TechNet Flash - Volume 16, Issue 18: September 3, 2014

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Garage Series: How Microsoft safeguards your data in the Office 365 service

Still running Windows Server 2003? Get valuable tips on how to break up with your infrastructure

New IT Pro Blog: Get step-by-step guides for modernizing your infra­structure with hybrid cloud

Now available: Get Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 and an early build of the .NET Framework vNext

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Enterprise mobility: Brad Anderson’s unofficial response to VMworld 2014 keynote

VMworld 2014 recently took place in San Francisco, featuring keynotes from VMware/AirWatch. Check out Brad Anderson’s unofficial response, and don’t miss his latest podcast and ongoing Success with Enterprise Mobility series.

Ten resources that can help you upgrade from Windows Server 2003

Time is running out. The end of support for Windows Server 2003 is quickly approaching – but there is no need to panic. Check out this list of resources that will help you upgrade your infrastructure and keep current.

BYOD is here to stay: Find free training resources to empower your mobile workforce

There will soon be more than 3 billion people using internet-enabled devices that run cloud-based apps. Get information about Microsoft technologies that support a mobile workforce, test products, and find free training.

Edge Show: A guide to running Docker on Azure

With this demo-heavy episode of The Edge Show, you will learn how to start running Docker on top of Microsoft Azure IaaS and get to know essential fundamentals of working with Docker.

Edge Show: Configuring hybrid identity with Azure AD

Take an exclusive look at Azure AD Connect and how it can be used to implement hybrid identity. Jen Field, Senior Program Manager Azure AD Fabric, demonstrates the new tool, showing us how to deploy Active Directory Federation Services, Directory Sync, and Azure AD.

Deploying SQL Server 2014: Best practices and lessons learned from Microsoft IT

Get an inside look at how Microsoft IT planned for and deployed SQL Server 2014. This video discusses common scenarios many IT organizations face today, best practices, and some of the lessons learned from Microsoft's own roll-out.

MAP Toolkit: A step-by-step guide to assessing your current IT infrastructure

Technical Evangelist Dan Stolts walks you through using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to assess your current IT infrastructure and begin planning your migration to a Hybrid Cloud strategy with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.

Now available for Azure: Get previews of new NoSQL database and search services

You can now access previews of Azure DocumentDB, a fully managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications.

TechNet Radio: Now is the time to start planning to modernize your infrastructure

Matt Hester and Keith Mayer kick off a special 6-part series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” In this first episode, they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.

How to plan a hybrid cloud storage architecture

A key aspect (and advantage) to planning your modern infrastructure is being able to deliver a modern storage solution. Continuing the “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series, Microsoft experts discuss the many storage options available to your organization and the performance, reliability, and security offered by various options. Try Microsoft Azure.

Three critical reasons why modern app practices matter to IT pros

Modern apps are not just apps that display as full screen. They offer other differences that can help solve some of the biggest problems IT pros have had with older .exe-based applications. Find out how, as Simon May explains the advantages offered by modern apps.

Social enterprise: How Microsoft IT is driving the shift towards more social practices

A “social” culture can bring many benefits to a modern enterprise. Leadership teams in Microsoft IT are spearheading efforts to embrace fundamental changes and broadly adopt social strategies throughout the company. Learn how Microsoft IT influences employees to adopt social behaviors, participate in social activities, and join communities.

IT Showcase: Advancing growth in new and emerging markets

Microsoft has identified new and emerging markets as a focus for future growth. This article describes how Microsoft identified markets, how Microsoft IT identified and prioritized gaps in user experience, and the resulting benefits of this data-driven analysis.

Cybersecurity 2025 – How Microsoft is shaping the future of security

This blog post concludes a three-part series on Microsoft’s new report Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data, and cybersecurity loom large on today’s – and tomorrow’s – agenda. Cyberspace 2025 looks beyond technological trends to anticipate future catalysts that may impact cybersecurity.

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