Azure fundamentals

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New to the cloud? Azure fundamentals teaches you basic cloud concepts, provides a streamlined overview of many Azure services, and guides you with hands-on exercises to deploy your very first services for free.


Azure fundamentals is being updated to a new series of learning paths.

If you’ve already started this path, you can continue until it’s retired on January 31, 2021. It’ll be hidden from navigation on November 9, 2020, so bookmark it before then.

Haven’t started yet? Begin the new series with: Azure Fundamentals part 1: Describe core Azure concepts.

In this learning path, you will:

  • Learn cloud concepts such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery
  • Understand the benefits of cloud computing in Azure and how it can save you time and money
  • Compare and contrast basic strategies for transitioning to the Azure cloud
  • Explore the breadth of services available in Azure including compute, network, storage, and security

Visit the Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals page to find training and resources to help you prepare and to schedule your exam.



Modules in this learning path

Explore the core concepts of cloud computing and how it can help your business.

The first step to using Azure is to sign up. You may sign up directly through, with the help of a Microsoft representative, or through a partner. If you’re new to Azure, you may sign up for an Azure free account to start exploring with $200 USD free credit and free services.

Get started with Azure by creating and configuring your first website in the cloud.

Azure provides a global network of secure datacenters you can deploy your services into. Learn about the physical architecture of Azure, how redundancy is provided, and what service guarantees Microsoft provides.

Tour the Azure portal features and services, and customize your portal.

Review the Azure compute services and explore how they can solve common business needs.

In this module, we'll explore the benefits of Azure data storage versus on-premises storage.

Running your app or service in the cloud requires a fast and secure network. Learn some of the Azure networking basics and how Azure networking helps improve resiliency and reduce latency.

Discuss the basic concepts for protecting your infrastructure and data when you work in the cloud. Understand what responsibilities are yours and what Azure takes care of for you.

Learn about governance and management in Azure services.

Use Azure Resource Manager to organize resources, enforce standards, and protect critical assets from deletion.

Cost is one of the most important aspects of the cloud and can have a massive impact on your business. Azure has several tools available to help you get a better understanding of cloud spend and some best practices that you can leverage to help you save money.