• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 28 days
EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Infrastructure as Code Certificate in collaboration with MicrosoftX. This course provides knowledge and skills for automating infrastructure deployment and configuration, by representing your environments as code.


This Infrastructure as Code Certificate is part of the Microsoft Professional Program in DevOps Professional Certificate, offered by MicrosoftX. In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to deliver stable environments rapidly, reliably and at scale, avoiding manual configuration of environments and enforcing consistency, by representing your environments as code.The course will cover areas such as:

  • Azure Automation
  • ARM templates
  • Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • DevTest labs
  • Chef deployments in Azure
  • Puppet deployments in Azure

As well as other automation scenarios, tools and options.

What you'll learn:
  • How to configure and implement Azure Automation accounts and security
  • How to create and run an Automation Windows PowerShell workflow-based textual Runbooks to provision and de-provision an environment
  • Understand Desired State Configuration (DSC) and how to create a DSC configuration file, import it into the automation account and compile it
  • How to onboard Azure VMs for Automation DSC
  • How to generate an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template based on an existing resource group and apply an ARM template that removes all resources in a resource group
  • How to create an ARM template by using Visual Studio.
  • How to implement Chef and Puppet deployments in Azure
  • How to use Chef to configure Azure DevTest Lab VMs
  • How to configure Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment of Azure SQL Database using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Visual Studio

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 28 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      4 weeks

      2 to 4 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Module 0:
    • Course introduction
    • Introduction to DevOps and Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • Module 1: Azure Automation
    • Objectives:
    • Infrastructure as Code and Automation
    • Automation Accounts
    • Automation Security
    • Runbook Assets
    • Runbook Basics
    • PowerShell Workflows
    • Practical Exercises
    • Review Questions
    • Summary
  • Module 2: Desired State Configuration (DSC)
    • Objectives
    • DSC in DevOps
    • Automation DSC
    • Implementing Automation DSC
    • Practical Exercises
    • Review Questions
    • Summary
  • Module 3: ARM Templates
    • Objectives
    • ARM Templates
    • Implementing ARM Templates
    • ARM templates and Visual Studio
    • Logging, Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
    • Provisioning and Configuring  Environments with Azure DevTest Labs
    • Practical Exercises
    • Review Questions
    • Summary
  • Module 4:Azure IaaS and PaaS, Environment Configuration and Deployment, and Optimization


  • Tarun Arora - Microsoft MVP, author, and trainer, Avanade

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


  • Experience working in an organization delivering software,either in development or in operations.
  • Knowledge and experience working with Cloud based solutions, experience using Microsoft Azure.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    99 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99 USD for the full programme and a duration of 28 days.
  • National

    99 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99 USD for the full programme and a duration of 28 days.
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