Deploy and configure Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine

Solution Architect
Technology Manager
Cloud Shell
Azure Portal
Virtual Machines

In this learning path, you’ll learn how to deploy and configure Azure IaaS Virtual Machine workloads. After completing the learning path, you’ll know how to plan, deploy, and upgrade Windows Server Azure Virtual Machines.


  • Experience with managing Windows Server operating system and Windows Server workloads in on-premises scenarios, including AD DS, DNS, DFS, Hyper-V, and File and Storage Services.
  • Experience with common Windows Server management tools (implied by the first prerequisite).
  • Basic knowledge of core Microsoft compute, storage, networking, and virtualization technologies (implied by the first prerequisite).
  • Basic knowledge of on-premises resiliency Windows Server-based compute and storage technologies (Failover Clustering, Storage Spaces).
  • Basic experience with implementing and managing IaaS services in Microsoft Azure.
  • Basic knowledge of Azure Active Directory.
  • Basic understanding security-related technologies (firewalls, encryption, multi-factor authentication, SIEM/SOAR).
  • Basic knowledge of PowerShell scripting.
  • An understanding of the following concepts as related to Windows Server technologies:
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery
    • Automation
    • Monitoring

Modules in this learning path

You'll be able to describe Azure compute and storage in relation to Azure VMs, and deploy Azure VMs by using the Azure portal, Azure CLI, or templates.

You'll be able to create new VMs from generalized images and use Azure Image Builder templates to create and manage images in Azure.

You'll be able to deploy Desired State Configuration (DSC) extensions, implement those extensions to remediate noncompliant servers, and use custom script extension.

Learn to migrate a workload running in Windows Server to an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) virtual machine (VM) and to Windows Server 2019 by using Windows Server migration tools or the Storage Migration Service.