Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are just around the corner and if you are thinking of deploying these two MAP-Logonew OS releases you need some good planning tools.  If you are thinking of this then make sure you have a look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta.

MAP Toolkit 4.0 Beta – What is it?

MAP Toolkit 4.0 is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for you to quickly identify what servers, workstations and network devices are in your environment.  There is no agent that has to be installed on target machines and it’s able to discover all computers in Active Directory and in workgroup environments.  MAP can get hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis and generate actions that are environment specific to help with migration to the latest Microsoft technologies.

What’s New in MAP 4.0 Beta?MAP-UI-4-0-beta

  • Windows 7 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V R2 Server Consolidations
  • Integration with the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Calculator
  • Inventory of VMware Server Hosts and Guests
  • User Interface and Proposal Customization for Partner Co-Branding
  • Enhanced Usability and Improved Inventory Performance

Additional Features  - Carried over from version 3.2

  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V Server Consolidation
  • Windows Vista Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • 2007 Microsoft Office Readiness Assessment
  • SQL Server Instance Discovery
  • Desktop Security Assessment for Anti-virus and Anti-malware Programs Installation
  • Forefront Client Security/NAP Readiness Assessment
  • Online Services (Exchange Online) Assessment
  • App-V Infrastructure Readiness Assessment
  • Power Savings “Green IT” Calculator

So as we get closer to the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 you need to start to think about what you have in your environment and get a good inventory before you start your migration projects.  MAP 4.0 Toolkit Beta can provide you with a great way to get this information.

So make sure you head over to the MAP Site on TechNet to download the Beta!

Jeffa