exposure will help, but we'll spend a good amount of time working through fundamental concepts aimed at beginners.

We are big believers in hands-on practice, however, having an Azure account is not a requirement for this course. Sit back and watch, or follow along in your own subscription.

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