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Free ebook – Windows PowerShell v2: The Administrator Crash Course

Microsoft is adding PowerShell to more and more products, and going forward, the company’s plan is to incorporate PowerShell throughout all of its business products as a baseline administrative layer.

The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2For windows administrators who are new to PowerShell, Microsoft MVP Don Jones offers a new book from Realtime Publishers entitled The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2. Covering the most crucial elements of PowerShell v2, Don has constructed a set of practical tips and practice exercises that will get you up to speed in a matter of weeks. Each course section is designed to be reviewed in under an hour, so it’s a perfect way to quickly learn how to begin using PowerShell v2!

Download this Free ebook Guide to start your learning with PowerShell.

If you’re ready to get started in PowerShell, and have no experience, this is the crash course for you!

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General Microsoft

Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista, XP– New Book from PACKT Publishing

Hello Folks, I have just started to review a book “Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista, and XPwritten by Russel Smith. Windows OS Engineering and Application Platforms have always fascinated me ever since I started Packaging applications. I hope this book gives me lots of information, which I can further share it with you all..!

Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista, XP– New Book from PACKT PublishingLooking from the Technology perspective, the contents of this book can be broadly classified into these sections –

  • Overview of Least Privilege Security in Microsoft Windows Operating System. and how to Solve Least Privilege Problems with the Application Compatibility Toolkit.
  • Detailed explanation on User Account Control (UAC) covering various concepts like Access Token Model, Elevation Prompt Security, Configuring UAC through Group Policy etc.
  • Software Distribution using Group Policy and Windows Installer.
  • Managing Internet Explorer Add-ons and Best Practices on Deploying Commonly used ActiveX Controls. If you don’t know what this is, you can visit www.activextest.com.
  • Supporting Users Running with Least-Privilege, Deploying Software Restriction Policies and AppLocker, Preparing Vista and Windows 7 for Least Privilege Security.
  • Provisioning Applications on Secure Desktops with Remote Desktop Services, Balancing Flexibility and Security with Application Virtualization and Deploying XP Mode VMs with MED-V.

I shall post a detailed review of this book soon. Until then, you can read this free chapter, Chapter No. 3 – Solving Least privilege Problems with the Application Compatibility Toolkit and let me know your comments / reviews.

You can also Order the book Online here from PACKT Publishing

About the Author: Russell Smith specializes in management and security of Microsoft-based IT systems and is a Contributing Editor for CDW’s Biztech magazine and writes regularly for industry journal Windows IT Professional. Russell is also contributing author to Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Microsoft Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians from Microsoft’s Official Academic Course (MOAC) series of books published by Wiley and Sons. he is an independent IT consultant and MCSE with more than ten years of experience. Russell’s recent projects include Active Directory Security Consultant for the UK Health Service National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) and Exchange Architect for Wipro Technologies. Russell also has extensive experienceas an IT trainer.

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Ebook – Strategies for Cloud Storage, Data Protection, and Disaster Recovery

In The Essentials Series: Strategies for Cloud Storage, Data Protection, and Disaster Recovery book, IT author and strategist Don Jones examines the new approaches and capabilities offered by cloud storage and cloud-based data protection solutions. He offers a look at these solutions’ challenges, and outlines specific considerations that businesses have to keep in mind when using them. Finally, he provides a framework for basic storage strategies that incorporate cloud technologies, positioning you to begin researching a solution that truly meets your business needs.

CloudThis ebook contains the following articles,

  1. What Can Cloud Storage Really Do For You?
  2. Challenges and Special Considerations for Cloud Storage
  3. Leveraging the Cloud for Storage and Disaster Recovery: Three Practical Strategies

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If you want to understand the popular Cloud Computing stacks including Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and Microsoft Windows Azure. These videos and ebook will give you an overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – Check it out here

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Free eBook on User Workspace Management

Maintaining the user’s workspace–the personal bits and pieces that make a computing environment comfortable for the user—has become an increasingly difficult task when faced with operating system upgrades, remote application infrastructures, VPN connections, desktop sharing, and hosted virtual desktops. Using today’s Windows profiles to manage user workspaces just doesn’t cut it.

In The Shortcut Guide to User Workspace Management, authored by Microsoft MVP Greg Shields, you will learn about the benefits and challenges of managing user workspaces, as well as why a User Workspace Management solution is an absolute must for today’s multiple access point environments.

Chapters in this Realtime book include:

Chapter 1: What is User Workspace Management?
Chapter 2: Personalization Equals Context Plus Content
Chapter 3: Tying Security to People, Not Devices
Chapter 4: Transforming to an Environment of User Workspace Management

Download the complete 60-page book today!

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Free ebook – Faster Problem Resolution with Remote Support Capabilities

The Essentials Series: Faster Problem Resolution with Remote Support Capabilities This series takes you through the many issues that plague the modern help desk, and states the case for implementing user-centric remote support. The Author demonstrates how tools such as built-in interactive chat, file transfer, and sessions that persist across multiple reboots enable help desk staff to be supportive and to identify and resolve problems quickly and accurately.

The author Ed also offers insight on how built-in monitoring and behind-the-scenes session sharing and observation tools let management accurately assess help desk productivity, help desk staff skills and abilities, and ticket resolution rates.

This complete series includes the following articles:

  • Article 1: Setting the Stage for User-Centric Remote Support
  • Article 2: Simplifying the Troubleshooting Process with User-Centric Remote Control
  • Article 3: Understanding How Remote Control and Diagnosis Addresses Typical User Problems

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Check out this amazing tool which does not only help in Issue reporting, it can also be used to create screencasts, how-to tutorials and documents for your users – Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7

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Download the Shortcut Guide to Disaster Recovery, Availability, and Continuity

The Shortcut Guide to Availability, Continuity, and Disaster Recovery, by author and IT expert Dan Sullivan, is a concise roadmap to uncovering the not-so-obvious business requirements of recovery management and meeting some of the most vexing challenges to traditional backup models, including virtualization and application-specific requirements.

The Shortcut Guide to Availability, Continuity, and Disaster RecoveryThis excellent new book offers concrete advice on scheduling and monitoring, choosing storage media, managing growth, and controlling costs. With the right combination of backup systems, high-availability solutions, and sound recovery management procedures, businesses can have the backup protection they need without straining their staff or budget!

Chapters in this complete Realtime book include:

  1. The Business Case for Recovery Management
  2. Breaking Through Technical Barriers to Effective Recovery Management
  3. Top 5 Operational Challenges in Recovery Management and How to Solve Them
  4. Putting It All Together: Recovery Management Scenarios for Small Businesses to Emerging Enterprises

From the Author…

“Businesses demand high availability and rapid recovery for mission-critical information systems.  But the days of simple backup models are gone. Virtualization and database applications are just two examples of technologies that do not neatly fit with backup practices developed decades ago,” explains author Dan Sullivan.  “In The Shortcut Guide to Availability, Continuity, and Disaster Recovery, you will learn the correct strategies and procedures to utilize backup and high-availability technologies in order to effectively address these new challenges.”

Download the complete 63-page book today!

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Best Practices to run Linux on Hyper-V : White Paper

If your data center uses both Linux and Windows operating systems, you can use Hyper-V to host Linux in virtual machines; this lets you take advantage of the benefits of virtualization, including reducing the number of physical systems and decreasing your management and administration costs. You can also use the tools built into Windows to simplify backups and recovery plans for Linux, or easily monitor uptime and services across your data center.

This white paper from Microsoft discusses the benefits of virtualizing Linux on Hyper-V, and it offers best practices for enhancing the performance of Linux as a guest operating system on a Hyper-V host. The paper also provides links for further information on the topics covered.

Download the Best Practices for Running Linux on Hyper-V Paper here [.docx format]

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Download the Shortcut Guide to Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V presents a cost-effective and easily-implemented virtualization solution. When coupled with a strong iSCSI storage architecture, the combination provides the highest levels of redundancy, availability, and performance.

Implementing Hyper-V with iSCSI StorageIn The Shortcut Guide to Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V, author and IT expert Greg Shields outlines how iSCSI is a perfect fit for the dynamic nature of virtualization. This book digs deep into the decisions that environments large and small must consider. It looks at best practices for Hyper-V storage topologies and technologies, as well as cost and manageability implications for the solutions available on the market today.

Chapters in this Realtime book include:

  • Chapter 1: The Power of iSCSI in Microsoft Virtualization
  • Chapter 2: Creating Highly-Available Hyper-V
  • Chapter 3: Critical Storage Capabilities for Highly-Available Hyper-V
  • Chapter 4: The Role of Storage in Hyper-V Disaster Recovery

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Download Video and Ebook – Overview of Cloud Computing

Check out this video “What is Windows Azure and why should I use it?“, where Mark Kottke, Principal Consultant at Microsoft, and Chris Henley, Senior IT Professional Evangelist with Microsoft, discuss early adopter customer experiences with Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Microsoft Cloud Services.

CloudAlso, Joey and Brian describe what SaaS (Software as a Service) is,  Software plus Services and cloud computing are, and point out types of applications which are best-suited for the cloud. Brian is happy to reveal how IT professionals move up the value food chain and do more of what they aspire to as they begin to leverage cloud computing. The discussion rounds out with a white board chat about the spectrum of applications that might run on-premises, hosted, or in the cloud for an enterprise. View/ Download the Video here

One of the Cloud Computing Strategist Janakiram has authored an eBook on Demystifying the Cloud. ‘Demystifying The Cloud’ has 6 chapters. The first three chapters focus on the core concepts and terminologies while the rest of the chapters introduce the popular Cloud Computing stacks including Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and Microsoft Windows Azure. This book is meant for developers who want to understand the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. – Download this ebook here (PDF document)

In this cloud computing video, Brian gives the white board a workout as he describes the Windows Azure architecture and answers questions about the IT Pro’s role. With Windows Azure, IT Pros have to deploy applications and manage their health, predict and manage demand for applications, and make sure data is backed up and secure. Brian describes the Windows Azure Platform Application Fabric and touches on SQL Azure, storage elements, blobs, queues and tables. –View/Download this video here

If you’re interested in learning more about cloud computing terminology and architecture, read Darryl Chantry’s article here

How Secure is Cloud Computing?

As with other major technological transitions, the evolution of cloud computing has drawn widespread attention and scrutiny in the news media. It has also raised policy questions concerning how people, organizations, and governments handle information and interactions in this environment. However, with regard to most security and data privacy questions, cloud computing reflects the evolution of the Internet computing experiences we have long enjoyed, rather than a revolution.

This paper examines, at a high level, the changes that this evolution will likely bring to computer security and includes benefits as well as challenges.

Download this paper here [.pdf format]

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Download Ebook – Guide to Improve Business Through IT Portfolio Management

Many corporate executives still view technology as a necessary cost of doing business. As a result, CIOs and IT Directors are constantly struggling to justify their positions and maintain their budgets. However, IT Portfolio Management can change this perception and elevate IT to the status of corporate partner. If you manage technology like any other investment and illustrate the returns and benefits to business leaders, IT becomes a driving force for corporate change and growth.

Improving Your Business through IT Portfolio ManagementIT Portfolio Management is a process for directly linking technology with business goals. The Executive Guide to Improving Your Business through IT Portfolio Management will walk you through the IT Portfolio Management model, and suggest ways to transform IT and the role of the CIO into the primary supplier of relevant data to business leaders. This process changes IT from a cost center to a division that directly contributes to the bottom line.

The ebook has these following chapters,

  • Chapter 1: Managing an IT Portfolio
  • Chapter 2: Capturing IT Demand
  • Chapter 3: Prioritizing Projects and Investment Decision Making
  • Chapter 4: Delivering and Assessing Your IT Portfolio
  • Chapter 5: Communicating the Hidden Value of IT

Download The Executive Guide to Improve Business Through IT Portfolio Management here

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