TechNet Flash - Volume 16, Issue 4: February 19, 2014

Top News Worldwide

President Bill Clinton to keynote SharePoint Conference 2014

Free MVA course: Improving Windows performance and using the Windows Performance Toolkit

New blog series: Disaster recovery and business continuity best practices for IT professionals

Power BI and Windows Azure HDInsight: Making big data work for everyone

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Windows Server 2012 R2

System Center 2012 R2

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

SQL Server 2014 CTP2

SQL Server 2014 Express CTP2

Windows Intune 30-day trial

Windows Azure Pack

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Power BI for Office 365 empowers data analysis, visualization, and collaboration

Power BI for Office 365 is now generally available. Take a look at how this tool empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration.

Video: An overview of Power BI for Office 365

Power BI can help you discover, analyze, and visualize your data more easily. You can then share your insights and collaborate with colleagues without relying on complex tools. Learn how in this video overview.

Edge Show: What’s new in Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager

Explore new features in Windows Intune – both as a standalone solution and when it’s combined with System Center Configuration Manager. And discover new capabilities designed for managing iOS devices.

Simplifying business intelligence through Power BI for Office 365

This blog post explores the power of simplicity. See how the accessibility of Power BI allows everyday business users to easily discover insights from data without having to learn new or complex tools.

Edge Show: A guide to vRSS and networking

In this episode, Gabriel Silva discusses vRSS (virtual receive side scaling). You can also learn more about the general availability of Hyper-V Recovery Manager, the Lync update for Windows Phone and iOS devices, and the recent change from SkyDrive to OneDrive.

Forrester Wave: Enterprise Data Warehouse, Q4 2013

Once again, Microsoft has placed as a “Leader” in this report from Forrester Research. And Microsoft has improved its scores in all three categories: current offering, strategy, and market presence. Read the full report.

Advance your database career with a limited-time offer and free certification exam prep

Show you have the skills and insights for developing and maintaining mission-critical environments. With SQL Server training and certification, you’ll get an edge in a career as a database administrator. Register now for a limited-time SQL Server certification offer and gain access to free exam prep from Microsoft.

New posters now available: Windows Server 2012 R2 private cloud virtualization and storage

Download visual references that detail key private cloud storage and virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2. These newly available posters cover Hyper-V and failover clustering, SMB, storage architecture, and more.

Join the brain trust at TechEd 2014

TechEd 2014 is where you can discover what’s new with cloud computing, delve into the consumerization of IT, explore application architectures, and more. Get hands-on with the latest technologies and be prepared to expand your understanding of what’s important in tech this May 12–15 in Houston. Register today.

Free training from MVA: What’s new in VDI for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Check out this new expert-led course to learn about the end-to-end process for implementing desktop virtualization using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

Download the Power BI Datasheet

Discover how Excel and Power BI for Office 365 can give everyone in your organization a powerful new way to work with data and find valuable business insights. Download the Power BI datasheet now.

TechNet Radio: Discover how PoliticalTracker uses Windows Azure

The folks from join Technical Evangelist Tommy Patterson to discuss why they chose Microsoft technologies to power their daily operations. They describe a bevy of real-world scenarios that rely on Windows Azure, Office 365, Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Skype.

Cloud Design Patterns Guide

Discover the benefits of applying patterns when implementing cloud applications – especially when they will be hosted in Windows Azure – and get practical guidance on how to implement recommended patterns.

Training and Books

Free MVA course: Windows Performance

In this recorded session, you will get in-depth training on how to use the Windows Performance Toolkit to discover and fix real-world performance issues that can impact organizations running Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Free training from MVA: What’s New in VDI for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Check out this new expert-led course to learn about the end-to-end process for implementing desktop virtualization using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 To Go
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1
What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
• What’s New in Windows 8.1 Security


The Microsoft Power BI journey: From insight to impact

Join this live webinar on February 20 for an overview of and discussion about Power BI. You’ll discover how your organization can focus more time on delivering business insights by using Power BI and Office 365.

Windows Azure virtual machines: Hands-on with SQL Server AlwaysOn

In this live event on February 25, will demonstrate the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines running SQL Server 2012.

President Bill Clinton to keynote SharePoint Conference 2014

Be the first to hear about the exciting new features Microsoft is delivering across SharePoint, Yammer, and Office 365 to help increase your organization’s collaboration and engagement and focus your technology on delighting your customers. Don’t miss SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas on March 3–6, 2014.

Gigaom Structure Data 2014: Where strategy meets data

Join Microsoft, big data practitioners, technologists, and executives on March 19–20 in New York City to learn how you can turn big data into business value. And you can save 25% by choosing Microsoft’s Sponsor Discount Ticket option.