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From Admin to DevOps

The No-BS Way to DevOps in Azure

About the Book

DevOps. It's one of those buzzwords that everyone wants a part of. DevOps has transformed the way many organizations build and deliver software to customers. It can help you too!

When you say 'DevOps', you can't get away from cloud computing. The cloud model natively adheres to many DevOps philosophies. Microsoft has built a cloud in Azure that rivals the biggest player in the cloud game (AWS). But many new to the DevOps way of culture, thinking and tooling don't even know where to start. If this sounds familiar, this book is for you.

Is this book for you?

This book is for anyone in IT or software engineering that wants to learn more about DevOps and, specifically, how to follow DevOps practices in Azure. Whether you're a system administrator, engineer, developer or IT manager, this book will help you understand what it takes to deliver more value to customers with DevOps using Azure.

Learn how to use popular DevOps tools

The book is split into two parts, Tools and your DevOps journey. In Part I, you will learn, hands-on, how to get started with over a dozen popular tools to establish a strong DevOps presence in your organization. These tools include:

  1. Git and GitHub
  2. Azure Boards
  3. Azure Pipelines
  4. Ansible
  5. Terraform
  6. Kubernetes
  7. Docker
  8. ...and more!

Each chapter in Part I will provide an excellent understanding of each tool and also how to use it by building a real project. Part I chapters will prepare you for what's to come in Part II.

Build a real project the DevOps way

Part II is where your DevOps journey begins. Part II is broken into milestones. This part assumes you're in your DevOps infancy and proceeds to teach you, hands-on, how to collaborate with others, build, deploy and eventually maintain a real-world application.

Part II is broken up into five primary milestones with various chapters based on a real project. Basing the entire journey from the eyes of a team and an example project, you will follow the progress of an organization to:

  1. Get buy-in from coworkers and management
  2. Implement continuous integration (CI) with GitHub and Azure DevOps
  3. Implement continuous delivery/deployment (CD) with ARM templates, Terraform and Azure Virtual Machines
  4. Learn how to monitor Azure cloud infrastructure and application with Azure Monitor and Application Insights
  5. Take DevOps tooling to the next level with Docker, Kubernetes, and serverless technologies

By the time you're done working side-by-side on a real project with the authors in Part II, you will have the skills to be successful at any DevOps project in Azure.

Come with authors, Adam Bertram and Michael Levan, as they guide you through your next DevOps journey in Azure!


My firm is moving towards DevOps and there really hasn't been a concise book like this that encompasses the full experience. This one brings all of the various thoughts together and really provides an experience that isn't interrupted by jumping around to other sources to fill the gaps. I've already recommended this book to my entire team. Feel free to include my thoughts on anything you need along with my name. 
-Soloman Stroup

This is easily one of the most effective books I’ve read in the past few months with its end-to-end examples. Really easy to bring into your everyday life, yet powerful enough to be cautious about how you use the content. This book covers multiple important subjects that every DevOps engineer should know from architecture, infrastructure, testing, deploying, monitoring, and tracking issues. What I also like about From Admin to DevOps is that it covers something that other similar books ignore which is Azure Boards in DevOps environments.
-Mohsin Yasin, Cloud Solution Architect

An invaluable reference on how to get started with DevOps in Azure using a "hit the ground running" approach. The content is rich yet not overly complex. When reading through the book I felt I was being mentored quickly and straight to the point without compromising on fundamentals and quality. If you are an on-premises Admin like myself and looking to get started in the cloud space but don’t know where to begin, this is an invaluable reference. Cloud platforms will push you towards Infrastructure as Code as cloud operates at scale. Adam and Michael will walk you through some of the most popular tools in DevOps in order to embrace the Infrastructure as Code methodologies. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to start a journey with DevOps in Azure or even other cloud platforms.
-Francisco Navarro

About the Authors

Adam Bertram
Adam Bertram

Adam Bertram is a 20+ year veteran of IT and an experienced online business professional. He’s a consultant, Microsoft MVP, blogger, trainer, published author and content marketer for multiple technology companies. Catch up on Adam’s articles at, connect on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter at @adbertram.

Michael Levan
Michael Levan

Michael Levan is an engineer at heart. He is a cloud enthusiast, DevOps pro, HashiCorp Ambassador, and loves helping the tech community by speaking internationally, blogging, publishing books, and creating online courses. Michael spends his time creating real-world, project-focused based content, coaching engineers on how to create quality work, performing technical research for various firms, and consulting for customers around the globe on cloud and DevOps projects.

Want to see what he is up to? or Twitter @TheNJDevOpsGuy


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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • About the Book
    • Book Outline
    • Command Line Over the GUI
    • Why Azure? Why aren’t you covering my tool?
  • About the Authors
  • Target Audience
    • You
    • Your Organization
    • Your Goals
  • Code Samples and Resources
    • The BookResources GitHub Repository
    • The NoBSAzure GitHub Repository
  • Part I: Tools
    • Understanding the Tool
    • The Project
  • Azure from the Command Line with Cloud Shell
    • The Azure Cloud Shell
    • The Azure CLI
    • Azure PowerShell
    • Conclusion
    • Resources
  • Visual Studio Code
    • VS Code: An Overview
    • The Interface
    • Commands and the Command Palette
    • Settings
    • Extensions
    • Snippets
    • The Integrated Terminal
    • Working as a Team with Workspaces
    • Building Infrastructure Without Leaving VS Code
    • Resources
  • Azure Boards
    • Azure Boards: The Basics
    • Building and Organizing a Sprint
    • Summary
    • Resources
  • Git and GitHub
    • How Git and GitHub Work Together
    • Collaborating Outside of Your Team
    • Branching Basics
    • Merging Code
    • Pull Requests
    • Visual Studio Code (VS Code) + Git/GitHub
    • Building Your First Collaborative GitHub Repository
    • Summary
    • Resources
  • Azure VM Availability Sets
    • Azure VM Fault and Update Domains
    • Availability Sets
    • Creating and Testing an Availability Set with Terraform
    • Resources
  • Infrastructure as Code
    • Infrastructure as Code
  • Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates
    • ARM Templates: Infrastructure as Code
    • Deploying an Azure Virtual Machine (VM)
    • Resources
  • Terraform
    • Configuration Files
    • Providers and Resources
    • Input Variables (Variables)
    • Modules
    • State File
    • The Terraform Workflow (init —> plan —> apply)
    • Build
    • Creating a Virtual Network with Terraform
    • Resources
  • Ansible
    • What Makes Ansible Different
    • Ansible Can Reach Many Targets
    • Ansible Authentication and It’s Agentless Approach
    • Playbooks
    • Ansible Syntax
    • Inventory
    • Modules
    • Variables
    • Creating an Azure Container Instance (ACI)
    • Resources
  • Azure Load Balancers
    • The Basics of Azure Load Balancer
    • Project Conclusion
    • Resources
  • Monitoring in Azure
    • Setting up Monitoring for a Containerized Web Application
    • Resources
  • Azure Pipelines
    • Builds
    • Testing
    • Continuous Integration (CI)
    • Continuous Delivery/Deployment
    • Pipelines in Azure
    • YAML Pipelines
    • Creating a Pipeline to Deploy an Azure Virtual Machine (VM)
  • Docker
    • The Docker Engine
    • Docker Images
    • DockerFile
    • What Docker Isn’t
    • Deploying A .NET Core Container
    • Conclusion
    • Resources
  • Azure Container Registry
    • Docker Registries and Versioning
    • Azure Container Registry
  • Kubernetes
    • Understanding Kubernetes
    • Testing Deployments with Minikube
    • Resources
  • Part II - Introduction
    • Building the Monolith
    • Building the New Standard
  • Building the Monolith
    • MovieApp Architecture
    • Building the Monolith
    • Wrap Up
  • Building the New Standard
    • Prerequisites
    • Project Overview
    • Setting up the Docker Image
    • Creating an Azure KeyVault with Secrets
    • Building an Azure Kubernetes Cluster via Pipeline
    • Building the Pipeline for Deploying MovieApp
    • Verifying the MovieApp
    • Monitoring the MovieApp
    • Wrap Up
  • Release Notes

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