April, 2014

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  • Microsoft Press

    Quick news: New Microsoft resources for scripting

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    Microsoft has just released two new resources to ease IT Pros’ lives. · Script Browser – IT Pros can search, download and manage 9000+ TechNet automation script samples covering almost all Microsoft IT products from within their scripting environment.  Script Browser even supports offline search so users can download all interesting scripts and search them when they do not have internet access. · Script Analyzer – It automatically scan your automation script and provide suggestions to improve the script quality and readability. The resources can be downloaded from the following link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/04/16/a-world-of-scripts-at-your-fingertips-introducing-script-browser.aspx The teams developing these tools are committed to continuously adding new features...
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    From the MVPs: Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    This is the 40th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Cluster MVP David Bermingham . Thanks, David!   Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2 Before...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press wins awards at international competition of STC

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    You all might remember that back in the winter, a handful of our books were recognized by the Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communications. (See blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2014/01/22/quick-news-microsoft-press-picks-up-six-awards-at-last-night-s-stc-ceremony.aspx .) Today, we’re happy to announce that three of those books were sent to the international judges and have received recognition at the top level of competition. Here are the winners. Congratulations to the authors and editors who produced these high-quality books. Award of Excellence STC's description: An entry that wins an Award of Excellence consistently meets high standards in all areas. The entry might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry demonstrates...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the final ebook in our System Center series: Microsoft System Center – Integrated Cloud Platform by David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, series editor. Introduction Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform is targeted toward IT executives and architects interested in the big picture of how Microsoft’s cloud strategy is delivered using Windows and Microsoft System Center. We provide an all-encompassing approach to understanding and architecting Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure based solutions for infrastructure as a service. The combination of Windows, System Center, and Windows Azure is a cloud-integrated platform, delivering what Microsoft calls...
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    Webinar: Hybrid Cloud Series - Episode One

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    Join our featured speakers, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Microsoft Press author Mark Russinovich and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson, for the first webinar of the Hybrid Cloud series. Learn about the basics of hybrid cloud including Microsoft’s definition of the hybrid cloud, its key benefits, and how hybrid cloud solutions will evolve with broader trends in the IT industry. Register to attend this complimentary webinar on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. PDT. https://info.windowsazure.com/April2014_Hybrid_Cloud_Series_Episode_One_Register.html
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    From the MVPs: Setting Internet Explorer Trusted Site Settings via Group Policy Object in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    This is the 39th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP Philippe Levesque . Thanks, Philippe! Today I will talk about setting up trusted sites via Group Policy Objects ...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition

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              Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re pleased to announce our free (1311-page) ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition, by Kraig Brockschmidt. Kraig began updating the first edition exactly a year ago, and when you examine the new ebook’s Table of Contents you’ll quickly see how much work he has done to share his deep understanding of Windows Store app building. Even in the simplest sense—new pages added to this edition: 478—Kraig’s effort and generosity are impressive. Thank you, Kraig, and enjoy, app builders! The following excerpt from Kraig’s introduction to the ebook shares our goals for the title...
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    New book: Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration (9780735682573), by William R. Stanek. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The portable, practical guide for Windows Server administrators Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for core configuration and administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012 R2. Zero in on the essentials through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field. Coverage includes: · Administration overview · Managing...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services (9780735673618), by J.C. Mackin and Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – shop local Description Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-412—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of advanced configuration tasks for Windows Server infrastructure. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: · Configure and manage...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re pleased to announce our next free ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. Introduction Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of Microsoft’s information platform, with new features that deliver faster performance, expand capabilities in the cloud, and provide powerful business insights. In this book, we explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. We also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments. SQL Server 2014 continues to include components that support analysis, although...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1 (9780735684775), by Joli Ballew. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Fully updated for Windows 8.1! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-687 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: · Install and upgrade to Windows 8.1 · Configure hardware and applications · Configure...
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    A New Day For Microsoft Press!

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    Today’s announcement of our new distribution relationship is accompanied by a new approach to how we plan our books as well. You won’t see a difference today, but over the next several months you’ll notice that our titles will be more up to the minute and relevant than ever before. We’ll focus on delivering certification titles faster. You’ll see new definitive titles on the best practices of software development. We’ll have fresh looks and approaches to our Office applications titles that reflect the dynamism of Office 365. Behind each of those titles, the editorial team will be in tighter alignment with the Microsoft software, services, and devices teams to make sure we’re covering the critical path changes to core technologies you need to know...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press is now distributed by Pearson

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    As many of you saw in the post from a couple of weeks ago, Pearson is now the worldwide distributor of Microsoft Press books. As always, you can  purchase our books from any retailer, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  What’s new is that you can also purchase them directly from InformIT.com, Pearson’s site. Later this month we’ll be unveiling our new Microsoft Press Store online. Stay tuned. I’ll also include an FAQ then to communicate the changes and answer some of the concerns that many of you expressed in your comments a couple of weeks ago. We appreciate your feedback.
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