Microsoft Unveils Artificial Intelligence Training for Anyone

During the latest round of internal shuffles which included the news of Terry Myerson leaving the company, Microsoft tipped its hand as to its future focus. As many already realized, Microsoft’s cloud services continue to lead as its core business. But, as Windows was deemphasized in this latest move, the company put a stark spotlight on another area that it believes will propel it into the future: Artificial Intelligence. Microsoft believes in this direction so much, that it has now launched training for core competency in this area. Course: Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence (AI) will define the next generation of software solutions. Human-like capabilities such as understanding natural language, speech, vision, and making inferences ...

Deploying Shielded VMs and a Guarded Fabric with Windows Server 2016

Start with a look at the Host Guardian Service (HGS), and then learn to configure Trusted Platform Module–based (TPM-based) attestation on the Hyper-V host. Create baseline security policies and Hypervisor-enforced Code Integrity policies, and configure HGS to attest to them. Plus, get the details on signing trustworthy template disks, creating shielding data, and deploying Shielded VMs. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Windows Server 2016 Breach Resistance for Your Operating System and Applications

Look at common attack timelines and scenarios, along with attacker access. Explore the concept of extending the time between an attacker’s initial breach and when they take control of organization, giving data security professionals time to detect, respond, and root out the intruder. See how to protect against pass-the-hash attacks using Credential Guard, how to lock down your server using Device Guard, and how you can better detect and investigate threats using new audit events that are triggered by malicious activity. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Launches Free Azure Training and New Cloud Certifications

That’s why I’m so excited to announce the launch of new, free Azure training courses available in a self-paced, interactive online learning environment, as well as new opportunities for Azure certification at a deep discount. Six courses are available today, and we’re adding 6 more in the next few weeks – with more coming over the next few months! … Finishing each MOOC includes a digital certificate of completion ready to share on professional networking sites like LinkedIn. … If you want to prove your skills in a single area, you can purchase a single exam, retake, and practice test for $99. If you want to prove your broad cloud mastery, you can purchase three exams, retakes, and practice tests for $279. This is a major discount from market value, and in January we’ll be partn...

App-V FAQ: Where Can I Find App-V Training?

Aaron Parker an App-V MVP maintains both App-V 4 and App-V 5 FAQs which is a helpful place to find key pieces of information on Microsoft Application Virtualization. I have recently contributed by posting information about the various training options available. Here is a quick into to the full article: App-V training has evolved from being fairly limited to a large selection of offerings both free and paid, with in-person training to online delivery. Because of the variety, we recommend you take a look at the various offerings available to determine what best suits your needs from both a delivery and content perspective. Training is available from Microsoft (online and through training partners) as well as many 3rd party organisations (both online and in-person) who are generally veterans...

Some of my Hot Picks for MMS Sessions

There are a ton of great sessions at MMS. Here’s a pic of many of the keywords you’ll find in the session titles: There are a lot of great speakers, and I’ll be sad because I won’t be able to attend all of the sessions (only so many slots in a 3-day conference :(, and […]

I’ll See You at the Midwest Management Summit!

Just in case you haven’t heard the news yet, my friends over at the Minnesota System Center User Group are sponsoring the inaugural Midwest Management Summit (MMS)!  This is going to be a great conference. Think old-school Microsoft Management Summit, remove the keynote, as well as the 100, 200, and most 300-level sessions. Oh yea, remove […]