24 Free eBooks from Microsoft Press

Since we’re talking about eBooks, here are two dozen more free eBooks from Microsoft Press.

Note: The eBook web page was originally created on May 4, 2012, but was recently updated on December 29, 2013.

Free Microsoft eBooks

Titles:

  • Rethinking Enterprise storage – A Hybrid Cloud Model
  • Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
  • Microsoft System Center – Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
  • Microsoft System Center – Configuration Manager Field Experience
  • Microsoft System Center – Cloud Management with App Controller
  • Microsoft System Center – Troubleshooting Configuration Manager
  • Microsoft System Center – Optimizing Service Manager
  • Introducing: Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 – Technical Overview
  • Introducing: Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals – Technical Overview
  • Introducing: Windows Server 2012 R2 – Technical Overview
  • Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • .NET Technology Guide for Business Applications
  • Introducing: Windows Server 2012 – RTM Edition
  • Introducing: Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users
  • Introducing: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Introducing: Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – Second Edition
  • First Look: Microsoft Office 2010
  • Deploying Windows 7
  • Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Programming Windows Phone 7

URL: Click here to download

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Stupid PowerShell Tricks – Getting Your PC to Talk

WarGamesRemember the 80’s? (Too young?)

One of my 80’s favorites was the movie WarGames.

(Hint: You should really watch it on Netflix – it’s a classic.
Here’s the WarGames movie trailer for you kids.)

Anyway, for those of you who DO remember War Games, that speech synthesizer was pretty creepy back in the day.
But it was equally cool because speech was pretty rare in those days unless you had a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (which I did – woot!)

It’s hard to believe that movie came out 30 years ago, and technology has changed a lot. Windows has had speech built in for quite some time, but did you know you can access the speech API with PowerShell?

Who cares, right? WRONG! It’s pretty fun! And it’s a good bit of code to use to prank your IT co-workers. (Think login script or batch file that runs as a scheduled task…)

Here is a video demo of Windows Server 2012 reading classic computer lines from the movie WarGames:

“Joshua” from WarGames (1983) as played by Windows Server 2012 & PowerShell

 

Not too shabby for a Windows Server, eh?

So, shall we play a game?

Below is the PowerShell code for you to play with and tweak.
Have fun annoying people!

WarGames.ps1

Copy-and-paste code for WarGames.ps1

<#
.SYNOPSIS
    This script employs the Speech API for speaking
    and quotes lines from the movie "WarGames" (1983)
.DESCRIPTION
    At the beginning load the Speech API, create a SpeechSynthesizer object.
    It uses this object’s Speak method to speak
.NOTES
    File Name : WarGames.ps1
    Code From : DimiG | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg6icbeHWVY
    Requires  : PowerShell Version 2.0
.EXAMPLE
    Just for tutorial
#>

# Add text for speaking here
$text = @(`
"Hello, my name is Joshua.",`
"Greetings Professor Falken.",`
"Shall we play a game?",`
"Of course. I should reach DEF CON 1",`
"and launch my missiles in 28 hours.",`
"Would you like to see some projected kill ratios?",`
"What’s the difference?",`
"You are a hard man to reach.",`
"Could not find you in Seattle",`
"and no terminal is in operation at your classified address.",`
"D O D pension files indicate current mailing as:",`
"Dr Robert Hume,",`
"AKA Stephen W Falken,",`
"5 Tall Cedar Road.",`
"Strange game.",`
"The only winning move is not to play.",`
"How about a nice game of chess?"`
)

# Load the dll
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Speech") | out-null

# Create new object
$spk = New-Object System.Speech.Synthesis.SpeechSynthesizer

# Step Up Volume
$spk.SetOutputToDefaultAudioDevice();
$spk.Volume = 100

# Check out voices installed on this computer…
$spk.GetInstalledVoices() | %{$_.voiceinfo}

# Now say…
$spk.Speak($text)

Props: DimiG for the PoSh code

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Download – Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 eBook

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 - Preview ReleaseTitle: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release
Author: Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: © 2013 by Microsoft Corporation
Pages: 108
ISBN: 978-0-7356-8293-1
File size: 5.1 MB
Price: FREE preview*
Download URL: Click here for download

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Cloud OS
  • Chapter 2 – Hyper-V
  • Chapter 3 – Storage
  • Chapter 4 – Failover Clustering
  • Chapter 5 – Networking
  • Chapter 6 – Other Enhancements

Description

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (ISBN 9780735682931), by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now. This book is based on the Preview release and will be updated to cover Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM.

Download the PDF version of this title here (108 pages, 5.1 MB). UPDATE: The EPUB format is here and the MOBI format is here.

Watch for the lengthier RTM edition of this ebook later this year!

If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here from the official distributor, O’Reilly Media, for $9.99.

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Video – Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Rick Claus and Cristian Molina from Microsoft talk about Windows Server 2012.

Edge Show 63 - Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Title: Edge Show 63 – Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Run time: 23 minutes 23 seconds
Format: Silverlight

Can’t see the Silverlight video above?

Click the link below to choose another video format or to download offline.

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • WMV

Link: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Edge/Edge-Show-63-Windows-Server-2012-Essentials

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Download – WMS 2011 Planning Guide

Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Planning GuideTitle: Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 – Planning Guide
File name: Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 – Planning Guide.doc
Date Published: 02/24/2012
Language: English
File size: 872 KB
Pages: 43
Version: 2.0
Download: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=18482

Description:

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is the second version of a Windows product primarily designed for educational institutions for use in classrooms, labs, and libraries, that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer. Users have their own independent and familiar Windows computing experience, using their own monitor, keyboard and mouse directly connected to the host computer. Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 enables more users to access technology at a lower total cost of ownership.

The Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Planning Guide provides assistance in preparing to purchase and deploy the server and thin clients for the solution into your environment and considerations that need to be made before deployment.

The considerations addressed in this document include the following:

  • How to Buy MultiPoint Server
  • Definition of MultiPoint Server Stations
  • Selecting Hardware for Your MultiPoint Server System
  • Hardware Requirements and Performance Recommendations
  • Variables Affecting MultiPoint Server System Performance
  • MultiPoint Server Site Planning
  • Network Considerations and User Accounts
  • Storing Files with MultiPoint Server
  • Supported Languages
  • MultiPoint Server Virtualization Support
  • Microsoft RemoteFX
  • Application Considerations
  • MultiPoint Server Predeployment Checklist

Props: @ericligman

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KYSBSUG #94 – Digital Home

KYSBSUG logoKYSBSUG December 2011 – Meeting #94
Topic: Digital Home
Presenter: Tim Barrett
Date: Wednesday December 28, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern
Venue: Money Concepts
Address: 323 Townepark Circle, Louisville, KY 40243

Cost: FREE

Description:
The topic this month is “Digital Home”, demoing integration between Xbox 360, Windows 7, Windows Home Server, Windows Phone 7 & iPad. We’ll discuss the video and audio formats & apps used, network configurations, and show how to access your digital media inside or outside the home or office.

Sneak peek at the presentation:One of the slides in the Digital Home presentation - KYSBSUG #94

We’ll go through this virtual Digital Home and explain it one room at a time, explain which equipment is needed, best practices for setting it up, and leave plenty of time for Q&A.

Registration:
Registration is NOT required for this event.

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SMB MVP Community Roadshow in Louisville 1/19

Registration is OPEN, and you are cordially invited!

SMB MVP Community Roadshow logoEvent: SMB MVP Community Roadshow
Sponsored by: HP, Microsoft & SBSMigration.com
Local Host: Kentucky Small Business Server User Group
(KYSBSUG)
Date: Thursday January 19, 2012
Doors open: 12:00 noon Eastern
Start time: 12:30 PM Eastern
End time: 4:30 PM Eastern

Venue: Republic Bank & Trust building
Location: Across from The Summit shopping center
Address: 9600 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40241
Room: Large conference room, lower level

Lunch: FREE
Parking: FREE
Registration: FREE
Registration URL:
http://mvptour2011.sbsmigration.com/event_selector.php?event_id=205

Map (click for directions):
Map of SMB MVP Community Show in Louisville

Street View:
Republic Bank Building - Street View

Event Description:
The SMB MVPs are delighted to bring their International SMB MVP Community Roadshow to Louisville on Thursday January 19, 2012.
This is a chance to hear first-hand from your peers in the field how they are implementing the New SMB Stack from Microsoft and see it actually demo’d on current shipping HP hardware. This is not a canned sales pitch, this is a live demo by some of the SMB MVP’s on real world scenarios they are deploying today.

Each stop on the tour will be a little different as the presenters change as the tour progresses and they also have the flexibility to shape the discussion to fit the local audience.

This is a free event, but seating is limited so you must register to attend.
REGISTER TODAY! Smile

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Download – Free 2008 R2 Virtualization eBook

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – From the Desktop to the Datacenter (Second Edition)Title: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – From the Desktop to the Datacenter (Second Edition)
Author: Mitch Tulloch w/ the Microsoft Virtualization Teams
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: © 2010 by Microsoft Corporation
Pages: 480
File size: PDF 10.5 MB / XPS 22.6 MB
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here for PDF or XPS

Description:

Learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies. Updated for Windows Server 2008 R2

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Download – 10 Free eBooks

eBook - The Windows 7 Power Users GuideTitle: The Windows 7 Power Users Guide
Author: Mike Halsey
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Date Published: © 2009 Mike Halsey 
Pages: 174
File size: PDF 23.3 MB
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here for PDF

Description:
The Windows 7 Power Users Guide, by Microsoft MVP Mike Halsey, shows you to how to get the very best out of Windows 7. It’s suitable for users of every ability, from complete novices to tech pros, and includes step-by-step guides, illustrations and diagrams on every page and quick tips throughout.

eBook - Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, AnytimeTitle: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime
Authors: Katherine Murray
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Date Published: © 2011 Katherine Murray 
ISBN: 978-0-7356-56949 
Pages: 337
File size: PDF 21.0 MB
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here for PDF

Description:
This book shows you how you can use cloud computing—and ­specifically, ­Office 365—to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more ­flexibly than you ever have before. From the necessary how-tos about ­creating and administering your Office 365 account and working with the various Office 365 programs to sharing files with your team, creating a team site, using Office Web Apps, and holding online meetings, you’ll discover how easy it is to work online and off, accessing and sharing your files whenever you need to.

.EPUB and .MOBI ebooksEight More eBooks on Microsoft Office 2010

eBook Titles:

  • Best Practices for Outlook 2010
  • Creating Everyday Documents That Stand Out From The Crowd
  • Basic Tasks in Word 2010
  • Basic Tasks in Excel 2010
  • Basic Tasks in Outlook 2010
  • Basic Tasks in OneNote 2010
  • Basic Tasks in Visio 2010

These Office 2010 eBooks are available in both .EPUB (Nook, Sony Reader, etc.) and .MOBI (Kindle) formats.

Download URL: Click here for .EPUB or .MOBI

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