@PacktPub Packt 5 Dollar campaign & eBook Deals

As some of you already know, I’m currently reviewing some books from Packt Publishing. In oder to this Packt informed me that they started an ebook offer and I don’t want to withheld the information from you. 🙂

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You can read and find the offer here.

The $5 eBook Bonanza is here!

Treat yourself to the eBook or Video of your choice for just $5 and get as many as you like until January 6th 2015. To get you started, we’ve put together the Top 20 Titles of 2014 for you to pick up here. But don’t forget, you can get ANY eBook or Video for $5 in this offer.

For specific tech, you can browse all our categories at the bottom of this page.

New free eBook “The Altaro PowerShell Hyper-V Cookbook”

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

    • Understand the basics of Hyper-V Cmdlets and how to create a Hyper-V VM
    • How to display and discover information about your VMs and Hyper-V host
    • Get mounted ISO files & identify orphaned VHD/VHDX files
    • How to delete obsolete snapshots and query Hyper-V event logs

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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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 Azure Media Services Guidance

Source:  Microsoft

You can download the free ebook here.

This guide describes how to design and build a video-on-demand application that uses Media Services. It provides an end to end walkthrough of a Windows Store application that communicates with Media Services through a web service, and explains key design and implementation choices. In addition to the Windows Store application, the guide also includes client applications for Windows Phone, web, iOS, and Android devices.

Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform

Source:  Microsoft Press

You can download the free ebook here.

Introduction

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. We provide an all-encompassing approach to understanding and architecting Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure based solutions for infrastructure as a service. The combination of Windows, System Center, and Windows Azure is a cloud-integrated platform, delivering what Microsoft calls the “Cloud OS,” which is a common platform spanning private cloud, public cloud (Windows Azure), and service provider clouds. This platform enables a single virtualization, identity, data, management, and development platform across all three cloud types.

This book is organized by cloud type and we begin with a short overview of the Cloud OS strategy from Microsoft and a high-level hybrid cloud architecture that will be detailed throughout the book. Next we cover the design and deployment of private cloud solutions using Windows and System Center to deliver the software-defined datacenter where storage, network, compute, and management are all virtualized and delivered by the Microsoft platform. We cover some of the substantial cost savings that can be achieved using the Microsoft storage platform, the multi-tenancy enabled by our network virtualization platform, and the consolidation ratios that can be provided by Hyper-V’s scalability and high performance.

With a private cloud foundation in place, we next move to the public cloud and detail how to extend the private cloud datacenter (network, storage, compute, management) to Windows Azure while treating it as a seamless extension to your datacenter. Finally, the third cloud type, service provider clouds, are covered using the same approach—extending your datacenter to service providers. The end result is a robust hybrid cloud architecture where consumers of IT within an organization can choose the optimal location to host their virtual machines and services on any of the three cloud types based on which cloud makes the most sense for their workload.

Acknowledgments

This book summarizes the detailed architecture and design work captured in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) reference architecture guides from Microsoft Services. The architectures represent years of lessons learned from our largest and most complex customer implementations.