The Free eBook “Defending the New Perimeter: Modern Security from Microsoft” is a guide to the Microsoft Cybersecurity Stack for IT Decision Makers written by Pete Zerger and Wes Kroesbergen. The book discusses topics such as: Identifying Threats at Scale, Leveraging Identity as a Gateway, and Protecting the Modern Perimeter.
Here’s a description of the book:
“With the explosion of cloud and enterprise mobility, the traditional network perimeter is history. A network breach is now an e-mail away.
Identity protection is now a critical component in securing your organization’s front door to on-premises and cloud resources. With the increasing sophistication and funding of attackers by criminal enterprises and nation-states, tooling for detection and response to compromise has never been more important. Classification, labelling and protection of information is a critical aspect of security as organizations store and share information across services and with partners.
Targeted to the CIO and CISO, “Defending the New Perimeter” discusses these challenges and how to address them with the latest security and identity solutions from Microsoft. Designed to properly brief a busy professional in a couple of hours, “Defending the New Perimeter” provides the pertinent information to help you understand the threats your organization faces… and what you can do to protect your business.”
It’s a new world of Big Data and Data Science. SQL Server 2016 was built for this brand new world to help businesses get ahead. This free ebook helps you learn to install, configure, and use Microsoft SQL Server R Services in data science projects. R has become one of the worlds most popular, powerful data analytics languages and environments by data scientists today!
The “Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools” free eBook from Microsoft Press, written by Cesar de la Torre, may be the guide you’ve been looking for. If you’re new to Docker, it’s recommended to start reading this book from the beginning as it covers the fundamental Docker terms, including containers, images, registry, clusters, orchestrators, and Docker itself. However, if you’re already familiar with Docker, and just want to know what tools Microsoft has to offer, you can skip on to the “Introduction to the Microsoft platform and tools for Containerized Applications” and continue from there. Read More
It’s important for today’s decision makers to understand how to create a mobile app development strategy. This can be key to opening up new business opportunities. The “Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development” Free eBook written by Cesar de la Torre and Simon Calvert provides answers to this problem area. This book covers topics on how Microsoft defines an end-to-end platform for the agile creation of mobile apps tagging any platform from iOS to Android to Windows, as well as providing an easy to consume set of services in both the cloud and on-premises. Microsoft also offers DevOps tooling to help improve application quality and to achieve faster time to market. Read More
There are many excellent reasons to use Microsoft Azure to host applications and enterprise systems. There’s even plenty of criticisms on it being expensive to host small websites, however the App Service offering in Microsoft Azure does offer the ability to easily host a website in the cloud completely FREE! Read More
Want to get started with Power BI, but don’t know where to start? The “Introducing Microsoft Power BI” free eBook from Microsoft Press may be the guide you’ve been looking for. This book was written by Alberto Ferrari and Marco Russo. It covers the basics of Power BI as well as a practical, scenario-based tour of Power BI. Using this book you can get an overview of PowerBI, or dig deeper and follow along with the many examples throughout the book. Read More
Microsoft Press has made the new “Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities” eBook freely available. This book is written by Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson, and Manas Biswas. This book is the second book in a series of SharePoint Hybrid books that cover how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage a SharePoint Hybrid environment. Read More
The “Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid” eBook from Microsoft Press has been made freely available for download. This book is written by Jeremy Taylor. This is part of a series of books covering SharePoint Hybrid solutions from SharePoint on-premises to Microsoft’s cloud services. Topics covered include: foundational topics with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, architecture planning, platform hygiene and preparation, directory synchronization, as well as how to configure a seamless single sign-on (SSO) experience for users. Read More
Who doesn’t want a free drone / quadcopter? “Let’s face it, you’re SUPER HUMAN” The tryazuremarketplace.com website currently has a bunch of FREE Azure Marketplace Labs you can do virtually (online from anywhere). Once you complete a lab, you just submit proof you did the lab and Microsoft will send you a free mini-quadcopter! Alternatively, you can also get a 3-month Azure Pass instead. But, who doesn’t want a free drone!?
The drone is the Crazyflie 2.0 quadcopter.
There are tons of labs to choose from! You can go to the site to see a full list, but they are broken out into the following categories: Dev Ops, Security, Big Data, Open Source, and Management.
Here’s a list of the labs currently you can do for Free!
- Dev Ops
- CHEF – Automate an Infrastructure
- Docker – Containerize an Application
- KEMP – Intelligently Design Traffic
- Barracuda – Secure Distributed Networks
- Big Data
- Hortonworks – Modernize an Architecture
- Open Source
- Bitnami – Virtualize a Server
- Cloud Cruiser – Activate Profitable Insights
Learn Azure, Get a FREE Drone!
Attribution: The header image of this post as well as the photo of the drone were taken as screenshots of the Azure Super Human Lab website.
While many of Microsoft product and tools cost money, they do have the Visual Studio Dev Essentials available for Free. Visual Studio Dev Essentials provides a lot of Free tools, training and cloud services offering everything needed to build and deploy apps to any platform. The things offered include Visual Studio and Azure service usage! Read More