Understanding how many of your network's systems are Vista and Office 2007 ready is vital before you can even think about taking the plunge and updating your SOE to the latest and greatest in desktop software. Typically, gathering this information would require the use of a configuration management tool such as SMS to collect and report the hardware inventory from across your network. Fine if you've installed SMS and configured inventory reporting, but otherwise what can you do to accelerate this discovery process??

Enter the snappily titled "Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator 2.0". Available for download free of charge, this utility provides a secure and agentless inventory of up to 25,000 systems and reports on the findings - identifying which systems are ready for Windows Vista, which ones require minor hardware upgrades and highlighting others which may be too costly to upgrade.  (RH)