new Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Hi everybody,

Microsoft recently publish a new free eBook. This time about the Windows Server 2016 Technical Prview.

You can download it here.

Introduction
Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large global enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed that you have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or, at the very least, you have seen it from afar! No matter what your area of expertise, this ebook introduces you to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and its latest developments, which is the next version of Windows Server.

Each chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product group, who provide you with the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is coming in Windows Server. This information will help you to get ready for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and give you an opportunity to develop and design a path to introduce this powerful technology into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book was written at a time when the product was still evolving, and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when it is released. All guidance in these chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test setting; you should not implement this in a production environment.

This book assumes that you are familiar with key Windows Server concepts (i.e., Hyper-V, networking, and storage) as well as cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure. In this ebook, we cover a variety of concepts related to the technology and present scenarios with a customer focus, but it is not intended as a how-to guide or design manual. You should use other sources including the online Microsoft resources to stay up to date with the latest developments on the roles and features of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. The online resources will also contain the latest how-to procedures and information about designing a Windows Server 2016 infrastructure for your business.

@AltaroSoftware New eBook: Supercharging Hyper-V Performance

Hi everybody,

Altaro published a great new eBook “Supercharging Hyper-V Performance”.

Here’s what you can expect from this eBook:

  1. A practical guide to finding and fixing issues in storage, CPU, memory, and network components
  2. Instructions on how to use Windows Performance Monitor and PAL to monitor your virtualized environment
  3. Advice on how to plan hosts, VMs, storage, networking and management for maximum performance.

You can download it here.

Free E-book: Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Hi everybody,

my friend Stanislav Zhelyazkov and his peers Pete Zerger (@PZerger), Tao (@MrTaoYang), Anders (http://contoso.se) wrote an awesome book the last month. Within the book they give you some insides in Microsoft OMS.

Quote: https://cloudadministrator.wordpress.com

Description: This preview release of “Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite” is an end-to-end deep dive into the full range of Microsoft OMS features and functionality, complete with downloadable sample scripts (on Github). The chapter list in this edition is shown below:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and Onboarding

  • Chapter 2: Searching and Presenting OMS Data

  • Chapter 3: Alert Management

  • Chapter 4: Configuration Assessment and Change Tracking

  • Chapter 5: Working with Performance Data

  • Chapter 6: Process Automation and Desired State Configuration

  • Chapter 7: Backup and Disaster Recovery

  • Chapter 8: Security Configuration and Event Analysis

  • Chapter 9: Analyzing Network Data

  • Chapter 10: Accessing OMS Data Programmatically

  • Chapter 11: Custom MP Authoring

  • Chapter 12: Cross Platform Management and Automation

You can download it via Stanis blog.

New free eBook Microsoft System Center Building a Virtualized Network Solution, Second Edition

Hey everbody,

Microsoft offers a new free eBook written by Nigel Cain, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, and Alvin Morales.  You can find the book here: Download

What topics are included in this book?

The vast majority of the book is focused on architecture and design, highlighting key design decisions and providing best practice advice and guidance relating to each major feature of the solution.

  • Chapter 1: Key concepts A virtualized network solution built on Windows Server and System Center depends on a number of different features. This chapter outlines the role each of these features plays in the overall solution and how they are interconnected.
  • Chapter 2: Logical networks This chapter provides an overview of the key considerations, outlines some best practice guidance, and describes a process for identifying the set of logical networks that are needed in your environment.
  • Chapter 3: Hyper-V port profiles This chapter discusses the different types of port profiles that are used in Virtual Machine Manager, outlines why you need them and what they are used for, and provides detailed guidance on how and when to create them.
  • Chapter 4: Logical switches This chapter describes the function and purpose of logical switches, which are essentially templates that allow you to consistently apply the same settings and configuration across multiple hosts.
  • Chapter 5: Network Virtualization gateway This chapter outlines key design choices and considerations for providing cross-premises connectivity from networks at tenant sites to virtual networks dedicated (per tenant) in a service provider network.
  • Chapter 6: Deployment This chapter builds on the material discussed in previous chapters and walks through common deployment scenarios, highlighting known issues (and workarounds) relating to the deployment and use of logical switches in your environment.
  • Chapter 7: Operations Even after having carefully planned a virtual network solution, things outside of your immediate control might force changes to your virtualized network solution. This chapter walks you through some relatively common scenarios and provides recommendations, advice, and guidance for how best to deal with them.
  • Chapter 8: Diagnosing Connectivity Issues This chapter looks at how to approach a connectivity problem with a virtualized network solution, the process you should follow to troubleshoot the problem, and some actions you can take to remediate the issue and restore service.
  • Chapter 9: Cloud Platform System network architecture This chapter reviews the design and key decision points for the network architecture and virtualized network solution within the Microsoft Cloud Platform System.

To recap, this book is mainly focused on architecture and design (what is needed to design a virtualized network solution) rather than on the actual steps required to deploy it in your environment. Other than in few chapters, you will find few examples of code. This is by design. Our focus here is not to provide details of how you achieve a specific goal but rather on what you need to do to build out a solution that meets the needs of your business and provides a platform for the future.

When you have designed a solution using the guidelines documented in this book, you will be able to make effective use of some of the excellent materials and examples available in the Building Clouds blog (http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/) to assist you with both solution deployment and ongoing management.

New free eBook Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

Hey everbody,

Microsoft offers a new free eBook written by Shreesh Dubey, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Shivam Garg, and Aashish Ramdas. Within the book you can read some really usefull things, how to Backup your Microsoft Hybrid cloud.

You can find the book here: Download