Starting Azure Infrastructure - London Feb 2018

Thursday, 22 February 2018 9:30 AM - Friday, 23 February 2018 4:00 PM GST

The Lancaster Gate Hotel, 66 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA, United Kingdom

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 9:30 AM - Friday, 23 February 2018 4:00 PM GST

Corrected - The Lancaster Gate Hotel, The Lancaster Gate Hotel, , London, W2 3NA, United Kingdom.

This course is intended for IT professionals and developers that wish to start working with or improve their knowledge of Azure virtual machines. The course starts at the very beginning, explaining what Azure is (and isn’t), administrative concepts, and then works through the fundamentals of virtual machines before looking at more advanced topics such as security, high availability, storage engineering, backup, disaster recovery, management/alerting, and automation.

Aidan has been teaching and assisting Microsoft partners in Ireland about Microsoft Azure since 2014. Over this time he has learned what customers are doing in Azure, and how they best get results. Combined with his own learning, and membership of the Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) program for Microsoft Azure, Aidan has a great deal of knowledge to share.

We deliberately keep the class small (maximum of 20) to allow for a more intimate environment where attendees can feel free to interact and ask questions.


This course spans two days, running on February 22-23, 2018. The agenda is below.

Day 1 (09:30 – 17:00):

  • Introducing Azure
  • Tenants & subscriptions
  • Azure administration
  • Admin tools
  • Intro to IaaS
  • Storage
  • Networking basics

Day 2 (09:30 – 16:00):

  • Virtual machines
  • Advanced networking
  • Backup
  • Disaster recovery
  • JSON
  • Diagnostics
  • Monitoring & alerting
  • Security Center

By the end of this course you should have new/additional knowledge to help you deploy business services using Azure virtual machines, with best practices on performance, security, and availability … in the real world.

Past Feedback

Here are some recent comments from courses that Aidan wrote and delivered:

“Aidan covers all the information and workarounds so that you know what not to do, rather than having to learn the hard way from your mistakes. Also happy to answer question and off-topic questions.”

“I found it very useful for my job. I especially liked that we covered aspects that weren’t in the course but provided useful context, e.g. applying learnings like MS Flow and MigAz. I learned a lot about networking - not just the tools but the aspects that the tools are applied to.”

“Excellent as always.”

The Venue

The location is the Lancaster Gate Hotel in London. This hotel is less than:

  • 15 minutes’ walk from Paddington Station, which is the endpoint for the Heathrow Express train
  • 7 minutes from Bayswater Tube station on the Circle and District lines
  • 6 minutes from Queensway and Lancaster Gate Tube stations on the Central line

This hotel is also quite affordable to stay in, by London standards.


The cost for this course is £800 per person. You can pay for for the course by credit card (on this page) or by invoice/bank transfer by emailing

We require the following information for invoice & bank transfer payment:

  • The name and contact details (email and phone) for the person attending the course.
  • Name & address of the company paying the course fee.
  • A purchase Order (PO) number, if your company require this for services & purchases.

A reduced cost of £700 per person is available for anyone booking more than 1 place.

The cost includes tea/coffee and lunch. Please inform us in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Terms & Conditions

Payment must be received within 14 days of registration. The full payment includes a £150 deposit.

If you cancel your place before January 22nd then you will forfeit the deposit. The paid balance will be refunded.

The course will require at least 3 attendees to continue – Note that this class has more than met this requirement and is scheduled to run.

In the event of any course cancellation by the organizers, all attendees that met the above requirements will get a full refund.

Aidan Finn has been teaching Microsoft Azure to Microsoft partners in Ireland for over 3 years, being a part of the team that has made Ireland one of the more successful markets in the Microsoft Western Europe region. His focus on real world scenarios and solutions, coupled with his knowledge of Azure infrastructure has made the cloud a real thing for his customers. After lots of questions, Cloud Mechanix is bringing Aidan’s own custom-written training to the the UK & Europe. If you want to get a quick start on Microsoft Azure, then Cloud Mechanix training is what you need. Aidan Finn has been working in IT since 1996, working as a developer, consultant, systems administrator and technical sales lead. Today, Aidan is a Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) with the dual expertise of Azure and Cloud & Datacenter Management. He has been presenting (Including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite) & teaching about Azure, Hyper-V, Windows Server and more since 2008, and had written 5 books on Microsoft technologies. Aidan writes on his own site at and is the Contributing Editor on Microsoft Virtualization on Aidan and Nicole, his wife, are the owners & operators of Cloud Mechanix.

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