Chance to Win a Free Certification Exam Pack—Attend Microsoft Insights!

Microsoft offers with the Microsoft Insights event a good series where people who want to start or go on with certifications. Together with the start of this series, you can get a free certification exam pack.

To get more information about the event and how you can get the pack, please read Veronica Sopher‘s blogpost on born2learn.


So follow me and register for the event 🙂


Free eBook: Data Access for Highly-Scalable Solutions: Using SQL, NoSQL, and Polyglot Persistence

Data Acce s s for Highly-Scal ab l e Solut ions : Us ing SQL, NoSQL, and Polyglot Microsoft Press released a new free eBook about Data Access for Highly-Scalable Solutions: Using SQL, NoSQL, and Polyglot Persistence. You can download it here.



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1 9/27/2013
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      This is a PDF version of the on-line guidance available on MSDN

Data Access for Highly-Scalable Solutions: Using SQL, NoSQL, and Polyglot Persistence

      This guide describes how to design and build applications and services that can take best advantage of SQL and NoSQL databases by combining them into a polyglot solution. It provides an end to end walkthrough of a business application that uses SQL Server in conjunction with a variety of NoSQL databases, showing how the designers selected the databases to closely match the various business requirements. This guide has an accompanying reference implementation of an online ordering system. The sample code illustrates how to implement a polyglot solution that stores data in a variety of SQL and NoSQL databases, and how to decouple the data access logic from the business logic of the application.

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

Microsoft Press released a new free eBook for IT Pros on Windows Azure. You can download it here.

Chapter 1 Understanding Windows Azure

Chapter 2 Windows Azure compute services

Chapter 3 Windows Azure network services

Chapter 4 Windows Azure data services

Chapter 5 Windows Azure app services

Chapter 6 Getting Started with Windows Azure



Free ebook: System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

Microsoft published a new and free eBook that concentrates on how to design Orchestrator Runbooks.

Cou can download it here.



Welcome to Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks. We believe that orchestration and automation are becoming increasingly important in IT organizations of all sizes and across all infrastructure types ranging from on-premises to cloud-based. Orchestration and automation can help reduce the cost of IT while improving consistency and quality of IT service delivery. Like any powerful technology. however, it can be both used and abused.

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. We will provide detailed guidance for creating what we call “modular automation” where small, focused pieces of automation are progressively built into larger and more complex solutions. We detail the concept of an automation library, where over time enterprises build a progressively larger library of interoperable runbooks and components. Finally, we will cover advanced scenarios and design patterns for topics like error handling and logging, state management, and parallelism. But before we dive into the details, we’ll begin by setting the stage with a quick overview of System Center 2012 Orchestrator and deployment scenarios.