Have you ever wanted a tool that would allow you to evaluate the impact of Microsoft OS Security updates on your environment, including on in-house applications? Over the past few years, Microsoft has worked on just such a tool, which was quietly released in 2007.
This tool, which was initially called the Update Impact Analyzer was shipped in the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.0 with the official name being the Update Compatibility Evaluator (UCE).
· Public ACT 5.0 webpage: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905102.aspx
· Direct link to the MSI file: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=24DA89E9-B581-47B0-B45E-492DD6DA2971
Update Compatibility Evaluator (UCE): Provides insight and guidance about the potential effects of a Windows operating system security update on your installed applications. The UCE dynamically gathers application dependencies and is deployable to both your servers and client computers in either a production or test environment. The compatibility evaluator collects information about the modules loaded, the files opened, and the registry entries accessed by the applications currently running on the computers and writes that information to XML files uploaded to the ACT database.