This wiki doc lists free eBooks that are of interest to SysAdmins and DevOps. When you add an eBook, please use the same format as the other books, and make sure that you insert it into the correct section. Newer books should be at the top of the section.
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Cloud computing ^
Iain Foulds, Manning Publications, 2018
Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches teaches you the foundational techniques for writing, deploying, and running cloud-based applications in Azure. In it, you’ll master the basics, including setting up cloud-based virtual machines, deploying web servers, and using hosted data stores. As you work through the book’s 21 carefully planned lessons, you’ll explore big-picture concerns like security, scaling, and automation.
- Getting started, from your first login
- Writing and deploying web servers
- Securing your applications and data
- Automating your environment
- Azure services for machine learning, serverless computing, and more
Joachim Hafner, Simon Schwingel, Tyler Ayers, and Rolf Masuch. Introduction by Britt Johnston, Microsoft 07/12/2017
This book is designed for decision makers to gain a high-level overview of topics and by IT professionals responsible for broad implementation. Regardless of where you are personally focused in infrastructure, data or application arena, there are important concepts and learnings here for you. As you read, we hope you will gain insights into recommended general architecture to take advantage of cloud design principles, the evolution possible in application development to DevOps, approaches to service management, and overall governance.
Paul Appleby, Kath McBride, Joel Yoker, and Derek Gamlyn Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT), Microsoft September 2017
Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Organizations can now build modern applications across hybrid cloud environments, balancing the right amount of flexibility and control. In this guide, we will provide you with the necessary information to help you plan for an end-to- end Azure Stack validation environment using the Azure Stack Development Kit. We will cover many of the core concepts required to build a functional Azure Stack environment, including subscriptions, services, quotas, plans, and offers. You will learn about the constructs and configurable options available in Azure Stack, and see how to tackle the key considerations that go into planning a successful implementation.
Mark Ozur, Hatay Tuna, Callum Coffin, and Telmo Sampaio from the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT), Microsoft November 2017
This guide is intended for enterprise IT architects and executives. Using the lens of the physical datacenter, the guide discusses an approach to designing secure, trusted virtual datacenters on the Azure platform. Azure Virtual Datacenter is not a specific product or service but rather a way to think about cloud infrastructures. It offers proven practices and guidance to help smooth your migration to the cloud.
Cloud Native Infrastructure - Patterns for Scalable Infrastructure and Applications in a Dynamic Environment
Justin Garrison and Kris Nova, O’Reilly Media 2018
If you’re an engineer developing infrastructure or infrastructure management tools, this book is for you. Application engineers can also discover which services should be a part of their appli‐ cations and which should be provided from the infrastructure. Systems administrators who are looking to level up their skills and take a more prom‐ inent role in designing infrastructure and maintaining infrastructure in a cloud native way can also learn from this book.
Mike Wasson, Masashi Narumoto and the Microsoft Patterns and Practices team, Microsoft Press 2017
This guide presents a structured approach for designing cloud applications that are scalable, resilient, and highly available. The guidance in this ebook is intended to help your architectural decisions regardless of your cloud platform, though we will be using Azure so we can share the best practices that we have learned from many years of customer engagements.
Michael Crump, Barry Luijbregts, Microsoft Press 2017
We created The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure to help you on your journey to the cloud, whether you’re just considering making the move, or you’ve already decided and are underway. This e-book was written by developers for developers. And it is specifically meant to give you, as a developer, a fundamental knowledge of what Azure is all about, what it offers you and your organization, and how to take advantage of it all.
Michael Collier, Robin Shahan, Microsoft, 2016
This book focuses on providing essential information about the key services of Azure for developers and IT professionals who are new to cloud computing. Detailed, step-by-step demonstrations are included to help the reader understand how to get started with each of the key services. This material is useful not only for those who have no prior experience with Azure, but also for those who need a refresher and those who may be familiar with one area but not others. Each chapter is standalone; there is no requirement that you perform the hands-on demonstrations from previous chapters to understand any particular chapter.
Carl Rabeler, Microsoft Press 2016
This ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure, introduces you to SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine and to Azure SQL Database, and walks you through getting started with each approach. It takes you from creating a SQL Server instance in a virtual machine or as a platform service to migrating an on-premises database into Azure and then to securing the data and the database in Azure.
Barry Briggs, Eduardo Kassner, Microsoft Press 2016
This book, based on real-world cloud experiences by enterprise IT teams, seeks to provide answers to these questions. Here, you’ll see what makes the cloud so compelling to enterprises; with which applications you should start your cloud journey; how your organization will change, and how skill sets will evolve; how to measure progress; how to think about security, compliance, and business buy-in; and how to exploit the ever-growing feature set that the cloud offers to gain strategic and competitive advantage
Nigel Cain, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, and Alvin Morales; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2015
In summary, this book is specifically designed for architects and cloud fabric administrators who want to understand what decisions they need to make during the design process and the implications of those decisions, what constitutes best practice, and, ultimately, what they need to do to build out a virtualized network solution that meets today's business requirements while also providing a platform for future growth and expansion.
Shreesh Dubey, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Shivam Garg, and Aashish Ramdas; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor, Microsoft Press 2015
We will cover how the Azure Backup service has evolved into a first-class platform-as-a-service (PaaS) service in Microsoft Azure that integrates with the on-premises enterprise class backup product, System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), to provide a seamless hybrid cloud backup solution. Current backup products treat the cloud as a storage endpoint, which we see as a limited-use case for the public cloud.
Jeff Barnes, Microsoft Press, 2015
Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) is a service that a developer can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of data sources) and then easily deploy those models for consumption as cloud web services. This ebook will present an overview of modern data science theory and principles, the associated workflow, and then cover some of the more common machine learning algorithms in use today.
Michael McKeown, Microsoft Press, 2015
This ebook introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and process automation.
Stephen F. Elston, Microsoft, 2015
The Microsoft Azure Machine Learning cloud platform provides simplified yet powerful data management, transformation and machine learning tools. R language scripts integrate with built in Azure ML modules to extend the platform. Additionally, models running in Azure ML can be published as web services.
Marc Farley, Microsoft Press, 2013
Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model describes a storage architecture that some experts are calling a game changer in the infrastructure industry. Called the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage (HCS) solution, it was developed as a way to integrate cloud storage services with traditional enterprise storage.
Roddy Rodstein, Mokum Solutions Inc., 2014
Advances in virtualization, hardware and storage technologies, along with Oracle licensing costs are driving Oracle customers to evaluate their virtualization options for Oracle to lower their total Oracle cost of ownership, and to improve their Oracle operational efficiency.
Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody, Microsoft Press, 2014
In Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, we cover what big data really means, how you can use it to your advantage in your company or organization, and one of the services you can use to do that quickly—specifically, Microsoft’s HDInsight service.
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
Most Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots used to demonstrate some of the multitude of capabilities of the platform.
Jake VanderPlas, O’Reilly November 2016
The book is not meant to be an introduction to Python or to programming in general; I assume the reader has familiarity with the Python language, including defining functions, assigning variables, calling methods of objects, controlling the flow of a program, and other basic tasks. Instead it is meant to help Python users learn to use Python's data science stack–libraries such as IPython, NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Scikit-Learn, and related tools–to effectively store, manipulate, and gain insight from data.
Buck Woody, Danielle Dean, Debraj GuhaThakurta, Gagan Bansal, Matt Conners, Wee-Hyong Tok, Microsoft Press 2016
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.
Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyperscale Cloud, Preview Edition
Stacia Varga, Denny Cherry, and Joseph D’Antoni, Microsoft Press 2016
The eBook discusses the new security features, the database engine enhancements and the improvements to Reporting Services.
Robert Sheldon, Rob Richardson & Tony Davis, Simple Talk Publishing, 2014
The eBook gives a detailed walkthrough of database source control concepts, with code samples and clear examples
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, April 2014
This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2014 and wants to understand its capabilities.
Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, March 28, 2012
We are releasing this title to help you learn about the new features and capabilities in SQL Server 2012, which Microsoft released to manufacturing (RTM) on March 6, 2012. You can expect general availability of the product to begin on April 1, 2012.
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, April 2010
Our purpose in Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is to point out both
the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server.
Introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 families of operating systems
Lydia Parziale, David T. Britt, Chuck Davis, Jason Forrester, Wei Liu, Carolyn Matthews, Nicolas Rosselot, IBM Redbooks, December 2006
Chapters: Core TCP/IP protocols (including IPv6), TCP/IP application protocols, Advanced concepts and new technologies
Neil Anderson, Flackbox
350 pages guide with lab exercises and solutions which cover everything on the latest 200-125 CCNA and 100-105 and 200-105 ICND exams
Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson, Manas Biswas, Microsoft Press 2016
This ebook draws together the SharePoint Server and Office 365 hybrid workloads and user experiences in one place, providing solid guidance to meet business needs and achieve productivity goals in the cloud-enabled workplace.
Jeremy Taylor, Microsoft Press 2016
This book is part of a series to provide readers from all over the world with a guide on how to connect SharePoint on-premises to Microsoft’s cloud services. You will gain insight into planning, architecture, configuration, and management of SharePoint hybrid. This book covers foundational topics with which you will learn more about Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, architecture planning, platform hygiene and preparation, directory synchronization, and how to configure a seamless single sign-on experience for users.
Microsoft, Feburary 2015
This book gives step by step instructions on how to install Exchange Server 2013 with DAG (Database Availability Group).
Joe Davies, Microsoft, May 2013
This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) e-Book provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the SharePoint Server 2013 three-tier farm with intranet and team sites test lab. This paper does not describe how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a pilot or production environment.
Microsoft Office System and Servers Team, Microsoft, May 2010
This book provides basic information about the capabilities of and requirements for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, information architects, IT generalists, program managers, and infrastructure specialists who are just starting to learn about SharePoint Server 2010 and want a quick introduction plus installation steps.
Microsoft Office System and Servers Team, Microsoft, January 2011
This book provides deployment instructions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy SharePoint Server 2010 and want installation steps.
Microsoft Office System and Servers Team, Microsoft, 2013
This book provides information about business continuity management, which consists of the business decisions, processes, and tools you put in place in advance to handle crises. Information includes features of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 that are likely to be part of your business continuity management strategy.
Microsoft Office System and Servers Team, Microsoft, November 2014
Learn about what's new in SharePoint 2013.
Microsoft Office System and Servers Team, Microsoft, October 2014
Learn how to install and configure SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation.
Fabrizio Volpe, Microsoft, 2014
Lync 2013 server is a unified communication system. Lync is able to deliver instant messaging (IM), audio conferencing, video conferencing, multi-party high-resolution meetings and voice over ip (VOIP), as well as persistent chat. You can integrate Lync with the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to offer full telephony features and to replace existing IP PBX.
This book provides deployment instructions for Office 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy Office 2013.
Katherine Murray, Microsoft Press, 2011
This book shows you how you can use cloud computing—and specifically, Office 365—to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more flexibly than you ever have before.
Katherine Murray, Microsoft Press, 2010
Introduces you to the changes in Office 2010, how-to guide for many of the top features, provides examples for integrating the applications and explores Office 2010 security and training opportunities
Red Gate Software, March, 2010
A collection of articles about Exchange, Virtualization, Windows Server, Powershell, and Unified Messaging
Jon Tate, Fabiano Lucchese, Richard Moore, IBM Rebooks, July 2006
Illustrates where SANs are today, who are the main industry organizations and standard bodies active in the SAN world, and it positions IBM's comprehensive, best-of-breed approach of enabling SANs with its products and services.
by Ed Wilson, Microsoft's "The Scripting Guy", Penflip
The book includes a short introduction into PowerShell and explains how to manage network adapters.
Jeffery Hicks, Veeam 2015
This is a 30 page crash course on everything I think you need to get started with PowerShell. There’s no way you can learn PowerShell in 30 pages, but this should get you started on the right path.
Don Jones, Steve Murawski, Stephen Owen, powershellorg
Desired State Configuration is Microsoft's technology, introduced in Windows Management Framework 4.0, for declarative configuration of systems. At the risk of oversimplifying a bit, DSC lets you create specially formatted text files that describe how a system should be configured. You then deploy those files to the actual systems, and they magically configure themselves as directed. At the top level, DSC isn't programming - it's just listing how you want a system to look.
Tobias Weltner, PowerShell.com
PowerShell.org, Ed Wilson
PowerShell.org, Don Jones
PowerShell.org, Dave Wyatt
Error handling in Windows PowerShell can be a complex topic. The goal of this book – which is fortunately not as “big” as the name implies – is to help clarify some of that complexity, and help you do a better and more concise job of handling errors in your scripts.
Don Jones, August 2012
Step-by-step, screenshot-based instructions for configuring PowerShell Remoting for any imaginable scenario
This guide helps users understand the concepts of remoting and provides essential and practical advice on setup, deployment and security.
I’ve gotten some requests to turn my Effective PowerShell blog posts into booklet form which I have done.
Table of contents: Introduction, Tools for the job, WMI Data queries, WMI Event Queries: Introduction, Intrinsic Event Queries, Extrinsic Event Queries, Timer Events, WMI Schema Queries, WMI Event consumers.
Microsoft MVP Don Jones offers a new book entitled The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2. Covering the most crucial elements of PowerShell v2, Don has constructed a set of practical tips and practice.
Security and Compliance ^
Michael Howard, Steve Lipner, Microsoft 2016
In the book we talk of “banned functionality,” or functionality that is dangerous and should never be used, and we still talk about the topic today, even though some of the specifics are a little different. Threat modeling, which has a dedicated chapter in the book and which is a cornerstone of the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), is a critical component of any application architecture today.
Wolfgang Kandek, John Wiley & Sons 2015
If you are responsible for network security, you need to understand how to prevent attacks by eliminating network weaknesses that leave your business exposed and at risk. Whether your network consists of just a handful of computers or thousands of servers distributed around the world, this newly revised, 6-part book will clearly help.
Jason Creech and Matthew Alderman, John Wiley & Sons 2010
This book is a quick guide to understanding IT policy compliance. It surveys the best steps for preparing your organization's IT operations to comply with laws and regulations - and how to prove compliance to an auditor.
Sumedh Thakar andTerry Ramos, John Wiley & Sons 2010
Complying with the PCI Data Security Standard may seem like a daunting task for merchants. This book is a quick guide to understanding how to protect cardholder data and comply with the requirements of PCI -
Mike Shema, Dummies eBooks, John Wiley & Sons 2010
This book is a quick guide to understanding how to make your website secure. It surveys the best steps for establishing a regular program to quickly find vulnerabilities in your site with a web application scanner.
Lawrence C. Miller, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014
This book provides an in-depth examination of real-world attacks and APTs, the shortcomings of legacy security solutions, the capabilities of next-generation firewalls, and security best practices.
Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press April 30, 2012
Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work!
Examines the typical problems in computer security and related areas, and attempt to extract from them principles for defending systems; attempt to synthesize various fields of knowledge, including computer security, network security, cryptology, and intelligence
Provide the knowledge needed by IT professionals to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam; largely platform agnostic book.
Systems Management ^
Mai Ali, Microsoft
This eBook demystifies the implementation and configuration process for Microsoft Intune, and includes topics on Software distribution, Mobile Management Policies, Software updates and reporting, as well as alerts generated for updates, configuration and security situations.
Microsoft TechNet and the Cloud Platform Team; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, 2015
When you’re looking at testing a new IT solution—such as implementing a softwaredefined datacenter that includes virtualization, networking, and storage—the best starting point is always to get advice from someone who has already done it.
Danny Hermans, Uwe Stürtz, Mihai Sarbulescu; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor, Microsoft Press, 2015
If you’re responsible for designing, configuring, implementing, or managing a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager environment, then this book is for you. This book will help you understand what you can do to enhance your Operations Manager environment, and will give you the opportunity to better understand the inner workings of the product, even if you are a seasoned Operations Manager administrator.
Andre Della Monica, Chris Shilt, Russ Rimmerman, and Rushi Faldu; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft 2015
This ebook addresses some of the gaps and pain points you might encounter when implementing, administering, and troubleshooting Software Updates using Configuration Manager 2012 R2. The advice is based on the authors’ experiences working as Premier Field Engineers and Microsoft Consultants in customer environments on a daily basis. Enjoy this book and the shared experiences from the field.
George Wallace, Chris Jones, Bill May, Fred Lee; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, 2014
Rob Costello, Richard Maunsell; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor, Microsoft Press, 2014
This ebook introduces you to two Microsoft Automation solutions: Azure Automation and Service Management Automation. It explores both of these tools and how they can be used to meet the automation needs of your Microsoft Azure cloud solutions or your enterprise datacenter environments.
David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and the System Center series editor, Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, 2013
Our objective with this book is to provide a framework for runbook design and IT process automation to help you get the most out of System Center Orchestrator 2012 and to help you utilize Orchestrator in concert with the rest of the System Center for an enterprise-wide and systematic approach to process automation.
David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, 2014
Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform is targeted toward IT executives and architects interested in the big picture of how Microsoft’s cloud strategy is delivered using Windows and Microsoft System Center.
Mitch Tulloch with Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, Microsoft Press February 2014
This book is geared to private and hybrid cloud architects preparing to design and build a virtualized network solution based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, or later.
Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and the System Center Team, Microsoft Press December 2013
The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter.
Thomas Ellermann, Kathleen Wilson, Karsten Nielsen, John Clark, Microsoft Press December 2013
This book provides focused guidance for deploying and customizing Service Manager, an integrated platform for automating and adapting an organization’s IT service management best practices.
Yung Chou and Keith Mayer, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2013
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and implementing the hybrid computing model.
Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey, Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2013
Provides you with insights and tips on troubleshooting System Center 2012 Configuration Manager drawn from our insider knowledge and real-world field experience.
Mitch Tulloch with Nader Benmessaoud, CJ Williams, Uma Mahesh Mudigonda, Microsoft Press, March 2014
This brief book identifies some key usage and deployment scenarios for cloud computing to provide some deep technical background on the Microsoft SDN (software-defined networking) solution, enabling IT professionals to quickly learn the internals of HNV (Hyper-V Network Virtualization), how it works from end to end, and where and how it should be used.
Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey, Microsoft Press, 2013
Provides System Center 2012 Configuration Manager administrators with helpful and tested real-world guidance from consultants and product experts at Microsoft.
2019, VMware Press
This book briefly covers how to get started with PowerShell/PowerShell Core/PowerCLI as well as several recipes for Configuring, Operating, and Managing vSAN at any scale.
This document is intended to assist you with understanding types of things that can be managed programmatically through the VMware PowerCLI as they relate to vSAN.
July 27, VMware Press 2018
A new PDF released by VMware which details best practices for VMware vSphere 6.7 has been released. If you want to get the best performance from your virtual infrastructure, whether it is already in place or deployment project, this white paper is the resource to read.
Caio Oliveira, Thiago Koga, VMware Press 2018
VMware NSX Automation Fundamentals offers guidance to help organizations automate their environments, leveraging familiar tools including VMware vRealize Automation, OpenStack, and PowerNSX.
Gustavo Santana, VMware Press 2017
During their digital transformation process, many IT organizations still struggle with traditional networking methods and security approaches. By successfully addressing these challenges in thousands of real-world implementations, VMware NSX Data Center has established itself as the leading network virtualization platform, revolutionizing the way data center networks are designed and operated. In this book, Gustavo Santana examines the specific circumstances that created such challenges and explains how NSX Data Center overcomes them.
Anthony Burke, VMware Press 2017
PowerNSX is a PowerShell module that abstracts VMware NSX for vSphere API to a set of easily used PowerShell functions. This Guide will teach you what PowerNSX is, as well as the flexibility and control that it brings. It will also provide an overview of PowerNSX architecture and functionality, then cover PowerNSX usage.
Shahzad Ali, VMware Press 2017
Details how the NSX Data Center platform will allow you to redesign your data center and build and run private clouds. NSX DC also serves as the integration point between the private and public clouds with offerings such as VMware Cloud on AWS. Shahzad Ali gives readers the tools and techniques required to transform legacy architecture into a software-defined cloud-based architecture.
VMware NSX for Disaster Recovery: Day 1 offers the knowledge and guidance for planning, designing, and implementing a disaster recovery architecture for your software-defined data center. VMware NSX Data Center simplifies the DR planning and testing that is required for a resilient infrastructure and drastically reduces the time it takes to recover from an event. It enables true workload portability between data centers, private clouds, or public clouds. NSX Data Center has helped enterprises recover from natural disasters and outages as well as simplified the mergers and acquisitions of organizations and their networks.
Humair Ahmed, VMware Press 2018
The authors walk through multi-site and its traditional challenges, and discuss some of the short-comings of traditional multi-site solutions, compare different multi-site solutions provided by VMware NSX Data Center, discuss the advantages of NSX and how it can be used for different use-cases, and go into detail on Cross-vCenter NSX for multi-site solutions.
Learn how Horizon Cloud allows you to successfully deploy your virtual desktops and applications and easily manage the entire deployment from a cloud control plane.
In this nearly 100 page eBook, we walk you through the following topics:
- Introducing Horizon CloudDeploying Horizon Cloud
- Horizon Cloud Hosted and Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure Architecture
- Horizon Cloud Hosted and Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure Image Management
- Horizon Cloud Hosted and Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure Directory Integration
- Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure Blue/Green Upgrades
- Just-in-Time Management Platform
- Cloud Monitoring
- VMware Identity Manager with Workspace ONE
John McCabe and Michael Friis, Microsoft Press 2017
Docker presents a single API surface and standardizes tooling for working across public and private container solutions as well as Linux and Windows Container deployments. This is the next phase in IT evolution in which a direct replatform of code cannot be achieved and truly begins to bring the power of the cloud to any enterprise.
Steve Hoenisch, VMware Press 2018
This book introduces you to containers and Kubernetes, explains their
business value, explores their use cases, and illuminates how they can
accelerate your organization’s digital transformation.
Cesar de la Torre, Microsoft Press, 2016
This guide provides end-to-end guidance on the Docker application development lifecycle with Microsoft tools and services while providing an introduction to Docker development concepts for readers who might be new to the Docker ecosystem. This way, anyone can understand the global picture and start planning development projects based on Docker and Microsoft technologies/cloud.
Prasenjit Skar, Michael Haines, Roi Ben Haim, Anuj Modi, Ajit Sharma
NSX is VMware’s network virtualization solution and virtualizes firewalls, switches, routers, ports and other networking components. The free eBook describes on 233 pages the concept behind VMware NSX, introduces its networking and service architecture, discusses the deployment for vSphere and the Edge Services Gateway.
Wade Holmes, VMware Press 2017
Within VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 1 Guide, you will find insights and recommendations proven to move an organization from a perimeter-centric security posture to a micro-segmented architecture with enhanced security and visibility within the data center. The Guide also details how to effectively design and implement a data center security strategy around micro-segmentation.
Geo Wilmington, VMware Press 2017
Within VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 1 Guide, you will find insights and recommendations proven to move an organization from a perimeter-centric security posture to a micro-segmented architecture with enhanced security and visibility within the data center. The Guide also details how to effectively design and implement a data center security strategy around micro-segmentation.
Rob Greanias, VMware Press 2017
To realize the full benefit of VMware NSX, Kevin Lees offers insight into optimizing the ongoing operations of VMware NSX in the data center. Kevin covers both tactical optimizations – such as tooling for monitoring and troubleshooting, and strategic organization – including team structure, culture, roles, responsibilities, and skillsets. You will find proven insights and recommendations for enhancing the way you organize and operate the environment, unlocking its full potential to provide the flexibility and agility your business requires.
Anthony Burke, VMware Press 2017
Anthony Burke, with help from fellow Aussies Dale Coghlan and Nick Bradford, published a Guide detailing PowerNSX. PowerNSX is a PowerShell module that abstracts the VMware NSX for vSphere API to a set of easily used PowerShell functions. This Guide will teach you what PowerNSX is and the flexibility and control that it brings. It will also provide an overview of PowerNSX architecture and functionality, and then focus on PowerNSX usage.
VMware, January 2017
This reference architecture provides guidance and best practices for IT organizations that want to design solutions for their own distinct groups of end users, which might include task workers, software developers, multimedia designers, contractors, or mobile knowledge workers.
Updates in this latest edition of the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Reference Architecture include
- Windows 10 virtual desktops and Windows Server 2016 RDSH servers
- Windows Server 2016 for all Horizon 7 and infrastructure server components
- Instant clones used for RDSH server farms
- Design that reflects the new maximum number of virtual machines in a Horizon 7 block and new maximums for Cloud Pod Architecture
- Updates to architecture and installation instructions for VMware Identity Manager, VMware App Volumes, and VMware Unified Access Gateway
Microsoft, April 2014
The purpose of this brief is to give an overview of Microsoft licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments. It can help you understand how to use Microsoft server products with virtualization technologies, such as Microsoft Hyper-V technology, or third-party virtualization solutions provided by VMware and Parallels.
Eric Siron, Altaro
Microsoft licensing provides special benefits when the server operating systems are used in a virtual environment. The details are not complicated, but usually catch the uninitiated by surprise. To make matters worse, there is a great deal of misinformation being passed around. This book serves as a simple guide to the basics of Microsoft Server licensing in virtual environments. This eBook is written for Hyper-V Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
Jeffery Hicks, Altaro
For most Windows administrators, the Hyper-V management console is more than sufficient. However you are limited to what the console is designed to handle. For more complex tasks, or those that might extend beyond the scope of the management console, you need an alternative. That alternative is Windows PowerShell.
Eric Siron, Altaro
Hyper-V, Microsoft’s computer virtualization technology, has matured into an enterprise-ready platform. Unfortunately, newcomers often find themselves stranded in a sea of unfamiliar terms and concepts.The good news is that their questions are common. This eBook gathers together information on some of the most common stumbling blocks to help you chart a clear path to a successful deployment.This eBook is written for Hyper-V Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
Alexander Ervik Johnsen, Wiley Publishing, 2014
This free eBook will guide you through the different HDX Technologies, what they can do, and what they mean for the overall implementation of Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop and NetScaler technologies. In addition, a vital part to get the HDX Technology to work is the Citrix Receiver.
Although many of the topics discussed in this guide are applicable to VDI in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows MultiPoint Server 2012,
this guide focuses on VDI in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, February 2010
Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure
Neil Smyth, Virtuatopia, 2010
Overview of the Hyper-V architecture and components, Hyper-V role installation, the creation, management and migration of virtual machines, virtual networking architecture and remote access to virtual machines.
Chapters: VMM 2008 Components, VMM 2008 Architecture and Port Usage, VMM 2008 System Requirements, Installing VMM 2008 Components, A Guided Tour of the VMM Administrator Console, Managing Hosts with the VMM Administrator Console, Creating and Managing VMM 2008 Virtual Machine Templates, Managing Virtual Machines with the VMM Administrator Console, Managing VMM 2008 Library Servers, Performing Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversions using VMM 2008, Converting VMware Virtual Machines to Hyper-V using VMM 2008 V2V, Understanding and Configuring VMM 2008 User Roles, Deploying a VMM 2008 Self-Service Portal
Understanding of the basic approaches to virtualization together with detailed information on deploying virtualization using Xen technology; emphasizes the practical aspects of working with Xen, including detailed step by step tutorials designed to show exactly how to create and manage Xen based guest domains.
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This ebook contains a complete documentation on over 250 Windows console commands. Use this PDF to find the documentation resources and other technical information that you need to learn about the command shell, and to automate command-line tasks by using scripts or scripting tools.
Ed Bott, Microsoft Press 2016
This ebook is for anyone whose responsibilities include training people to use Windows 10. That group includes full-time professional trainers, of course, but it also includes 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.”
Ed Bott, Microsoft Press 2016
This eBook contains descriptions and hands-on advice to help IT Pros work faster and smarter. Some of these tools are for everybody—end users and experts alike—whereas some are strictly for professionals. A few are so specialized that you’ll only need them once in a blue moon. Collectively, though, they make up a toolbox that can save you (and your company) time and money.
Ed Bott, Microsoft Press 2015
Get a head start evaluating Windows 10—with technical insights from award-winning journalist and Windows expert Ed Bott. This guide introduces new features and capabilities, providing a practical, high-level overview for IT professionals ready to begin deployment planning now. This edition was written after the release of Windows 10 version 1511 in November 2015 and includes all of its enterprise-focused features. The goal of this book is to help you sort out what’s new in Windows 10, with a special emphasis on features that are different from the Windows versions you and your organization are using today, starting with an overview of the operating system, describing the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.
Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, and Victor Silveira, Microsoft
Get a head start deploying Windows 10—with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today.
Explore Windows Store app deployment strategies and considerations for educational institutions running Windows 8.1/Windows 8.
This guide provides an overview of Windows 8.1/Windows 8 deployment to PCs in an educational environment.
This guide covers the key considerations and questions that should be answered as a part of a typical Windows 8.1/Windows 8 deployment in educational institutions.
Douglas A. Brown, 2014
Volume 1 covers Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac and XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer, including Hyper-V 2012 R2 and FSLogix Apps.
Ed Bott, Microsoft Press, 2013
This book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on topics of interest to IT pros
Jerry Honeycutt, Microsoft Press, November 21, 2012
Get a headstart evaluating Window 8—guided by a Windows expert who’s worked extensively with the software since the preview releases. Based on final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise environment. Get the high-level information you need to begin preparing your deployment now.
Mike Halsey, The long climb, May 2011
The Windows 7 Power Users Guide contains helpful how-to's, full colour pictures and quick tips to guide you through everything from using the Start Menu and Taskbar to backing up your documents and identifying and fixing problems.
Nitgin Agarwal, The Windows Club, February 2010
More than 200 keyboard shortcuts containing almost all the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its default programs like Paint, WordPad, MS Office, Calculator, Help, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Journal, Internet Explorer
Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team at Microsoft, Microsoft Press, October 2009
Download the New eBook: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and Microsoft® TechNet Magazine. Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment? Check out what the industry's leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatibility.
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Microsoft free e-book to learn about the latest technology in Windows Server 2016 and what it means for your organization. Inside you’ll learn how to:
- Better protect credentials, the operating system, and virtual machines (VMs) with just-in-time administration and shielded VMs
- Improve datacenter efficiency with virtualization, software-defined storage, and networking
- Deliver application innovation with improved security, new modernization capabilities, and cloud-native app development
John McCabe, Microsoft 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. This information will help you to prepare for Windows Server 2016 and give you the means to develop and design a path to introduce Windows Server 2016 into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book is being written at a time when the product is still evolving and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when released. All guidance in the chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test environment; you should not implement it in a production environment.
Justin Hall, Microsoft, 2014
This guide assists Active Directory administrators in performing domain migration through the use of the Active Directory Migration Tool version 3.2 (ADMT v3.2). ADMT v3.2 has recently been updated and re-released. The version remains v3.2 because it’s functionally the same as its predecessor (that is, there are no new features). This final release includes various bug fixes and can be used with all supported Windows operating systems and versions of Windows Server Active Directory.
This E-Book includes guidance to help you migrate server roles and features to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012. Also included is an
installation and operations guide for Windows Server Migration Tools, a set of five Windows PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to migrate some roles and features to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
This book is intended to provide you with an overview of the new features and enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. The intended audience for this book is IT pros who deploy, manage, and maintain Windows Server workloads in data center, private cloud, and hosting provider environments.
Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, June 8, 2012
Introducing Windows Server 2012 is 256 pages and includes 5 chapters loaded with insider information from the Windows Server Team.
Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker, Microsoft Press, 2010
Focuses on what is new and important, while giving you the context from Windows Server 2008 Chapters: What’s New, Installation and Configuration, Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services and VDI, Active Directory, The File Services Role, IIS 7.5, DirectAccess and Network Policy Server, Other Features and Enhancements
Neil Smyth, Techtopia, 2010
Installing, configuring and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 systems including installation and upgrades, networking configuration, remote desktop services, disk and partition management, RAID configuration, security, BitLocker encryption, remote desktop access, print services, resource sharing, clustering, load balancing and user permission management
Step-by-step deployment instructions for the Microsoft server products that are most relevant to a midsize business (50-250 PCs), in one easy-to-read format
Cover all aspects of installing, configuring and administering Windows Server 2008: installation and upgrades, networking configuration, terminal services, disk and partition management, RAID configuration, security, BitLocker encryption, remote desktop access, print services, resource sharing, clustering, load balancing and user permission management.