Carnegie Mellon University Cloud Administration basics Learning Path on Microsoft Learn
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Cloud administration basics

Cloud Administrators create and maintain cloud applications, as well as automate, monitor, and secure data being transferred to the cloud.



Students will gain knowledge and develop hands-on experience solving real-world problems in the area of cloud administration. This includes the process to provision, orchestrate, scale, manage, and monitor cloud services across compute, storage, networking, and security using various cloud interfaces. All projects utilize existing public cloud infrastructure, tools, and services. Specifically, students will be exposed to real-world scenarios, infrastructure, and data. It is our goal that students will develop the skills needed to become a cloud administrator. This Learning Path on Microsoft Learn has been developed in partnership with Dr. Majd Sakr and Carnegie Mellon University.


Students who complete the Cloud Administration basics Learning Path should be able to:

  • Explain the core concepts of the cloud computing paradigm and discuss how and why the cloud paradigm shift came about.
  • Explain the characteristics of various models and services in cloud computing and discuss their advantages and challenges.
  • Create, configure and manage cloud accounts, subscriptions, user and service identities.
  • Set and manage role-based access control (RBAC) based on a set of specifications.
  • Configure, create, and manage compute, networking and storage cloud resources and set their policies and access.
  • Apply cloud scaling solutions to deploy a load-balanced web application on the cloud.
  • Create, configure, deploy, manage and monitor cloud resources through cloud orchestration tools.
  • Utilize monitoring telemetry, metrics, and alerts for cloud resources to improve the reliability and availability of cloud applications.
  • Create, configure, and manage virtual networks, subnets, security groups, and IP addresses.
  • Employ cloud backup, redundancy, and recovery services to deploy cloud-based fault-tolerant services.

Modules in this learning path


Learn about the cloud, including the history, building blocks, and types on your way to becoming a Cloud Administrator.

Learn about the different types of resources available on the cloud and the technology behind how they work.


Learn about digital identities and how they can be managed and synchronized within an organization.


Virtualize resources in the cloud

Discover virtualization and how it enables many technologies in the cloud, including virtual machines, containers and networks.


Discover what cloud elasticity means and different ways to scale your cloud resources.


Automate cloud resource management

Learn about how to automate cloud resource management with scripts and infrastructure-as-code tools like Terraform.


Monitor cloud resources

Monitoring how your cloud resources are performing is crucial to building reliable cloud applications. This module covers what monitoring is, why you need to do it, and how you can about monitoring your resources.

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