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Refreshed Windows Dev Center; Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack, Calculator

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A new ovehaul of the Windows Dev Center launched on May 15, brings the following key improvements:

  • “Navigation aligned with the development lifecycle
  • Updates to key landing pages, with more visual appeal and interactivity
  • A “Design” section for Windows Store apps that is more comprehensive, easy to use, and discoverable
  • A new “Market” section for Windows Store apps that includes tips for marketing apps, evaluating telemetry data, and passing app certification.
  • New cross-site navigation
  • An experience that matches the personality of Windows and is aligned with Windows online,” explains Microsoft.

Overhaul Windows Dev Center

In other news, Microsfot Windows XP, which is set to bidding a farewell–as the company ending support for it on April 8, 2014-today, receives a formal warning from Microsoft reminding that “XP would go dark in less than one year, so no other updates would be provided.”

“What does end of support mean? It means no security updates. No free or paid assisted support options, and no updates to online content. Using new hardware and software will become increasingly difficult and incompatible,” Microsoft wrote.

Also, the Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack (SCOM MP) is now live! at the Microsoft Download Center.

“This means updates to Exchange 2013 (like our cumulative updates), will include changes to the probes, monitors, and responders. Any issues that Managed Availability cannot solve are bubbled up to SCOM via an event monitor,” Microsoft stated.

Microsoft also released Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator, that brings the followng improvements:

  • “You can now specify the Witness Server location, either primary, secondary, or tertiary datacenter.
  • The calculator allows you to simulate WAN failures, so that you can see how the databases are distributed during the worst failure mode.
  • The calculator allows you to name servers and define a database prefix which are then used in the deployment scripts.
  • The distribution algorithm supports single datacenter HA deployments, Active/Passive deployments, and Active/Active deployments.
  • The calculator includes a PowerShell script to automate DAG creation.
  • In the event you are deploying your high availability architecture with direct attached storage, you can now specify the maximum number of database volumes each server will support. For example, if you are deploying a server architecture that can support 24 disks, you can specify a maximum support of 20 database volumes (leaving 2 disks for system, 1 disk for Restore Volume, and 1 disks as a spare for AutoReseed),” explains Exchange team.

You can download the new Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator here.

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