TechNet Flash - Volume 19, Issue 24: November 22, 2017

Top News Worldwide

Microsoft 365: Learn about the built-in security defenses that protect your information and devices

Free training: Learn security strategies to protect environments that include cloud and mobile devices

Find out what’s new in Hyper-V for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Now available: Azure Database Migration Service is available in public preview

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

Azure Stack Development Kit

System Center 2012 R2

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Intune 30-day trial

Windows Azure Pack

New: Get the SQL Operations Studio preview
SQL Operations Studio is a free, lightweight tool for modern database development and operations. It supports SQL Server on Windows, Linux, and Docker, as well as Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac, and Linux. And it is now available in preview.

How to: Modernize your Windows Server backups with Azure Backup
It’s time to consider the cloud for your backup needs. Advances in security and performance make Azure Backup a great option. With the general availability of System State backup to cloud, you can back up workloads like Active Directory, IIS Web Servers, and File Servers to the cloud.

Now available: PowerShell Core 6 Release Candidate
Now that PowerShell is open source and cross-platform, contributions from the community have helped the development team to build a more agile and richer solution. Get the release candidate for PowerShell Core 6.

See how Microsoft 365 enables better teamwork
Get an overview of teamwork essentials, from tools that enable easy file sharing and co-authoring experiences to tools that make your work more discoverable by other teams. Learn about built-in security and compliance controls, intelligence via Microsoft Graph, Office 365 Groups, and more.

Accelerate Microsoft 365 adoption: Recruiting key stakeholders to help with your adoption
Cyril Belikoff (Senior Director of Office Marketing) shares advice for how you can gain buy-in and participation from executive sponsors and other key influencers to help with end-user adoption.

A look at the new Cassandra API for Azure Cosmos DB
In this video, Kirill Gavrylyuk (Principal Engineering Manager for Azure Cosmos DB) provides an intro to the new Cassandra API for Azure Cosmos DB. See how this new API allows you to move your existing Cassandra applications to Azure Cosmos DB without modifying a single line of code.

Enterprise Mobility + Security: How organizations are connecting on-premises identities to Azure AD
Microsoft supports a wide array of options for connecting your on-premises directory or IAM solution to Azure AD. Every organization is different and has its own unique requirements, so it is important to pick the solution that is best for you. Here’s a look at how other organizations are connecting to Azure AD.

Microsoft 365 powered devices
In this episode of Microsoft Mechanics, Jeremy Chapman (Microsoft 365 Director) takes you through the IT aspects of planning, building, deploying, and operating Microsoft 365 powered devices.

Now Open: Take the IT Skills and Salary Survey
Global Knowledge has opened its 11th annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. All contributions are confidential and will shed insight into industry salaries, in-demand certifications, skill gaps, and the existing career landscape. Take the survey before it closes December 1, 2017.

Announcing: Azure Databricks limited preview
Microsoft recently announced the limited preview of Azure Databricks, a new service that brings together the Apache Spark analytics platform and Azure cloud. Learn about the new capabilities available for data scientists, data engineers, and business decision-makers.


Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
Take this free, self-paced course from edX to learn how to run your Windows VMs in the cloud. The course focuses on using IaaS VMs in Azure, covering basic configuration, planning, deployment, and management tasks. And you will learn how to make your VMs secure and highly available.

Windows 10 deployment: Tips from Microsoft IT
Microsoft IT experts share best practices and tips for transitioning to Windows as a service. This course explores agile enterprise adoption and streamlining the adoption approach, as well as application compatibility testing, upgrading, readiness, and user-initiated deployment.

Certification Exam 70-533 overview: Implementing Microsoft Azure infrastructure solutions
This is a practical course for IT pros who implement infrastructure solutions in Microsoft Azure and are prepping for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-533. Microsoft Certified Trainer Mark Grimes covers exam concepts, recent updates, tips, and additional resources to help you get ready.


Ask Microsoft Anything: Windows Server Containers AMA
December 5, 2017
This upcoming AMA event is your chance to get answers to your questions about Windows Server Containers. Join the event online on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

Microsoft Tech Summit: Build your skills with the latest in cloud technologies
Through April 25, 2018, worldwide
Attend a free, technical learning event near you, presented by the experts who build and run Microsoft’s cloud services. Whether you’re developing innovative apps or delivering optimized solutions, Microsoft Tech Summit can help improve your skills and deepen your expertise.