There is a new site to help you grow in your IT Pro career: Microsoft Thrive.

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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

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By Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams
ISBN: 9780735693371

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

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Sign up to download the entire e-book (PDF, 14.4 MB).

Also: (note nifty use of (nested) parens)

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