First thing you’re thinking is, ‘What’s a Community Technical Preview?’ Well, I’m not actually 100% sure to be honest, but I think it’s pre-beta, but not too far off beta, if you know what I mean :-) As always, I could be wrong! :)
Anyway, if you’re not familiar with MAP, in a nutshell, MAP is designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. MAP provides a quick and complete inventory of the current IT environment of any organization, hardware and device compatibility assessment, and actionable reporting of recommended hardware upgrades for migration.
What does that mean in terms of technologies?
OK, all that stuff was in MAP 4.0 – what’s new in MAP 5.0?
So, with MAP 5.0, you’ve gained an ever greater level of insight around the desktop space, with Office 2010 capabilities, along with more non-Microsoft platform integration. The fact that you can now inventory Linux and Unix, as well as VMware, is a powerful addition, and reinforces Microsoft’s push to embrace non-Windows OS’s through both virtualisation on Hyper-V, but also through monitoring and management with System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.
Register for the MAP Toolkit 5.0 CTP and download