Free Study Guide for Microsoft Exam 74-409 from @Veeam

Veeam offers a free studieguide for Microsoft Exam 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.

You can find it here.

New free eBook Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure

Microsoft Virtual Academy recently published a new and free eBook about Azure Fundamentals.

Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure
Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan
February 2015
246 pages
The “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series helps you advance your technical skills with Microsoft Azure. “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure” introduces developers and IT professionals to the wide range of capabilities in Azure. The authors—both Microsoft MVPs in Azure—present conceptual and how-to content for seven key areas and describe management tools and business cases.

You can download it here:

 

 

New free Hyper-V Book from Altaro “Explored: 7 Key Areas of Hyper-V”

Altaro recently published a free Hyper-V book. They cover following areas of interest:

  • How to secure your Hyper-V deployment beyond the basics, managing access to Virtual Machine functions, applying Group Policy, best practices on antimalware, and more
  • How to get the most out of Hyper-V Manager, setting up Native Network Teams and how Hyper-V’s Virtual Switches work
  • Understanding the concept of vCPUs and how to undertake capacity planning for Hyper-V
  • Learn the proper use of Hyper-V Dynamic Disks, how they operate and common myths surrounding the topic
  • How to connect storage to Hyper-V, including a variety of options as well as best practices.

I read the book a few days ago and I can really recommend it. To download the book, click here.

 

What you should also try out is Altaro Hyper-V Backup. You have a free licences that enables you to backup two VMs. To download the free edition please click on the banner below.

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Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager

Source:  Microsoft Press

You can download the free ebook here.

Introduction

Welcome to Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager. We (the authors) all work with systems management at Microsoft and believe that the Microsoft System Center suite is one of the most integrated suites on the market for this purpose.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager is the only product that can integrate across most of the System Center suite and Active Directory. Service Manager is a fast and reliable product that can create and maintain a dynamic service management database to enable interaction across the organization, both inside and outside the IT department, making it a very compelling product to many organizations.
Over the last several years, more and more customers have implemented Service Manager, either independently or via Microsoft or a partner. Sometimes the project and product implementation are not as successful as they should be. Our objectives with this book are to provide you with a framework for planning and delivering a successful Service Manager project and to share some of our experiences and best practices when it comes to optimizing and maintaining your Service Manager environment.
This book is written with three different roles in mind: business and technical decision makers; IT architects; and Service Manager administrators. You can either read this book in its entirety from A to Z, or you can follow one of the learning paths below depending on your role:

Business and technical decision makers:
 Chapter 1 Business reasons to choose Service Manager
 Chapter 2 Deployment costs and non-IT usage

IT architects
 Chapter 3 How to plan for Service Manager
 Chapter 4 How to prepare for a Service Manager installation

Service Manager administrators
 Chapter 5 Management packs
 Chapter 6 Optimizing the Service Manager environment
 Chapter 7 Service Manager configuration and customization

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Source http://shop.oreilly.com:

Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications, and empower IT to support users who work anywhere while being able to manage any device in a secure and consistent way. The other two pillars of the Cloud OS are, of course, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure, and Microsoft Press has recently released free Introducing books on these platforms as well.
Whether you are new to System Center or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter. Real-world and under-the-hood insights are also provided by insiders at Microsoft who live and breathe System Center, and those of you who are experienced with the platform will benefit from the wisdom and experience of these experts. We also included a list of additional resources at the end of each chapter where you can learn more about each System Center component.

 

You can download the book here.