Cloud Migration References

Resources that can help your efforts to migrate to the cloud.


Storage references

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Latest Free Microsoft Ebooks

Feast your eyes on the latest free ebooks from Microsoft Press!

What free ebooks do we have for you today?

  1. Mobile App Development
  2. Cloud Strategy
  3. Power BI
  4. Migrate SQL to Azure
  5. SharePoint Hybrid
  6. Windows Server 2016
  7. Security Development Lifecycle
  8. Xamarin
  9. Deploying Windows 10
  10. Windows 10 for IT Pros

Mobile App Development


Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development – Get it here

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Free E-Book : Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals

Get a head start evaluating Windows 10


Following the recent release of Windows 10, it’s now a good time to acquire the skills that will help you to get the most out of Microsoft’s newest flagship OS. Windows 10 comes with a whole swathe of new features from a new browser, new user interface and a new app platform. A new e-book is now available that can help you to navigate around the new operation system. Continue reading

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Pros

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Pros


Download the PDF here (6.39 MB)


This book is a preview, a work in progress about a work in progress. After Microsoft releases Windows 10 to the general public around August 2015, it will be revised and expanded to reflect the finished product.

Windows 10 represents a major transformation of the PC landscape. For IT pros who’ve grown comfortable managing Microsoft Windows using a familiar set of tools and best practices, this version contains a startling amount of new. A new user experience. A new app platform. New security features and new management tools.

The goal in this book is to help you sort out what’s new in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, with advance notice of features that will be available in the finished product but aren’t yet implemented. Starting with an overview of the operating system, laying out the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.

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Free ebook: Microsoft SCOM Field Experience

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience.

Free Ebook -  Microsoft SCOM Field Experience


If you’re responsible for designing, configuring, implementing, or managing a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager environment, then this book is for you. This book will help you understand what you can do to enhance your Operations Manager environment, and will give you the opportunity to better understand the inner workings of the product, even if you are a seasoned Operations Manager administrator.

This book assumes that you have a deep working knowledge of the Operations Manager product and its concepts, that you understand the concept of management packs, and that you are basically familiar with Microsoft Azure as an infrastructure-as-a-service platform. This is a book about best practices, design concepts, how-tos, and in-depth technical troubleshooting. It covers the role of the Operations Manager product, the best practices for working with management packs, how to use the reporting feature to simplify managing the product, how to thoroughly troubleshoot, and how to use and install Operations Manager in a Microsoft Azure Public Cloud environment.

The companion content includes the following:

  • The SQL query in Chapter 1 that you can run in SQL Server Management Studio to determine which collation settings you are using
  • The series of commands used in the example in Chapter 2 to run workflow tracing manually
  • The Windows PowerShell script used in Chapter 4 to view all TLMEs that exist order per resource pool and per current owning pool member (management server)
  • The various SELECT queries included in Chapter 4
  • A PDF file titled HealthService Event Reference that provides information about the events that Operations Manager can log to its event log from the HealthService features.


  • Download the PDF (3.27 MB)
  • Download the EPUB file (6.56 MB)
  • Download the Mobi for Kindle file (15.7 MB)
  • Download Companion files (236 KB)

Free ebook: Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking

When you’re looking at testing a new IT solution—such as implementing a software-defined datacenter that includes virtualization, networking, and storage—the best starting point is always to get advice from someone who has already done it.

You can learn from experience what to do and what to avoid. That’s the idea behind this book. We’ve gone through the work of deploying Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, and the innovations that Microsoft Azure has brought to these technologies. Our goal is to give you the step-by-step benefit of our proof-of-concept implementation to save you time and effort. And we want to show you how you can take advantage of innovation across the datacenter and the cloud to simplify your infrastructure and speed delivery of services to the business.


Chapter 1: Design and planning

This chapter focuses on the overall design of the POC configuration. It discusses each layer of the solution, key features and functionality within each layer, and the reasons why we have chosen to deploy this particular design for the POC.

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