OpenHack – Containers (OHCTS)


Course Overview

Please note attendees work together in teams of 5 as a minimum and the pricing advertised is per team of 5.

Course Content

Technical Scenarios

  • Application Containerization: move services to container technology and leverage the cloud using AKS
  • Security: networking, RBAC and secret management to ensure correct permissions for each cluster
  • Mixed-Workloads: running both Windows and Linux workloads in a single cluster
  • Observability: the ability to understand and manage the health of your applications through tools like Azure Monitor

Who should attend

  • Customers that are looking to modernize their applications by leveraging AKS
  • Customers that are looking to improve their skill set and knowledge of running production workloads in AKS
  • App Developers
  • Software Engineers
  • Cloud Solution Architects


To be successful and get the most out of this OpenHack and to avoid any delays with downloading or installing tooling, you are encouraged to have the following ready to go and to review the links and resources listed (as needed for upskilling).

What tools will I need?

  • You will need Docker, Command Prompt (powershell/bash/wsl), kubectl, and Helm. VSCode which the Kubernetes extension is also useful.

Course Objectives

The challenges in this OpenHack are inspired from real-world scenarios where customers are looking to modernize their application by moving to containers, so that they can meet the demands of their large, and scaling, workloads.

During the “hacking” attendees will focus on configuring an AKS cluster with production concerns in mind such as security (secret management and RBAC) and observability (logging and monitoring).

By the end of the OpenHack, attendees will have built out a technical solution that has cluster(s) ready for production – meeting top-quality security, observability and networking requirements.


Linux and Windows Containers, Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Container Registry, Virtual Machine, Networking, Storage, Azure Monitor, Key Vault, Service Mesh

Outline: OpenHack – Containers (OHCTS)

Challenge 1: But First, Containers

  • Use Docker to build and run containers locally
  • Push images to Azure Container Registry

Challenge 2: Getting Ready for Orchestration

  • Deploy microservices to a basic Azure Kubernetes Service cluster
  • Get familiar with basic Kubernetes concepts

Challenge 3: To Orchestration and Beyond

  • Use Azure Kubernetes Service to configure and create an RBAC enabled Kubernetes cluster in an existing VNET
  • Use namespaces to logically separate microservices
  • Implement Ingress for the application on the cluster

Challenge 4: Putting the Pieces Together

  • Deploy containers from Challenge 1 to the Kubernetes cluster with proper RBAC configurations
  • Manage and secure secrets with Azure Key Vault

Challenge 5: Wait, What’s Happening?

  • Use Azure Monitor to monitor the health of the AKS cluster
  • Create alerts to detect issues

Challenge 6: Locking it Down

  • Improve cluster security using network policies and pod security policies
  • Configure RBAC roles and permissions for the AKS cluster

Challenge 7: Mixed Emotions

  • Add Windows nodes to AKS cluster and deploy a legacy Windows app
  • Use Taints and Tolerations to implement best practices when running mixed workloads in a cluster
  • Upgrade a deployment in the cluster

Challenge 8: Doing More with Service Mesh

  • Use service mesh technology to expand on security and observability

Prices & Delivery methods

Online Training

3 days

  • Online Training: CAD 13,500
  • Online Training: US$ 10,000
Classroom Training

3 days

  • Canada: CAD 13,500


Currently there are no training dates scheduled for this course.