Free Microsoft eBooks for IT Professionals from Microsoft
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Free Microsoft eBooks for IT Professionals from Microsoft

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Found 13th Jul
Eric Ligman (Microsoft Director of Sales Excellence) does an annual giveaway of eBooks on many Microsoft products / services and products. Yes this is a shameless bit of promotion of Microsoft but the reality is that anyone in IT (or just the working world in general) will need to use Microsoft products so here is some free information about how they work and what they can be used for so you can look smarter than your colleagues.

Yes, this is designed to get you to buy more of their services.
Yes, the books are written as if Microsoft is the best thing since sliced bread (which is pretty damn awesome when you think about it).
Yes, Windows will crash from time to time and lose your work / scare your cat.
Yes, Linux / MacOS / open source projects can be better than Microsoft depending on the context and no I don't want to hear about your Arch system that you built from scratch that is SOO much better than anything else.
No, I don't work for Microsoft.

In case the 'Get Deal' link doesn't work the URL is blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mss…po/ (thanks R39R0)

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thanks! grabbed a few

So...where's the link?

After a Google of the guy's name and eBook giveaway it led me to a blog post with all of the links.

The Get Deal link just goes to the MS Store.

Thanks.

Thanks! Some very useful books in there. There is a PowerShell script at the bottom of the page that you can use to download all available books without having to download each one manually.

R37R0

OP I am guessing that you are referring to this page … OP I am guessing that you are referring to this page https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/largest-free-microsoft-ebook-giveaway-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepo/



Better, thanx.

And OP too. :-)

ezepze

Thanks! Some very useful books in there. There is a PowerShell script at … Thanks! Some very useful books in there. There is a PowerShell script at the bottom of the page that you can use to download all available books without having to download each one manually.



Maybe it's my phone, I don't know?.

But I can't see it ... :-(

Can you send a link to it for me please?. :-)

As with anything Microsoft, it's a good idea to read with your eyes open!

Generally, their way is to try and lock you in, so that you suddenly find your open systems are dependent upon Active Directory or .NET; there appears to be some good stuff there, but just beware of getting sucked in to the Microsoft way!

amour3k

Maybe it's my phone, I don't know?.But I can't see it ... :-(Can you send … Maybe it's my phone, I don't know?.But I can't see it ... :-(Can you send a link to it for me please?. :-)



Here you go. I have tried and it works.

mssmallbiz.com/eri…txt

(or search for "Download All button" on the page.)

Original Poster

R37R0

OP I am guessing that you are referring to this page … OP I am guessing that you are referring to this page https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/largest-free-microsoft-ebook-giveaway-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepo/


Thanks for this - I went to edit the URL and it was correct - weird. Have tried to save the correct URL again.

Have some heat. Excellent find.

cheers

Will grab a few

And if you want them all. Save your time by doing this
Open Powershell and enter the code:
############################
$dest = "C:\Downloads\ebooks\" 
 
# Download the source list of books 
$downLoadList = "http://ligman.me/2sZVmcG" 
$bookList = Invoke-WebRequest $downLoadList 
 
# Convert the list to an array 
[string[]]$books = "" 
$books = $bookList.Content.Split("`n") 
# Remove the first line - it's not a book 
$books = $books[1..($books.Length -1)] 
$books # Here's the list 
 
# Download the books 
foreach ($book in $books) { 
    $hdr = Invoke-WebRequest $book -Method Head 
    $title = $hdr.BaseResponse.ResponseUri.Segments[-1] 
    $title = [uri]::UnescapeDataString($title) 
    $saveTo = $dest + $title 
    Invoke-WebRequest $book -OutFile $saveTo 


Done.

DawDaws1216 m ago

And if you want them all. Save your time by doing thisOpen Powershell and …And if you want them all. Save your time by doing thisOpen Powershell and enter the code:############################$dest = "C:\Downloads\ebooks\"  # Download the source list of books $downLoadList = "http://ligman.me/2sZVmcG" $bookList = Invoke-WebRequest $downLoadList  # Convert the list to an array [string[]]$books = "" $books = $bookList.Content.Split("`n") # Remove the first line - it's not a book $books = $books[1..($books.Length -1)] $books # Here's the list  # Download the books foreach ($book in $books) {     $hdr = Invoke-WebRequest $book -Method Head     $title = $hdr.BaseResponse.ResponseUri.Segments[-1]     $title = [uri]::UnescapeDataString($title)     $saveTo = $dest + $title     Invoke-WebRequest $book -OutFile $saveTo } Done.


Did you just assume my C drive? What if it's X. You don't know what my drive identifies as. You people.

dkl_uk

Did you just assume my C drive? What if it's X. You don't know what my … Did you just assume my C drive? What if it's X. You don't know what my drive identifies as. You people.



Rename it?

For beginners: If you want to download all of the eBooks then click here blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mss…po/ In the How To Download All Ebooks section scroll down to Alternative 2 and download the file (right click, save as) which will download in a.txt file format. Once downloaded just edit the file extension to .ps1 right click and Run with PowerShell. PowerShell will begin downloading to C:\Downloads\ebooks
If you get red errors everywhere then manaully create C:\Downloads\ebooks and try again. Or even specify your own download destination in the .txt file.Total size 3.43GB












Edited by: "H0THEAD" 14th Jul

Thanks some good ones available there

dkl_uk

Did you just assume my C drive? What if it's X. You don't know what my … Did you just assume my C drive? What if it's X. You don't know what my drive identifies as. You people.


https://i.imgflip.com/j214c.jpg

I don't think his list
ligman.me/2sZ…mcG
is the full list of titles, also they're in epub format, which isn't particularly useful, I prefer pdfs (which some are) also one of the published 'books' is actually just a link to a web page! Some are docx!
Easier to download the ones you actually want individually
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