As I am preparing to do a session about some of our System Center Products. I thought by myself why not share it and blog about one topics I will talk about.
So are you busy designing or managing Exchange 2003 or MOM 2005 then this is a product you really will like. System Center Capacity Planner 2006 (SCCP) is all about pre-sizing or planning the capacity of Exchange 2003 or MOM 2005 infrastructures.
You all know how hard it can be to create the requirements for such an infrastructure, well there is good new SCCP 2006 will make this much much easier. Let's take a look at the pre-sizing tool.
First of all you will enter your organizational data like how many branch offices, how much users at each office, which is your preferred hardware and so on.
Next SCCP will compute the Recommended architecture. You can from here run a simulation to see which load each server or other components will have.
You can now use this recommended architecture as a bill of material to create/ask a proposal. The tool is easy to use and has a Visio like interface. Once you are happy with the architecture you can export it to Excel or Visio.
Now presume that you have deployed the recommended architecture and that your manager is asking you to give him a report about what the impact should be if there where 1000 new users to add into for example the Exchange organization. How would you do this today? Use your own calculation or just guessing? Not with SCCP anymore you open the architecture previously saved and start make changes to the architecture.
Using SCCP as a capacity planner let's you do some what-if analysis, what will the server load be if we added 1000 users, what would happen with the required bandwidth for the remote sites and so on. It is a real powerful tool that is based on best practices from bot the Exchange and the MOM team. Because the tool know's which roles and how much resource each role takes under certain situations you have the option to consolidate the servers.
So you've added the new site with a 1000 users and simulated the impact of those changes, you will have a report to submit to your manager which will actually help him defend the additional budget he needs for to add the new site to the Exchange architecture.
And because SCCP runs on a stand alone machine it is really easy to use this product. No need to deploy on the test or production environment.
Do you want to know more about this product? Check out this Webcast : Introducing System Center Capacity Planner 2006
We also created a flash based demo where you can see how the products works: System Center Capacity Planner Demo
In the next wave of products we will add suport for Exchange 2007, Operations Manager 2007 and 64 bit.