Updated Windows Phone Store Badge and SQL Data Sync Preview; System Center MP for AD FS; Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 Now Available!

Microsoft's Windows Phone Store badge refresh, now provides official branding assets to help you market your Windows Phone app, and help your customers find it."The refreshed badge comes at an exciting time for Windows Phone: over the past month we've been moving to the new Windows Phone Store infrastructure; last week we added 13 new […]

Windows Phone Store Badge Update Released

Microsoft's Windows Phone Store badge refresh, now provides official branding assets to help you market your Windows Phone app, and help your customers find it.

"The refreshed badge comes at an exciting time for Windows Phone: over the past month we've been moving to the new Windows Phone Store infrastructure; last week we added 13 new developer markets (bringing the supported developer country count to 191 countries!); BUILD is less than two weeks away; and the Windows Phone 8 release is coming up fast," Microsoft posted.

Developers can get Windows Store badge here.

October service update for SQL Data Sync Preview released today let users create multiple Sync Servers under a single Windows Azure subscription.

With this feature, "users intending to create multiple sync groups with sync group hubs in different regions will enjoy performance improvement in data synchronization by provisioning the corresponding Sync Server in the same region where the hub is," Microsoft explained.

Download the new Agent from Download Center.

System Center Management Pack for Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) available today monitors events that the AD FS 2.0 Windows service records in the AD FS 2.0 event logs, and it monitors the performance data that the AD FS 2.0 performance counters collect.

It also monitors the overall health of the AD FS 2.0 system and the federation passive application, and it provides alerts for critical issues and warning issues.

This management pack includes monitoring of the following core components: token issuance, token acceptance, artifact service, websites, trust management, certificate rollover, and Windows Internal Database synchronization.

This MP is now available at the download center and in the MP catalog.

Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 a.k.a. IntelliPoint or IntelliType Pro Released

Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 (aka IntelliPoint or IntelliType Pro) now available to download and helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC.

"You can tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style. Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps. View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place," Microsoft stated.

"Explore features with pop-up descriptive and "how-to" InfoTips. Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library. Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on your computer."

Available in 13 language to download (Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0) in both 32 and 64 bit versions here.

Exchange 2010 includes a feature called Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC) mode that is designed to prevent split brain at the database level during switchback procedures that are being performed after a datacenter switchover has occurred.

"One of the side benefits of enabling DAC mode is that it enables you to use the built-in recovery cmdlets to perform the datacenter switchover and switchback," Microsoft stated.

To use the tool, simply download it and open it in PowerPoint. Make sure use only the buttons that are available on the screen. The tool will walk you through the correct questions, in the correct order, and provide feedback on the commands to execute and their verification.

The location of the tool is here.

Update 10/21: Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.0 for SQL Server now supports JRE 7. "If you have applications running against JRE 6 (or 5) and roll them forward to execute against JRE7, the Microsoft JDBC driver is now fully supported," Microsoft announced.

  • "This is valid only for the latest Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.0 for SQL Server;
  • This change requires no driver refresh, which means that if you already have the Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.0 for SQL Server deployed, you are good to go;
  • The driver does not support the JDK 7, which means that, if you recompile your application against Java7, you will experience compilation errors. This announcement is only for runtime execution," informs Microsoft.