||Using Chef with Microsoft Azure|
This book is your hands-on guide to infrastructure provisioning and configuration management in the cloud using Chef's open source, cross-platform toolset. With over 10,000 customers joining the Microsoft Azure cloud platform each week and steadily increasing usage, the need for automation approaches has never been greater. This book provides both practical examples and a much needed strategic overview of how these two technologies can be combined.
Using Chef with Microsoft Azure takes you through the process of writing ‘recipes' in Chef to describe your infrastructure as code, and simplify your configuration management processes. You'll also meet the Chef tools that can be used to provision complete environments within Microsoft Azure.
There are now a wide variety of tools and approaches that can be taken to provision resources such as virtual machines within Microsoft Azure. This book demonstrates them, discusses the benefits and weaknesses of each approach, and shows how a continuous provisioning pipeline can be established as part of a reliable, repeatable, and robust provisioning process.
Each chapter has practical exercises that highlight the capabilities of both Chef and Microsoft Azure from an automation perspective and can be executed on Windows, Mac, or Linux platforms.
||DevOps on the Microsoft Stack|
This book tells you everything you need to know to help your organization implement DevOps on the Microsoft platform. You will learn how to use Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure to implement a complete DevOps process in your company. You will learn about Agile Project Management, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Technical Debt Management, Automatic Testing and Monitoring, and see how all these areas fit together.
DevOps is important for organizations that want to make the best use of their resources and avoid costly mistakes. Teams that embrace DevOps deploy code up to 30 times more frequently than their competition and less than 50% of their deployments fail according to Puppet Labs State of DevOps survey.
DevOps on the Microsoft Stack shows you how to help your organization implement DevOps, covering the tooling they will need and how to make everything work together while following best practices. The focus is not only on technology but also on the cultural issues that teams will face when implementing DevOps. The author's goal is to not only show you which tooling there is but help you to successfully use everything together to implement DevOps in your projects and organization.
||Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Application Design|
Businesses can have their developers build complete apps or plug-ins and interfaces to suit their business needs. With the application of MS CRM, administrators can alter the content, layout, and business logic for each business use case. Businesses can choose to run Dynamics CRM on their own internal server or to link to web-hosted installations. This book is an enhanced guide that covers all the new features released with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015. Coming straight off the shelf with a whole new frontier of updated business rules, process enhancements, SDK methods, and other enhancements, this book is a complete guide for all your Dynamics CRM questions.
Starting off, this book will introduce you to the deployment options such as online and on-premise, and the software and hardware requirements as CRM customization. It will also teach you how to develop a sample application.
Going deeper, this book teaches you about the new enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 such as business process, new client-side scripting, mobile application, and actions enhancements. You will quickly get up and running with plugin development and project tracking concepts with the help of sample applications.
||Pro PowerShell for Microsoft Azure|
This book is written for Windows professionals who are familiar with PowerShell and want to learn to build, operate, and administer their Windows workloads in the Microsoft cloud. Pro PowerShell for Microsoft Azure is packed with practical examples and scripts, with easy-to-follow explanations for a wide range of day-to-day needs and essential administration tasks.
Author Sherif Talaat begins by explaining the fundamental concepts behind the Microsoft Azure platform and how to get started configuring it through PowerShell. Readers will find out how to deploy, configure and manage the various components of the Azure platform, from storage and virtual networks to Azure Web Apps, HDInsight clusters and the Azure SQL Database. Workload automation, scheduling and resource management are covered in depth to help build efficiency in everyday tasks, and administrators will gain full control over Azure identity and access rights using Azure Active Directory and Rights Management Services.
||Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, 2nd Edition|
Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Second Edition is a practical tutorial introduction to the field of data science and machine learning, with a focus on building and deploying predictive models. The book provides a thorough overview of the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service released for general availability on February 18th, 2015 with practical guidance for building recommenders, propensity models, and churn and predictive maintenance models.
The authors use task oriented descriptions and concrete end-to-end examples to ensure that the reader can immediately begin using this new service. The book describes all aspects of the service from data ingress to applying machine learning, evaluating the models, and deploying them as web services.
Learn how you can quickly build and deploy sophisticated predictive models with the new Azure Machine Learning from Microsoft.
||Microsoft Mapping, 2nd Edition|
This revised edition of Microsoft Mapping includes the latest details about SQL Server 2014 and the new 3D and Streetside-capable map control for Windows 10 applications. It contains updated chapters on Microsoft Azure and Power Map for Excel plus a new chapter on Bing Maps for Universal Windows. The book tells a story, from beginning to end, of planning and deploying a single geospatial application built using Microsoft technologies from end-to-end.
Readers are expected to have basic familiarity with the fundamentals of developing for Microsoft platforms (some understanding of basic SQL, C#, .NET, and WCF); as readers work through the book they will build on their existing skills so that they will be able to deploy geospatial applications for social networking, data collection, enterprise management, or other purposes.
Written for IT and business professionals, this book provides the technical and business insight needed to plan, deploy and manage the services provided by the Microsoft Azure cloud. Find out how to integrate the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) models with your existing business infrastructure while maximizing availability, ensuring continuity and safety of your data, and keeping costs to a minimum.
The book starts with an introduction to Microsoft Azure and how it differs from Office 365—Microsoft's ‘other' cloud. You'll also get a useful overview of the services available. Part II then takes you through setting up your Azure account, and gets you up-and-running on some of the core Azure services, including creating web sites and virtual machines, and choosing between fully cloud-based and hybrid storage solutions, depending on your needs.
||Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence|
Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence shows you how to leverage the complete set of Microsoft tools—including Microsoft Office and SQL Server—to better analyze business data.
This book provides best practices for building complete BI solutions using the full Microsoft toolset. You will learn how to effectively use SQL Server Analysis and Reporting Services, along with Excel, SharePoint, and other tools to provide effective and cohesive solutions for the enterprise. Coverage includes BI architecture, data queries, semantic models, multidimensional modeling, data analysis and visualization, performance monitoring, data mining, and more, to help you learn to perform practical business analysis and reporting. Written by an author team that includes a key member of the BI product team at Microsoft this useful reference provides expert instruction for more effective use of the Microsoft BI toolset.
||Microsoft Application Virtualization Cookbook|
With an ever-increasing number of applications being deployed in the workplace, Microsoft App-V 5 enables administrators to abstract these applications from clients, in turn reducing the time taken to complete the software deployment lifecycle. Part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, App-V 5 centralizes the management of applications with a variety of deployment methods to suit each environment.
With this hands-on Cookbook, you will learn how best to utilize features of App-V that you may already be familiar with, as well as gain insights into features only recently introduced such as the enhanced Connection Groups and Shared Content Store Mode.
The book starts with the deployment of a scalable App-V infrastructure and progresses to cover the sequencing of common applications, as well as how you can take advantage of the new Office 2013 and Office 365 deployment methods.
||Designing Hyper-V Solutions|
This book is a practical, example-oriented tutorial that will guide you through the basics and architecture of the Hyper-V platform and help you understand how to build your virtualization infrastructure from the ground up. It then goes on to focus on scalability and high availability aspects, and trains you to set up highly available Hyper-V clusters and perform the live migration of virtual machines. You will also learn about advancements in virtual networking and storage in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Finally, the book then advises you on how to set up backup and recovery and how to prepare a disaster recovery plan via Hyper-V Replica, concluding with insight into Microsoft VDI implementation guidance.
||Microsoft Azure IaaS Essentials|
With the increasing interest in cloud computing and the growth in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Microsoft Azure is the leading player in cloud-based solutions.
You will learn how to create both a Windows and Linux virtual machine, and how to go about connecting and working with these machines in the cloud. You will understand the requirements that allow you to expand your on-premises network to the cloud. You will discover how to connect, manage, and monitor your virtual machines in the cloud. Moving forward, you will learn how to configure your virtual machine to ensure it continues to function in the event of a disaster.
With plenty of screenshots offering a play-by-play account of how to build your cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft Azure IaaS Essentials will ensure your success with this cutting-edge, cloud-based technology.