AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps

In this 4-day training, you will learn how to design and implement DevOps processes and practices for the Microsoft Azure environment. The course will teach you how to facilitate communication across your team, manage source control and artefact repositories, define and implement continuous integration and delivery pipelines in your organization, and how to set up a release management strategy. All the skills you need to become a Microsoft DevOps Expert! 

This training prepares you for the Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions exam and certification.

Here’s What You’ll Get

Live Training Days

Lab Assignments

Azure Sandbox

Practice Exam

Exam Voucher

Day Lab Access

Training Details

This training will provide you the knowledge and skills to design and implement Microsoft DevOps Solutions for the Microsoft Azure environment. 

You will learn how to develop an instrumentation strategy, a site reliability engineering strategy, and a security and compliance plan. In addition, I’ll teach you to manage source control, facilitate communication and collaboration, define and implement continuous integration, and set up continuous delivery and release management strategies. Moreover, you will discover how to optimize feedback mechanisms, consolidate artifacts, scale Git for the enterprise… and much more! The training combines lectures with lab exercises to help you understand the contents. 

As part of this training, you´ll receive an Azure Pass with credits to spend on your own cloud services. The pass is valid for 30 days.



Name: AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps.

Format: Classroom.

Content: training manual, case studies, Azure cloud credit, practice exam, and an exam voucher.

Requirements: a laptop with a web browser installed. Chrome or Edge is recommended. Students must have previous experience deploying or administering Azure resources. 

Support: Live classroom support.

Associated certification: Microsoft Azure Developer.


Training Curriculum


Course Intro: Core concepts

Planning for DevOps


Transformation Planning

Project Selection

Team Structures

Migrating to DevOps

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Azure Boards

Getting Started with Source Control


What is Source Control?

Benefits of Source Control

Types of Source Control Systems

Introduction to Azure Repos

Introduction to GitHub

Migrating from TFVC to Git

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Version Controlling with Git in Azure Repos

Managing Technical Debt


Identifying Technical Debt

Knowledge Sharing within Teams

Modernizing Development Environments with Codespace 

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Sharing Team Knowledge using Azure Project Wikis

Working with Git for Enterprise DevOps


How to Structure your Git Repo

Git Branching Workflows

Collaborating with Pull Requests

Why Care About Git Hooks

Fostering Inner Source

Managing Git Repositories

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Version Controlling with Git in Azure Repos

Configuring Azure Pipelines


The Concept of Pipelines in DevOps

Azure Pipelines

Evaluate Use of Hosted vs Self-hosted Agents 

Agent Pools 

Pipelines and Concurrency

Azure DevOps and Open-source Projects

Azure Pipelines YAML vs Visual Designer

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Configuring Agent Pools and Understanding Pipeline Styles 

Implementing Continuous Integration Using Azure Pipelines


Continuous Integration Overview

Implementing a Build Strategy

Integrate with Azure Pipelines

Integrating External Source Control with Azure Pipelines

Set up Self-hosted Agents

Module Review and takeaways

Lab Exercises

Enabling Continuous Integration with Azure Pipelines

Managing Application Configuration and Secrets


Introduction to Security

Implement a Secure Development Process

Rethinking Application Configuration Data

Manage Secrets, Tokens, and Certificates

Integrating with Identity Management Systems

Implementing Application Configuration

Module Review Questions

Lab Exercises

Integrating Azure Key Vault with Azure DevOps

Implementing Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions


GitHub Actions

Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions

Securing Secrets for GitHub Actions

Module Review Questions

Lab Exercises

GitHub Actions Continuous Integration

Designing and Implementing a Dependency Management Strategy


Packaging Dependencies

Package Management

Migrating and Consolidating Artifacts

Package Security

Implement a Versioning Strategy

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Package Management with Azure Artifacts 

Designing a Release Strategy


Introduction to Continuous Delivery

Release Strategy Recommendations

Building a High-quality Release Pipeline

Choosing the Right Release Management Tool

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Controlling Deployments Using Release Gates

Implementing Continuous Deployment Using Azure Pipelines


Create a Release Pipeline

Provision and Configure Environments

Manage and Modularize Tasks and Templates

Configure Automated Integration and Functional Test Automation

Automate Inspection of Health

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Configuring Pipelines as Code with YAML

Implementing an Appropriate Deployment Pattern


Introduction to Deployment Patterns

Implement Blue-Green Deployment

Feature Toggles

Canary Releases 

Dark Launching

A/B Testing

Summary and Resources

Progressive Exposure Deployment

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Feature Flag Management with LaunchDarkly and Azure DevOps

Managing Infrastructure and Configuration Using Azure Tools


Infrastructure as Code and Configuration Management

Create Azure Resources Using ARM Templates

Create Azure Resources Using Azure CLI

Azure Automation with DevOps

Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Azure Deployments Using Resource Manager Templates

Third Party Infrastructure as Code Tools Available with Azure






Module Preview and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Automating Infrastructure Deployments in the Cloud with Terraform and Azure Pipelines

Managing Containers Using Docker


Implementing a Container Build Strategy

Implementing Docker Multi-Stage Builds

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Modernizing your Existing ASP.NET Apps with Azure

Create and Manage Kubernetes Service Infrastructures


Azure Kubernetes Service

Kubernetes Tooling

Integrating AKS with Pipelines

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Deployment a Multi-Container Application to Azure Kubernetes Services

Implementing Feedback for Development Teams


Implement Tools to Track System Usage, Feature Usage, and Flow 

Implement Routing for Mobile Application Crash Report Data 

Develop Monitoring and Status Dashboards

Integrate and Configure Ticketing Systems

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Monitoring Application Performance with Application Insights

Implementing System Feedback Mechanisms


Site Reliability Engineering

Design Practices to Measure End-User Satisfaction

Design Processes to Capture and Analyze User Feedback

Design Processes to Automate Application Analytics

Managing Alerts

Blameless Retrospectives and a Just Culture

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Integration between Azure DevOps and Teams

Implementing Security in DevOps Projects


Security in the Pipeline

Azure Security Center

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Implement Security and Compliance in Azure DevOps Pipelines

Validating Code Bases for Compliance


Open-Source Software

Managing Security and Compliance Policies 

Integrating License and Vulnerability Scans

Module Review and Takeaways

Lab Exercises

Managing Technical Debt with SonarQube and Azure DevOps

Request A Classroom Training

Feel free to request a classroom training with me by filling in this contact form. I will contact you asap to discuss your business requirements, team size and preferred location of the training to make sure your team members get what they need.

A typical classroom training can usually be scheduled within 30 days and can accommodate up to 15 people on-site or online.

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See Me In Action


In 2022 I gave an AZ-400 DevOps training in Hillerød, Denmark for Superusers. The training venue is Karlebogard, a majestic villa built in 1923 and packed to the brim with antiques collected by owners Aage and Mabel Ancker during their travels around the world. Thirty years ago Superusers moved in and took over the renovations and maintenance of the building.

Superusers invited me to come to Denmark and provide a DevOps training for their students. I took this picture during our lunch break. Check out the intricate wood panels that cover all the walls in the background.

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What is a classroom training?
A classroom training is a live event in which I will present the training lectures and help you complete the lab exercises. You will be sharing the classroom with your colleagues and learn together as a group.
Where is a classroom training conducted?
Depending on your needs, classroom trainings can be conducted on-site at your place of work, in a fully-equipped classroom at a training agency, or online in a multi-day Microsoft Teams or Zoom session.
Who should attend a classroom training?
A classroom training is ideal for tech professionals who can commit to full days of learning and want to learn together as a group.
How am I supported in a classroom training?
I will continuously support you live, because we’ll both be in the same physical or virtual classroom together.
What is a Microsoft training?
A Microsoft training is an official classroom training course from the Microsoft training catalog that will teach you essential tech skills and prepare you for a certification exam.
What's included in a Microsoft training?
You will receive online course content, access to an Azure sandbox environment, lab exercises, a practice exam and an exam voucher.
How long do I have access to a Microsoft training?
You have unlimited access to the training content, 180 days access to the lab environment and 30 days of access to the practice exam. The exam voucher is valid for a year.
How can my team and I attend a Microsoft training?
Please provide your requirements in the form on the training pages and I will contact you as soon as possible to plan and set up your training.
What is an online training?
In an online training you can study the training lectures and work on the lab assignments in your own time and at your own pace. You can spend as many or as little hours per week as you want on the training. This training format is ideal for tech professionals who have irregular work hours and cannot commit to a classroom training.
What's included in an online training?
You will receive prerecorded online video lectures, text lectures, multiple-choice quizzes and homework exercises.
How am I supported in an online training?
You are supported through email, and you can also book a 30-minute video support call with me if you want. I will help you with the training lectures and lab exercises and get you ready for your certification exams.
Who should attend an online training?
An online training is ideal for tech professionals who want to set their own learning pace and prefer to work independently with a bit of guidance and support throughout the training.
Are you a certified trainer?
Yes. I started classroom training in 1997 and obtained my Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) credential in 2005. I currently have more than 25 years of training experience.
What is the maximum size for a classroom training?
It depends on the size of the classroom, the team and the complexity of the subject. But typically, groups of up to 15 students work best. If you have a larger group, it's best to split them over multiple training sessions.
Can you provide training in a non-English language?
Yes, I am fluent in English, Dutch and German thanks to a multilingual upbringing by my international family. I can provide any training in all three languages.
Will you travel to my country to provide a classroom training?
Yes. I am based in Amsterdam and often travel abroad to provide classroom training in other countries. I love meeting my students on-site, no matter where they live.