TechNet Flash - Volume 19, Issue 2: January 18, 2017

Top News Worldwide

Announcing the new Windows 10 IT Center

Watch a 5-minute guide to Windows as a service

Introducing Microsoft StaffHub for deskless workers

Harden Windows 10 with zero-day exploit mitigations

Top Downloads

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection (technical preview branch)

Hyper-V Server 2016

System Center 2016

SQL Server 2014 SP2

Windows Server 2012 R2

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection SP1

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Microsoft Azure one-month trial

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2

System Center 2012 R2

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Intune 30-day trial

Windows Azure Pack

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Azure Government: Av2-Series instances for Azure VMs and cloud services
Now generally available for Azure Government, Av2-Series virtual machines include load balancing and auto scaling at no additional charge. Get more details now on pricing and supported configurations.

Live: Watch the Microsoft Tech Summit keynote from Chicago (January 19, 2017)
You don’t need to be in Chicago to experience the Microsoft Tech Summit first-hand. Join keynote speaker Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, and learn how the Microsoft Cloud can help you stay competitive in today’s digital landscape.

Transportation Hub: Improving the commuter experience with Microsoft Azure
Microsoft IT partnered with Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities to create Transportation Hub, a web app that consolidates information about commuting, corporate shuttle services, and transportation options, allowing employees to plan their commute and schedule transportation between campuses.

MVA training: Securing privileged access
Learn how to protect your organization against credential theft attacks. This expert-led course offers a step-by-step roadmap for securing privileged access, which is one of the most important aspects of an enterprise cybersecurity defense.

An overview of modern management for Windows 10
Watch this video from Microsoft Mechanics to hear best practices for getting new Windows 10 devices up and running quickly, and learn about corporate policies and configurations you can use to ensure device compliance.

SQL Server Stretch Database joins the Azure Government database family
A part of SQL Server 2016, SQL Server Stretch Database enables you to selectively, securely, and transparently migrate your on-premises cold or historical data to Azure Government. Free up disk space and reduce enterprise storage costs without impacting your business operations. Learn more.

Free training: Cortana Intelligence Suite end-to-end
This step-by-step course will explain how to architect solutions in Cortana Intelligence Suite and help you build intelligence into your applications. In this on-demand training, you will create an end-to-end solution complete with a working web app.

Now available: Azure disk encryption in Azure Government
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure disk encryption for Windows and Linux IaaS VMs in Azure Government cloud regions. Read this white paper for more details on supported scenarios, user experiences, and prerequisites to enable Azure disk encryption.

IT Showcase: Implementing strong user authentication with Windows Hello for Business
Microsoft IT recently implemented Windows Hello for Business to improve security when accessing corporate resources. Read the case study to find out how this new feature can deliver a streamlined user sign-in experience for a mobile workforce.


Online course: Microsoft Azure for AWS experts
Watch for an in-depth discussion and get practical hands-on training. Learn about Azure virtual machines, storage, virtual networking, and deployment options. This training relates IaaS technologies used in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to those used in Microsoft Azure.


Microsoft Tech Summit is coming to Chicago
January 19–20, 2017, Chicago, IL
Build your cloud and infrastructure skills at a free, two-day technical training event in Chicago. Be more successful, productive, and valuable to your organization. Choose from more than 70 training sessions and hands-on labs. Register today. Can’t make it to Chicago? Find another city and date, or watch a keynote livestream.

Get experience with containers at a Microsoft Technology Center near you
This free, interactive training session will help you use containers to deploy and scale your apps in the cloud. Register for an event near you.