While at its Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 event, Microsoft announced the latest release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, which helps an organization quickly get a picture of its IT environment -- identifying servers, workstations, and network devices via an agentless process. What with Microsoft announcing Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Hyper-V R2, it makes sense to update the company's readiness and capacity planning tool to prepare for new migration projects.
Microsoft said MAP 4.0 performs key functions that include hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis, and the generation of actionable, environment-specific IT proposals for migration. The company claims over 690,000 customers and partners have already downloaded and used this toolkit to date.
Users have been able to shave a lot of time off their virtualization projects because the toolkit removes a lot of the manual labor involved with the inventory and assessments of servers. MAP 4.0 is handy when gathering information necessary to make the business case for virtualization projects and for providing environment-specific upgrade recommendations and virtualization candidate reports.
Version 4.0 of the toolkit provides a list of new features, including:
- Virtualization candidates assessment for Hyper-V and Hyper-V R2 server consolidation
- Integration with the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI calculator
- Inventory of VMware Server hosts and guests
- App-V Infrastructure Readiness Assessment
- Power savings "Green IT" calculator
You can download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit from Microsoft's Web site; and yes, it is still free.