There is a new site to help you grow in your IT Pro career: Microsoft Thrive.
There is a lot of material there on developing your skills (‘natch), but there is also a hidden gem, no, maybe better to call it a hidden pot o’gold? Well, it’s an RSS feed of free-as-in-beer stuff, so maybe stream o’gold? Ick, wrong associations to that search string…
Whatever, check it out: RSS Feed for Thrive: Technical Offers
Example: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions
By Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams
This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
View Chapter 1: Microsoft's Virtualization Solution
Sign up to download the entire e-book (PDF, 14.4 MB).
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