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    Great PowerShell Q&A on MVA

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    PowerShell fans won’t want to miss this great new video on the Microsoft Virtual Academy! The First MCP Insider Series – “Ask me anything” featuring Jeffrey Snover and Jason Helmick is now up and ready to watch on MVA. This exciting new series allows MCPs to submit technical questions on the Born to Learn blog and watch top technical experts answer them on MVA. Jeffrey is a Distinguished Engineer and the Lead Architect for the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. He is also the inventor of Windows PowerShell. Jeffrey joined us in the studio along with PowerShell MVP Jason Helmick to answer questions from the MCP community and give live demos on solutions in PowerShell.
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    Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning (ISBN 9780735698178), by Jeff Barnes. This is the third ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series. 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 a few helpful sections from its Introduction. Enjoy! Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . 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 of from Microsoft. Many don’t realize that Microsoft has been building and managing datacenters...
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    Quick news: Save 45% on all ebooks

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    Celebrate Earth Day and go green with Microsoft Press! For a limited time, save 45% on all eBooks in the store when you use discount code EDAY2015 during checkout. All eBook titles are delivered in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats to use with your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. Hurry – offer ends April 22, 2015! More details here: http://ow.ly/Lf9O1 .
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    New book: Node.js for .NET Developers

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Node.js for .NET Developers (ISBN 9780735662988), by David Gaynes. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Build scalable, high-traffic websites and web applications with Node.js For many .NET programmers, Node.js represents a new way to build high-traffic websites and applications. Now there’s a practical, concise introduction to Node.js specifically for Microsoft developers. David Gaynes guides you through the entire Node.js development process. Using Microsoft Visual Studio examples, he addresses everything from setting up servers and authorization through delivering rich CSS pages packed with graphics and data-driven content. Gaynes...
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    Sample chapter: Exam Ref 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps: Implement a Lite-Touch Deployment

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    This chapter from Exam Ref 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps (MCSE) covers how to install and configure WDS, configure MDT, and create and manage answer files. When you automate your first operating system deployment, it can be rather exciting. Often, your first automated deployment is nothing more than an answer file. Soon, administrators realize that additional areas of automation are possible. Many administrators begin testing additional automation tools such as Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and exploring automation options to reduce the administrative overhead of deploying operating systems. The keys to implementing a Lite-Touch deployment infrastructure successfully are knowing the available tools and capabilities, understanding...
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    What’s in our app? Free eBooks!

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    We recently released an updated version of our free Microsoft Press Guided Tours app on Windows Store. So what’s in it? Three free ebooks are included at the moment, with more to come. If you download the app, new ebooks will appear as we add them. It’s that easy. Three free ebooks and more coming soon Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript Kraig Brockschmidt Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody
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    ebook deal of the week: T-SQL Querying

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    List price: $47.99  Sale price: $23.99 You save 50% Buy This deal expires on Sunday, April 19 at 7:01 GMT Updating both Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008 T-SQL Querying (Microsoft Press, 2009) and parts of Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008 T-SQL Programming (Microsoft Press, 2009), the book gives database developers and administrators a detailed look at the internal architecture of T-SQL and a comprehensive programming reference. Tackle the toughest set-based querying and query tuning problems--guided by an author team with in-depth, inside knowledge of T-SQL. 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...
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    New book: Enterprise Mobility Suite: Managing BYOD and Company-Owned Devices

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Enterprise Mobility Suite: Managing BYOD and Company-Owned Devices (ISBN 9780735698406), by Yuri Diogenes and Jeff Gilbert. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Manage all the mobile devices your workforce relies on Learn how to use Microsoft’s breakthrough Enterprise Mobility Suite to help securely manage all your BYOD and company-owned mobile devices: Windows, iOS, and Android. Two of the leading mobile device management experts at Microsoft show you how to systematically help protect employee privacy and corporate assets without compromising productivity. You’ll find best practices, step-by-step guidance, and real-world scenarios...
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    Free ebook: Managing Agile Open-Source Software Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Online

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Managing Agile Open-Source Software Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Online (ISBN 9781509300648), by Brian Blackman, Gordon Beeming, Michael Fourie, and Willy-Peter Schaub. With this ebook, the ALM Rangers share their best practices in managing solution requirements and shipping solutions in an agile environment, an environment where transparency, simplicity, and trust prevail. The ebook is for Agile development teams and their Scrum Masters who want to explore and learn from the authors’ “dogfooding” experiences and their continuous adaptation of software requirements management. Product Owners and other stakeholders will also find value in this ebook by learning how they can support their Agile development...
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    Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition 2

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    The second preview edition of Charles Petzold’s Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms: Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone is now available for download! Below you’ll find the download link and the ebook’s full Introduction. Enjoy! Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Introduction This is the second Preview Edition of a book about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the exciting new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML (the Extensible Application Markup Language) that maps to native controls on these three platforms. This book is a Preview Edition because it’s...
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    Sample chapter: Design and Implement an Azure Storage Strategy

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    In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions , you will learn how to implement each of the Azure Storage services, how to monitor them, and how to manage access. You’ll also learn how to work with Azure SQL Database. Azure Storage and Azure SQL Database both play an important role in the Microsoft Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) strategy for storage. Azure Storage enables storage and retrieval of large amounts of unstructured data. You can store content files such as documents and media in the Blob service, use the Table service for NoSQL data, use the Queue service for reliable messages, and use the File service for Server Message Block (SMB) file share scenarios. Azure SQL Database provides classic relational database features as part of an elastic scale service...
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    Guest article: Kanban anti-patterns

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    Hello! Eric Brechner here. Kanban is a workflow management technique that has moved from the manufacturing line to the software team room and kitchen corkboard. It’s associated with notecards traveling across a board as the work they represent is completed. Naïve or misinformed people might think that’s all there is to Kanban, which is understandable, because Kanban is so simple. But if you’re just moving notecards on a board, you’re employing only a tiny fraction of Kanban’s power. You can grasp the basics of Kanban quickly by reading my book, Agile Project Management with Kanban . However, if you think you know Kanban already and aren’t seeing the benefits of continuous value delivery, simple planning and estimation, tight customer connection, inherent...
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    Sample chapter: T-SQL Querying: TOP and OFFSET-FETCH

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    This chapter from T-SQL Querying starts with the logical design aspects of the filters. It then uses a paging scenario to demonstrate their optimization. The chapter also covers the use of TOP with modification statements. Finally, the chapter demonstrates the use of TOP and OFFSET-FETCH in solving practical problems like top N per group and median. Classic filters in SQL like ON, WHERE, and HAVING are based on predicates. TOP and OFFSET-FETCH are filters that are based on a different concept: you indicate order and how many rows to filter based on that order. Many filtering tasks are defined based on order and a required number of rows. It’s certainly good to have language support in T-SQL that allows you to phrase the request in a manner that is similar to the way you think about the task...
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    ebook deal of the week: Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

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    List price: $31.99   Sale price: $15.99 You save 50% Buy This deal expires on Sunday, April 5 at 7:01 GMT Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-532--and demonstrate your skills in designing, programming, implementing, automating, and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions. 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. 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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    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 free Microsoft Press Guided Tours app is newly updated on Windows Store! In this Windows 8.1 app, Microsoft Press authors provide insightful coverage 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 free 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 Programming Windows Store apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by author Kraig Brockschmidt Using Microsoft Azure HDInsight, by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and...
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