Microsoft Professional Program for Cloud Administration

Through this program, students will learn how to set up Azure virtual machines, networks, and app services; automate workloads and deployment; and manage storage, identity, databases, security and compliance. Learn how to become a Cloud Administrator, leveraging the best of Microsoft technology.

12 - 18

Technologies you will use to gain your skills

Azure IaaS
Virtual Machines
Virtual Networks
Azure App Service
New Relic
Azure PaaS
Azure Idenity

Track detail

Each course runs for three months and starts at the beginning of a quarter. January—March, April—June, July—September, and October —December. The capstone runs for four weeks at the beginning of each quarter: January, April, July, October. For exact dates for the current course run, please refer to the course detail page on

* Courses can be taken during any course run and in any order. When multiple course options are listed for a skill, only one must be completed to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn to size and deploy different types of IaaS virtual machines from the Azure Portal and automation using Azure PowerShell. Gain an understanding of the different virtual machine configuration options to consider along with tools for management and day to day monitoring.

  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn about Azure virtual networks including how to plan, configure, and manage the virtual network for scale and security. Configure inter-site connectivity between the virtual network and on-premise computers.

  • Microsoft Azure Identity

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the important concepts of Azure Active Directory (AD), how Azure AD is different for on-premise AD for managing users and groups and managing customer domains.

  • Microsoft Azure Storage

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn about the scalable Azure storage types, configuration options, management tools, and day to day management tasks.

  • Microsoft Azure App Service

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how the Azure App Service is used to deploy and manage different web apps and how to create and modify Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates to make your apps easier to deploy and manage.

  • Databases in Azure

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn about the available Azure database services with a primary focus on Azure SQL database planning, deployment, security, and management.

  • Automating Azure Workloads

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to successfully automate those manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated administrative tasks using Desired State Configuration (DSC), Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates, run books integrated with Azure Automation.

  • Migrating Workloads to Azure

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn about the different options for migrating to Microsoft Azure leveraging a systematic approach. Tactics for success such as decision making techniques on when to use manual approaches or leveraging automation will be covered. In addition, preferred practices for migrating IaaS workloads will be shared including: learning how to decide if rebuilding is the right approach or doing some type of Lift & Shift using the Tools Microsoft provides.

  • Microsoft Professional Capstone : Cloud Administration

    Provided by Microsoft

    Validate the skills and knowledge that you have obtained by taking the Cloud Administration series of courses by completing the Cloud Administration Capstone project. This capstone project will provide you with several core Cloud Administration scenarios and tasks that you will implement, and upon successful completion you will obtain the Cloud Administration Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) credential.

Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Cloud Administration

Don't live under the cloud. Control it.

Many of the courses in the Microsoft Professional Program in Cloud Administration features hands-on labs so you can practice with the most sought after skills. Assessments that require more than just memorization help to ensure that you have mastered these new skills.

Learn on your own time

All courses are available online and on demand – so whether you plan to spend a couple of hours per day or a couple of hours per week, you can work on these skills at the pace that is right for you. And since the curriculum consists of massive open online courses (MOOC) on edX, you can watch the videos on your tablet or phone.

Frequently asked questions

Question What is the Microsoft Professional Program?


The Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is a collection of courses that teach skills in several core technology tracks that help you excel in the industry's newest job roles.

These courses are created and taught by experts and feature quizzes, hands-on labs, and engaging communities. For each track you complete, you earn a certificate of completion from Microsoft proving that you mastered those skills.

Question Why should I consider participating?

The Microsoft Professional Program provides real-world skills and hands-on instruction that keeps pace with the technology industry. These courses can be rigorous but rewarding, with the flexibility to master skills at your own pace, and a robust capstone project that demonstrates your knowledge. Not to mention you get the important credentials employers want.

Question How do I sign up?

First, sign in to Next, explore the Microsoft Professional Program tracks, and enroll in the one that fits your career goals.