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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 5.5 RTM / Final Release

January 17, 2011 1 comment

Microsoft Assesment and Planning toolkit

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit  5.5 is available and can be downloaded from Microsoft site. It is really great, and free tool from Microsoft.

It is a powerful inventory, assessment and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations and virtualization without the use of any software agents.

Ok, for which scenarios can this tool be useful?

In many, many, many scenarios. Let’s see:

Agentless inventory -  tool collects system resources and device information  from computers in your environment. Tool doesn’t require installation of any kind of agent on computers. MAP uses technologies already available such as WMI, Remote Registry Service, Active Directory Domain Services and Computer Browser service.

Compatibility and readiness analysis – it performs analysis of hardware and device compatibility for Windows 7,  Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Office 2010. It also provides database and web application readiness for Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

Virtualization consolidation recommendation – MAP analyses servers which you plan to virtualize (P2V) and compare those results with results it collected from potential Hyper-V hosts. Based on those comparison and analysis it identifies right candidates for virtualization and suggests placing of virtual machines on physical servers.

And what’s new in version 5.5?

  • Windows Azure platform assessment for easier migration to the cloud
  • Heterogeneous database discovery for accelerated migration to SQL Server
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer migration assessment for migration to Windows 7 compatible versions
  • Enhanced server consolidation capabilities help save time and effort when creating virtualization assessments and proposals

To conclude MAP is free, very useful tool which has many great functions, and just some of them were described here. For more information see Technet.