Do you know some of the key IT Migration Challenges? Heard these?
These are just some of the key challenges around migrations, but by no means all! How can you start to address these challenges easily? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator can help, and the newest version has just launched.
So what is it?
Well, I’ve already talked about it before, way back when it was the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.1. As the name suggested, it focused pretty much on Vista, and that was it. MAP is much more than that.
“Microsoft Assessment and Planning is an integrated portal with a suite of automated tools and guidance to help your migration needs, from desktops to servers and now also include virtualisation. Its unique agent-less inventory technologies allow remote assessment of clients, servers, applications, devices and roles – all without deploying any software agents to the machines on your network. The auto-generation of readiness assessments and proposals makes it easier for you to prepare for your IT project planning process with more specific information about your existing environment than before. You can now take advantage of this multi-product assessment tool to help you get a quick assessment done in just an hour or so”
So, is it a tool just for technical people? No. It doesn’t just generate technical information, but it actually generates professional reports for the Business Decision Makers among you. See below as an example:
This particular report highlights the machines in your organisation that could run Windows Server 2008, with and without hardware upgrades. The same kind of reports are produced for Vista and Office too.
What other reports are generated?
Note - The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator will generate localised reports for Windows Vista migration, Office 2007 migration, and non-Windows devices if the Display Language, configured on the computer generating the reports is set to German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.
New features specifically in MAP 3.1 include:
So, where can you get it?
How much does it cost?
Nothing. Get it here.
Where can I read more info?
Baldwin’s MAP blog, specifically, this post all about MAP 3.1.
It’s come around pretty quickly, but already the 2nd meeting of the Microsoft Virtualisation User Group