Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3; UR3 SBS 2011 Standard/UR6 for SBS 2008; DirectX Graphics Development Resources with Visual Studio 2012 Available Now!

Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) released today with the following new features and capabilities included. In order to support these newly added features, "there will be a requirement for customers to update their Active Directory schema," the Exchange team posted. "We are communicating the required changes ahead of the release date in order […]

Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) released today with the following new features and capabilities included. In order to support these newly added features, "there will be a requirement for customers to update their Active Directory schema," the Exchange team posted.

"We are communicating the required changes ahead of the release date in order to assist our customers with planning their upgrade path ahead of time."

Here are the new feautres:

  • "Coexistence with Exchange 2013: Customers that want to introduce Exchange Server 2013 into their existing Exchange 2010 infrastructure will need the coexistence changes shipping in SP3.
  • Support for Windows Server 2012: With Service Pack 3, you will have the ability to install and deploy Exchange Server 2010 on machines running Windows Server 2012.
  • Customer Requested Fixes: All fixes contained within update rollups released prior to Service Pack 3 will also be contained within SP3. Details of our regular Exchange 2010 release rhythm can be found in Exchange 2010 Servicing," the team informed.

Microsoft also rolled out Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Uupdate Rollup 3 and Windows Small Business Server 2008 Update Rollup 6 updates.

You can read about the issues these rollup addresses and obtain these updates in KB2729100.

Visual Studio 2012 includes several new features for developing and debugging applications that use DirectX. Microsoft posted blog post containing links to references and resources to get you started with these new features.

"You don't need a separate DirectX SDK download - the DirectX SDK is now part of the Windows SDK, and the Windows 8 SDK is included in Visual Studio 2012," Microsoft posted.

"You do need a retail version of Visual Studio 2012 to use the Visual Studio Graphics Debugging and Graphics Asset tools."

"You can write and build apps that use DirectX with Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 or Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop, or any of the retail versions of Visual Studio 2012 (Professional, Premium, and Ultimate)," Microsoft said.

If you have projects that were using the DirectX SDK, check out "Where is the DirectX SDK?" to learn how to use these projects with Visual Studio 2012.

Check out the DirectX samples on the MSDN Samples Gallery for both Windows Store and desktop apps.

Resources:

For using DirectX in Windows Store Apps:

Compiling and using HLSL files:

Visual Studio DirectX Graphics Diagnostics:

Tools for Graphics Assets:

Videos: