Most Azure administrators go through a "gotcha" period in which they realize they made mistakes only after deployment. This course, Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting Started, will jump-start your skills with Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and give you knowledge to make the best decisions up front. First, you'll learn about configuring networking, security and storage. Next, you'll explore the various methods for deploying Azure VMs in a highly available environment. Finally, you'll be equipped to perform configuration management and disaster recovery tasks on your new environment. After completing this course, you'll know how to lay the foundation for Windows Server and Linux virtual machines (VMs), including storage, networking, and security. In order to properly follow along, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection a Microsoft Azure subscription (you can sign up for a 30-day free trial).