TechNet Flash - Volume 16, Issue 16: August 6, 2014

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Build new sites in just hours with SharePoint on Azure IaaS

Success with Enterprise Mobility: A “managed everything” strategy for enterprises

Now available: Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.0 

Office 365: What’s new in the world of apps for Office 365? 

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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager  

Windows 8.1 Enterprise  

Windows Azure Pack  

Windows Intune 30-day trial  

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Success with Enterprise Mobility: The need for a “manage everything” approach

Brad Anderson discusses Microsoft’s approach to managing everything and explains why you should demand a “manage everything” strategy in your environment. In a related post, he explains why SaaS management is acritical partof enterprise mobility management.

Edge Show: New widgets and dashboards in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager delivers new widgets and dashboards that provide more detailed information about alerts, health, images, classes, SLAs, performance, websites, PowerShell, state, and topology. Get an overview in this episode of the Edge Show.

Developing cloud-based automation for Azure VM migrations and self-service infrastructure

Learn how Microsoft IT developed and implemented automation tools to enable self-service cloud provisioning, and see how provisioning times have decreased from 5+ days to 20 minutes while maintaining standards and compliance.

New strategies for guarding against pass-the-hash attacks and other credential theft

Microsoft has released new guidance to help organizations better protect against pass-the-hash attacks and other forms of credential theft. The new white paper provides holistic planning strategies that IT pros should consider implementing.

MS Open Tech announces support for new open source container technologies on Microsoft Azure

New initiatives from MS Open Tech add support for Kubernetes and libswarma to help developers and IT pros working with Docker containers. This will deliver more powerful management capabilities and a toolkit aimed at defining a standard interface for building distributed systems on top of Docker.

Step-by-step: Quickly build IaaS server farms in the cloud with Azure Resource Manager and PowerShell

Technical Evangelist Keith Mayers guides you through the process of building a new server farm in the cloud. Learn about the new Azure Resource Manager module and discover how you can script the process. Try Azure for freefor 1 month.

Quick reference for Microsoft Azure VM pricing and configurations

Not all VMs are created equal. Here’s a quick reference of Azure VM pricing and important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a VM configuration. Try Azure withIaaS free for 1 month.

Building your hybrid cloud: A look at Microsoft Azure Pack Remote Console

In the latest installment of the “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and AndySyrewicze showcase the Microsoft Azure Pack Remote Console. Get an in-depth demo as they demonstrate how to configure a remote desktop gateway for VM console access.

Managing public key infrastructure in the enterprise

Electronic credentials that prove identity are a critical part of enterprise security. Microsoft IT has developed recommendations to help enterprises design and protect an infrastructure that supports these credentials.

Case study: How IT cut costs while improving access to the enterprise data warehouse

To improve the management of human resources information, Microsoft deployed its new data warehouse technology. The solution improved performance, reduced storage requirements, and simplified management. Meanwhile, costs decreased and user satisfaction increased.

Training and Books

Moving to hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure

In this free, on-demand training from Microsoft Virtual Academy, learn how to easily and securely extend on-premises networks to the cloud by using Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2.

Free training: Windows 8.1 update for enterprise

Learn how Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Phone can help you provide and manage a BYOD environment in this demo-filled MVA Jump Start course.


Migrating legacy Windows Server to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

August 14, 2014
Windows Server 2012 R2 provides many options to help ensure a seamless transition to the new server platform. Join MVA on August 14 for a rebroadcast of our recent event, followed by a live Q&A session with instructors and subject matter experts. Register now.

TechEd Europe: Grow your vision of what’s possible

28–31 October, Barcelona, Spain
TechEd Europe offers hundreds of sessions that enable you to explore the most important technology trends in an immersive, hands-on environment. From cloud computing to the evolution of one consistent platform across computing environments, this conference covers it all. Join Microsoft, industry experts, and your peers at TechEd in Barcelona 28-31 October. Register today.