UAT Beta for SCCM 2012 SP1; ALM Rangers TFS Word- Add-in; IE9 Xbox Dev Guide - Seven Important Security Updates for Oct Announced

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Upgrade Assessment Tool (UAT) Beta has been released to Microsoft Connect and provides administrative users with information that they can use to determine whether computers that are managed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.Features include:"Device driver compatibility information for installed peripheral devices […]

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Upgrade Assessment Tool (UAT) Beta has been released to Microsoft Connect and provides administrative users with information that they can use to determine whether computers that are managed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Features include:

  • "Device driver compatibility information for installed peripheral devices and reports that you can use to determine which device drivers must be upgraded to support the Windows operating system.
  • Information about which computers meet the recommended system requirements for Windows operating systems and to customize these requirements for your environments.
  • Summary reports that you can use to see an enterprise-wide view of operating system upgrade readiness.
  • Dynamic query-based collections for an operating system deployment. The collection query rules can be based on system requirements, application compatibility status, and device driver status," informs Microsoft.

ALM Rangers ships the first version 1.0.12.0622 of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in on Codeplex project page.

"The add-in allows you to import work items from a Team Foundation Server Team Project and generate professional-looking Word document from TFS Work items," Microsoft stated.

ALM Rangers ships the first version 1.0.12.0622 of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

Internet Explorer for Xbox Developer's Guide released today provides information about Internet Explorer for Xbox.

"It provides guidelines for developers to who want to optimize their site for Internet Explorer for Xbox. It contains design recommendations, and it describes some of the technical differences between Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer for Xbox," Microsoft informs.

Download the one-page Springboard series resource guide for Windows 8 to all the resources ITPro's need for Windows 8 on TechNet

"…one-page guide outlining the top resources for IT professionals interested in exploring, planning for, deploying, managing, and supporting Windows 8 as part of their IT infrastructure."

Springboard series resource guide for Windows 8

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In other Microsoft news, Advance Notification Service for October 2012 Security Bulletin announced today, will be releasing "seven bulletins, one Critical and six Important, which address 20 vulnerabilities."

"The Critical bulletin addresses vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word. While, the six Important-rated bulletins will address issues in Windows, Microsoft Office, and SQL Server," MSRC stated.

The affected products are Office, SharePoint Server, SQL Server and the Windows operating system, with one update marked as "critical".

This release will also address the issue in FAST Search Server first described in Security Advisory 2737111.

Microsoft releasing Seven Important Windows and Office Security Patches via October Security Updates

Though, Microsoft has already fixed the critical bugs in Internet Explorer a few weeks ago, but the online world continues to poke fun at what remains one of the most popular browsers on the Internet.