TechNet Flash - Volume 17, Issue 6: March 19, 2015

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Microsoft announces Azure IoT Suite: Applications for common “Internet of Things” scenarios

New blog series: Microsoft experts explain how the cloud can work for your organization

On-demand DevOps training: Managing your systems on Microsoft Azure with Chef

Live training: Prepare your identity and access man­agement solution to enable mobility (March 26, 2015)

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Save the date: Join Scott Guthrie as he unveils a new Microsoft Azure service for developers

Building integrated mobile and web apps is about to get a lot faster. Join this digital event on March 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time to watch Scott Guthrie discuss a new Microsoft Azure service for developers.

Device management: Identity management and mobility with Azure Active Directory

Jennelle Crothers and Keith Mayer discuss the importance of identity management and how Azure Active Directory applies to supporting a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Get a free 1-month Azure trial today.

IaaS workload provisioning in the cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC

Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson discuss end-to-end IaaS workload provisioning in the cloud. They look at managing and orchestrating the overall process, provisioning cloud fabric resources and workloads, and demonstrate how to do this with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC.

Endpoint Zone: Brad Anderson on real-world experiences with enterprise mobility management

Brad Anderson shares his learning experience from a recent customer trip and the real-world challenges he saw when trying to cobble together point solutions for EMM. You’ll also learn about conditional access controls, Microsoft Ignite, and much more.

Live webinar: How to extend your existing Active Directory to the cloud

The next installment of the Enterprise Mobility Suite Webinar Series will demonstrate how to set up the new Active Directory Sync tool and migrate an on-premises directory to the cloud. Register now for this live event taking place on March 24, 2015. And check out the entire series, including future events and on-demand recordings of previous webinars.

Get an introduction to the benefits of a hybrid cloud strategy

Are you still getting started with the cloud? In the new blog series “Hybrid Clouds: The Best of Both Worlds,” cloud expert Joe Weinman explores various hybrid cloud architectures and use cases and explains why companies are opting for hybrid cloud as their target end state. Download his white paper Hybrid Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds.

Microsoft Ignite: The ultimate list of must-see sessions for DevOps

Check out the ultimate list of sessions related to DevOps. The list comes in two parts. To make it easier, we’ve separated the DevOps sessions into two lists: the key sessions you need to attend and the supporting sessions that will take your DevOps knowledge further. Join the conversation on Twitter with #TalkDevOps.

Free eBook: Microsoft System Center Software Update Management Field Experience

If you work in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, you should check out this new eBook from Microsoft Press. Learn how new features can help you create, maintain and deliver seamless updates in your corporate environment.

Top 5 reasons you should be paying attention to containers

The dev world is buzzing about the possibilities offered by container technologies and the public cloud – smaller footprints, portability, more concentrated workloads, and more. Read Rick Claus’s take on containers, how they work with Microsoft Azure, and why IT professionals need to pay attention.

Microsoft Azure 101: Virtual network essentials

In the first part of a three-part series, Yung Chou provides detailed explanations of how to create and configure a Microsoft Azure virtual network. Learn about exporting and importing self-signed certificates, generating Azure VPN gateways, and more.

Enterprise mobility: Setting up the identity foundation and single sign-on

Is your infrastructure ready to take advantage of the new mobile features Windows 10 will offer? Check out Simon May’s blog for a sneak preview of what lies ahead on the Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series.

Disaster recovery: Using Azure Site Recovery... without System Center

On this episode of the Edge Show, Matt McSpirit demonstrates how to recover key systems using Azure Site Recovery. In the past, you needed System Center to use this capability, but this is no longer the case. Discover how you can protect your investments using built-in Hyper-V Replication technology.

Open Compute Project showing strong momentum at U.S. Summit

OCP U.S. Summit 2015 took place earlier this week, highlighting key announcements from Microsoft, HP, Canonical, and other members of the OCP vendor ecosystem. Get an overview of recent contributions from Microsoft, including Local Energized Storage (LES), Switch Abstraction Layer (SAI), and Open CloudServer Solid State Drive v 2.0 (Cloud SSD).

Training and Books

Free training: Getting started with Azure security for the IT professional

April 15 and 16, 2015
Does your cloud strategy meet your and your organization’s security requirements, including industry standards, attestations, and ISO certifications? Register for this live training to join Rick Claus as he delves into Azure security for IT professionals.

Second Shot: Find out how you can get a free “redo” on an MCP exam

Are you getting ready to take a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam? Check out this Second Shot offer and discover how to get a free retake on any exam if you don’t pass on your first attempt between January 5 and May 31, 2015.


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.

Microsoft Ignite: 600+ sessions, thousands of experts

May 4–8, 2015, Chicago, IL
See what’s next in tech and meet the people fueling the latest developments and trends in technology. Check out the catalog to find deep dives, hands-on labs, and more by session type, role, level, and even speaker. Register now.