Sample chapters

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1.

Work with apps and notifications

  • By Joan LambertFeb 20, 2018
  • In this sample chapter from Windows 10 Step by Step, 2nd Edition, learn how to locate and start apps, explore built-in apps and accessories, manage notifications, and more.

2.

Implement Datacenter Compute Solutions with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

  • By Jeff Graves, Joel StidleyJan 23, 2018
  • In Skill 2.2 from Exam Ref 70-745 Implementing a Software-Defined DataCenter, learn how to define and document fabric resource endpoints, implement SDN using VMM Service Templates, configure single tenant and multi-tenant scenarios, and more.

3.

Implement Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

  • By Jeff Graves, Joel StidleyJan 22, 2018
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-745 Implementing a Software-Defined DataCenter, take a deep dive into the inner workings of Virtual Machine Manager and how to customize processes to manage your Software-Defined Datacenter.

4.

Working with variables

  • By Rob MilesJan 19, 2018
  • In this sample chapter from Begin to Code with Python, learn how to create variables in Python programs that work with numbers and text.

5.

Fine-Tuning Your Chatbot

  • By Joe MayoJan 18, 2018
  • In this sample chapter from Programming the Microsoft Bot Framework: A Multiplatform Approach to Building Chatbots, readers take a deep dive into Bot Emulator features and learn how to perform testing from user to chatbot.

6.

Manage high availability and disaster recovery

  • By Victor IsakovNov 7, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure, learn how to design appropriate high availability and disaster recovery solutions in SQL Server with special attention to installation, configuration, and administration processes.

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Skill 4.1: Prepare on-premises Active Directory for Azure AD Connect

  • By Orin ThomasNov 7, 2017
  • Azure Active Directory Connect is Microsoft’s replacement for DirSync and Azure Active Directory Sync tools. In Skill 4.1 from Exam Ref 70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, 2nd Edition, explore how to prepare your on-premises Active Directory environment for synchronization of user accounts, group accounts, and more.

8.

Manage database concurrency

  • By Louis Davidson, Stacia VargaOct 9, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-762 Developing SQL Databases, explore skills related to the goal of managing database concurrency, including how to implement transactions, manage isolation levels, and more.

9.

Productivity solutions

  • By Troy LanphierOct 9, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-339 Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016, explore upgrade methods, customizations, and functionality provided within the SharePoint farm itself to improve productivity and business processes.

10.

Implement server hardening solutions

  • By Timothy Warner, Craig ZackerOct 6, 2017
  • In Skill 1.1 from Exam Ref 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016, learn about whole-disk and file encryption in Windows Server 2016.

11.

Implement Windows containers

  • By Craig ZackerOct 6, 2017
  • The containers feature virtualizes operating systems in Windows Server 2016. In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-740 Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016, learn how to deploy and manage Windows containers in cooperation with Docker.

12.

Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments

  • By Charles PlutaOct 6, 2017
  • In Skill 1.1 from Exam Ref 70-743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016, review installation requirements for the base installation of Windows Server and how Windows Server 2016 differs from previous versions.

13.

Design a multidimensional business intelligence (BI) semantic model

  • Sep 7, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-768 Developing SQL Data Models, learn how to create a multidimensional database by using Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), design and implement dimensions in a cube, and implement measures and measure groups in a cube.

14.

Manage data with Transact-SQL

  • By Itzik Ben-GanJul 19, 2017
  • In Skill 1.2 from Exam Ref 70-761 Querying Data with Transact-SQL, learn how to query multiple tables by using join statements based on provided tables, data, and requirements.

15.

Create charts and objects

  • By Joan LambertJul 6, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel, learn about exam objectives related to presenting data in charts and enhancing worksheets through images, business diagrams, and text boxes.

16.

Manage and maintain AD DS

  • By Andrew WarrenMay 4, 2017
  • Many apps and services that you install on Windows Server run in the security context of a user account, known as a service account. In Skill 2.1 from Exam Ref 70-742 Identity with Windows Server 2016, learn how account policies enable you to control fundamental security features and how these features help secure your network—and the apps and services that run within it.

17.

Create and manage databases

  • By John PierceFeb 20, 2017
  • Access databases are made up of database objects: tables, queries, forms, reports, and supporting objects such as macros. In Objective 1.1 from MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Access, learn how to create a database from a template, and import objects and data.

18.

Autoruns

  • By Aaron Margosis, Mark RussinovichFeb 17, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Troubleshooting with the Windows Sysinternals Tools, 2nd Edition, learn about the fundamentals of Autoruns and how you can manage system permissions.

19.

Implement Domain Name System

  • By Andrew WarrenFeb 16, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-741 Networking with Windows Server 2016, learn how to create and manage Domain Name System (DNS) zones using the Windows Server 2016 DNS server role—and how to create and manage host and service-related records within these zones.

20.

Configure devices and device drivers

  • By Andrew Bettany, Andrew WarrenFeb 7, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10, learn how Windows 10 installs drivers for new devices and hardware—and how you can maintain, upgrade, or resolve issues that might occur.

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