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AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

Microsoft Official Course AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

Course Format: online or classroom instructor lead training

Language: Bulgarian (English optional)

Course Files: digital format, price included in the course

Lab environment: individual lab env. for each student.

Course Duration40 learning hours online training (theory and practice).

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Design a DevOps Strategy

Recommend a migration and consolidation strategy for DevOps tools

Analyze existing artifact (e.g. deployment packages, NuGet) and container repositories

Analyze existing test management tools

Analyze existing work management tools

Recommend migration and integration strategies for artifact repositories, source control, test management, and work management

Design and implement an Agile work management approach

Identify and recommend project metrics, KPIs, and DevOps measurements (e.g. cycle time, lead time, Azure Kubernetes Service, WIP limit)

Implement tools and processes to support Agile work management

Mentor team members on Agile techniques and practices

Recommend an organization structure that supports scaling Agile practices

Recommend in-team and cross-team collaboration mechanisms

Design a quality strategy

Analyze existing quality environment

Identify and recommend quality metrics

Recommend a strategy for feature flag lifecycle

Recommend a strategy for measuring and managing technical debt

Recommend changes to team structure to optimize quality

Recommend performance testing strategy

Design a secure development process

Inspect and validate code base for compliance

Inspect and validate infrastructure for compliance

Recommend a secure development strategy

Recommend tools and practices to integrate code security validation (e.g. static code analysis)

Recommend tools and practices to integrate infrastructure security validation

Design a tool integration strategy

Design a license management strategy (e.g. Azure DevOps users, concurrent pipelines, test environments, open source software licensing, DevOps tools and services, package management licensing)

Design a strategy for end-to-end traceability from work items to working software

Design a strategy for integrating monitoring and feedback to development teams

Design an authentication and access strategy

Design a strategy for integrating on-premises and cloud resources

Implement DevOps Development Processes (20-25%)

Design a version control strategy

Recommend branching models

Recommend version control systems

Recommend code flow strategy

Implement and integrate source control

Integrate external source control

Integrate source control into third-party continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) systems

Implement and manage build infrastructure

Implement private and hosted agents

Integrate third party build systems

Recommend strategy for concurrent pipelines

Manage VSTS pipeline configuration (e.g. agent queues, service endpoints, pools, webhooks)

Implement code flow

Implement pull request strategies

Implement branch and fork strategies

Configure branch policies

Implement a mobile DevOps strategy

Manage mobile target device sets and distribution groups

Manage target UI test device sets

Provision tester devices for deployment

Create public and private distribution groups

Managing application configuration and secrets

Implement a secure and compliant development process

Implement general (non-secret) configuration data

Manage secrets, tokens, and certificates

Implement applications configurations (e.g. Web App, Azure Kubernetes Service, containers)

Implement secrets management (e.g. Web App, Azure Kubernetes Service, containers, Azure Key Vault)

Implement tools for managing security and compliance in the pipeline

Implement Continuous Integration

Manage code quality and security policies

Monitor code quality

Configure build to report on code coverage

Manage automated test quality

Manage test suites and categories

Monitor quality of tests

Integrate security analysis tools (e.g. SonarQube, WhiteSource Bolt, Open Web Application Security Project)

Implement a container build strategy

Create deployable images (e.g. Docker, Azure Container Registry)

Analyze and integrate Docker multi-stage builds

Implement a build strategy

Design build triggers, tools, integrations, and workflow

Implement a hybrid build process

Implement multi-agent builds

Recommend build tools and configuration

Set up an automated build workflow

Implement Continuous Delivery

Design a release strategy

Recommend release tools

Identify and recommend release approvals and gates

Recommend strategy for measuring quality of release and release process

Recommend strategy for release notes and documentation

Select appropriate deployment pattern

Set up a release management workflow

Automate inspection of health signals for release approvals by using release gates

Configure automated integration and functional test execution

Create a release pipeline (e.g. Azure Kubernetes Service, Service Fabric, WebApp)

Create multi-phase release pipelines

Integrate secrets with release pipeline

Provision and configure environments

Manage and modularize tasks and templates (e.g. task and variable groups)

Implement an appropriate deployment pattern

Implement blue-green deployments

Implement canary deployments

Implement progressive exposure deployments

Scale a release pipeline to deploy to multiple endpoints (e.g. deployment groups, Azure Kubernetes Service, Service Fabric)

Implement Dependency Management

Design a dependency management strategy

Recommend artifact management tools and practices

Abstract common packages to enable sharing and reuse

Inspect codebase to identify code dependencies that can be converted to packages

Identify and recommend standardized package types and versions across the solution

Refactor existing build pipelines to implement version strategy that publishes packages

Manage security and compliance

Inspect open source software packages for security and license compliance to align with corporate standards (e.g. GPLv3)

Configure build pipeline to access package security and license rating (e.g. Black Duck, White Source)

Configure secure access to package feeds

Implement Application Infrastructure

Design an infrastructure and configuration management strategy

Analyze existing and future hosting infrastructure

Analyze existing Infrastructure as Code technologies

Design a strategy for managing technical debt on templates

Design a strategy for using transient infrastructure for parts of a delivery lifecycle

Design a strategy to mitigate infrastructure state drift

Implement Infrastructure as Code

Create nested resource templates

Manage secrets in resource templates

Provision Azure resources

Recommend an Infrastructure as Code (IaC) strategy

Recommend appropriate technologies for configuration management

Manage Azure Kubernetes Service infrastructure

Provision Azure Kubernetes Service (e.g. using ARM templates, CLI)

Create deployment file for publishing to Azure Kubernetes Service (e.g. kubectl, Helm)

Develop a scaling plan

Implement infrastructure compliance and security

Implement compliance and security scanning

Prevent drift by using configuration management tools

Set up an automated pipeline to inspect security and compliance

Implement Continuous Feedback

Recommend and design system feedback mechanisms

Design practices to measure end-user satisfaction (e.g. Send a Smile, app analytics)

Design processes to capture and analyze user feedback from external sources (e.g. Twitter, Reddit, Help Desk)

Design routing for client application crash report data (e.g. HockeyApp)

Recommend monitoring tools and technologies

Recommend system and feature usage tracking tools

Implement process for routing system feedback to development teams

Configure crash report integration for client applications

Develop monitoring and status dashboards

Implement routing for client application crash report data (e.g. HockeyApp)

Implement tools to track system usage, feature usage, and flow

Integrate and configure ticketing systems with development team’s work management system (e.g. IT Service Management connector, ServiceNow Cloud Management, App Insights work items)

Optimize feedback mechanisms

Analyze alerts to establish a baseline

Analyze telemetry to establish a baseline

Perform live site reviews and capture feedback for system outages

Perform ongoing tuning to reduce meaningless or non-actionable alerts

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are DevOps professionals who combine people, process, and technologies to continuously deliver valuable products and services that meet end user needs and business objectives. DevOps professionals streamline delivery by optimizing practices, improving communications and collaboration, and creating automation. They design and implement strategies for application code and infrastructure that allow for continuous integration, continuous testing, continuous delivery, and continuous monitoring and feedback.

Candidates must be proficient with Agile practices. They must be familiar with both Azure administration and Azure development and experts in at least one of these areas. Azure DevOps professionals must be able to design and implement DevOps practices for version control, compliance, infrastructure as code, configuration management, build, release, and testing by using Azure technologies.

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