TechNet Flash - Volume 17, Issue 5: March 6, 2015

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SQL Server 2005 support will end in April 2016

With end of support just a year away, now is the time to plan your move from SQL Server 2005. Learn how you can optimize your data platform for breakthrough performance with new options available on premises, in the cloud, and across a hybrid environment.

Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the first international cloud privacy standard

Microsoft has marked a major milestone as the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international cloud privacy standard. Read more about this standard and see why this represents another reason customers can move with confidence to the Microsoft Cloud.

DevOps: The honeymoon is over. What’s next?

DevOps is here and it is changing how IT organizations operate. Smaller companies are applying modern practices to survive and prosper. Larger companies, meanwhile, are looking for ways to become more competitive in their markets. But this is just the beginning.

Redis training: Improve the performance, speed, and scalability of your website (March 12, 2015)

If you are looking to improve the performance, speed, or scalability of your website, check out this live session from Microsoft Virtual Academy. You will learn how to get up and running with Redis, learn practical tips, and more. Register now.

Office Mechanics: How to optimize your network to improve performance of cloud services

Get an insider’s look at network connectivity and how it can affect Office 365. In this episode, you’ll learn troubleshooting tips and discover ways to get the best performance from Office 365 and other cloud services.

DevOps: Top Microsoft training resources

Interested in DevOps but don’t know where to start? These courses for IT pros and developers will get you started. Learn about the key concepts, processes, and tools, and see what DevOps means in both on-premises and cloud environments. And join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkDevOps.

Interoperability: 20% of Azure IaaS workloads are running on Linux

Building an advanced infrastructure often requires a diverse set of tools, which is why Azure supports a heterogeneous environment. In fact, 20% of Azure IaaS workloads are running on Linux while taking advantage of all the infrastructure and capabilities offered by Azure.

Using Packer with Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

You can use Packer to create machine images for Azure and Hyper-V using any computer with Hyper-V enabled. But you need the correct code. Here’s what you need to know.

Training and Books

Special MCSA offer: Step up to Windows 10

Earn an MCSA certification (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) in Windows 8 by May 31, 2015 and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free. Plus you will get a free Second Shot on an MCP exam if needed. Get the details.

Move up to Windows Server 2012

With support for Windows Server 2003 ending on July 14, 2015, now is a good time to earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification on Windows Server 2012. Get a free Second Shot if you don’t pass an exam by May 31, 2015. Check out these training resources to get ready.

On-demand training: Microsoft Azure IaaS technical fundamentals

Mark Russinovich kicks off a series of Azure IaaS training sessions for IT professionals. Explore Azure IaaS virtual machines inside and out, learn to optimize your Windows Server workloads on Azure, and dig into IaaS architecture and management best practices.


Security and the Cloud: Register for the live virtual event

March 25, 2015
This 3-hour streaming event for IT pros will include insights from industry analysts, Microsoft experts, and customers as they discuss what’s next for security and the cloud. Register today.

Live training: Prepare your identity and access management solution to enable mobility

March 26, 2015
Tired of resetting passwords? Think single sign-on is a myth? Join the new Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series to learn the skills you need to enable identity management and prepare your environment for Windows 10 with AzureAD.

Microsoft Ignite: A single, tech-fueled conference

May 4–8, 2015, Chicago, IL
Cloud, big data, unified communications, mobility – whatever IT challenges you are facing, Microsoft Ignite will have training sessions and insights to help you tackle them. Check out the catalog with more than 600 sessions and labs, and register now.