Ned here. You probably already knew this, but better late than never. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 has been released. What is it good for and how does it work?

  • Assessment & Readiness - Windows 7 readiness, Windows Vista Hardware Assessment, 2007 Office Assessment, Windows Server 2008 R2 Readiness, Windows Server 2008 Readiness, Power Savings Assessment, Security Assessment, Application Virtualization Assessment
  • Discovery & Inventory - SQL Server, Windows Server Roles, Virtual Machine Inventory
  • Server Consolidation -  Inventory, Performance, Virtual Machine Analysis, ROI Calculator
  • Agentless - no software to install on your surveyed computers (Woohoo - nothing to install on targets!)
  • Computer discovery methods - Active Directory, NetBIOS browsing, computer names from a file, scan an IP address range, or manually enter computer names

If you just want to check a few Win7 computers for readiness though, avoid the overkill above and just grab Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

The price on both? Free, baby, free. Lots more info here. Go now, before we change our minds and charge you the millions it's worth.

- Ned 'Giveaway' Pyle