To master the Azure cloud you need a subscription. With Microsoft Learn, you can learn Azure with a free Azure sandbox without providing a credit card.

Microsoft Learn homepage
Microsoft Learn homepage

Microsoft Learn is an online learning platform where you can gain practical knowledge about Azure by completing a bunch of courses and hands-on labs.

Unlike the other learning platforms, it provides a free sandbox (dedicated subscription) that you can use to complete the courses. This is a perfect solution if are afraid that you will be charged for using Azure or you just don’t like / can’t use your current subscription.

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For every exercise where you need to do something with the Azure platform, you will see an “Activate sandbox” button — it will create and configure your free subscription (and you don’t need to provide your credit card).

You can use this subscription for 4h. After this time the sandbox will be removed and you need to activate it again. You can activate the sandbox 4 times per day.

activate azure sandbox
activate azure sandbox

Once you activate the sandbox, you need to navigate to the Azure portal, click your profile name (in the right upper corner), select “Switch directory” …

switch directory to select azure sandbox
switch directory to select azure sandbox

… and click Microsoft Learn Sandbox.

selecting azure sandbox
selecting azure sandbox

Now you are ready to explore Azure and learn new things!

Just remember that: The sandbox may only be used to complete training on Microsoft Learn.

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