AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions Introduction

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Course Introduction…………………………………………..17

Chapter 01: Introduction to Azure DevOps……………………..19

Chapter 02: Develop an Instrumentation Strategy………………27

Chapter 03: Develop a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Strategy

Chapter 04: Develop a Security and Compliance Plan




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                                                          Table Of Contents

Course Introduction

Chapter 01: Introduction to Azure DevOps


What is DevOps?

Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps Service

Key Topic Review

Design a DevOps Strategy

Implement DevOps Development processes

Implement Continous Integration (CI)

Implement Continous Delivery (CD)

Implement Dependency Management

Implement Application Infrastructure

Implement Continuous Feedback


Practice Questions

Chapter 02: Develop an Instrumentation Strategy


Capture Web Application Logs with Application Service Diagnostics Logging


Enable and Configure App Service Application Logging

View Live Application Logging with the Log Streaming Service

Retrieve Application Log Files

Lab 2-01: Capture Web App logs with App Service Diagnostics Logging

Control and Organize Azure resources with ARM


Concept of Resource Groups


Use Policies to Enforce Standards

Secure Resources with RBAC

Use Locks to Protect Resources

Introduction to App Center

App Center

App Center Build Service

App Center Test service

App Center Distribute Service

App Center Diagnostics Service

App Center Analytics Service

Lab 2-02: Explore the App Center

Deploy Spring Microservices to Azure

Azure Spring Cloud

Lab 2-03: Working with Azure Spring Cloud

Analyze the Azure Infrastructure by Using Azure Monitor Logs


Features of Azure Monitor Logs

Use Azure Monitor Log Queries to Extract Data from Log Data

Lab 2-04: Create Azure Monitor Log Queries to Extract Information from Log Data

Instrument Server-Side Web App code with Application Insights


Application Insights SDKs

Instrument the Application

Lab 2-05: Instrument server-side web app with Application Insights

React to State Changes in Azure Service by Using Azure Event Grid


Respond to Azure Events by Using Azure Event Grid

Build Logic that Responds to an Event

Lab 2-06: React to State Changes in the Azure Service Using Event Grid


Practice Questions

Chapter 03: Develop a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Strategy


Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

Why Does SRE Matter?

SRE in Context

SRE Principles and Practices

How to explore SRE?

Improve Incident Response with Alerting on Azure


Alerts Supported by Azure Monitor

Use of metric alerts on performance issues in the Azure environment

Use of Log Alerts on the Event in the Application

Use of activity log alerts on events within the Azure environment

Use of Smart groups to reduce alert noise in Azure Monitor

Lab 3-01: Respond to Incidents and Activities through Alerting Capabilities in Azure Monitor

Manage Site Reliability


Reliability Engineering

Investigate Telemetry to Create a Baseline

Perform Ongoing Tuning to Minimize the Useless Alerts

Investigate Alerts to Create a Baseline

Scale Cloud Resources with Elasticity


Compute Load Patterns

Scaling Compute Resources

Automated Scaling on The Cloud

Load Balancing

Serverless Computing

Build Applications on the Cloud


Programming the Cloud

Deploy Applications on the Cloud

Build fault-tolerant cloud services

Scale resources

How to deal with tail latency

Economics for cloud applications

Troubleshoot Inbound Network Connectivity for Azure Load Balancer


Troubleshoot Azure Load Balancer

Diagnose issues by reviewing configurations and metrics

Lab 3-02: Identify and resolve inbound network connectivity

Monitor Health of Azure VM by Using Azure Metrics Explorer and Metric Alerts


Monitor the Health of the Virtual Machine

View VM Metrics

Configure the Azure Diagnostics extension

Lab 3-03: Monitor the Health of Virtual Machine


Practice Questions

Chapter 04: Develop a Security and Compliance Plan


Secure Identities by Using Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory Overview

Understand Azure AD Licenses and Terminology

Essential features of Azure AD

Get started with Azure AD

Authenticate apps to Azure Services

Authentication with service principals in Azure AD

Authentication with Managed Identities

Use managed identities with Azure virtual machines

Lab 4-01: Configure a System-Assigned Managed Identity for an Azure VM

Build Applications by Using Azure AD Managed Identities

Lab 4-02: Configure a Custom Application in .NET by Using Managed Identity

Monitor and Report on Security Events in Azure AD

Use sign-in, audit, and provisioning logs to detect suspicious activity

Integrate Activity Logs with Azure Monitor Logs

Set up reports and dashboards to visualize the information

Lab 4-03: Set Up Reports and Dashboards to Visualize the Information

Maintain a Secure Repository via GitHub Best Practices

How to maintain a secure GitHub repository

Lab 4-04: Secure Strategy Essentials


Practice Questions


Chapter 01: Introduction to Azure DevOps

Chapter 02: Develop an Instrumentation Strategy

Chapter 03: Develop a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Strategy

Chapter 04: Develop a Security and Compliance Plan



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About Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Azure DevOps Engineer Technologies


Exam Questions

Case study, short answer, repeated answer, MCQs

Number of Questions


Time to Complete

150 minutes

Exam Fee

165 USD


The Microsoft Certified: Azure Architect exam validates the examinee’s expertise implementing, managing, and security of an organization’s Microsoft Azure environment. This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks:

  • Design a DevOps Strategy (20-25%)
  • Implement DevOps Development Processes (20-25%)
  • Implement Continuous Integration (10-15%)
  • Implement Continuous Delivery (10-15%)
  • Implement Dependency Management (5-10%)
  • Implement Application Infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Implement Continuous Feedback (10-25%)




Recommended Knowledge 

A candidate for this exam should have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, this role should have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development and DevOps processes.





Domain 1

Design a DevOps Strategy


Domain 2

Implement DevOps Development Processes


Domain 3

Implement Continuous Integration


Domain 4

Implement Continuous Delivery


Domain 5

Implement Dependency Management


Domain 6

Implement Application Infrastructure


Domain 7

Implement Continuous Feedback









Course Introduction

About the Course

The course AZ-400 Azure DevOps Solutions covers a range of concepts and skills that every learner needed to become certified. This course is designed with the help of a combination of previous Azure courses’ material.

Azure Course Section and Weightings

Azure DevOps Solution course consists of the following topics:

  • Design a DevOps Strategy (20-25%)
  • Implement DevOps Development Processes (20-25%)
  • Implement Continuous Integration (10-15%)
  • Implement Continuous Delivery (10-15%)
  • Implement Dependency Management (5-10%)
  • Implement Application Infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Implement Continuous Feedback (10-25%)


Why do you need to have Azure DevOps Solution (AZ-400) certification?

Azure DevOps Solution course is an Expert level exam; therefore, it has more prerequisites than many others.

AZ-103 0r 203 Certification – You will require either the Azure Administrator Associate or the Azure Developer Associate certification to obtain the “Expert” status.

A strong base in both theory and practice – This course, syllabus, and exam heavily assume that you already have a strong level of comfort in DevOps theory and hands-on experience deploying and managing resources in the Azure portal.

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