TechNet Flash - Volume 19, Issue 19: September 13, 2017

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Microsoft Ignite: Livestream the keynote and select sessions from Ignite (September 25, 2017)

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How Windows Server 2016 and Docker help you develop, deploy, and manage apps more securely

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Hit Refresh: Get a first look and pre-order the new book by Satya Nadella
The new book from Satya Nadella will be available September 26, 2017. In it, he looks at how Microsoft has transformed to rediscover its soul and the implications of the coming wave of future technology (including AI, mixed reality, and quantum computing). Learn more and pre-order the book.

MVA: Deploy production workloads with Azure Resource Manager
Learn how Microsoft IT uses Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to deploy, organize, and control access to resources. Join the experts for an info-packed hour to find out how ARM enables new levels of self-service and infrastructure as code through streamlined resource provisioning.

Try Azure Cosmos DB for free
Now anyone can play with Azure Cosmos DB with no Azure sign-up and at no charge for a limited time. See how you can elastically and horizontally scale both throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions.

How to: Set up and use an Azure Virtual Network
Azure Virtual Network lets you securely connect Azure resources with virtual networks (VNets). A VNet is a representation of your own network in the cloud and you can even connect VNets to your on-premises network. Watch a demo and get step-by-step guidance for setting up and managing a VNet in Azure.

Introducing B-Series: The new burstable VM size
You can now preview the B-Series, a new Azure VM family that provides the lowest cost of any existing size with flexible CPU usage. Learn how this is ideal for less consistent workloads, such as web servers and development environments.

How Microsoft IT uses predictive analytics to improve sales processes and forecasting
Learn how Microsoft IT implemented predictive analytics built on Azure Machine Learning for the sales team. And find out how the tools have reduced manual sales processes and provide business insights through Power BI and Cortana Intelligence Suite, resulting in more accurate sales forecasting.

Enterprise Mobility and Security: How Microsoft secures your data in Azure AD
With so many data breaches in the news, you might wonder how Microsoft secures customer data. Check out this blog post for details of Microsoft protects your data – from locked racks and background checks at the datacenter to continuous penetration tests and auditing.

Developing planet-scale applications in Azure Cosmos DB
Azure Cosmos DB is the distributed, super-scalable database from Microsoft that transparently replicates your data wherever your users are. If you’re familiar with leveraging cloud native services on Azure and its big data options, this course from edX will help you take the next step.

Now available: Preview for Azure Active Directory Premium on the US Government Cloud
The preview for Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP) on the US Government Cloud is intended for customers with specific compliance needs. To gain access to the preview, complete the onboarding survey, which will provide the engineering team with helpful information.

Behind the scenes: How ABUS connects its security devices to Azure
ABUS delivers approximately 50,000 IP-enabled security cameras per year and a few thousand IP-enabled alert systems. These devices are not natively cloud-enabled, but ABUS recently teamed up with Microsoft to develop an IoT solution that helps ABUS securely connect their devices to the Azure cloud.

Excella Consulting: Building a new management tool with ASP.NET Core and Azure
Excella Consulting hires developers, business analysts, and consultants from around the DC metro area. To help with staffing new projects, the company developed a solution to match skills with new hires and employees. Watch to learn how the company built Skillustrator using Azure and ASP.NET Core.

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is on a mission to end homelessness in their state. Watch a short video to see how Xamarin and Azure are helping.


Register for the Modern Customer Experience Summit
September 19, 2017
Learn how to leverage the latest technologies to improve business processes and transform customer engagement. This is your opportunity to learn from industry experts. Register now and join the live stream on September 19.

Ask Microsoft Anything: Azure Log Analytics
September 21, 2017, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Ask Microsoft Anything events provide a chance to hear from Microsoft experts and ask them questions about Microsoft technologies. Join the upcoming AMA event to get answers to your questions about Azure Log Analytics.

PASS Summit 2017: Register for the largest gathering of developers and data professionals
October 31–November 3, 2017, Seattle, WA
Join Microsoft at PASS Summit 2017 and delve into the latest Microsoft data technologies. Choose from more than 200 technical sessions covering SQL Server 2017, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, Power BI, and more.

Microsoft Tech Summit: Build your skills with the latest in cloud technologies
November 16, 2017–April 25, 2018, worldwide
Attend a free, technical learning event for IT pros and developers to learn new skills, deepen your expertise, and grow your career. Choose from more than 70 sessions featuring the top engineers across Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. Find an event near you.