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Learn how to Implement Office 365 With Our New Online Course!

Check out the latest online, on-demand offering from Opsgility by Opsgility author Ben Stegink:

Implementing Office 365 – Requirements and Getting Started

This course gives you an introduction to Microsoft’s Office 365 offering and the core services offered within. This course begins by walking you some of the planning and considering that goes into creating your tenant and will walk you through all the steps of getting your tenant up and running. This course will get you well on your way to earning your MCSA: Office 365. The course outline is heavily geared towards preparing you for the topics covered in Microsoft’s 70-346.

You will find all the details for this course by clicking on the hyperlink above or by visiting

New Course! Azure Infrastructure as a Service with Resource Manager

Hot off the presses! We have a brand new course on Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Resource Manager delivered by our own Steve Ross.

This course is meant for new users of Azure IaaS to learn how to deploy VMs using the Azure Resource Manager deployment model. 

Course Description:
This course provides an in-depth examination of Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS); covering Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks starting from introductory concepts through advanced capabilities of the platform. The student will learn best practices for configuring virtual machines for performance, durability, and availability using features built into the platform. This course is designed using the Azure Resource Manager architecture and does not focus on the Azure Classic Architecture.

Course Modules:

  • Module 1: Azure Virtual Machines
  • Module 2: Virtual Machine Storage
  • Module 3: Virtual Machine Networking
  • Module 4: Implementing Hybrid Connectivity
  • Module 5: Managing Virtual Machines with Resource Manager

Upcoming Virtual Deliveries – Dynamics CRM Online and Azure!

We have several new open enrollment virtual deliveries coming up focused on Azure Developer and CRM Online (Developers, Administrators, and End Users).

If you are interested in a private delivery of any of these courses or any other training on Microsoft Cloud Technologies please .

Course Audience Dates
Microsoft Azure for the Enterprise – Free Webinar Technical Decision Makers and IT Professionals 4/28/2016 (1 hour)
Developing Enterprise Cloud Solutions with Azure .NET Developers 6/13/2016 – 6/16/2016 (4 days)
Dynamics CRM Online Customization and Configuration Dynamics CRM Online Administrators 6/13/2016 – 6/15/2016 (3 days)
Dynamics CRM Online Customization and Configuration Dynamics CRM Online End Users 6/27/2016 – 6/29/2016 (3 days)
Dynamics CRM Online for Developers .NET and Dynamics CRM Online Developers 6/27/2016 – 6/29/2016 (3 days)

New Azure AD Course

We have just launched a new course focused on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This is a very hands-on course, with 7 hands-on labs that explore many of the key features of Azure AD and Azure AD Premium. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Course Agenda

Module 1: Introduction to Azure AD

  •  Lab 0: Create a Lab VM for the Course (optional) and download Student Files
  •  Lab 1: Creating an Azure AD Tenet and setting the Default Directory of a Subscription

Module 2: Azure AD integration with Active Directory

  • Lab 2: Integrating an Azure AD with an On-Premise Active Directory via AD Connect

Module 3: Simplify User Access to Cloud Applications

  •  Lab 3: Enabling the use of SaaS applications through Password Single Sign-On

Module 4: Empower Users and Protect sensitive data and applications

  • Lab 6: Empowering Users through self-service Password Resets
  • Lab 7: Implement Multi-Factor Authentication to the My Applications Portal

Module 5: Introduction to Preview Features of AzureAD B2C and Domain Services

3 New Online Courses – OMS, EMS, and Azure Storage

We’ve got our subject matter experts hopping when it comes to delivering you training on the latest and greatest from Microsoft Cloud!

Hopping Subject Matter Expert

Check out our 3 newly published courses:

Course Title



Introduction to Log Analytics with OMS 1+ hours of video and 7.5 hours of lab exercises Samuel Erskine
Azure Storage for IT Professionals 6+ hours of video and almost 10.5 hours of lab exercises Robin Shahan
Using Enterprise Mobility Suite in the Real World 4+ hours of video and 5.5 hours of lab exercises Peter De Tender

As always, your comments and feedback are most appreciated!  Get in there and start learning!

5 New Online Courses – Docker, Azure Logic Apps, Developing in Azure Cloud Services, Web Apps w/Redis and Azure Search

The Opsgility team has been busy since the beginning of the year, working diligently to deliver you the best in Microsoft Azure training!

Super Man on computer Photo

Check out our newly published courses:

Course Title



Introduction to Docker on Microsoft Azure 1+ hours of video and 2 hours of lab exercises Manesh Raveendran
Integrating Applications with Azure Logic Apps 1+ hours of video and almost 3.5 hours of lab exercises Manesh Raveendran
Introduction to Developing Cloud Services 1 hour 49 minutes of video and 6 hours 44 minutes of lab exercises Manesh Raveendran
Building Scalable Web Apps with Redis Cache 1+ hours of video and 2 hours and 22 mins of lab exercises Manesh Raveendran
Building Search Aware Apps With Azure Search 1+ hours of video and 3+ hours of lab exercises Manesh Raveendran

We appreciate your feedback so please be sure to comment in each course!  Happy learning!

Resources for passing Azure Exam 70-533 from Opsgility

If you are just now getting started with Azure Certification it is useful to have a roadmap on how to learn the technology in order to pass the certification.

Our team of industry recognized Azure experts have built a lot of Azure training over the years, and in this case we’ve literally written the book on how to pass the exam.

In this post, I want to share some of our online courses that map directly to the objectives for the exam. Each of these courses will cover the objective topic (and then some), and also provides in-depth hands-on lab guides that you can practice in your own Azure subscription to get the hands-on practical experience to really learn the skills being taught.

Objective Online Course
Implement Websites
Implement Virtual Machines
Implement Cloud Services
Implement Storage
Implement an Azure Active Directory
Implement Virtual Networks

If you haven’t tried us out yet, you can start learning Azure with a free 7-day trial here, you can cancel at any time.

New Course: Introduction to Automating IaaS with ARM and PowerShell

New Course

Opsgility has just launched a new online course by Azure MVP Michael Washam, Introduction to Automating IaaS with ARM and PowerShell. This course is available online or can be taught onsite at your location.

Course Description

This course explores learning how to create and configure Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks using the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) PowerShell Cmdlets. This course assumes you have a solid knowledge of the features and capabilities of Azure Infrastructure as a Service and is focused on teaching and reinforcing skills with the Azure PowerShell cmdlets with ARM.

New Features for Enhanced Learning

We have recently launched several new features to enhance your learning experience with Opsgility.

Course Assignments for Individuals

Course assignments allow you to assign a goal date on when to complete a class. They are great because in addition to helping you track your learning progress they also are great for bookmarking your top courses.

Course Assignments for Teams

In team mode an administrator can assign specific courses to their team and track progress to course completion. Reporting is built in to quickly give you an update on your teams progress towards the goals you assign.

Certificates Quick View

For each course that you have completed by completing the labs and knowledge measures you will receive a certificate of completion. We have added a top level link off of the account menu to quickly see and download all of your certificates from a single location.

Course Player Enhancements

Lab Files

Lab files are now a top level download instead of associated with each individual lab.

Take Notes While Learning

You can now add notes while watching a module. Each note will capture the location within the module and when selected take you back to the spot you took the note in.

Simplified discussion

Added support for Disqus to each course. Previously, access to Opsgility expert trainers was through Yammer. To simplify interaction we have added an inline Disqus feature to answer your questions about the course or the labs.

As always, we love to hear feedback on new topics or site enhancements.