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I am a newbie to this whole Azure thing so I need some advice or direction to get started on this. I've seen various job postings asking about Azure. I would like to know where should I start. Also, if possible would also like to know all the planning that goes into choosing Azure as a solution like for e.g whether to use IaaS or PaaS and how much knowledge as a SQL Server DBA one should have on Azure as well as what is it that is really important as far as learning from the SQL Server DBA standpoint is concerned. Any articles, blog posts, hands on labs etc or anything that can be really helpful in my exploration towards Azure.
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ffarouqi - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:38 PM
I am a newbie to this whole Azure thing so I need some advice or direction to get started on this. I've seen various job postings asking about Azure. I would like to know where should I start. Also, if possible would also like to know all the planning that goes into choosing Azure as a solution like for e.g whether to use IaaS or PaaS and how much knowledge as a SQL Server DBA one should have on Azure as well as what is it that is really important as far as learning from the SQL Server DBA standpoint is concerned. Any articles, blog posts, hands on labs etc or anything that can be really helpful in my exploration towards Azure.


You can create a free account with Azure and can play with the technology for free for a limited time. Nice way to get a feel for things:
Create your Azure free account today

There are a few sites where you can get free online training. This article has links to a lot of the free training:
Free Microsoft Azure Online Training Resources You Need

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If you have an MSDN account that also comes with free Azure time that gets renewed monthly.

As far as getting started, my recommendation is to simply dive in. The VMs are pretty easy to learn and easy to understand. Yeah, there are wrinkles to management, but a VM on Azure is like a VM on AWS is like a VM in HyperV is like a VM in VMWare. The real learning comes from two places. First, learning how to use ARM Templates to automate deployments and management of your resources. Second, platform as a service. It's a different critter and worth checking out and understanding exactly what it offers and what its limitations are.

For guidance, I write quite a few blog posts on the topic over at scarydba.com. I wouldn't trust anything more than about 18 months old though, Azure changes kind of fast. Microsoft's documentation is very up to date. We have good articles here at sqlservercentral and you can get some good ones over at Simple-Talk.com. Again, anything more than 18 months old, look at it with a jaundiced eye.

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