Baldwin and his team have done it again. Release after release they are adding great features into the free MAPs tool, making it even more of a must-use tool in planning and analysing for an infrastructure change. So, as a recap for those who are new to my blog, or who haven’t heard of the MAP tool before:
“Many of our customers do not know what computers are in their IT environment or what applications have been deployed. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 makes it easier for customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. MAP also provides specific and actionable IT proposals and reports to help customers get the most value out of Microsoft products and infrastructure. Over 510,000 Microsoft customers and partners have already used MAP and its prior versions including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Continental Airlines, and Banque de Luxembourg.”
Pretty popular then! Plus it’s free to download, so it doesn’t cost you anything to try it, and as a Partner, it may be a great addition alongside any of your current assessment tools, like VMware Capacity Planner, or PlateSpin’s PowerRecon.
MAP is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier for our customers to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Forefront/NAP, and Microsoft Online Services migration, as well as providing a Power Savings assessment to help customers “go green.”
In summary, MAP 3.2 assessment areas now include:
Download Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 (RTM Bits)