If you are new to Azure and you are lost between tones of resources, i recommend you to start with these two free eBooks.
You will notice that the second one is like a step by step for a lab, but it also helps you understand many Azure areas.
Begin with the first one. And for the second book, it’s preferable to have an Azure subscription to repeat and test the different steps.
You will need only a valid credit card to be able to have a FREE trial subscription to Azure allowing you to test the different Azure services. (Some people say that 1$ will be credited from your account as a verification fee). But really, Azure for 1$!! Expensive!!
- First book
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team
- Second book
Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan
You can also find these books and many other interesting ones on the Microsoft Free eBooks web page: HERE
Enjoy the reading, and be patient.