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Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator for Windows Server 2008

Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator for Windows Server 2008

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Assess Infrastructure Readiness for OS Migration and Virtualization with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator!

No IT project can be successful unless the specific network environment is well understood.  To help IT professionals and Microsoft Partners solve common migration issues and assist them in planning their virtualization efforts, the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team is proud to announce the release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator in support of the Windows Server 2008 Launch Wave.

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The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (or MAP) is the next-generation version of the agent-less assessment platform from Microsoft. In this new version, MAP has an improved user interface and expanded its capabilities into areas of server migration and virtualization assessments while retaining all of the features found in its predecessor – the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment (WVHA) tool.  Assessment areas covered in MAP include:

•            Server Migration Reports and Proposals (Windows Server 2008)

•            Server Consolidation Reports and Proposals (Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V soon)

•            Application Virtualization Assessment Reports (Microsoft Application Virtualization, formerly SoftGrid)

•            Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 Hardware Assessment Reports and Proposals

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The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator performs three key functions - including hardware and device inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness reporting.

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MAP is based upon an agent-less infrastructure scanning technology that allows users to conduct a network inventory of their servers, desktops, applications, and devices - all without installing any software agents on each machine being assessed. This tool has the ability to discover machines within Active-Directory managed domains and forests as well as workgroups.

With the new user interface and enterprise-scale inventory engine, users can generate multiple technology migration reports and proposals for their OS migration and virtualization projects in a matter of hours.

Additionally, MAP can generate localized desktop readiness reports in 7 languages including N. American English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Fast and Zero-Touch. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator provides secure network-wide assessment of a typical environment in a matter of hours instead of days, all without the deployment of any software agents on each inventoried machines.

Saves Pre-Sales and Planning Time. For most IT consultants and Microsoft Partners, a detailed network inventory and assessment of servers and desktops would typically take days of manual labor.  With MAP, they can now drastically reduce the time it takes for the same inventory to a matter of hours; allowing them more time to focus their efforts on critical pre-sales engagement tasks.  For IT professionals, it significantly reduces the time it takes to gather the information to make the business case for client and server migration as well as for their upcoming virtualization projects.

Actionable Recommendations and Reporting. MAP offers valuable inventory and readiness assessment reports with specific upgrade recommendations and virtualization candidate reports that make it easier for IT migration and deployment projects to get off the ground and running.

From Desktops to Servers. MAP provides technology assessment and planning recommendations for many Microsoft products including Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Application Virtualization (SoftGrid), Terminal Services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, and more.

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Try the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator now and spread the word to your customers and partners today!

· Download Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

· Get Marketing BOM including PowerPoint Decks, Datasheets and Customer-Ready Email Announcement for this release

· Try Hands on Lab

· Listen to TechNet, Partner Readiness and Academy Live webcasts

· Read Team Blog

· Join the TechNet Forum Community

· MAP is a member of a rich family of Server and Virtualization Solution Accelerators.

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We would like to thank all of the project stakeholders for their contribution and review:

Zane Adam, Brad Anderson, Rajiv Arunkundram, Chase Carpenter, Stella Chernyak, Bret Clark, Lewis Curtis, David Driftmier, Rebecca Duffy, Justin Engelland, David Greschler, Arun Jayendran, Norm Judah, Michael Kaczmarek, Bob Kelly, Bruce Kember, Robert Larson, Kim Leader, Stewart MacLeod, Carissa Matelich, Mike Mitchell, Marc Monday, Jeff Newfeld, Baldwin Ng, Shai Ofek, Tom Ollerenshaw, Perry Owen, Beth Petry, Rob Polly, Don Paterson, Laura Pritchard, Omer Qureshi, Bill Reid, Michael Del Sarto, Jay Sauls, Sandrine Skinner, Allen Stewart, David Thompson, Erwin Visser, Todd Wanke, Craig Wilson, Gilbert Wong, Jeff Woolsey, Frank Zakrajsek.

Special kudos go to the entire SA-Core Engineering team who have made this release possible!

Get Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0

Download MAP and learn more about it on TechNet.


Download Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization Solution Accelerators

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides

Windows Server 2008 Security Guide

Microsoft Deployment


Visit the Solution Accelerators Home Page

See the full catalog of Solution Accelerators here.  And, join a variety of beta programs today (Live ID required).


Join the Field Community and Get Help

MAP Technical Talk DL

MAP Field Core Team DL

For Technical Feedback, please contact us at MAP Feedback

For Product Marketing, Field and Partner Readiness questions, please email Baldwin Ng


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