De-mystifying the cloud: Free cloud infrastructure training

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Want to make your life easier by moving from on-prem to the cloud, but don’t know where to start? There’s a Quest for that. The Baseline: Infrastructure Quest gives you hands-on practice with GCP’s core infrastructure services like Cloud IAM, Kubernetes, and Stackdriver. Enroll in the Quest by Monday, September 24th you’ll get a 1-month pass (free of charge, no CC required) to earn the badge and show your “flight time” with Google Cloud.

Even better, each lab in the Quest has 1-minute videos to walk you through key concepts for each lab. Here are some of the labs in the Quest:

  • Cloud Storage: Qwik Start – Console: Use the Google Cloud Platform Console to create a storage bucket, upload objects, create folders & subfolders, and then make those objects publicly accessible.

When you’ve created a bucket & uploaded an object into the bucket, you can check your progress: 

Ensure that you’ve understood each concept by answering multiple choice questions: 

How did you do? Share your results @Qwiklabs. Need extra help? Watch Jenny as she walks you through this lab.

  • Cloud IAM: Qwik Start: Cloud IAM unifies access control for GCP services into a single system and presents a consistent set of operations. Learn to create and manage permissions with this lab. You’ll assign and remove roles associated with Identity and Access Management (IAM).

When you’ve removed project viewer access for a user with IAM, you should see a similar permission error:

If not, let Jenny come to your rescue in this video!

  • Kubernetes Engine: Qwik Start: After you’ve created a cluster, you’ll execute kubectl run command to create a new Deployment, hello-server, using the hello-app container image. Before you can inspect the hello-server service, you’ll need to expose your application to external traffic:

If you’re unable to view the application from your web browser using the external IP address with the exposed port, let Jenny help you!

  • Deployment Manager: Qwik Start: Since Deployment Manager is an infrastructure deployment service that automates the creation and management of GCP resources, you can write configuration files for Cloud Storage, Compute Engine, Cloud SQL, etc.

In this lab, you’ll write a file to create & deploy configuration, inspect the running environment and view the deployment manifest. While waiting to deploy your configuration, you’ll see a status message:

Don’t see it? Jenny can help you with this lab too!

Why wait? Enroll now before 2020 hits, and your server closet in the back room is still humming (:

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it….

There are 8000+ Cloud Architect jobs on LinkedIn and they can make up to $170k+ per year. High salary means high expectations. When you earn your Cloud Architect certification, you are tested on your ability to solve real-world problems. Prepare for the Cloud Architect certification exam and set yourself apart.

Need help practicing for the exam and testing your skills in a simulated crisis? Qwiklabs can help! Tackle the Challenge: GCP Architecture Quest to put your skills to the test. Instead of following “cookbook” steps, you’ll practice with common business/technology solutions using GCP.

Enroll in the Challenge: GCP Architecture Quest by Friday, September 21st and you’ll get a 1-month pass (free of charge, no CC required) to help you complete the Quest and practice for the Cloud Architect certification exam.

Here are a couple of scenarios from the Quest:

  • Google Cloud Essential Skills: Challenge Lab: Your company is ready to launch a brand new website, but the person who built the new site left the company before they could deploy it. Your challenge is to deploy the site in the public cloud.

Tip: Need help with VM? Check out the Creating a Virtual Machine lab before tackling this scenario.

If you need additional help with gcloud, read this documentation.

  • Deploy a Compute Instance with a Remote Startup Script: Since you need to manage the deployment and configuration of Google Cloud virtual machines, you’ve decided to make some changes to the framework. For example, storing startup scripts in a Cloud Storage bucket to make them easily modifiable.

Since these scripts automate initialization of compute instances, this will help you with overcoming a challenge. You will use a remote startup script to configure a Linux Google Compute Engine instance that installs the Apache web server. Have you ensured Apache installation by accessing the Compute Engine instance via HTTP?

Tip: Need help with Cloud Storage? Check out the Cloud Storage: Qwik Start – Console lab first.

  • Build and Deploy a Docker Image to a Kubernetes Cluster: Your development team wants to adopt containerized microservices approach to application architecture. Your task? Ensure you can deploy a sample application to a GCP Kubernetes container. To test deployment of echo-web with a Dockerfile, you must use a tag to build the Docker container image and store it on the Google Container Registry.

Tip: Having trouble with tagging? Take the Container Registry: Qwik Start lab first.

  • Update and Scale Out a Containerized Application on a Kubernetes Cluster: Your system architecture team has adopted a containerized micro-service architecture. You need to take ownership of a test environment to manage containerized web applications. Your challenge is to update the running echo-app application in the echo-web deployment from the v1 to the v2 code. And (because there’s always an “and”) then scale out the application to 2 instances and confirm that they are all running.

Tip: Need help with scaling your containerized applications? Take the Kubernetes Engine: Qwik Start lab first.

Fun fact: The Quest consists of seven scenarios and all of them have activity tracking so, you must score 100% in each scenario to earn the badge. Here’s a qwik preview of activity tracking you’ll see on the right hand side of each scenario:

Think you’ve got what it takes to earn the badge that very few people have added on their resumes? Tackle the Quest now to get the practice for the exam you won’t get anywhere else in the world and increase your career opportunities!

Cloud certification: Hands-on practice is just a lab away

Infrastructure Architect is the fourth highest-paying job in the tech industry. Add the Cloud Architecture Quest badge to your resume and set your sights on the Cloud ACE certification (and maybe one of the 1,097 open architect jobs). The Quest maps to the topics covered in the new ACE certification exam guide and puts your GCP knowledge to test. Here’s how:

  • In the Cloud IAM: Qwik Start lab you’ll assign a role to a second user and remove assigned roles associated with Identity and Access Management (IAM). This maps to section 5 from the exam guide, Configuring Access and Security.

Explore the IAM console in the lab and you’ll see:

    • Practice creating Google Compute Engine VM instance in the Stackdriver: Qwik Start lab. It will help you with section 3.1 from the exam guide, deploying and implementing Compute Engine resources.
    • Tackle the Orchestrating the Cloud with Kubernetes lab to provision a Kubernetes cluster and deploy and manage Docker containers using kubectl. This helps you practice for section 3.2, Deploying and implementing Kubernetes Engine resources.

    Here’s a brain teaser! Nginx container is running, expose it using kubectl      expose command in the lab.

What happened? Share your results @Qwiklabs

  • Conquer the Deployment Manager – Full Production lab to set up black box monitoring with Stackdriver Dashboard and establish uptime check alerts to trigger incident responses. This maps to section 3.7 from the exam  guide, Deploying an Application using Deployment Manager.

Why wait? Enroll in the Cloud Architecture Quest by Friday, August 24th and get a 1-month pass to help you prepare for the Associate Cloud Engineer Certification exam.