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    From the MVPs: Updated Column Store Indexes in SQL Server 2014

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    This is the 42nd 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 Sergio Govoni . Thanks, Sergio! Updateable Column Store Indexes in SQL Server 2014 Introduction Column store indexes had been...
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    Free ebooks: A recap of our older titles

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    I was looking through our download numbers the other day and saw how many older titles are still popular. However, I noticed that there has been a drop in downloads of our older books that started when we began placing our new free ebooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site . We don’t list the older titles on the free ebooks page. Maybe we should. Until then, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the older ebooks and their links. Windows Server Free ebook- Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 Free ebook- Introducing Windows Server 2012 Virtualization Free ebook- Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) Microsoft Office Free ebook- First Look Microsoft Office 2010 Free ebook- Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users Free eBook- Microsoft Office 365...
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    Sample chapter: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2: Monitoring and Auditing

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    In this sample chapter from Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684690), you will learn how to monitor and configure auditing for computers running the Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.
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    Sample chapter: Designing Windows Store Apps for Performance

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    By keeping performance in mind for the key usage scenarios of your app, you will reduce the risk of making the wrong architectural decisions that would be expensive to change later in the game. This sample chapter from Brian Rasmussen’s High-Performance Windows Store Apps (9780735682634) covers designing your app with performance in mind.
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    eBook deal of the week: Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Connectivity, Clients, and UM

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    List price: $39.99   Sale price: $16.00 You save 60% Buy With a focus on connectivity, clients, and unified messaging, this book delivers the ultimate, in-depth reference to IT professionals planning and managing an Exchange Server 2013 deployment. 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 price cannot be combined with other offers.
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    Sample chapter: Managing Group Policy Application and Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    In this sample chapter from Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684690), you’ll learn how to back up, restore, import, and export GPOs. You’ll learn how to delegate the process of editing and applying GPOs, and how to resolve configuration problems related to the application of Group Policy.
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    eBook deal of the week: Microsoft Excel 2013 Plain & Simple

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    Last couple of days to take advantage of this great offer. List price: $19.99   Sale price: $10.00 You save 50% Buy Get the guide that makes learning Microsoft Excel plain and simple! This full color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to solve a problem or learn a skill, using easy-to-follow steps and concise, straightforward language. You'll analyze, manage, and share information in more ways than ever before.  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 price cannot be combined with other offers.
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    Sample chapter: Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Active Directory Architecture

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    William Stanek explains both physical and logical structure in this sample chapter from Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure (9780735682559). Understanding the physical structure of Active Directory is important for understanding how a directory service works. Understanding the logical structure of Active Directory is important for implementing and managing a directory service.
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    An update: Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise, Second Edition

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    Hello, Dino Esposito here. A lot has changed since our previous post on Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise, Second Edition (NAA4E)—here’s an update. (Please note that #NAA4E is the official hashtag and name of the Facebook page for this book.) By the way, as we write this post the current edition of the book is still popular in the Microsoft development section of Amazon—this is an amazing result for a book that was publishing in the fall of 2008. At that time the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and the subsequent worldwide economic crisis (whose effects are still with us) hadn’t happened yet, Facebook was still second to MySpace in the list of largest social networks, Entity Framework v1.0 was still in beta, Silverlight was the dazzling future...
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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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