A while ago, I mentioned a free ebook on Windows Server 2012. Well I’ve just noticed that there’s also one available for Windows 8. Again it’s available in the main formats, so here are the links for “Introducing Windows 8 – An Overview for IT Professionals”:
For our free event in Newcastle on the 19th September I’m teaming up with my NEBytes collaborator Ben Lee to cover Microsoft’s new Server release.
Windows Server 2012 is a huge release for Microsoft. Almost everything is new or improved, so don’t worry we’re not going to try to cram it all into a one hour session; Instead we’re giving the whole of September’s NEBytes over to it!
Some of the questions thrown up by the new OS we’ll look to help answer are:
- Server 2012 utilises the same new UI as Windows 8 and defaults to a core install, does it matter and do we need the UI anymore?
- Microsoft say that this has been designed as a Cloud OS, what does that actually mean?
- Server Manager is radically different, can you really manage all of your servers with a single pane of glass?
- We’ve got improvements around continuous availability, Direct Access, VDI, new Dynamic Access Controls and many more features but what do these really mean to me?
In this full length Server 2012 special Ben and Jonathan will take you on a tour of the main highlights from the new OS and share some of their personal favourites. We’re going to be talking storage, networking, Hyper-V and as many many more things so bring your curiosity and your propeller hat and we’ll see you there.
If you’re going to be attending, please register on Eventbrite so that we can keep track of numbers.
Microsoft Press have released a free ebook called Introducing Windows Server 2012, which does exactly what it says on the tin.
There are three versions available, depending on where you want to read it:
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – PDF ebook
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format
I read the version of this book that was based on the beta and found it very informative. It’s now been updated to the RTM version, so there’s no reason not to grab it now.
You wouldn’t have had to read too much of this blog to know that I’ve regularly recommended PowerShell books by Don Jones and Tobias Weltner. They’ve announced the availability of a new free ebook that they’ve co-authored, called Secrets of PowerShell Remoting.
Remoting is one of the most powerful features of PowerShell, but it’s not necessarily the simplest area to understand. In Windows Server 2012, PowerShell remoting is enabled by default, so now is a good time to get up to speed.
Head over to powershellbooks.com for the download links.
Way back in December 2009 I wrote a post entitled Where to start with PowerShell which listed free resources, including a couple of ebooks. Well the PowerShell community has been busy since then, bringing the number of free ebooks on the subject up to 9. Jason Hofferle has helpfully compiled them into a single blog post: List of Free PowerShell eBooks
These books are authored by some of the brightest and best names in PowerShell, so I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Microsoft has teamed up with author Linda McCarthy to offer a free downloadable version of her new book Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online. The book covers a variety of computer security and online safetly topics and is aimed at internet savvy teens, as well as parents and educators. Personally I’d say that the chances of teens reading it all the way through aren’t great, but parents of online offspring should definitely get up to speed with this stuff.
Frankly I’d recommend that anyone who uses the internet and isn’t as capable as Sarah Connor at fighting off the machines, should read this.
Both PDF and XPS versions are available at the Microsoft Download Center.