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Download eBook – The Definitive Guide to Application Performance Management

If one of your servers went down today, would you know about it? Probably. But if an obscure service on a small server that is part of a much larger solution started transacting at a slower rate than normal, would you? Perhaps not. If that obscure service is responsible for a critical activity in your business, its slight reduction in performance might be a big deal that you need to know about!

The Definitive Guide to Application Performance ManagementThe Definitive Guide to Application Performance Management offers a comprehensive look at Application Performance Management (APM), an industry-leading mechanism for monitoring business services and applications. APM looks at every facet of the IT infrastructure, from the services to the users themselves, to gain a holistic understanding of what’s going on in your business applications. Using APM, you can quickly dive into the root causes of problems within your infrastructure. You will understand the level of impact associated with those problems, and will recognize and quantify the overall health of your IT infrastructure and business services.

This Guide covers these following chapters,

  • What is Application Performance Management?
  • How APM Aligns IT with the Business
  • Understanding APM Monitoring
  • Integrating APM into Your Infrastructure
  • Understanding the End User’s Perspective
  • APM’s Service-Centric Monitoring Approach
  • Developing and Building APM Visualizations  
  • Seeing APM in Action
  • APM Enables Business Service Management
  • The APM Cheat Sheet

About the Author –

Greg Shields is an independent author, instructor, and IT consultant based in Denver, Colorado, and a co-founder of Concentrated Technology. With nearly 15 years of experience in information technology, Greg has developed extensive experience in systems administration, engineering, and architecture specializing in Microsoft systems management, remote application, and virtualization technologies. Greg is a Contributing Editor and Columnist for TechNet Magazine, and is the author of five books, including Windows Server 2008: What’s New / What’s Changed. Greg is also a highly sought-after instructor and speaker, speaking regularly at conferences like TechMentor Events, and producing computer-based training curriculum for CBT Nuggets.  Greg is a recipient of Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional” award with a specialization in Windows Terminal Services.

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Download eBook – Effective Guide to Service Management

In this ebook “Executive Guide to Service Management in an Uncertain Economy” from Realtime Nexus publishers, author Jeffery Hicks delivers an approach to service management that will show you how to meet the many business requirements of the IT department, such as reduced staff and lower budgets, all while still meeting the IT demands from customers, partners, and compliance organizations.

The Executive Guide to Service Management in an Uncertain EconomyYou will also learn how to develop an efficient service management strategy focused on effective asset management, data center automation, and management consolidation. You will also receive an action plan for each focus area, providing a checklist of must-do’s to execute on your service management strategy.

  • Chapter 1: Creating a Well-Managed Service Management Strategy
  • Chapter 2: Creating a Well‐Managed Data Center
  • Chapter 3: Effective Management Consolidation
  • Chapter 4: Effective Asset Management

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Free Ebook – Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions from Microsoft Press

The book is intended to be read from cover to cover and will give you a good understanding of the capabilities, features, and operation of Microsoft virtualization technologies. You can also read individual chapters to gain an understanding of a particular product or technology.

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions - Free Ebook from Microsoft PressChapter 1: Why Virtualization?

This chapter provides an overview of Microsoft’s integrated virtualization solution and how it plays a key role in Dynamic IT, Microsoft’s strategy for enabling agile business. The chapter also describes the benefits businesses can achieve through virtualization and how Microsoft’s virtualization platforms, products and technologies can help these businesses move their IT infrastructures toward the goal of Dynamic IT.

Chapter 2: Server Virtualization

This chapter covers the Hyper-V role of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and how these platforms can be used to manage virtualization server workloads in the datacenter. The chapter explores features of Hyper-V including the new Live Migration feature of Windows Server 2008 R2. It also describes the benefits of deploying Hyper-V, and various usage scenarios.

Chapter 3: Local Desktop Virtualization

This chapter describes various Microsoft virtualization technologies that enable client operating systems and applications to run within a virtualized environment hosted on the user’s computer. The platforms and products covered in this chapter include Windows Virtual PC and the Windows XP Mode environment, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).

Chapter 4: Remote Desktop Virtualization

This chapter describes various Microsoft virtualization technologies that enable client operating systems and applications to run within a virtualized environment hosted on a server located in the datacenter. The platforms and products covered in this chapter include Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and App-V for Remote Desktop Services.

Chapter 5: Virtualization Management

This chapter describes how System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 can be used to centrally manage all aspects of a virtualized IT infrastructure. The chapter explains how VMM works and explores how to use the platform to manage virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V servers. The chapter also describes the benefits of the other members of the System Center family of products.

Chapter 6: Cloud Computing

This chapter examines Microsoft’s emerging cloud computing platform, how it works, and what benefits businesses can obtain from it. The chapter examines both private and public cloud solutions including Windows Azure, and describes how Microsoft’s Dynamic Data Center Toolkit can be used to integrate cloud computing as a part of your virtualized IT infrastructure.

You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

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Download Ebook – The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint Administration

The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint AdministrationMicrosoft SharePoint has emerged as a market leader in satisfying corporate needs for data storage, archiving, collaboration, and delivery due in part to its scalability and customization potential. But SharePoint’s scalability and customizability can be a double-edged swords, despite the best of deployment or governance plans. As in most organic systems, lack of content control can lead to data sprawl, endangering network resources and thwarting your company’s ability to make timely strategic decisions. In large enterprises the overhead of SharePoint’s native decentralized administration tools can quickly undermine scaling advantages.

In The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint Administration, you will learn how to implement reliable data management policies across scaled SharePoint environments with the least amount of administrative overhead. Author Wendy Henry will explore data deployment and migration methods as well as content compliance and availability strategies, both native and third party. You will gain a deep understanding of the SharePoint administration hierarchy and how it applies to Microsoft’s three-tiered administration model for SharePoint. You will also learn how to manage access security and data across multiple SharePoint locations. The eBook concludes with an informative set of best practices for archiving and reporting on SharePoint data.

Chapters in this complete Realtime eBook include:

Chapter 1: Common Challenges in SharePoint Administration
Chapter 2: Understanding SharePoint Administration Hierarchy
Chapter 3: Managing Multiple SharePoint Locations
Chapter 4: SharePoint Archiving and Reporting Best Practices

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More from the Author….“Today’s information workers and business analysts demand immediate, reliable access to critical information.  Microsoft SharePoint is touted as a collaborative solution for all networks, large and small, thanks to its componentized design and scalable architecture,” explains author Wendy Henry.  “The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint Administration examines challenges faced when using the native administration tools and offers solutions for mitigating administrative overhead to get the most out of your SharePoint investment.”

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Download ebook – High Performance Computing for Dummies

Whether your business works in engineering, financial services, design, geosciences, computer-aided graphics, biosciences or a wide range of other sectors, High Performance Computing (HPC) could help you to gain a competitive advantage. Expensive, specialist supercomputers are no longer required. Instead, commodity hardware that’s commonplace for Web servers and desktop workstations can be used with open-source software to provide affordable, scalable HPC solutions.

However, selecting the right products, technologies and partners can be critical to success. This free guide gives a brief introduction to HPC and explains how HPC helps enterprises to gain a competitive edge.

High Performance Computing for Dummies bookWhat the eBook includes:

  • Practical advice on how to get started with HPC
  • Three key advantages to choosing open source for HPC
  • Tips for success, plus pitfalls to avoid
  • Choosing the right hardware and software, plus a supportive vendor

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Download Ebook – The Essentials Series: Making High Availability Pay For Itself

Not only has technology changed the way we do business, it has changed the way we view the ability to do business. Users and clients expect unprecedented levels of availability from applications and services, forcing businesses to contend with growing requirements to keep availability at its highest levels. But providing this level of availability doesn’t have to break the bank.

The Essential Series: Making High Availability Pay For Itself provides IT decision makers with metrics, solutions and the vision to present high availability as a business value.

Article 1: High Availability’s Spectrum of Cost and Capabilities

High Availability (HA) is no longer an all or nothing technology. In this first article, you will gain an understanding of the trends that have transformed HA into an essential part of the business model. You will also learn about the core metrics used to evaluate HA solutions, as well as some of the HA technologies available to you.

Article 2: Matching High Availability Technology with Business Needs

The second article concentrates on the concepts of availability, beginning with a discussion of the various levels of availability. The article constructs a matrix of availability vs. affordability, and closes with a look at how to match the various levels of availability to business needs.

Article 3: Relating High Availability Metrics to Business Value

In the final article of this series, you will learn how to effectively present the business value of high availability. With a deeper look into the metrics introduced in article 1, you will gain a solid understanding of what these metrics teach us about our environment. The article finishes with some suggestions on how to align the metrics, technology and business needs to create an effective high availability solution for your organization.

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Download eBook – The Shortcut Guide to Data Center Energy Efficiency

Virtualization and commitments to green IT initiatives are changing the way that data centers operate. By utilizing new technologies, repurposing existing equipment, and matching power and cooling supply to actual data center demand, IT will receive maximum benefit in the form of greater data center energy efficiency and decreased power and cooling costs.

The Shortcut Guide to Data Center Energy Efficiency offers insight on building a data center infrastructure that matches data center power and cooling demands in a way that optimizes operational efficiency while meeting the IT business and computing needs. This eBook will show you methods for minimizing the cost of your operating data center, and lays out a set of specific best practices and considerations for upgrading a production data center.

Chapters in this complete eBook include:
Chapter 1: Impact of Virtualization on Data Center Power & Cooling
Chapter 2: Best Practices for Data Center Design
Chapter 3: Free, or Nearly Free, Things to Do in an Operating Data Center
Chapter 4: Strategies for Upgrading a Production Data Center

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More from the Author….“With the current trends in IT, improving the energy efficiency of your data centers seems like low-hanging fruit; something that will happen in the course of bringing virtualization and consolidation to your data centers, along with the improved energy efficiency of new-generation IT hardware. But it’s easy to overlook the opportunity that these changes present in building data center infrastructures,” explains author David Chernicoff. ” This guide will offer insight on building a data center infrastructure to match IT power and cooling demands in a way that optimizes operational efficiency while meeting the IT business and computing needs of agile and effective business organizations.”

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Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab

DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems that gives users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their intranet any time they have Internet access. With DirectAccess enabled, requests for intranet resources (such as e-mail servers, shared folders, or intranet Web sites) are securely directed to the intranet, without requiring users to connect to a VPN. DirectAccess provides increased productivity for a mobile workforce by offering the same connectivity experience both inside and outside the office.

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (Beta) for DirectAccess Now Available

This paper contains instructions for setting up a test lab and deploying DirectAccess using four server computers, two client computers, Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM or RC, and Windows 7 RTM or RC. The test lab simulates an intranet, the Internet, and a home network and demonstrates DirectAccess in different Internet connection scenarios.

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IT professionals can benefit from DirectAccess in many ways:

  • Improved Manageability of Remote Users. Without DirectAccess, IT professionals can only manage mobile computers when users connect to a VPN or physically enter the office. With DirectAccess, IT professionals can manage mobile computers by updating Group Policy settings and distributing software updates any time the mobile computer has Internet connectivity, even if the user is not logged on. This flexibility allows IT professionals to manage remote computers on a regular basis and ensures that mobile users stay up-to-date with security and system health policies.

  • Secure and Flexible Network Infrastructure. Taking advantage of technologies such as Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and Internet Protocol security (IPsec), DirectAccess provides secure and flexible network infrastructure for enterprises. Below is a list of DirectAccess security and performance capabilities:
    • Authentication. DirectAccess authenticates the computer, enabling the computer to connect to the intranet before the user logs on. DirectAccess can also authenticate the user and supports two-factor authentication using smart cards.
    • Encryption. DirectAccess uses IPsec to provide encryption for communications across the Internet.
    • Access Control. IT professionals can configure which intranet resources different users can access using DirectAccess, granting DirectAccess users unlimited access to the intranet or only allowing them to use specific applications and access specific servers or subnets.
    • IT Simplification and Cost Reduction. By default, DirectAccess separates intranet from Internet traffic, which reduces unnecessary traffic on the intranet by sending only traffic destined for the intranet through the DirectAccess server. Optionally, IT can configure DirectAccess clients to send all traffic through the DirectAccess server.

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Ebook: Windows 7 – Tips and Tricks

Vasu Jain, a new Windows Desktop Experience MVP from India and a blogger at WindowsVJ.com, has authored an eBook – Windows 7: Tips & Tricks.

The book is, available as a free download, is a compilation of over 50 tips and tricks about Windows 7 to enrich the desktop experience, and an added bonus section for Windows 7 applications.

Download the Ebook here – http://tinyurl.com/Windows7TipsEbook

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An excellent ebook on Applications for Developers and Solution Architects

Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition is intended to help developers and solution architects design and build effective, high quality applications.

The guide will helps you to:

  • Understand the underlying architecture and design principles and patterns for developing successful solutions on the Microsoft platform and the .NET Framework.
  • Identify appropriate strategies and design patterns that will help you design your solution’s layers, components, and services.
  • Identify and address the key engineering decision points for your solution.
  • Identify and address the key quality attributes and crosscutting concerns for your solution.
  • Create a candidate baseline architecture for your solution.
  • Choose the right technologies for your solution.
  • Identify patterns & practices solution assets and further guidance that will help you to implement your solution.

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Brief Contents

  • What is Software Architecture?
  • Key Principles of Software Architecture
  • Architectural Patterns and Styles
  • A technique for Architecture and Design
  • Layered Application Guidelines – Presentation, Business, Data layer and Service layer Guidelines
  • Component Guidelines – Presentation, Business, Workflow and Data Components
  • Communication and Messaging
  • Physical Tiers and Deployment
  • Choosing an Application Type
  • Designing Web Applications, Rich Client Apps, Rich Internet, Mobile and Service Applications
  • Designing Hosted and Cloud Services
  • Designing Office Business Apps and SharePoint LOB Applications

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