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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

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    Greetings! We’re thrilled to share another new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight , by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Here are the download links (and below the links you’ll find an ebook excerpt that describes this offering): Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts and technologies apply, so learning the Hadoop stack helps you learn the HDInsight service. At the time of this writing, HDInsight (version 3.0) uses Hadoop version 2.2 and...
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    Finding the companion content for your Microsoft Press books

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    Gang, we’ve heard from some of you (via our customer questionnaire, in blog comments, and elsewhere) that you’re having trouble getting to the companion content for some of our books. And indeed, since we switched distributors in April, some URLs in our books are no longer valid or, if they’re short URLs, haven’t yet been updated to point to the new location of the companion content. But here’s how you can find the companion content in the meantime, and you can always use this method going forward too: 1. Visit our online store: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/ 2. Type the title of the book you’re looking for in the search box (in this case I’ve typed “excel 2013 step by step”): 3. In the list of results, choose the title...
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    New book: Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684690), by 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! Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills - this Training Guide focuses on core infrastructure administration for Windows Server 2012 R2. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices - and help maximize your performance on the job. This Microsoft Training Guide : · Focuses on job-role-specific expertise for core infrastructure administration tasks · Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2, including...
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    eBook deal of the week: Microsoft Access 2013 Inside Out

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    Microsoft Access 2013 Inside Out By Jeff Conrad Published Jul 15, 2013 Conquer Microsoft Access 2013--from the inside out! You're beyond the basics, so dive right into Access 2013--and use your skills to create sophisticated database apps! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Access 2013--and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.
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    New book: High-Performance Windows Store Apps

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of High-Performance Windows Store Apps (ISBN: 9780735682634), by Brian Rasmussen! Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Understand what every developer should know about performance when building Windows Store apps. Not designed as a comprehensive reference, this book instead zeroes in on the essentials of planning for great performance and provides a solid starting point for building fast apps. This concise, performance-focused guide: · Provides an introduction to the Windows platform from a performance point of view · Describes how to set performance goals, establish tests to track performance,...
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    From the MVPs: SQL Server 2014 Performance Enhancements

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    This is the 41 st 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 SQL Server MVP Shehap El Nagar . Thanks, Shehap! SQL Server 2014 Performance Enhancements Database Performance has become an important subject...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684409), by J.C. Mackin. 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 70-417 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows Server 2012 R2 core infrastructure services. Exam 70-417 is an upgrade exam that is a composite of three standalone exams: 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. Exam 70-417 validates skills related to core features and functionality of Windows Server 2012 R2, from the existing knowledge base of a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator for Windows Server 2008. Focus on the expertise measured...
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    Quick news: Save 90% on the eBook when you purchase the print book at MicrosoftPressStore.com

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    Take advantage of the Microsoft Press Store Best Value pack offer and save 90% on the eBook when purchased with the print edition. When you purchase an eBook you receive three formats—PDF, EPUB and MOBI—for use with your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. Simply select the Book + eBook purchase option on any catalog page.
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    New book: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684331), by Mitch Tulloch. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2! Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills - this Training Guide focuses on deploying and managing core infrastructure services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices - and help maximize your performance on the job. This Microsoft Training Guide : · Provides in-depth, hands-on training you take at your own pace · Focuses on job-role-specific expertise...
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    Quick news: Tune into the TechEd North America Live Stream Starting May 12

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    If you are unable to join us for Microsoft TechEd North America in Houston this year, you still have a chance to tune in for the keynote and select technical sessions. Register today and join us for the LIVE stream May 12–15, 2014. At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about—and demo—some of the remarkable new capabilities and functionalities we are going to deliver to the IT and developer industry. Don’t miss Keynote speaker Brad Anderson , Corporate Vice President of the Windows Server and System Center and other sessions, such as: · Deep Dive: The Future of .NET on the Server · Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server · Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud...
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    Watermarks: Finding a balance above the Waterline

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    Several readers have commented about our implementation of watermarks in e-books, and I wanted to share a bit more of our thinking. For now, we’ve decided to go with watermarking as a deterrent to piracy to protect our authors, but we’re listening to your thoughts, and we continue to have rich discussions on the topic. Here’s a little of the back story and the vectors we’re weighing in the decision. Ease of access for readers. At Microsoft Press, we’re all about impact. We want to help our readers get to top quality information effectively and efficiently. Readers should be able to access their books on all their devices without the hassle of logins or PINs or other access controls. Ease of access is like ease of navigation. Readers need to get to the content they need in the most friction...
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    New book: Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure (9780735682559), by William R. Stanek. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description  This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds for Windows Server 2012 R2 - with a focus on infrastructure, core services, and security features. Coverage includes: · TCP/IP networking · Managing DHCP · DNS infrastructure and management · Implementing and managing DNS and WINS · Active Directory architecture, sites, replication, domain services · Read-only domain controllers · Managing users, groups, and computers · Managing...
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    New book: Training Guide: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Training Guide: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services (9780735684713), by 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! Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills - this Training Guide focuses on configuration of advanced services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices - and help maximize your performance on the job. This Microsoft Training Guide : · Focuses on job-role-specific expertise for advanced configuration tasks · Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2, including...
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    Quick news: Load Your Library sweepstakes from Microsoft Press

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    Enter our Load Your Library sweepstakes on our Facebook page for a chance to win a free ebook each month for a year. Click here to enter
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    Announcing the new Microsoft Press Store and special discount

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    We are excited to announce the launch of MicrosoftPressStore.com ! Take advantage of our new store special and save 40% on all books and eBooks through May 11, 2014. This includes new and popular titles like: · Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure · High-Performance Windows Store Apps · Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 · Windows 8.1 Step by Step · Training Kit (Exam 70-461): Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 · Code Complete, 2nd Edition The Microsoft Press Store also offers: · Free U.S. shipping every day · Buy an eBook, get three formats: Access PDF, EPUB and MOBI files to use on your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. · eBook deal of the week: Save up to 60% on featured titles. Be sure to sign up for Microsoft Press...
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    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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