TechNet Flash - Volume 20, Issue 6: March 14, 2018

Top News Worldwide

Video: A tour of data ingestion, modeling, and business intelligence options in Azure

Now generally available: Azure Advanced Threat Protection

Security: Tips to get started on your security deployment

Introducing Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

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

Create an Azure free account

Azure Stack Development Kit

SQL Server 2017

Microsoft Intune 30-day trial

Windows Azure Pack

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Discounted Azure certification exam pricing ends March 30, 2018
Master the basics with free self-paced learning paths and acquire advanced skills through instructor-led courses. Through March 30, you can get special discounted pricing, which includes a practice test, exam voucher, and an exam retake.

New AI-driven analytics and data storytelling in Power BI
Get a hands-on look at updates to Power BI, including new capabilities that will help you bookmark and spotlight data, enhanced AI for quick insights, options for bi-directional integration with other apps, new metrics to see how your reports are being consumed, and improvements for sharing reports securely.

Plan and establish hybrid identity with Azure AD Connect
Read the blog series that explores the current Microsoft mobility and security platform and provides guidance on how to transform from on-prem to hybrid-enabled to hybrid-excited. This first post in the series looks at hybrid identity. Along the way, you’ll get job aids, tips from the field, and more.

New Azure Stack certification exam
Register to take the new Exam 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack, which is ready for beta testing. Your comments, feedback, and exam data during this beta period will help shape the quality of questions when the exam goes live.

Overview of recent improvements to the protection stack in Azure Information Protection
Learn about recent improvements Azure Information Protection to help improve your initial security posture. Changes include Azure Information Protection and Office Message Encryption being on by default. Read the blog post to learn more.

How to: Get a sneak peek of Enhanced Linux VMs
With the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 release, you will be able to quickly get an Ubuntu VM running that offers clipboard functionality, drive redirection, a better mouse experience, and more. Find out how you can try the improved Linux VM experience now.

Special discount: New Microsoft System Center certification exam
The new Exam 70-703: Administering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Cloud Services Integration is now ready for beta testing. Register with code RXRET703ZX for an 80% discount and take the exam by May 31, 2018.

Early Look: Enterprise Content Management updates in SharePoint
Watch this demonstration to learn about recent optimizations in SharePoint that support Enterprise Content Management. Learn more about increases to file count and size limits, improved indexing, and data protection controls.

Protecting highly confidential sales data with Azure SQL Database
This technical white paper details how the Core Services Engineering team migrated an important internal sales tool to Azure SQL Database on a PaaS cloud platform and met strict security policy requirements to protect highly confidential sales data.

Find out how behavior monitoring helped stop a massive coin mining campaign
Just before noon on March 6, 2018, Windows Defender Antivirus blocked more than 80,000 instances of sophisticated trojans. Behavior-based signals coupled with machine learning models uncovered a new wave of infection attempts. Within the next 12 hours, more than 400,000 instances were recorded.

5 things you should know about Docker
Watch to learn 5 things about Docker in 5 minutes. Find out how setting up a development environment using containers can lead to faster deployment and an easier way to move things around quickly.

Now available: Confidently plan your cloud migration with Azure Migrate
Azure Migrate is now generally available. Find out how this new service, which has no additional cost, can provide guidance and insights to help you migrate your systems to Azure.

How Office 365 protects your organization from modern phishing campaigns
The Office 365 threat management stack can help your organization detect and respond to potential phishing attacks. This blog post takes an in-depth look at how Office 365 threat protection services provide holistic, end-to-end protection against sophisticated phishing campaigns.


Installing, configuring, and managing Microsoft SQL Server on Linux
Don’t miss this new course to learn how SQL Server is going beyond the relational database. Get details on installation and backup, performance tuning, containerization, and more. This high-level overview will provide the building blocks you need to get started right away.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerShell with SharePoint Server
This free, on-demand course introduces you to PowerShell and how you can use it to automate redundant procedures within SharePoint Server 2016. You’ll learn how PowerShell can interact with SharePoint Server 2016 to manipulate web apps, site collections, and more.

Deploying Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite
This in-depth technical course on how to deploy Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) provides an overview of Azure Active Directory, looks at extending your on-premises Active Directory to the cloud, explains how to configure multifactor authentication, and more.

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
This isn’t new, but it is one of MVA’s most popular courses for IT pros. If you’re preparing for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification, get help from this free MTA course. It covers fundamentals, including server installation, server roles, management, and maintenance.


Webinar: Transform business communications with Microsoft Teams
March 21, 2018
Explore Microsoft Teams and see how it facilitates chat, calls, and meetings to enable more flexible collaboration. Find out if it is right for your environment and learn how to plan and execute a transition from Skype to Teams.

Register now for Microsoft Build
May 7–9, 2018, Seattle, WA
Microsoft Build is just a few months away. Attend the event where developers and industry leaders come together and learn more about the technologies that are shaping the future. Delve into cloud technologies, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and more while meeting industry peers.

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.