TechNet Flash - Volume 16, Issue 24: November 19, 2014

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Now available: Get Visual Studio Community 2013 for free

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Live training: Open Source for DevOps Practices with Ross Gardler and David Tesar (Dec. 10, 2014)

Azure IaaS for IT pros: Register for a week of free live, online training (Dec. 1–4, 2014)

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New features are rolling out to Microsoft Intune this week

Microsoft is introducing new capabilities to Intune standalone (cloud only). These will help you address some of the most common mobile device management and mobile application management tasks you’ve been asking for. Find out more about the newfeatures.

Stop worrying about “shadow IT”

When a group decides it can do something better or faster than the established IT organization, this sort of “shadow IT” could be an indicator that your IT department needs to be more agile. Learn some ways that you can help change the system and stay relevant in the changing world of IT.

Adding new dimensions to SQL Server performance monitoring with Microsoft Azure

Check out this on-demand webcast, featuring Dell product manager Peter O'Connell, Dell director of software development Patrick O’Keeffe, and Microsoft’s senior product marketing manager Debbi Lyons, to learn more about maintaining a healthy SQL Server environment.

Free training: Prepare your environment for iOS, Android, and other mobile devices (December 10, 2014)

How do you support a BYOD environment while also maintaining a secure environment? Register for this free, live training to discover how you can use Enterprise Mobility Suite to support modern devices and promote productivity while keeping corporate assets secure.

IT Showcase: Building an app to manage corporate training and compliance at Microsoft

In this video, you will learn about Role Guide—an immersive, modern app and learning experience developed by Microsoft IT. See how Role Guide helps HR target the right training courses to the right audience and maintain compliance throughout the company.

Cloud security: A look at how Microsoft prepares for emerging threats to Office 365

The Office 365 engineering team approaches security with an “assumed breach” strategy. This helps them to anticipate and simulate attacks from real-world adversaries using the latest in tactics, techniques and procedures. Learn more about the "assumed breach" approach in this video.

Visual Studio 2015: Download the preview and check out the future of application development

Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio Ultimate 2015 Preview and the .NET 2015 Preview. Get a first glimpse at the tools and technologies that will help developers efficiently build more powerful applications across the spectrum of platforms. Downloadthe previews today.

TechNet Radio: Disaster recovery to the cloud with Azure Site Recovery

In this episode of the “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze discuss the importance of disaster recovery and provide a demonstration of how you can implement this in Azure Site Recovery. Download the free Azuretrial to follow along with this demo.

Accelerate your application delivery lifecycle with DevOps practices

DevOps is more than a technology or toolset. It’s a mindset that requires cultural evolution. It involves people, processes, and the right tools to make your application lifecycle faster and more predictable. Learn more at the new Microsoft DevOps in the Enterprise website. And join the conversation using #TalkDevOps on Twitter.

Monitor all your SQL Server connections with Spotlight Essentials

Make sure your SQL Server environment is healthy. You can monitor all your SQL Server connections for free within SQL Server Management Studio with the Spotlight Essentials plug-in, which is powered by Microsoft Azure.

Training and Books

Azure IaaS for IT pros: Register for a week of live, online training with host Rick Claus

December 1–4, 2014
Build your cloud skills in this four-day intensive training with Rick Claus and members of Azure Engineering. Register now and receive 50% off Certification Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. And join the conversation on Twitter with #LevelUpAzure.

Live event: Open Source for DevOps Practices

December 10, 2014
Join leading experts Ross Gardler and David Tesar as they explore common open source tooling and show you what’s possible. See what you can do from a zero-process environment to a fully automated and deployed production environment. And use #TalkDevOps to join the conversation on Twitter.


Windows 10: Get an overview of new features and UI enhancements

November 20, 2014
Join Windows 10 Enterprise product managers for an overview of Windows 10. Get a first-hand look at UI enhancements, learn how management and deployment is evolving, and find out how new security features will help your organization respond to modern threats.

Experience the latest in technology at Microsoft Ignite

May 4–8, 2015, Chicago, IL
Get hands-on experience with the latest Microsoft technologies while learning from the experts who are leading the way. This is your chance to hear from industry experts (including Satya Nadella), talk with peers, build your expertise, and push your career forward. It all happens May 2015 in Chicago.