App-V Book Giveaway!

  As a celebration since my App-V Book: Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 has just been published, I want to give away a free paperback version among my blog readers. Here’s the deal: All you need to do is email me at augusto@augustoalvarez.com.ar with the subject: “App-V Book”. Include in the email body your full name plus the […]

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App-V Book Published and Sample Chapter Available for Download

  My book “Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6” has been finally published by Packt and the pre-order waiting game is over :) This App-V book is available in the following stores and in the following links: Packt Publishing Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Lehmans Bookware Sample Chapter Also, as a preview of this book, you can download a sample chapter for […]

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App-V Book: “Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6”

  Finally the writing process is complete, and my App-V book is just around the corner: “Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6”. The book is available for pre-order in Pack Publishing website and in Amazon. An overview about what we will cover: Publish, deploy, and manage your virtual applications with App-V. Understand how Microsoft App-V can fit into your […]

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Free E-Book: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

  Microsoft Press introduced a great technique to get more readers: Giving away free books, as simple as that. And this time with a great proposal: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2. Even though it is a short book (200 pages) you’ll see that there are several topics that you might be interested in. Here are the chapters involved: Chapter 1    What’s New in Windows Server R2 Chapter 2    Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World Chapter 3    Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines Chapter 4    Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management Chapter 5    Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access    Chapter 6    The File Services Role Chapter 7    IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform Chapter 8    DirectAccess and Network Policy Server Chapter 9    Other Features and Enhancements You will find several information about important improvements introduced in this version, like: Hyper-V R2 (Live Migration and storage hot add feature); VDI; IIS 7.5; BranchCache and DirectAccess. Enjoy!

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Free E-Books from this Month: Office Communications Server 2007 R2

  Continuing with their 25th Anniversary Microsoft Press prepared for us their final release for free E-Books (yes, these two and you won’t be getting this exciting offers anymore): “Office Communications Server 2007 R2: Resource Kit” If you are not very familiar with the communications suite, here’s a short topic review that is included in almost 900 pages: Overview and server roles Key deployment scenarios: VoIP, basic IM, conferencing, voice mail, etc. Planning and Deployment General administration and monitoring Backup and restore Troubleshooting. And as for previous released, the offer also includes the developers e-book: “Programming for Unified Communications with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2” Remember that these downloads are available for a short period of time. Enjoy!

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May Free E-Book: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit

  Disclaimer: Remember that these books are available as a free download for a limited period of time.  Microsoft Press released two new e-books to continue celebrating their 25th anniversary: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit On this book you’ll find detailed information about what’s new in Windows Server 2008 regarding Terminal Services and common scenarios to use a Terminal Services ecosystem. As an always requested topic regarding to Terminal Services, you’ll see how the applications publications works within these environments, using Terminal Services RemoteApps (TS RemoteApps). Some of the topics: Planning and installing Terminal Server environment. Creating and maintaining user work environment. Installing and Publishing Applications. Terminal Services ecosystem management. Also, on the devs side again, you can find this another “best practices” book: “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention”. Techniques to meet the demand for more reliable software. Enjoy and don’t forget to share the links. Cheers!

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Free eBook: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion

Again, Microsoft Press is releasing a brand new book for you to download it completely free: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion But you should know that this book is going to be available for download for a short period of time: April 15 to April 22. So you better hurry up and get yourself a copy! The SBS platform that was introduced with Windows Server 2003 is oriented to small-medium organizations (between 5 and 75 computers) and gives you all the possibilities and solutions that you may need to use on your organization within a single server: Active Directory, Exchange Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), Sharepoint, SQL, Terminal Services, etc. Avoiding, this way, to consider the implementation of several servers and their hardware and licensing costs. Also, on the devs side, you can find this book also available: Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! Enjoy!

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Free eBook from this Month: Windows Vista Resource Kit

Microsoft Press keeps celebrating their 25th anniversary, that’s why you continue to keep getting this free eBooks all the time. This time you get the chance to get a free book related to desktop environments: Windows Vista Resource Kit, 2nd Edition On this book you’ll find: Windows Vista Deployment Desktop Management Desktop Maintenance All you need to know about Networking on Windows Vista Troubleshooting It’s quite interesting actually, on this book you’ll find several topics that can be quite useful as an IT Pro or a common user: Regarding to Vista Deployment you can find everything you need to know about deployments using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), preparing Windows PE boot environment, etc. Also take a look at the networking section that will explain the improvements that were made on this OS (firewall, IPSec, etc); troubleshooting hardware, devices and common errors. Remember that these free eBooks will be available for a short period of time, so don’t waste any more time and get it! Adding now another free eBook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Enjoy! Cheers

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More Free eBooks: Windows Server 2008 Server Core and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services

Two more new and completely free eBooks from MS Press are available for download: Windows Server 2008 Server Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant On this book you’ll find: Introduction to Server Core Deploying Server Core Initial Configurations Installing Roles and Features Local and Remote Management Detailed description of all roles available: Active Directory and DNS Hyper-V DHCP File and Print Services Web Server Others Maintaining Server Core Did you give Windows Server Core a chance already? On the obvious security reasons that you can find to install it; you’ll see other benefits like having a small footprint operating system, licensing price, great performance to take advantage all the features on the mentioned roles, including Hyper-V clustering. You can start on this book to get a nice introduction and to know all the possibilities with Server Core. And again, on the devs side (but it is also quite useful for IT guys) you’ll find a SQL Server 2005 book: SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Step-by-Step For another free eBook (“Virtualization Solutions”) still available, click here. Enjoy! Cheers!

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