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Microsoft MVPs Release 500-page “Inside Azure Management” eBook

If you’re looking for a good read this weekend – or rather, for the next few weekends – a few Microsoft MVPs have put together a free eBook that tops out over 500 pages. Called “Insider Azure Management” the book seeks to cover many of the latest monitoring and management features in Microsoft Azure. Assuredly, Azure changes frequently and some of the information may become dated over time, but delivered in this manner the book can be maintained and updated. Download: Inside Azure Management [e-book] Topics: Chapter 1 – Intro Chapter 2 – Implementing Governance in Azure Chapter 3 – Migrating Workloads to Azure Chapter 4 – Configuring Data Sources for Azure Log Analytics Chapter 5 – Monitoring Applications Chapter 6 – Monitor...

Free eBook: DevOps with ASP.NET Core and Azure

This guide is focused on an end-to-end continuous deployment experience for .NET developers. It’s not an exhaustive guide to all things Azure, and it doesn’t focus extensively on .NET APIs for Azure services. The emphasis is all around continuous integration, deployment, monitoring, and debugging. Near the end of the guide, recommendations for next steps are offered. Included in the suggestions are Azure platform services that are useful to ASP.NET Core developers. Download (PDF):   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Read the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite Book for Free with Kindle Unlimited

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite: Planning and Implementation Paperback written by Kent Agerlund and Peter Daalmans is available to read for free. Kindle Unlimited is a from Amazon that gives users access to more than 700,000 books and thousands of audiobooks. The feature cost $9.99 a month and can be accessed on any device that has access to the Kindle app. If you’re not a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, its definitely worth the monthly subscriber fee. Grab the book here: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite: Planning and Implementation Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Free Book on ARM Templates for Microsoft Azure

If you’re wanting to get more practical knowledge on using ARM templates with Microsoft Azure, there’s a new book available called: Quick and Practical Guide to ARM Templates: Become Experts in Developing ARM Templates for Azure without any prior knowledge Description: This is an unconventional book. This is a quick and practical approach to learning ARM Templates for Microsoft Azure. It covers only the most essential topics that you will need 95% of the time while working with ARM Templates. The goal is to have you working faster and quicker on ARM Templates without compromising any of the best practices. The book assumes that you do not have prior knowledge of ARM Templates. Even if you have no development background this book is for you. It starts by building the fundamental...

Free eBook Download: Introduction to Windows Containers

Microsoft Press has made another book available free for download. Written by John McCabe and Michael Friis, Introduction to Windows Containers introduces you to Microsoft’s implementation of containers in relation to the company’s partnership with Docker. Download: Want to learn more than the basics? Check out the sessions on Containers at IT/Dev Connections 2017!  

Three Free Books on PowerShell and Storage Spaces

As part of MVP Days, the authors of three excellent works of technical non-fiction are providing their books for free. Master PowerShell Tricks Volume 1 – Master PowerShell Tricks Volume 2 – Master Storage Spaces Direct Volume 1 –   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Free eBook Download: Architecture for Containerized .NET Applications

Microsoft Press has a new free eBook available for developers. This guide is an introduction to developing microservices-based applications and managing them using containers. It discusses architectural design and implementation approaches using .NET Core and Docker containers. To make it easier to get started with containers and microservices, the guide focuses on a reference containerized and microservice-based application that you can explore. Download: .NET Microservices: Architecture for Containerized .NET Applications Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Why Should You Buy a Technology Book When You Can Just Use a Search Engine?

This is a fantastic question – and one that IT Pros continually struggle with. Orin Thomas, speaker at IT/Dev Connections, has written a new book on Windows Server 2016 and has laid out a pretty comprehensive and clear case for buying his book (or any technology book) – despite search engines like Google and Bing being available. Windows Server 2016 Inside Out is available for pre-order from Amazon: Windows Server 2016 Inside Out (includes Current Book Service) Dive into Windows Server 2016–and really put your Windows Server expertise to work. Focusing on Windows Server 2016’s most powerful and innovative features, this supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, tips, and workarounds–all you need to plan, implement, or manage Windows Server in enterpr...

Free eBook: System Center Configuration Manager Administration

This e-book has been created to provide step by step information, so you can start understanding the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) world. The intended audience of this ebook is technical people that want to learn or improve their understanding of SCCM. Minimum knowledge of the following software and technologies is assumed, including but not limited to Active Directory, SQL Server, Windows Server, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, BitLocker, Hyper-V, and Windows Client (i.e. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10). Knowledge of SCCM 2012 or early versions (including SCCM 2007 and SMS 2003) is beneficial. Download (must fill out a form first): Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Co...

New Book: Mastering System Center Configuration Manager

Mastering System Center Configuration Manager provides comprehensive coverage of Microsoft’s powerful network software deployment tool, with a practical hands-on approach. Written by Santos Martinez, Peter Daalmans, and Brett Bennett, this guide walks you through SCCM 2016 with in-depth explanations anchored in real-world applications to get you up to speed quickly. Whether you’re planning a new installation or migrating from a previous version of Configuration Manager, this book provides clear instruction and expert insight to get the job done right. Fully aligned with the latest release, the discussion covers the newest tools and features with examples that illustrate utility in a variety of contexts. Kindle format ($31.99): Paperback ($37.07): http://a...

Free eBook: Master PowerShell tricks (Volume 1)

Master PowerShell tricks (Volume 1) is part of the Amazon KindleUnlimited program but also just a free purchase from Amazon. The purpose of the 113 page, Kindle format ebook… …is to showcase the amazing expertise of our guest speakers at the North American MVPDays Community Roadshow. They have so much passion, expertise, and expert knowledge that it only seemed fitting to write it down in a book. Download from Amazon (for Kindle readers): Master PowerShell tricks (Volume 1) Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Win an eBook – Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed

Time’s running out! You only have until June 14, 2016 @4:30 pm EST! We are giving away five copies of Garth Jones’ new eBook, System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed. What do you have to do? It’s simple. 1. There will be one winner for subscribers to Enhansoft’s newsletter. 2. There will be one winner for our Twitter followers. 3. There will be one winner for our LinkedIn followers. 4. There will be one winner for our Facebook page likes. 5. There will be one winner for our Google+ followers Increase your odds of winning by doing all 5! You have until June 14, 2016 @4:30 pm EST to win! But wait, there’s a bonus set of eBooks to give-away! Share, re-tweet, or re-post this notice to any of the four social media sites and your post will be automatically entered into a draw. Fo...

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