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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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    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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