Technical Review: Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches

Introduction

Have you ever read any book in the “Learn in a Month of Lunches” series by Manning? If you haven’t, you must READ THEM! They are just one of the best on the market so far. That’s why I couldn’t pass up the chance to contribute to another bestseller in this series – Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches by Iain Foulds that has been recently published .

This may sound funny, but it took me a month to review a “month of lunches” and provide useful suggestions. I used my Azure subscription and documentation (not limited to public version) to verify every “lunch”, code, text, figure, and also to find out how to make this book even better (’cause I really enjoyed it’s style and content).

Therefore, I’m happy and pleased to see that some of my suggestions and corrections have been taken into account to the final draft. In addition, it was pleasure to work with Manning and Iain Foulds.

Why should you purchase this book?

Since we have a bunch of services in Azure, we all needed a complete all-in-one guide or companion to get started with each of them and level up Azure skills. That’s sort of what the book is about, providing a comprehensive and interesting way of learning with exercises for practice (a purely hands-on book). You can find a detailed table of contents here.

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Until then, have a nice reading!

Azure Stack Preview 3 is available

Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 is being made available as a Proof of Concept (POC). The POC is an ideal environment for learning and demonstrating Azure Stack features.

Microsoft is also announced that Azure Stack will be available via Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) 

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In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, here’s the list of new features:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) support provides identity options for scenarios where network connectivity is limited or intermittent.
  • You can use Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets to provide managed scale out of workloads.
  • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes for increased performance and consistency.
  • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure.
  • Marketplace Syndication allows you to use content from the Azure Marketplace and make available in Azure Stack.
  • Isolated administrator and user portals and APIs provide enhanced security.
    Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting.
  • Using the Windows Azure Pack connector, you can view and manage IaaS virtual machines that are hosted on a Cloud Platform System (CPS) stamp. For this preview release, you can try this only with a CPS environment and additional configuration is required.