A 3-day intro course to containers and K8s

Kubernetes Docker
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This technical "workshop style" course covers the core Docker and Kubernetes concepts and guides you to build, deploy and monitor containers on Azure and Azure Kubernetes Service. Developers, DevOps and I.T. Pros will learn how to use containers locally and on Azure. You’ll experience several demos and hands-on "live coding" activities with the trainer throughout the course as you learn how to build, deploy and monitor containers on Azure. No coding experience is required for the hands-on activities since the focus is on DevOps but you'll use the terminal, command prompt and VS Code extensively.

In day 1, you'll learn about microservices and their use cases. You'll then learn about containers and how to deploy them in different Azure services providing you with a solid foundation essential for learning Kubenernetes.

In day 2, you'll learn all about Kubenernetes and it's concepts. You'll learn how to deploy and manage microservices applications packaged in containers locally. This will provide you the essential foundation that you'll need before heading to the cloud.

Day 3 is all about Kubenernetes on Azure. You'll apply what you learned in the previous days so that you can deploy, manage and maintain your applications on Azure Kubernetes Service like a ninja!

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Graduation Cap

Day 1

Containers Concepts + Containers on Azure

  • Microservices concepts
    • The problems with legacy monolithic systems
    • Microservices concepts
    • Units of deployment & scaling
    • Advantages and drawbacks
    • Anti patterns
  • What is Cloud Native?
  • Container concepts
  • Using Docker Desktop
    • Using the Docker CLI
    • Containerize an existing application
    • Run containers locally
  • Container registry - Docker Hub
    • Push and pull containers to Docker Hub
  • Multi-Containers with Docker Compose
    • What is YAML
    • Using the docker-compose command
    • Run multi containers locally
  • Containers on Azure - our options
  • Azure Container Registry (ACR)
  • Azure Container Instances (ACI)
    • Use cases for serverless containers
    • Run containers on ACI
  • Web App for Containers
    • Create a new Web App for Containers service 
    • Deploy an image stored in ACR 
    • Enabling continuous deployment 
    • Setting environnent variables 
    • Single & multi-containers 
    • Scaling up and out 
  • Persisting data
    • Redis & Azure Redis Cache
    • Azure File Share 

Day 2

Kubernetes Core Concepts

  • Advantages & drawbacks of what we saw in Day 1
  • Kubernetes concepts
    • What is Kubernetes?
    • Architecture
    • What can Kubernetes do and not do
  • Running Kubernetes locally
    • Docker Desktop
    • Minikube
  • Kubernetes API
    • The declarative way vs the imperative way
    • Using Kubectl
    • YAML files
  • Namespaces
  • Nodes and Pods
  • Using Selectors
  • Setting environnent variables
  • Multi container pods
  • Workloads - How to deploy different applications types
    • ReplicaSet
    • Deployments
    • DaemonSet
    • StatefulSet
    • Job
    • CronJob
  • Updates using rolling updates
  • Networking
    • Communication between pods
    • Reaching from the outside world
  • Services
    • ClusterIP
    • NodePort
    • Load Balancer
  • Storage & Persistance
    • Volumes
  • App settings
    • ConfigMaps
    • Secrets
  • Observalibilty
    • Liveness & readiness probes
  • Intro to Helm
    • Helm installation
    • Create a chart and deploy

Day 3

Kubernetes on Azure

  • Azure Kukernetes Service
    • Supported versions
    • Pricing model
    • Create an AKS cluster
    • Deploy applications
    • Rolling updates
    • Ingress
  • Kubernetes API
    • Using Kubectl
    • Using the Azure Shell
  • Persistance
    • Azure File
    • Azure Disk
  • Secrets & identity
    • Azure Key Vault
    • RBAC, Azure Active Directory
  • Logging & Monitoring
    • Prometheus & Grafana
    • Azure Monitor
  • Service Mesh
    • Istio
    • Linkerd
  • Scaling
    • Load Balancer
    • Auto scaling
    • Burst to Azure Container Instances
  • Helm on AKS
    • Helm installation
  • Azure Application Gateway
  • Azure Dev Spaces
  • CI/CD with Azure DevOps




You're new to containers and Kubernetes. You're a developer and you've been tasked to containerize an application to be hosted on Azure Kubernetes Service. You want to understand the concepts so you can build and test containers locally. You also want to learn how microservices hosted in Kubernetes works so you can architect and develop the system accordingly.

No matter what development platform you use, this course will help you achieve your goals. Note that the course focus is on DevOps topics and you'll use VS Code to create configuration files, not coding actual apps.



You're new to containers and Kubernetes. As the DevOps specialist in your team, you want to understand containers, how to build and test them locally, how to configure Kubernetes and how to create CI/CD pipelines to automate deployments to Kubernetes.

This course will help you achieve your goals as it focuses on DevOps topics. You'll use VS Code intensively to create configuration files and deploy readily made apps (no coding required) with CLI commands in the terminal or command prompt.

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I.T. Pro / Ops

You're new to containers and Kubernetes. As the I.T. Pro in your team, you want to understand containers and how to configure Kubernetes in the Cloud so you can monitor and scale the system in production.

Note that the course focus is on DevOps topics and you'll use VS Code to create configuration files and deploy readily made apps (no coding required). Advanced I.T. Pro topics are not covered in this course.


The following setup is required on your laptop to attend this course:

Windows or MacOS X or Linux


A detailed checklist will be emailed to the attendees in the week prior to the course.


Our regular prices: 1-day $495, 2-day $995, 3-day $1,495.

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