Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

MicrosoftAzureHDInsightBookGreetings! We’re thrilled to share another new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Here are the download links (and below the links you’ll find an ebook excerpt that describes this offering):

Download the PDF (6.37 MB; 130 pages) from

Download the EPUB (8.46 MB) from

Download the MOBI (12.8 MB) from

Download the code samples (6.83 KB) from


Free eBook: Microsoft System Center – Integrated Cloud Platform


This book is organized by cloud type and begins with a short overview of the Cloud OS strategy from Microsoft and a high-level hybrid cloud architecture. It also covers the design and deployment of private cloud solutions using Windows and System Center to deliver the software-defined datacenter where storage, network, compute, and management are all virtualized and delivered by the Microsoft platform.

Download the PDF (2.52 MB)
Download the Mobi for Kindle file (8.1 MB)

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TBVUG Windows Store Apps

It’s official!  The Tampa Bay Virtualization Users Group now has a Windows 8 & 8.1 Modern App!  While being a very simple app built with Project Siena, it was quite the learning experience.


Download the app to your Start Screen and let me know what you think.  As most of you know, I’m not a developer, but trying to expand my knowledge a bit.

Make sure to check out Project Siena!  It also has a Windows 8 & 8.1 modern app and is currently in Beta 2.  You will also need Visual Studio 2013 with the latest updates to help you in the end to publish an app package.

Don’t forget that TBVUG already has a Windows Phone 8 App.  The app was built using the Windows Phone App Studio.  Like Project Siena, you really don’t need any programming/developer expertise.  I found both tools very easy to use, but did often have to Bing a bunch to make sure I was doing it right.

Download both apps:



My next thing for both apps is to add PUSH notifications and live tile updates.  So, I have a lot of reading, learning, hair pulling and testing to do…


Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Integration Roadshow

Spring into action by Integrating Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365!

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As it begins to warm up and we move into springtime, join Jeffery Mitchell from Bit-Wizards (Partner) and Adnan Cartwright (MVP) as they show you what’s “hot” with Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365 integration with Windows, iOS and Android including Active Directory Federated Services, Single-Sign On, and Password Sync.  iPads can now run Microsoft Office as well and what about their integration with OneDrive? Explore SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Windows Intune as well as setting up your own Windows Azure and Office 365 TEST/DEV up and running!  All you need to do is bring your own computer.

Look at Microsoft’s Public Cloud options when considering your current infrastructure or perhaps for migrating or building your next new endeavor. We’ll cover both on-premises integration as well as Microsoft Office 365 solely in the cloud. Get prepared for the event by setting up your Windows Azure Subscription by completing the small lab at (credit card for Windows Azure registration required).

Roadshow stops:

4/30 – Weds – Sarasota – Keiser University – Register Here

5/1 – Thurs – Tampa – ITT Technical Institute – Register Here

5/2 – Friday – Fort Myers – Hodges University – Register Here

5/6 – Tues – Jacksonville – Florida State College Jacksonville – Register Here

5/7 – Weds – Orlando – New Horizons – Register Here

5/8 – Thurs – West Palm Beach – Keiser University – Register Here

TBVUG is a users group focused on the latest virtualization technologies, cloud platforms, management tools, and related certifications.