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    Get a free eBook by passing a qualifying MCP exam by June 30

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    Take and pass a qualifying MCP exam between March 24, 2015 and June 30, 2015 and earn a free Microsoft eBook!  If you pass an exam, expect an email within 3 weeks containing an eBook rewards code. Only one eBook will be given regardless of the number of exams taken and while supplies last. For more details on this offer, check out the Born to Learn blog post here.
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    Sample chapter: Implement an Azure Active Directory

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    Integrating Azure Active Directory with existing directories is one of the most common tasks for an IT professional. This chapter from Exam Ref 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions shows you how to implement directory synchronization, integrate Azure Active Directory with Office 365, configure a custom domain, and monitor Azure Active Directory. Microsoft Azure Active Directory is the identity and access management solution for the Microsoft Azure platform. Organizations can use Azure Active Directory to configure access to applications used by the organization, manage users and groups, configure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for users, identify irregular sign-in activity using advanced machine learning algorithms, extend existing on-premises Windows Server Active...
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    Microsoft Press Guided Tours app updated: Now with more tours!

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    The Microsoft Press Guided Tours app is newly updated on Windows Store! This Windows 8.1 app provides insightful tours by Microsoft Press authors of new and evolving Microsoft technologies. You can use the app to explore technical topics in powerful new ways, and you can mark up content in multiple ways so that it’s more useful to you. Now included are guided tours to building cloud apps with Microsoft Azure (including best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more), by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson; to programming Windows Store apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by author Kraig Brockschmidt; and to using Microsoft Azure HDInsight, by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Look for additional...
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    From the MVPs: Office 365 Multi-factor Authentication with Microsoft Azure Active Directory

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    This is the 51st 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 Office 365 MVP Nuno Árias Silva . Thanks, Nuno! Office 365 with Microsoft Azure Active Directory is an enterprise-level identity and access management...
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    New book: Agile Project Management with Kanban

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Agile Project Management with Kanban (ISBN 9780735698956), by Eric Brechner. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Use Kanban to maximize efficiency, predictability, quality, and value With Kanban, every minute you spend on a software project can add value for customers. One book can help you achieve this goal: Agile Project Management with Kanban . Author Eric Brechner pioneered Kanban within the Xbox engineering team at Microsoft. Now he shows you exactly how to make it work for your team. Think of this book as “Kanban in a box”: open it, read the quickstart guide, and you’re up and running fast. As you gain experience...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking

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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 Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking (ISBN 9780735695672), by Microsoft TechNet and the Cloud Platform Team; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch. Introduction When you’re looking at testing a new IT solution—such as implementing a software-defined datacenter that includes virtualization, networking, and storage—the best starting point is always to get advice from someone who has already done it. You can learn from experience what to do and what to avoid. That’s the idea behind this book. We’ve gone through the work of deploying Windows Server, Microsoft System...
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    Sample chapter: Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud: Creating a Blank Web App and Using Templates

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    In this chapter from Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud , you'll see how you can create a new blank web app using design tools without needing to import existing data. You’ll also look at basic design activities such as creating lookups and relationships, adding validation rules, indexing, and using calculated fields. In this chapter: Creating a blank web app Adding template tables Creating a new table Editing the design of a table Creating lookups and relationships Adding indexing Adding validation rules Adding calculated fields Summary Find the complete chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2302365 .
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    ebook deal of the week: Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

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    List price: $55.99   Sale price: $27.99 You save 50% Buy This deal expires on Sunday, March 22 at 7:01 GMT Fully updated for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3! Dig into the architecture and internals of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 - with firsthand insights from the team that designed and developed it. Deepen your knowledge of the underlying frameworks, components, and tools - and deliver custom ERP applications with the extensibility and performance your business needs. 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...
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    From the MVPs: Manage media delivery in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Media Services

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    This is the 50 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 ASP.Net/IIS MVP Julien Corioland . Thanks, Julien! Manage media delivery in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Media Services This article talks...
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    Virtual Event: A Look Ahead: Security & the Cloud

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    Wednesday, March 25, A Look Ahead: Security & the Cloud Virtual Event is streaming live. Register here! Event Overview: Industry thought leaders, Microsoft experts and other Microsoft customers will share their perspectives on what’s next for security and the cloud. Virtual attendees will have access to behind the scenes interviews and the opportunity to download related session materials, take polls, share ideas, ask questions to experts and speakers through live chat and Twitter. Agenda Highlights: What is the current cybersecurity landscape? Gartner Research Vice President Lawrence Orans will discuss the current state of cybersecurity and analyze trends going forward. Explore real-world approaches. Tom Flanagan, VP of Technology at Alain Pinel Realtors, and Steve...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps (ISBN 9780735698093), by Brian Svidergol. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-695—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of deploying enterprise apps and devices. 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 MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: • Implement the operating system deployment infrastructure • Implement a Lite-Touch deployment • Implement a Zero-Touch deployment • Create...
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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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