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Azure for IT
Pros Content Series

IT Pros, if you’re ready to dive into
Azure—from fundamentals to deployment, security, and management, along with
scale and agility, this series of courses is
for you!  Get an authoritative and comprehensive look at Azure and its
components.  And come back for more, as this series will eventually
include as many as 12 courses, with topics ranging from Azure Storage, Azure
Data Services, Azure Web Apps and Mobile Apps, and much more—basically, all you
need to know about Azure.

DevOps with
Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server
If your team is designing, building,
and managing enterprise solutions and cross-platform mobile business apps, you
may have already established some DevOps guidelines. Watch this course for
detailed DevOps training! See how practicing DevOps can help teams respond
faster to competitive pressures by replacing error-prone manual processes with
automation for improved traceability and repeatable workflows. This course
explores the Microsoft DevOps
 built upon the Visual Studio Team
Services (VSTS)
 and Team Foundation
Server (TFS)

Free books from Microsoft

Here are some free eBooks that are on the Microsoft site that you can download.


Published: October 2016|90 pages
Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016
Buck Woody, Danielle Dean, Debraj GuhaThakurta, Gagan
Bansal, Matt Conners, Wee-Hyong Tok
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The world around us—every business and nearly every industry—is being
transformed by technology. SQL Server 2016 was built for this new world and to
help businesses get …ahead of today’s disruptions. With this free eBook,
learn to install, configure, and use Microsoft’s SQL Server R Services in data
science projects. R is one of the most popular, powerful data analytics
languages and environments in use by data scientists
Published: September 2016|435 pages
Introducing Windows Server 2016 John McCabe
Download here
Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses
to large enterprises. No matter what your area of expertise, this book will
introduce you… to the latest developments in Windows Server 2016. Each
chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product
group, giving you the latest information on every improvement or new feature
that is included in this version of Windows Server
Published: September 2016|246 pages
Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure, Second
Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan
Download here
The “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series helps you advance your technical skills
with Microsoft Azure. This book covers the fundamentals of Azure you need to
start developing solutions right away. It concentrates on the features of the
Azure platform that you are most likely to need to know rather than on every
feature and service available on the platform. This book also provides several
walkthroughs you can follow to learn how to create VMs and virtual networks,
websites and storage accounts, and so on. In many cases, real-world tips are
included to help you get the most out of your Azure experience. In addition to
its coverage of core Azure services, the book discusses common tools useful in
creating and managing Azure-based solutions

Published: July 2016|189 pages
Introducing Microsoft Power BI
Alberto Ferrari and Marco Russo
Download here
Get started quickly with Microsoft Power BI! Experts Alberto Ferrari and Marco
Russo will help you bring your data to life, transforming your company’s data
into rich visuals for you to collect and organize, allowing you to focus on
what matters most to you. Stay in the know, spot trends as they happen, and
push your business to new limits. This eBook introduces Microsoft Power BI
basics through a practical, scenario-based guided tour of the tool, showing you
how to build analytical solutions using Power BI. Get an overview of Power BI,
or dig deeper and follow along on your PC using the book’s examples

Published: July 2016|125 pages
Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Support Secrets
Ed Bott
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Dive in to Windows 10 with award-winning journalist and Windows Expert Ed Bott
in this highly curated free eBook of essential Windows 10 support secrets.
Whether you’re …training a classroom full of office workers or working one on
one with a harried small business owner, your first challenge in introducing
Windows 10 is helping each user get comfortable with new ways of doing familiar
tasks. The amount of change can be overwhelming, especially for nontechnical
users who’ve grown accustomed to Windows 7 after years of everyday use. This
book is for anyone who trains people to use Windows 10, including IT pros and
those brave souls who staff the help desk in corporations. Most of all, it
includes the incredibly large population of people who have earned a reputation
for being “the person who knows Windows.

Published: July 2016|192 pages
Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities
Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson, and Manas Biswas
Download here
Microsoft SharePoint hybrid consists of a growing list of advanced hybrid
solutions that empowers organizations to consume benefits of the cloud and
maintain their on-premises investments. This book is the second in a series of
SharePoint hybrid books in which we show you how to configure, troubleshoot,
and manage a SharePoint hybrid environment. As you move toward configuring a
SharePoint hybrid environment, you will soon realize the need for a go-to
manual to ensure a successful implementation. This book does exactly that! It
contains step-by-step instructions to help you with configuring and managing
SharePoint hybrid. Although, it is aimed primarily for a technical audience, it
also addresses business benefits that you might need to present to your
management. This book covers configuring these SharePoint hybrid capabilities
in detail, along with scenario-based troubleshooting and recommended practices

Published: June 2016|214 pages
Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical
Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyper scale Cloud
Stacia Varga, Denny Cherry, and Joseph D’Antoni
Download here
With Microsoft SQL Server 2016, a variety of new features and enhancements to
the data platform deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and
richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. In this eBook, we
introduce new security features: Always Encrypted, Row-Level Security, and
dynamic data masking; discuss enhancements that enable you to better manage
performance and storage: TemDB configuration, query store, and Stretch
Database; review several improvements to Reporting Services; and, describe Always
on Availability Groups, tabular enhancements, and R Integration

Published: June 2016|67 pages
Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development
Cesar de la Torre and Simon Calvert
Download here
Understanding and creating a mobile app development strategy is an important
process for today’s development decision-makers opening new business
opportunities or empowering employees to be more productive with new
capabilities. Microsoft defines an end-to-end platform for the agile creation
of mobile apps that can target any platform (iOS, Android, or Windows),
provides easy consumption of services in the cloud or on-premises, spans the
requirements for consumer or employee scenarios, offers development teams
DevOps tools to improve quality and to achieve faster time to market, and
allows for integration with existing enterprise systems. This eBook outlines
that end-to-end platform for organizations selecting technologies and tools for
a mobile application development platform and for rapid mobile application
development. It also describes the core decision factors that organizations
should consider, and it outlines the technical capabilities available within
Microsoft solutions and products
Published: June 2016|161 pages
Microsoft Azure Essentials Migrating SQL Server Databases to
Carl Rabeler
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 art of the “Microsoft Azure Essentials”
series, this eBook helps SQL Server database users understand Microsoft’s
offering for SQL Server in Azure. Learn how SQL Server… in Azure is like SQL
Server in an on-premises environment, and how they are different. The author, a
content lead for, walks you through the steps of getting started with
SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine and with Azure SQL Database. Follow the
numerous screenshots to create a trial subscription, create SQL Server in an
Azure virtual machine, create an Azure SQL Database, migrate an on-premises
database to each Azure environment, create users, backup and restore data, and
archive dateless