Daily Dose for 2017.11.08

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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Zero
Building a SharePoint 2016 Home Lab
OpenShift in Action
CoreOS in Action
Linux in Action
Cybersecurity Threats: Ransomware

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Free Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Zero

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Zero Free Packt eBook by Dr. Richard Grimmett (valid through 11/08 at 19:00 EST). This book covers Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspbian, Python.

Publisher’s Description

Get started with the smallest, cheapest, and highest-utility Pi ever—Raspberry Pi Zero

Raspberry Pi Zero is half the size of Raspberry Pi A, only with twice the utility. At just three centimeters wide, it packs in every utility required for full-fledged computing tasks. This practical tutorial will help you quickly get up and running with Raspberry Pi Zero to control hardware and software and write simple programs and games. You will learn to build creative programs and exciting games with little or no programming experience. We cover all the features of Raspberry Pi Zero as you discover how to configure software and hardware, and control external devices. You will find out how to navigate your way in Raspbian, write simple Python scripts, and create simple DIY programs.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand how to initially download the operating system and set up Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Find out how to control the GPIO pins of Raspberry Pi Zero to control LED circuits
  • Get to grips with adding hardware to the GPIO to control more complex hardware such as motors
  • Add USB control hardware to control a complex robot with 12 servos
  • Include speech recognition so that projects can receive commands
  • Enable the robot to communicate with the world around it by adding speech output
  • Control the robot from a distance and see what the robot is seeing by adding wireless communication
  • Discover how to build a Robotic hand and a Quadcopter

About the Author

Dr. Richard Grimmett has been fascinated by computers and electronics from his very first programming project, which used Fortran on punch cards. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and a PhD in leadership studies. He also has 26 years of experience in the radar and telecommunications industries, and even has one of the original brick phones. He now teaches computer science and electrical engineering at Brigham Young University, Idaho, where his office is filled with his many robotics projects.

$9.99 Building a SharePoint 2016 Home Lab A How-To Reference on Simulating a Realistic SharePoint Testing Environment

Building a SharePoint 2016 Home Lab $9.99 Apress eBook by Stacy Simpkins. This book covers SharePoint 2016.

Publisher’s Description

  • Takes you step by step through the process of building your own SharePoint farm in a home lab setting, so you can create your own testing and learning environment, whether you’re a developer or administrator
  • Learn to build a windows domain and join servers to it, whether SharePoint or another technology such as Exchange Server
  • Written by a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in SharePoint

This book is a step-by-step guide to building your own SharePoint farm in a home lab setting. Learn how to build a windows domain and then join servers into the domain in order to create your own testing and learning environment. After you get the domain stood up, where you go from there is up to you. This book will help you learn how to spin up SharePoint in a least privileged fashion. This isn’t strictly a SharePoint book, though. For example, if you’re not a SharePoint professional and are just looking to create a working windows domain for other purposes; the home-lab domain that you’ll create will work great for Exam preparation for non-SharePoint purposes. You could even use it for learning how to install Exchange Server. After all, it’s your Home Lab domain. In this book you will build your home-lab domain and you’ll have a great place for learning how to administer SharePoint and develop SharePoint Apps. Here are just some of the tasks you’ll complete in easy to follow exercises:

  • Create a windows domain and a certificate authority, so that you can run SharePoint on SSL
  • Join servers to the domain and configure other technology on the member servers as needed
  • Install SQL Server, and correctly partition the server in accordance with best practices
  • Install and configure a SharePoint farm
  • Spin up Host Named Site Collections (HNSC’s)
  • Install and configure Visual Studio

Who This Book Is For:

This book is suitable for both developers and administrators. No technical knowledge is assumed beyond a general familiarity with computers and computing terminology. The resulting domain will be suitable for both IT and developer testing needs.

About the Author

Stacy Simpkins is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in SharePoint 2013. He has been working with Windows Server-based domains since 2005 and has been concentrating heavily on SharePoint since 2008. He holds numerous certifications (e.g. MCITP EA 2008 Server, MCSA Server 2012, MCITP SharePoint 2010, and many more). He’s worked with clients from various industries such as: the food industry, the legal industry, and the federal government. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning about technology, and taking in the occasional hockey game.

50% off OpenShift in Action

OpenShift in Action 50% off Manning’s eBook by Jamie Duncan, John Osborne. This book covers OpenShift.

Publisher’s Description

Enterprise infrastructure has a lot of moving parts, and it’s your job to keep everything running smoothly. OpenShift, an innovative enterprise infrastructure management system from RedHat, radically simplifies the day-to-day operation of deploying and maintaining large-scale applications. The OpenShift container management platform (CMP) uses Docker, Kubernetes, and other container-oriented technologies to ease cluster management, scaling, and upgrades. By providing an intuitive shell over established technologies, OpenShift gives you the reliability and stability you need with the ease of use you want.

About the book

OpenShift in Action teaches you how to set up and manage container-based infrastructure using OpenShift. You’ll explore the core concepts of containers from the ground up: from the kernel all the way through the application. You’ll use OpenShift workflows to deploy and scale container applications across multiple nodes. You’ll also deploy and troubleshoot a microservices-oriented OpenShift web app and learn to perform rolling application and a base-image upgrades. Along the way, you’ll also discover techniques for handling persistent storage and best practices for security and other fundamental tasks.

What’s inside

  • Creating and managing persistent storage
  • Scaling applications
  • Authentication and resource access
  • Continuous integration and deployment workflows
  • Application and cluster security
  • Managing software-defined networking
  • Troubleshooting best practices

About the reader

Written for operations engineers and developers with experience in a Linux-based distributed environment.

About the authors

Jamie Duncan is a Cloud Solutions Architect for Red Hat, focusing on large-scale OpenShift deployments.

John Osborne is a Lead Linux Container Architect for Red Hat with years of experience developing high-performance technologies using JBoss Middleware.

50% off CoreOS in Action Running Applications on Container Linux

CoreOS in Action 50% off Manning’s eBook by Matt Bailey. This book covers CoreOS, Linux, Docker.

Publisher’s Description

CoreOS in Action is a clear tutorial for deploying container-based systems on CoreOS Container Linux.

About the technology

Traditional Linux server distributions include every component required for anything you might be hosting, most of which you don’t need if you’ve containerized your apps and services. CoreOS Container Linux is a bare-bones distro with only the essential bits needed to run containers like Docker. Container Linux is a fast, secure base layer for any container-centric distributed application, including microservices. And say goodbye to patch scheduling; when Container Linux needs an update, you just hot-swap the whole OS.

About the book

CoreOS in Action is a clear tutorial for deploying container-based systems on CoreOS Container Linux. Inside, you’ll follow along with examples that teach you to set up CoreOS on both private and cloud systems, and to practice common sense monitoring and upgrade techniques with real code. You’ll also explore important container-aware application designs, including microservices, web, and Big Data examples with real-world use cases to put your learning into perspective.

What’s inside

  • Handling scaling and failures gracefully
  • Container-driven application designs
  • Cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployment
  • Smart logging and backup practices

About the reader

Written for readers familiar with Linux and the basics of Docker.

About the author

Matt Bailey is currently a technical lead at ZeniMax. He has worked in higher education and with scientific computing, medical, and networking technology companies, as well as a few startups. You can find him online via http://mdb.io.

50% off Linux in Action

Linux in Action 50% off Manning’s eBook by David Clinton. This book covers Linux.

Publisher’s Description

The Linux operating system powers millions of web servers, data centers, and application platforms worldwide. Whether you’re pushing applications to a cloud system like AWS, building a twitter bot on a Raspberry Pi, or rescuing files from a crashed laptop, Linux is required knowledge. The good news is that the same Linux command set will work for you no matter where you’re using it. The better news is that Linux skills have staying power, so what you learn about Linux now will probably still work in a decade or two. Bottom line? If you’re a developer, administrator, or just a weekend hacker, you need to know your way around the Linux command line. Let’s get started!

About the book

Linux in Action is a task-based tutorial that will give you the skills and deep understanding you’ll need to administer a Linux-based system. This hands-on book guides you through real-world projects so you can practice as you learn. You’ll learn critical techniques like virtualization, disaster recovery, infrastructure security, data backup, web servers, DevOps, and system troubleshooting. Plus, each chapter ends with a command-line review, list of security best practices, unfamiliar terms & definitions, and exercises to bring home the key takeaways!

What’s inside

  • Setting up a Linux environment suitable for safely experimenting with modern technologies
  • Managing secure remote connectivity
  • Securing a web server
  • Building a system recovery device
  • Securely sharing files within a local network and across the internet
  • Creating a VPN to safely connect to a server
  • Troubleshooting network and system performance issues
  • Making automated and reliable backup solutions

About the reader

Readers should be comfortable working with the files, networks, and basic resources of a modern operating system.

About the author

David Clinton is a Linux Server Professional with a long history of teaching IT subjects. He is the author of the Practical LPIC-1 Linux Certification Study Guide and Manning’s popular Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches.

Free Cybersecurity Threats: Ransomware

Cybersecurity Threats: Ransomware Free Pluralsight course (one week) by Richard Harpur. This course covers Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Indicators of Compromise.

Publisher’s Description

If you’re a developer, IT admin, project manager, or a user, ransomware impacts you. Learn to identify infection points, recover files without paying a ransom, defend against and respond to attacks, and pitfalls if you do pay.

Ransomware attacks have surged recently. You see all types of organizations and users impacted by this threat. It is estimated that ransomware will increase in frequency and impact in the coming months and years. In this course, Cybersecurity Threats: Ransomware, you’ll receive comprehensive knowledge of typical infection points where ransomware can get into your systems and understand the options you have to recover your encrypted files. First, you’ll discover what tools are available, many of them free, to help you recover a system that has suffered a ransomware attack. Next, you’ll explore what you need to be aware of if you decide to pay the ransom to avoid some pitfalls. Finally, you’ll learn how to defend your network and system and create an incident response plan to have at the ready should your systems be attacked. By the end of this course, you’ll have all the necessary skills and knowledge to manage the threat of ransomware.

About the Author

Richard Harpur has worked for over 20 years in various senior technology management roles from software engineer through to CIO. Richard was involved in deploying the first Card Not Present currency exchange solution (DCC) in the European Card Payment market in 2005, and was CIO of the first Irish software company to achieve the Business Continuity Management Certification ISO22301 in 2012. More recently Richard has been working as CIO for a software solution provider serving the largest US mortgage servicer, and is now spending his time managing IT risk and information security for a financial services multi-national.

Richard has been involved in ensuring all companies he works with attain and retain industry certification such as ISO27001, ISO22301, PCI DSS, and ITIL certifications. Richard is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and in his spare time he shares his opinions and insight on Information Security management on his blog www.richardharpur.com and on Twitter @rharpur.

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