TechNet Flash - Volume 20, Issue 3: January 31, 2018

Top News Worldwide

Video: A complete tour of implementing DevOps using Microsoft Azure in 7 minutes

Free eBook – The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and Its Role in Society

New web app: Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run

Microsoft Azure vs. AWS: A 5-minute overview of similarities and key differences

Top Downloads

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows Server 2016

Project Honolulu

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

System Center 2016

Hyper-V Server 2016

System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection

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Azure Stack Development Kit

SQL Server 2017

Microsoft Intune 30-day trial

Windows Azure Pack

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

New privacy tools: Microsoft Privacy Dashboard, Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, and more
Learn about some of the new tools and enhancements Microsoft recently announced that provide transparency and control over the data being collected by your devices and Microsoft services.

How to: Getting started with Visual Tools for Azure Data Factory v2
Now available in public preview, Visual Tools for ADF v2 provides an interactive visual authoring and monitoring experience that lets users easily create, configure, test, deploy, and monitor data integration pipelines. Learn more.

Artificial Intelligence: A system that can read a document and answer questions
Microsoft researchers have created technology that uses artificial intelligence to read a document and answer questions about it. It performs about as well as a human. This is a major step towards having search engines and digital assistants interact in more natural ways. Watch Explanimators to learn more.

Express Updates: How to reduce the network impact of large updates
The new cumulative update approach causes larger updates. To address this issue, WSUS and the Windows Update Agent have added Express Updates, which will download only the portion of an update that is needed by the client. Configuration Manager has added support for this capability. Learn more.

Download: PowerShell Core 6.0 is now generally available (for Windows, macOS, and Linux)
PowerShell Core 6.0 is cross platform, open source, and built for heterogeneous and hybrid cloud environments. Check out this blog post to get more info, find out how PowerShell Core differs from PowerShell, and start using the new release.

Improvements to the Windows Server Core container
Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074 includes some exciting improvements to Windows Server containers. In particular, the Windows Server Core container base image has been reduced to just 1.58GB. Application compatibility has also been improved. Get the details.

Surface and Microsoft 365: Richer teamwork experiences and better collaboration
A Surface device combined with Microsoft 365 teamwork experiences across Office 365 and Windows 10 can help you to achieve a richer and higher level of collaboration. Watch a tour of the latest Microsoft 365-powered device experiences and get tips for creating a more collaborative workspace.

On demand: SQL Server 2017 on Linux webcast series
SQL Server 2017 brings the industry-leading Microsoft relational database engine to the enterprise Linux ecosystem. Watch this three-part webcast series to learn how SQL Server on Linux can improve scalability, performance, and the security of your data and workloads.

On demand: Discussion on using Azure Data Lake for advanced analytics
Microsoft IT Showcase hosted a discussion on how Microsoft built a centralized, big data platform on Azure Data Lake to connect supply chain data and processes. Learn about the project and find out how this enabled teams at Microsoft to use advanced analytics and machine learning for deeper insights.

Power BI: Share reports with your teams and partners
Power BI users can now share reports and add reports to their favorites, and this works nicely with the recently released Azure B2B sharing features for external partners. Here’s how you can get started with this new feature, plus some suggestions to help you make the most of this new capability.

Azure Site Recovery: Comprehensive monitoring is now generally available
Comprehensive monitoring within Azure Site Recovery offers full visibility into whether your business continuity objectives are being met. It will even monitor resource availability and suggest configurations based on best practices. Here’s a look at the new features and enhancements.


Hybrid Cloud Workload Protection with Azure Security Center
Take this free course to find out how you can improve your organization’s security posture with Azure Security Center. Learn about the threat landscape for cloud and hybrid environments, explore threat detection and response, and discover how to implement security policies and workload protection.


Getting started with Azure: Live demo and Q&A
February 1, 8, or 13, 2018
Register for a live webinar to see Azure in action and get answers to your questions. Learn how to create and manage resources, build a virtual machine, deploy a SQL database, customize your DevOps dashboard, and more.

Free Microsoft Tech Summit: Build your skills with the latest in Azure and Microsoft 365
Through April 25, 2018, worldwide
Register today for Microsoft Tech Summit, a free event for IT pros and developers. Attend an event in a city near you to learn about the latest trends, tools, and product roadmaps, and meet with the experts who build and run Microsoft’s cloud services.