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  • This chapter from CompTIA Security+ Training Kit (Exam SY0-301) shows how to find exposed services and vulnerabilities on systems and devices by using port and vulnerability scanning tools, covers vulnerability assessment methods, as well as ways to identify vulnerabilities by using both technical and nontechnical means, and explains penetration testing, including common techniques, types of penetration tests, and best practices for performing them. The CompTIA Security+ exam covers common techniques used to identify risks and vulnerabilities. Organizations frequently assess their risks and vulnerabilities by using both formal and informal techniques, as well as technical tools. In this chapter, we will explore how you can find exposed services and vulnerabilities on systems and devices by ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out discusses mailbox migration options and administering the different messaging workloads. Mailbox migration options Moving mailboxes back to on-premises Exchange Decommissioning on-premises Exchange Administering Exchange Online Compliance, Legal Hold, and eDiscovery concepts Read the chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2222436 . ...read more
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript , you learn how to create background tasks, implement the appropriate interfaces, and consume tasks using timing and system triggers. You also find out how to request lock screen access and create download and upload operations using background transferring for Windows Store applications written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)/JavaScript (formerly called Windows Store apps using JavaScript). The last part of the chapter is dedicated to creating and consuming Windows Metadata (WinMD) components. Objectives in this chapter: Objective 1.1: Create background tasks Objective 1.2: Consume background tasks Objective 1.3: Integrate WinMD components into a solution Read the rest of the chapter ...read more
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (MCSE) you'll learn how to integrate several different System Center products, allowing them to build off each other’s functionality. You’ll also learn about Service Provider Foundation, and Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server, which allow you to customize the way that users of your private cloud interact with the infrastructure. The System Center products integrate with one another. You can leverage the functionality of one product, such as Operations Manager’s performance and availability monitoring, with the automation capabilities of Orchestrator, and the incident and problem management functionality of Service Manager. In this chapter you’ll learn how to integrate several different System Center products ...read more
  • In this chapter from Windows 8.1 Step by Step , you’ll learn how the UAC works, how to tweak it, and why you should never turn it off. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of working with Windows Firewall to secure your network and Internet traffic and about the new and improved Windows Defender and how to use it to keep your system safe from viruses and spyware. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve your passwords to make it more difficult for unwanted people to use the Internet to access your Microsoft account, your email, and other important accounts. Click here to read this chapter: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2222442 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com ...read more
  • In this chapter from Microsoft® Visual C#® 2013 Step by Step , you will learn to declare, create, populate and use an array, access and individual array element, iterate through an array. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Declaring and creating an array Populating and using an array Accessing an individual array element Iterating through an array You have already seen how to create and use variables of many different types. However, all the examples of variables you have seen so far have one thing in common—they hold information about a single item (an int , a float , a Circle , a Date , and so on). What happens if you need to manipulate a set of items? One solution is to create a variable for each item in the set ...read more
  • The Liskov substitution principle (LSP) is a collection of guidelines for creating inheritance hierarchies in which a client can reliably use any class or subclass without compromising the expected behavior. This chapter from Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles explains what the LSP is and how to avoid breaking its rules. After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand the importance of the Liskov substitution principle. Avoid breaking the rules of the Liskov substitution principle. Further solidify your single responsibility principle and open/closed principle habits. Create derived classes that honor the contracts of their base classes. Use code contracts to implement preconditions, postconditions, and data invariants. Write correct exception ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (ISBN 9780735686182), by Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-247—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring and deploying a private cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: • Design and deploy System Center • Configure System Center infrastructure • Configure ...read more
  • List price: $35.99   Sale price: $17.99 You save 50% Buy Make the right architectural decisions up front - and improve the quality and reliability of your .NET applications. Led by two enterprise programming experts, you'll learn how to apply the patterns and techniques that help control project complexity - and make systems easier to build, support, and upgrade - right from the start. This Second Edition features new deep dives on domain modeling, Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS), and event sourcing models. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts ...read more
  • SharePoint 2013 gives you more options, but it also requires you to make more choices, and it is important to make deliberate and well-informed choices to make sure that you end up with the best solution that you could possibly build for your specific situation and scenario. This chapter from Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013 talks you through a lot of the choices and can help you make the right decisions. Before you can start building a custom Microsoft SharePoint solution you will have to make sure you set up your development environment correctly. Because the hardware requirements for SharePoint 2013 are again a lot more demanding than they were for SharePoint 2010, setting up a new development environment might well mean that you have to acquire new hardware. There might be quite a bit of ...read more
  • Microsoft Press author, Eric Boyd, taught a session on Performance Tuning Azure SQL Database recently for the AzureConf on Channel 9 on MSDN. This session can be viewed on-demand here:  http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/AzureConf-2014/Performance-Tuning-Microsoft-Azure-SQL-Database . He’ll also be doing a series of Azure DevCamps with Microsoft and, in one of the modules, he will be presenting hands on labs with data and SQL Database. Check them out here: http://www.technetevents.com/clouddevcamps/ Buy his book here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-azure-sql-database-step-by-step-9780735679429 ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step investigates how XAML styles are used to format controls with a consistent and attractive appearance across the user interface. After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand how XAML styles are used to build attractive-looking user interfaces. Define reusable styles in the App.xaml project file. Reference new styles by using the Style property for controls on the page Build new styles from existing styles using inheritance and the BasedOn property Find the complete chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2224055 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles (ISBN 9780735683204), by Gary McLean Hall. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Buy local As every developer knows, requirements are subject to change. But when you build adaptability into your code, you can respond to change more easily and avoid disruptive rework. Focusing on Agile programming, this book describes the best practices, principles, and patterns that enable you to create flexible, adaptive code—and deliver better business value. Expert guidance to bridge the gap between theory and practice • Get grounded in Scrum: artifacts, roles, metrics, phases ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Internals looks at how SQL Server stores data that doesn’t use the typical FixedVar record format and data that doesn’t fit into the usual 8 KB data page. Click here to read this chapter: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2225060 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • This is the 45 th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Lync MVP Desmond Lee . Thanks, Desmond! PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure PowerShell is the window to managing many aspects of a Lync Server ...read more
  • List price: $39.99   Sale price: $19.99 You save 50% Buy Conquer SharePoint 2013—from the inside out! You're beyond the basics, so dive right into SharePoint 2013—and really put your business collaboration platform to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting techniques, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts facilitate information sharing across the enterprise—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week ...read more
  • This chapter from Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition , by Charles Petzold, presents an actual application built from the ground up. The content is directly from Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition , our latest free ebook. ...read more
  • Here is the lineup of Microsoft Exchange Server titles from Microsoft Press. We offer reference and training for core skills. These titles are also listed on the Microsoft Press Store . Exchange Server 2013 Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Connectivity, Clients, and UM Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Mailbox and High Availability Managing the Store & DAG: EXCERPT from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Managing Mailboxes, Groups, & Other Objects: EXCERPT from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Compliance: EXCERPT from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Unified Messaging: EXCERPT from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Pocket Consultant Databases, Services, & Management Microsoft ...read more
  • This chapter from Enterprise Content Management with Microsoft SharePoint is all about consumption and accessing the content you need in an intuitive and structured manner. After content is in the system, it’s time to put it to work. You might think this is the easy part. Functionally, it is much easier than the creation and capture portions of the ECM life cycle, but strategically, it’s very difficult. We have found many organizations that are several years past an initial SharePoint deployment looking back and realizing that the adoption of this technology has not really improved a business process. In many cases, it has either become a web version of a shared drive silo or a collection of mismatched sites that aren’t easily navigated by users. To read the complete chapter, visit this page ...read more
  • List price: $31.99   Sale price: $15.99 You save 50% Buy Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-412--and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of advanced configuration tasks for Windows Server infrastructure. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or MCSE level. Learn more . Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional price cannot be combined with other offers. ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft .NET - Architecting Applications for the Enterprise, 2nd Edition introduces CQRS, which propounds the separation between domain layers and the use of distinct models for reading and writing. Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • Here is the lineup of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) titles from Microsoft Press. The MOS Study Guide is designed to help readers practice and prepare for the skills and knowledge measured by the MOS certification exams. The books divide exam coverage into chapters representing groups of core, related skill sets that correspond to MOS exam objectives. These titles are also listed on the Microsoft Press Store . Office 2013 MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Outlook MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel Expert MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Word Expert MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Word MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Access Office 365 MOS Study Guide for ...read more
  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration covers getting started with Windows 8.1 and the fundamental tasks you need for Windows 8.1 administration. Getting started with Windows 8.1: the quick tour Understanding 32-bit and 64-bit computing options Deploying Windows 8.1 Installing Windows 8.1 Running Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 architecture Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • List price: $19.99 Sale price: $9.99 You save 50% Buy Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Microsoft Project 2013 plain and simple! Follow the book's easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to effectively manage all your projects. Learn more . Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional price cannot be combined with other offers. ...read more
  • Greetings! We’re happy to release a free ebook today: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition : Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone , by Charles Petzold. This ebook was created jointly by Xamarin and Microsoft Press. You can download PDF and Mobi formats below or at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Download the PDF (5.14 MB) Download the Mobi for Kindle file (40.85 MB) This Preview Edition ebook is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML (the eXtensible Application Markup Language) that maps to native controls on these three platforms. This ebook is ...read more