Monday, January 5, 2015

More Free eBooks from Microsoft

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Some old books -

Microsoft System Center Introduction to Microsoft Automation Solutions

Microsoft System Center Introduction to Microsoft Automation Solutions
Rob Costello, Richard Maunsell; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor
December 2014
112 pages

Get advice from experts in the field on how to use Microsoft automation solutions! This free ebook introduces you to two Microsoft Automation solutions: Azure Automation and Service Management Automation. It explores both of these tools and how they can be used to meet the automation needs of your Microsoft Azure cloud solutions or your enterprise datacenter environments.

Download the PDF (3.82 MB)

Download the EPUB file (5.02 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (10.3 MB)

Download Companion Files (12.7 KB)

Windows Server ebooks

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Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
Mitch Tulloch
November 2013
242 pages

Get a head start evaluating Windows Server 2012 R2—with technical insights from a Microsoft MVP and members of the Windows Server product team. Based on final Windows Server 2012 R2 release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now.

Download the PDF (8.0 MB)

Download the EPUB file (22.5 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (40.3 MB)

Microsoft Azure ebooks

Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson
July 2014
198 pages

This ebook walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and delivered by him at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2), and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September 2013 (part 1, part 2). Many others updated and augmented the content while transitioning it from video to written form.

Download the PDF (6.35 MB)

Download the EPUB file (22.7 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.3 MB)

Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight
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Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight
Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody
May 2014
130 pages

In Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, we cover what big data really means, how you can use it to your advantage in your company or organization, and one of the services you can use to do that quickly—specifically, Microsoft’s HDInsight service. We start with an overview of big data and Hadoop, but we don’t emphasize only concepts in this book—we want you to jump in and get your hands dirty working with HDInsight in a practical way.

Download the PDF (6.37 MB)

Download the EPUB file (8.46 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.8 MB)

Download Companion Files (6.83 MB)

Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
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Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team
October 2013
142 pages

Get a high-level overview of Windows Azure—and get a running start with this flexible cloud platform. Designed for IT professionals, this guide introduces core features and functionality, with technical insights and advice from a Microsoft MVP and members of the Windows Azure team. Topics include Windows Azure solutions, Compute services, Network services, Data services, and App services.

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Download the EPUB file (22.5 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (40.3 MB)

Get the book's companion files (2.33 KB)

Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
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Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
Marc Farley
July 2013
120 pages

Discover how a hybrid cloud model—combining cloud storage services with traditional on-premise storage—can solve multiple storage challenges cost-effectively, all under a single data management system. Focusing on the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution, this book offers concise insights on technical, strategic, and practical considerations—so you can begin evaluating potential benefits to your organization.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) - Public Preview

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MIM is the new name of the next major release for the formerly called - Forefront Identity Manager (FIM). We schedule MIM release to the first half of calendar year 2015.

MIM (like FIM 2010 R2) will be part of the Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP) offering. So if you are already an AADP subscriber, you can benefit from the existing FIM capabilities and upcoming MIM goodies.

MIM is an on-prem Identity and Access Management (IAM) system. As such it reduces the complexity of managing the identity lifecycle in organizations. This is done by automating some key IAM tasks, including:

  • Provisioning and synchronizing identities among heterogeneous directories and systems
  • Implementing IAM related workflows
  • Certificate and smart cards lifecycle management
  • Roles based access management
  • Self-service tasks (password reset, group management, etc…)


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Remote Desktop Connection Manager 2.7

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RDCMan manages multiple remote desktop connections. It is useful for managing server labs or large server farms where you need regular access to each machine such as automated checkin systems and data centers. It is similar to the built-in MMC Remote Desktops snap-in, but more flexible. The RDCMan 2.7 version is a major feature release. New features include: - Virtual machine connect-to-console support - Smart groups - Support for credential encryption with certificates - Windows 8 remote action support - Support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Detect applications using "hardcoded" DC name or IP

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You look at Windows Server 2012 R2 and you tell yourself: "that would be nice if I could leverage all those new features". Then you remember...

  • Adding new domain controllers is usually not a problem. Besides, if you want to add your new DCs in a smooth way, without impacting the existing environment, you can follow this excellent post which, despite its age, is still valid for Windows Server 2012 R2: Minimizing Risk During AD Upgrades.
  • Removing the old ones is what you are worried about. "What if I have applications using explicitly one specific domain controller's name or IP?" Well, unless you reuse the same name and same IP address for your new domain controller, it might break things. And breaking things isn't fun...

How can we do it without breaking things?

First, it is important that all applications consuming Active Directory data (for authentication as well as for data storage) are configured in a way that they are not bound to a specific DC. Being proactive means two things:

  1. Communicate and educate the applications' owners about the magic the NetLogon service does. If possible, craft the list of all business critical apps, sit down with the team in charge of administering them and try to determine how their apps are discovering domain controllers.
  2. When acquiring new software, ask the vendors if their applications are discovering a domain controller through the Windows API or if they require a hardcoded configuration. And be careful! Specifying the FQDN of the domain name might bring some flexibility but does not necessarily imply that the applications use Windows API to discover domain controllers. We'll discuss about it later on this article.

Second, we can try to detect which applications are using this kind of hardcoded configuration. This is a tough one. You cannot just look at the logs of the domain controllers because the decision of using a specific DC is done on the clients' side. So enabling LDAP logging will just basically list all your active clients without the possibility to distinguish if it comes from a hardcoded app or a regular Windows client. When replacing a DC with a new one with a new name, you might be tempted to create a DNS alias to point to the new DC. It might do the trick for the application but it's in fact just punting. You will have to maintain the DNS record. However some functionalities such as LDAPs or Kerberos could go bad with this DNS spoofing workaround. It looks like a goner...

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Vulnerability in Kerberos Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-068 – Critical

Vulnerability in Kerberos Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3011780)

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Kerberos KDC that could allow an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account. An attacker could use these elevated privileges to compromise any computer in the domain, including domain controllers. An attacker must have valid domain credentials to exploit this vulnerability. The affected component is available remotely to users who have standard user accounts with domain credentials; this is not the case for users with local account credentials only. When this security bulletin was issued, Microsoft was aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The update is also being provided on a defense-in-depth basis for all supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. For more information, see the Affected Software section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting signature verification behavior in Windows implementations of Kerberos. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3011780.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Microsoft to drop Nokia name from smartphones

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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.

According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." (here)

Microsoft declined comment.

Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal, which was struck in September 2013 and completed in April, Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself.

Finland's Nokia continues as a networks, mapping and technology licensing company. It owns and manages the Nokia brand and only licenses it to Microsoft.

Microsoft has said in the past it plans to license the Nokia brand for its lower-end mobile phones for 10 years and to use the name on its smartphones only for a "limited" time, without saying how long that might be.


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Azure Directory Sync - Global Admin and Multifactor Authentication

I was trying configure Azure directory synchronization and it was keep failing with “The use name or password is incorrect.  Verify you name, and then type your password again.” error message.



I knew that the user name and password are correct.  For some other testing purpose I enabled Multi-Factor Authentication on this account that was causing the issue. Everything started working after disabling MFA on this account. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Directory Sync, Sync with Password Sync and Single Sign-On Scenarios

Here is good article on describing the functionalities and difference between Directory Sync, Directory Sync with Password Sync and  Directory Sync with Single Sign-On Scenarios.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device

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Microsoft Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

That could put it ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch and Moto 360 which both need to be charged around once a day. The wearable will hit stores soon after launch in a bid to capture the lucrative holiday season, a timeline Apple Apple was reportedly targeting before it delayed its own Watch to early 2015.

Forbes first reported in May that Microsoft was working on a smart watch that drew on optical engineering expertise from its Kinect division, and which would sync with iPhones, Android devices and Windows Phones. It is unclear what Microsoft will name the device, or what it will cost at retail.

A wearable would mark the company’s first foray into a new device category under CEO Satya Nadella. Wearable tech is still uncharted territory, despite offerings from Samsung and the forthcoming Apple Watch. It’s a market predicted to be worth $7.1 billion in 2015.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Storage Foundations

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1 Introduction

The goal of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Foundations series is to help enterprise IT and cloud service providers understand, develop, and implement IaaS infrastructures. This series provides comprehensive conceptual background, a reference architecture and a reference implementation that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technologies such as compute, network, and storage architectures, in addition to value-added software features.

The IaaS Foundations Series utilizes the core capabilities of the Windows Server operating system, Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Azure Pack and Microsoft Azure to deliver on-premises and hybrid cloud infrastructure as a service offerings.

As part of Microsoft IaaS Foundations series, this document discusses the storage infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building a storage infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. These components can be used to compose an IaaS solution based on private clouds, public clouds (for example, in a hosting service provider environment) or hybrid clouds. Each major section of this document will include sub-sections on private, public and hybrid infrastructure elements.Discussions of public cloud components are scoped to Microsoft Azure services and capabilities.

2.0 On-Premises

The following sections discuss storage options and capabilities that can be included in an on-premises IaaS design. Note that these on-premises options are also pertinent to cloud service providers interested in delivering a commercial IaaS offering.

2.1 Drive Architectures

The type of hard drives in the host server or in a storage array that are used by the file servers have significant impact on the overall performance of the storage architecture. The critical performance factors for hard drives are:

  • The interface architecture (for example, SAS or SATA)
  • The rotational speed of the drive (for example, 10K, or 15K RPM) or a solid-state drive (SSD) that does not have moving parts
  • The Read and Write speed
  • The average latency in milliseconds (ms)


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