Having taken a sabbatical over the summer I’m back and have a little bit of catching up to do! In my absence Microsoft Press have been busy this summer with a number of free ebooks which look like they will be really useful to the seasoned IT professional. Continue reading
I’m playing catch with a few blog posts as the blog has taken a back seat recently while I have been working on a large project, so you may already know about these!
Microsoft Press have released a couple of new ebooks about Microsoft Azure, in a series entitled Microsoft Azure Essentials.
The first is Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure by Michael Collier and Robin Shahan.
From the Introduction:
“This ebook covers the fundamentals of Azure you need to start developing solutions right away. It concentrates on the features of the Azure platform that you are most likely to need to know rather than on every feature and service available on the platform. This ebook also provides several walkthroughs you can follow to learn how to create VMs and virtual networks, websites and storage accounts, and so on. In many cases, real-world tips are included to help you get the most out of your Azure experience.”
The second ebook is Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation by Michael McKeown.
From the Introduction:
“This ebook introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and process automation.”
Don’t forget all Microsoft ebooks can be found on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).
Microsoft Press have released another free System Center ebook, Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform.
The book is targeted at IT executives and architects interested in Microsoft’s cloud strategy. The book is organised by cloud type and covers Hybrid, Private, Public and Service provider cloud scenarios.
Microsoft has just released a new Office Visio stencil.
This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. Continue reading
Microsoft Press have released a free ebook, Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – Technical Overview.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of the popular database server, the book covers many of the new improvements in the latest version.
It’s been a busy week for Microsoft, as well as Update Rollups for Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010, and the first Service Pack for Exchange 2013 they have also released the first Service Pack for Office 2013.
The Office 2013 SP1 provides security enhancements, and improved compatability with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. It will become available on Windows Update within the next 30 days.
The 32bit version is approx 643MB in size and the 64 bit version 774Mb in size, so definitely worth waiting to deploy it with WSUS.
Further details can be found on the Office Update blog here.
A description and download links can be found here on KB2817430.
Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution
The book is designed for architects and cloud fabric administrators to help decision making during the design process and build out of a virtualized network solution.
It can be downloaded from the Microsoft Virtual Academy, along with many other.
The MS Press blog post can be found here.