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Core prompt learning techniques

  • By Francesco EspositoApr 17, 2024
  • Read this sample chapter from Programming Large Language Models with Azure Open AI. In Generative AI and software development, prompt learning techniques play a crucial role in conversational programming and involve the strategic design of prompts, which are then used to draw out desired responses from large language models (LLMs). You may end up with prompts that only partially address the very specific domain requests. This is where the need for fine-tuning emerges.


Describe Microsoft 365 apps and services

  • By Craig ZackerApr 17, 2024
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, you will learn the core productivity solutions of Microsoft 365, including Outlook and OneDrive, as well as endpoint modernization, management concepts, and deployment options in Microsoft 365. This chapter covers exam skills 2.1-2.4.


The ultimate gist of DDD

  • By Dino EspositoApr 17, 2024
  • Domain-driven design (DDD) has little to do with actual coding, but it is an effective method for exploring and understanding the internal structure of the business domain. Dino Esposito explains what DDD is all about in this sample chapter from Clean Architecture with .NET.


Azure Managed Disks

  • By Avinash ValiramaniDec 24, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Azure Storage: The Definitive Guide, you will learn the key features and benefits of using managed disks in your Azure environment, as well as the components and detailed features of the Azure Managed Disks service.


Manage identity and compliance

  • By Andrew Warren, Andrew BettanyDec 24, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref MD-102 Microsoft Endpoint Administrator, you will learn identity and device compliance, two important elements of your IT infrastructure that can improve your organization’s overall security and help protect your organizational data. This chapter covers Skills 2.1 and 2.1 from the MD-102 exam.


Query and transform data

  • By Daniil Maslyuk, Justin FrebaultDec 24, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref DP-500 Designing and Implementing Enterprise-Scale Analytics Solutions Using Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power BI, you will learn how data is queried and transformed with Azure Synapse and Power BI. This chapter covers Skills 2.1 and 2.2 from the DP-500 exam.


Managing M365 users, groups, and identity synchronization

  • By Orin ThomasDec 23, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref MS-102 Microsoft 365 Administrator, you will learn how to configure user identity properly, from designing an identity strategy and planning identity synchronization with Microsoft Entra Connect and Microsoft Entra Cloud Sync, to managing and troubleshooting identity synchronization. This chapter covers skills 2.1-2.4 in the MS-102 exam.


Background to T-SQL querying and programming

  • By Itzik Ben-GanJul 3, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from T-SQL Fundamentals, Itzik Ben-Gan provides context and key points about the the T-SQL language that are integral to correctly understanding T-SQL. Theory, SQL Server architecture, tables and data integrity are covered.


Create and manage documents

  • By Joan LambertJul 3, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Word Step by Step (Office 2021 and Microsoft 365), learn the ins and outs of creating documents, opening and moving around in documents, saving and closing documents, and more.


Identify the core components of Microsoft Power Platform

  • By Craig ZackerJul 3, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref PL-900 Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals, you will gain an understanding of the Microsoft Dataverse database, data connectors, and the AI Builder automation and intelligence engine. Maps to Exam PL-900 objectives "Skill 2.1: Describe Microsoft Dataverse" and "Skill 2.2: Describe connectors."


Install and configure SQL Server instances and features


Make an active site

  • By Rob MilesJul 3, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Begin to Code: Building apps and games in the Cloud, you will learn how a JavaScript program can accept and store values between browsing sessions and how to write code that can generate web page content dynamically.


Using Windows 11

  • By Ed BottJul 3, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Windows 11 Inside Out, award-winning technology journalist Ed Bott takes you through an overview of the Windows 11 user experience, from customizing the taskbar to using a keyboard and voice input.


Azure Site Recovery

  • By Avinash ValiramaniJun 26, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Azure Monitoring & Management: The Definitive Guide discover Azure Site Recovery (ASR), Microsoft's powerful solution for business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR).


Design a security operations strategy

  • By Yuri Diogenes, Gladys Rodriguez, Mark Simos, Sarah YoungJun 26, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref SC-100 Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect learn how to define critical events, centralize log collection, and determine valuable security logs. With effective use cases and optimized log retention, you can stay one step ahead of cyber threats.


Design data storage solutions

  • By Ashish Agrawal, Avinash Bhavsar, Gurvinder Singh, Mohammad Sabir SopariwalaJun 26, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions explore the critical concepts of designing data storage solutions and data integration on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Cover topics such as designing solutions for relational and non-relational data, database service tier sizing, scalability, encryption, sharding, read scale-out, and elastic pools.


Implement an authentication and access management solution

  • By Razi Rais, Jeevan Bisht, Padma Chilakapati, Ilya Lushnikov, Vinayak ShenoyJun 26, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref SC-300 Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator, learn how to protect your organization from cyber attacks and data breaches with Azure Multifactor Authentication (MFA). Gain practical insights on planning, implementing, and managing MFA, along with additional access management solutions.


Preparing your environment for the cloud

  • By Aaron Guilmette, Ed Fisher, Darryl KeggJun 26, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft 365 Administration Inside Out, 3rd Edition explore topics such as setting up the subscription, assigning administrators, configuring network settings, cleaning up directories, updating client software, and synchronizing users. The chapter emphasizes the importance of selecting a permanent tenant name, which will be branded across your subscription and visible in various services like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Office Online.


Security patterns

  • By Michael Howard, Simone Curzi, Heinrich GantenbeinJun 26, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Designing and Developing Secure Azure Solutions learn more about design patterns and the importance of adopting these patterns to improve the secure design of solutions.


Implement and manage Windows Server High Availability

  • By Orin ThomasDec 17, 2022
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services, you will explore why Windows Server high availability involves knowing the requirements for configuring a failover cluster and how to manage that cluster.

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