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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Infrastructure Planning and Design: Complete Package

This is, no doubt, one great link to share with the community. Whenever you are planning to implement any kind of technology or solution on your company regarding to Windows Server, you’ll need to take a look at these documents. Infrastructure Planning and Design The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides will help and guide you among the design process giving you all the tools and scenarios needed for a correct design. The new document available is the complete planning and design for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1. Another interesting thing about it, is that the download also includes for each technology not only the document of IPD but also a great PowerPoint that can help you around with maybe a small presentation for your team or management in your company.   Overview Infrastructure Planning and Design guides share a common structure, including: Definition of the technical decision flow through the planning process. Listing of decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations. Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics. Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape. These guides complement product documentation by focusing on infrastructure design options. Each guide leads the reader through critical infrastructure design decisions, in the appropriate order, evaluating the available options for each decision against its impact on […]

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Free eBooks: "Understanding IPv6" and "Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista"

THESE BOOKS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD. You can still access the “Virtualization Solutions” free eBook from MS Press on this link. I’ll keep you updated whenever this offers appears!   More very interesting reading MS Press books available for free. On the IT side, you can find "Understanding IPv6". Great book to get to know this (still not commonly used) networking and security protocol. IPv6 Protocol for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 IPv6 addressing and headers Neighbor Discovery Address Autoconfiguration IPv6 name resolution ISATAP Teredo Deploying IPv6 Setting up a lab with IPv6 On the devs side, "Best Practices Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista". Enjoy. Cheers!

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Free eBook "Virtualization Solutions" Desktop to Datacenters

Taking your first steps in the virtualization world and you don’t really know where are you standing? Getting to know what virtualization products are available? Want to understand about VDI (Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) or App-V (former known as SoftGrid)? Confused about virtualization licensing? Well this is for sure a must reading book for you. And the best thing, it’s here for free! You can get the PDF (~14mb) at this link (link updated): “Virtualization Solutions from the Desktop to the Datacenter” Chapter 1: Microsoft’s Virtualization Solution Introduction to the virtualization world, benefits and how to implement it. Chapter 2: Server Virtualization – Hyper-V Start to know about the hyper visor released by Microsoft from Windows Server 2008 platform. How it works, benefits and different scenarios. Chapter 3: Managing Virtualization – VMM 2008 The latest centralized platform from System Center, Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Where you can manage different type of servers: Virtual Server, VMWare and Hyper-V. Chapter 4: Application Virtualization – App-V How App-V works (former known as SoftGrid) and how it can be delivered to users. Chapter 5: Presentation Virtualization – Terminal Services How Terminal Services complements the different virtualization solutions and their benefits. Chapter 6: Desktop Virtualization – MED-V and VDI Explaining Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Chapter 7: User State Virtualization Complementing Romaing Profiles, Folder Redirection, Offline Files, Group Policies with virtualization and how to implement it on an organization. […]

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