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    Guest article: Microsoft Azure dev/test scenario considerations

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    Greetings. Today we’re happy to share an article by Robin Shahan, one of the authors of our recently published free ebook Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure . Enjoy! Robin here. One of the common uses of Azure is the dev/test scenario. In most cases, you can replicate all or part of your on-premises infrastructure or production Azure infrastructure in Azure and use that for development, staging, and testing. There are several benefits related to using Azure for this scenario, not the least of which is saving you from having to purchase hardware that sits around unused when you are not doing development or testing. I covered the business case for using Azure for this scenario in the free Fundamentals of Azure ebook (see Chapter 9, “Business Cases”) that...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (ISBN 9780735697041), by Zoiner Tejada, Michele Leroux Bustamante, and Ike Ellis. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-532—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Microsoft Azure solution development. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: • Design and implement Websites • Create and manage Virtual Machines • Design and implement...
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    New book: T-SQL Querying

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of T-SQL Querying (ISBN 9780735685048), by Itzik Ben-Gan, Adam Machanic, Dejan Sarka, and Kevin Farlee. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local T-SQL insiders help you tackle your toughest queries and query-tuning problems Squeeze maximum performance and efficiency from every T-SQL query you write or tune. Four leading experts take an in-depth look at T-SQL’s internal architecture and offer advanced practical techniques for optimizing response time and resource usage. Emphasizing a correct understanding of the language and its foundations, the authors present unique solutions they have spent years developing and refining. All code and techniques are fully updated...
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    Sample chapter: Exam Ref 70-342 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (MCSE): Design, Configure, and Manage Site Resiliency

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    This chapter from Exam Ref 70-342 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (MCSE) discusses the features and roles of Exchange Server 2013 that are utilized in a resilient site design so that you can be sure you have a solid understanding of the requirements of the software, and so that your network, servers, and processes will work as required. Email services are typically mission critical to most businesses, so knowing how to design, configure, and manage Exchange Server 2013 for redundancy across multiple locations is a key requirement of the Exchange Server “IT Pro” type of administrator. Getting the design correct is of the first consideration, because you will have issues in the configuration and management of the service across multiple sites if it is not designed correctly...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (ISBN 9780735697065), by Michael Washam and Rick Rainey. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-533—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Microsoft Azure infrastructure solution implementation. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: • Deploy, configure, monitor, and scale websites • Implement virtual machine workloads...
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    From the MVPs: Being a UC Superhero with Lync QoE Superpowers

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    This is the 49 th 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 Lync MVPs Andrew Morpeth and Curtis Johnstone . Thanks, Andrew and Curtis! Being a UC Superhero with Lync QoE Superpowers Microsoft Lync, by...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation (ISBN 9780735698154), by Michael McKeown. This is the second ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series. Future ebooks will cover specific Azure topics, such as Azure Machine Learning, Azure Websites for Developers, and others. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Below you’ll find the ebook’s Foreword, by Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group at Microsoft, as well as its full Introduction. Enjoy! Foreword I’m thrilled to be able to share these Microsoft Azure Essentials ebooks with you. The power that Microsoft Azure gives you is thrilling but not unheard...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center Software Update Management Field Experience

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft System Center Software Update Management Field Experience (ISBN 9780735695849), by Andre Della Monica, Chris Shilt, Russ Rimmerman, Rushi Faldu; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch. Introduction Ever since the advent of the Internet, security has been a concern for all users whose computers are vulnerable in the "biggest computer network in the free world." Because Windows is the most popular operating system for organizations and individual consumers, Microsoft has also always been particularly concerned with security. To address security concerns, Microsoft first introduced the Windows Update capability with the launch of Windows...
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    Sample chapter: Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud: Creating Data Sources by Using Queries

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    In this chapter from Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud , Andrew Couch provides a detailed explanation of how queries are created and how they can then be used in your application. In this chapter: Creating basic queries Adding criteria to queries Adding calculations to queries Adding parameters to queries Totals and queries TOP value queries Unique values in queries Summary In this chapter, we will look at how to create queries in a web app. These queries can then be used either with views to display information or with data macros to process information. If you are familiar with this subject, you will notice that in the contents there are no topics on creating queries to modify data. Queries that modify data are not supported in a web app; instead, you use data macros to perform...
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    eBook deal of the week: Exam Ref 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (MCSE)

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    NOTE: This deal has expired, but we have a new ebook each week. Check this blog or www.MicrosoftPressStore.com for the current deal. Buy Fully updated! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-413 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery designing, and implementing Windows Server infrastructure in an enterprise environment. 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 MCSE level. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional...
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    Quick news: Last day to save up to 50%

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    Last day to Buy 1, Save 35% | Buy 2 or more, Save 50% off the list price of all books and eBooks. Enter discount code SAVEONPRESS during checkout to apply savings. See what’s new below or shop the entire store . Find complete details here .   Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud     Microsoft Office for iPad Step by Step     Scenario-Focused Engineering     Training Guide Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services (MCSA)     Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out     T-SQL Querying     Microsoft Excel 2013 Data Analysis and Business Modeling     Windows PowerShell Best Practices     Agile Project Management with Kanban     Exam Ref 70-342 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft...
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    Sample chapter: How to Store and Retrieve Data in Microsoft Excel for the iPad

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    Excel provides a practical yet powerful way to store massive amounts of data. This chapter from Microsoft Office for iPad Step by Step guides you through procedures related to creating workbooks and worksheets, managing worksheets and worksheet elements, populating worksheets with text or numeric data, modifying worksheet structure, and formatting data for presentation. It also includes procedures for efficiently displaying, filtering, and sorting data to provide specific information and perspectives. In this chapter Create workbooks Create and manage worksheets Enter and edit data on worksheets Modify columns and rows Modify cells and cell content Manage the display of data Excel provides a practical yet powerful data management framework. You can store massive quantities of data within this...
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    Save on top titles through Feb 27, 2015

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    Save up to 50% on top-selling titles Now is the time to load your library with new and top-selling titles from Microsoft Press! Buy 1, Save 35% | Buy 2 or more, Save 50% off the list price of all books and eBooks. Enter discount code SAVEONPRESS during checkout to apply savings. See what’s new below or shop the entire store . Offer ends February 27, 2015. The Microsoft Press Store offers free U.S. shipping every day. When you purchase an eBook you receive three formats -- PDF, EPUB, and MOBI -- to use on your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. Sign up now for Microsoft Press newsletters and offers.   Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud Book 50% *$19.99 List price: $39.99 eBook 50% *$15.99 List price: $31.99 Learn More Microsoft Office for iPad Step by Step Book 50% *$14...
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    Sample chapter: Azure Websites and Azure Cloud Services

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    In this chapter from Microsoft Azure Essentials - Fundamentals of Azure , the authors take a look at two of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings in Microsoft Azure: Azure Websites and Azure Cloud Services. They talk about what Azure Websites is, how to use the service to create websites, and how to keep them updated. They also look at the options for prebuilt websites offered by Azure. Cloud Services is a PaaS compute feature in which applications are deployed into instances (virtual machines [VMs]) of server types referred to as web roles and worker roles. The deployment of the instances is fully managed by Microsoft, making it easy to scale applications in and out. This feature is not to be confused with the Cloud Services that are a container for self-deployed VMs, which are covered...
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    eBook deal of the week: Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out

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    NOTE: This deal has expired, but we have a new ebook each week. Check this blog or www.MicrosoftPressStore.com for the current deal. Buy Conquer Microsoft Office 365 administration--from the inside out! Dive into Office 365 administration--and really put your systems expertise to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts tackle deployment, configuration, and management--and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts...
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    Quick news: Save up to 50% on all books in the Microsoft Press Store

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    Enter discount code SAVEONPRESS during checkout to apply savings. Hurry, offer ends February 27, 2015. See complete offer details here: http://ow.ly/IxEl0 .
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    Sample chapter: How to Use OneNote to Store Information in Digital Notebooks on Your iPad

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    This chapter from Microsoft Office for iPad Step by Step guides you through procedures related to creating and opening notebooks, adding sections to notebooks, adding pages to sections, adding content to pages, managing notebook content, and closing notebooks in OneNote. In this chapter Create, open, and close notebooks Configure notebook storage structure Add information to notebooks Manage pages and sections OneNote is a very useful program that you can use to store many types of information and then access that information from any device. OneNote is equally useful for home and business purposes and is available for a wide variety of computer, tablet, and smartphone systems. After you spend a short time using OneNote for iPad, you’ll undoubtedly find...
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