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MS20487 - Developing Windows Azure™ and Web Services (MS20487 )

  • Overview
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  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Content
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Course Overview

Duration: 5 Days

In this course, students will learn how to design and develop services that access local and remote data from various data sources. Students will also learn how to develop and deploy services to hybrid environments, including on-premises servers and Windows Azure. This course helps people prepare for exam 70 - 487.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for both novice and experienced .NET developers who have a minimum of six months programming experience, and want to learn how to develop services and deploy them to hybrid environments.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Query and manipulate data with Entity Framework

  • Use ASP.NET Web API to create HTTP-based services and consume them from .NET and non-.NET clients

  • Extend ASP.NET Web API services using message handlers, model binders, action filters, and media type formatters

  • Create SOAP-based services with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and consume them from .NET clients

  • Apply design principles to service contracts and extend WCF services using custom runtime components and behaviors

  • Secure WCF services using transport and message security

  • Use Windows Azure Service Bus for relayed messaging and brokered messaging using queues and topics

  • Host services on on-premises servers, and on various Windows Azure environments, such as Web Roles, Worker Roles, and Web Sites

  • Deploy services to both on-premises servers and Windows Azure

  • Store and access data in Windows Azure Storage, and configure storage access rights

  • Monitor and log services, both on-premises and in Windows Azure

  • Implement federated authentication by using ACS with ASP.NET Web API services

  • Create scalable, load-balanced services

Course Content

Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologiesThis module describes the Microsoft data, service, and cloud stacks. It also describes the various components that comprise Windows Azure.Lessons

  • Key Components of Distributed Applications  
  • Data and Data Access Technologies
  • Service Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Exploring Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application

Lab :Exploring the work environment

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the overall architecture of distributed applications.
  • Describe the data platform technologies supported by Microsoft.
  • Describe the different approaches and technologies used for developing services.
  • Describe cloud computing concepts and the Windows Azure ecosystem.

Module 2: Querying and manipulating data using Entity FrameworkThis module explains how to create Entity Framework models and use them to query and manipulate data.Lessons

  • ADO.NET overview
  • Creating an entity data model
  • Querying data
  • Manipulating data

Lab :Creating a data access layer using Entity Framework

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how to use ADO.NET to query and manipulate data.
  • Create entity data models using the different design approaches of Entity Framework.
  • Query a database using various Entity Framework techniques.
  • Manipulate data by using Entity Framework.

Module 3: Creating and consuming ASP.NET Web API servicesThis module explains how to createHTTP basedservices using the ASP.NET Web API.Lessons

  • What are HTTP services?
  • Creating an ASP.NET Web API service
  • Handling HTTP requests and responses
  • Hosting and consuming ASP.NET Web API services

Lab : Creating the travel reservation ASP.NET Web API service

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the HTTP protocol and how it is used with REST.
  • Create a basic ASP.NET Web API service by using routing, controllers, and actions.
  • Convert HTTP request content to .NET objects and convert return values to responses.
  • Host and consume ASP.NET Web API services in various server and client scenarios.

Module 4: Extending and securing ASP.NET Web API servicesThis module explains how to extend and secure ASP.NET web API services to support real world scenarios.Lessons

  • The ASP.NET Web API request pipeline
  • The ASP.NET Web API response pipeline
  • Creating OData services
  • Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API services
  • Injecting dependencies into controllers

Lab : Extending Travel Companion’s ASP.NET Web API services

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how messages flow through the ASP.NET Web API request processing pipeline.
  • Describe how messages flow through the ASP.NET Web API response processing pipeline.
  • Create ASP.NET Web API OData services.
  • Implement security in ASP.NET Web API services.
  • Create a dependency resolver that injects dependencies into ASP.NET Web API controllers.

Module 5: Creating WCF services

This module explains how to create WCF services, host them, and consume them from other applications.


  • Advantages of creating services with WCF
  • Creating and implementing a contract
  • Configuring and hosting WCF services
  • Consuming WCF services

Lab :Creating and consuming the WCF booking service

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe why and when to use WCF to create services.
  • Implement a service using contracts.
  • Host a WCF service with endpoint configuration in code and configuration file.
  • Consume a WCF servicesfrom .NET clients.

Module 6: Designing and extending WCF servicesThis module explains how to design a WCF service contracts with duplex support, async operations, and one-way operations. It also explains how to create services that use various instancing and concurrency modes. In addition, it describes how to extend a WCF service with custom behaviors and runtime components.Lessons

  • Applying design principles to service contracts
  • Handling distributed transactions
  • WCF pipeline architecture
  • Extending the WCF pipeline

Lab :Designing and extending WCF services

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create service contracts that support service design principles.
  • Create services that support distributed transactions.
  • Describe the architecture of the WCF pipeline and how to control it with behaviors.
  • Extend WCF with runtime components and extensible objects.

Module 7: Implementing Security in WCF servicesThis module explains how to implement security in WCF services by using transport and message security. It also describes how to configure and implement authentication and authorization for a serviceLessons

  • Transport security
  • Message security
  • Configuring service authentication and authorization

Lab : Securing a WCF service

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure a service for transport security.
  • Configure a service for message security.
  • Authenticate and authorize users.

Module 8: Windows Azure Service BusThis module explains how to use the Windows Azure Service Bus for advanced routing and messaging scenarios.Lessons

  • Windows Azure Service Bus Relays
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
  • Windows Azure Service Bus Topics

Lab :Windows Azure Service Bus

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Connect hybrid environments with Windows Azure Service Bus Relays.


Course ID: MS20487

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