TechNet Flash - Volume 16, Issue 11: May 28, 2014

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Enterprise mobility series: Preparing for mobile device management

Live training: Simplify deployment and management with Windows 8.1 Update (June 17–19)

Is your data safe? A look at potential attack vectors and how the Office 365 service protects your data

Join the Microsoft Early Expert program for free and enhance your virtualization skills

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Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 

SQL Server 2014 

System Center 2012 R2 

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager 

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Windows Azure Pack 

Windows Intune 30-day trial 

Windows Server 2012 R2 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

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Master of Mobility: Hybrid identity and mobile device management

Check out Microsoft’s solution for controlling access to corporate resources across the datacenter and the cloud. Then it’s on to mobile device management with a look at how Windows Intune and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager can be used to manage devices from a single console.

Hybrid identity: An in-depth look at supporting devices while keeping data protected

This white paper dives into Microsoft’s approach for solving one of the biggest challenges IT faces today: How to keep users productive on a range of devices while protecting company information. Download the white paper now.

Edge Show: Real-world insights from DevOps experts

In this panel discussion shot at TechEd North America 2014, a group of DevOps experts share real-world insights from the field. Hear what they think is working (and not working) in today’s DevOps environments, learn about Microsoft Azure portal, and more.

Garage Series: Updates to Office 365 ProPlus for admins

Curtis Sawin demonstrates the latest admin features in Office 365 ProPlus and Click-to-Run. He also goes under the hood to show how the Click-to-Run software update process works and takes a look at the upcoming shared computer activation capability.

Using MVMC 2.0 to migrate VMware VMs to Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

Matt McSpirit, a Senior Product Marketing Manager on the Windows Server & Management Team, discusses the features and benefits of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0. See how easy it can be to convert VMware virtual machines for Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure.

Security trends in the public sector

For public-sector organizations, data and asset protection is becoming more complex due to changing regulations and increasing demand for self-service solutions. This new report looks at how organizations are reacting, and identifies security trends in the public sector.

Enterprise mobility: Achieving consistent identity in the datacenter with hybrid identity

Microsoft’s approach to identity and protection enables you to work with user identity in the cloud and on premises. Find out how you can provide access that supports diverse devices, content classifications, networks, and geographic locations.

Power BI connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects BI is now generally available

Microsoft and SAP have announced the general availability of Power BI connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects BI. Users can now connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI Universes as another supported data source in Power Query for Excel, offering even greater options for data analysis.

A step-by-step guide to getting started with the new Microsoft Azure Automation preview

Learn how the new Azure Automation feature allows you to automate creating, monitoring, deploying, and managing cloud resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription using a highly available workflow execution engine.

OS security: Try System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection

Get started with your evaluation of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection to see how you can maintain corporate compliance and control while protecting client and server operating systems against the latest malware threats. Try it now.

The pros and cons of BitLocker pre-boot PIN in Windows 8.1

Chris Hallum, from the Windows team, visits the Edge Show to discuss BitLocker. He covers BitLocker pre-boot PIN in Windows 8.1 and explains why you probably don’t need a pre-boot PIN any longer.

Work smart guide: Classifying and protecting your business information

All forms of information, including ideas and concepts, have business value. The greater its value, the more security controls you should put in place to protect it. This guide provides an overview of how to classify business information and solutions to help protect that information.

Training and Books

10 must-read DevOps books for IT operations

Whether you’re an IT decision maker or IT implementer, you’ll appreciate this list of 10 must-read books. These will help you explore the background, key challenges, and general theory behind collaboration and teamwork.


Transform your datacenter: Infrastructure foundation and management

June 10, 2014
A modern platform should enable IT to manage datacenter resources across multiple clouds, support apps that scale dynamically, and allow IT to provide a secure experience from a variety of devices from most anywhere. Join this 60-minute session to experience the Microsoft cloud platform.

Transform your datacenter: Application management, insights, and availability

June 12, 2014
Today’s applications require a platform that enables management of datacenter resources across multiple clouds, support for apps that scale dynamically, and secure access to corporate resources from a variety of devices. Join this 60-minute session to experience the Microsoft cloud platform.

Live webinar: Building a mobility strategy that works

June 17, 2014
In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, employees expect the freedom to work anywhere, anytime, from a variety of devices. But planning an effective mobility strategy has challenges. This panel discussion will focus on mobility solutions that allow users to work safely and securely from most any devices. Register now.

Live training: Simplify deployment and management with Windows 8.1 Update

June 17–19, 2014
Have you been tasked with implementing a BYOD strategy? Are you managing Windows 8.1 in your enterprise environment? Join this three-day training session to learn how Windows 8.1 Update can simplify migration, deployment, and management while improving the end-user experience.