I tend to discuss the MAP tool fairly frequently in meetings with customers as it's a great - FREE - tool for helping you with planning for migrations and deployments.

In a posting from last Friday the MAP team announced an upcoming open beta of the next version of MAP 3.2.

In a nut shell the new functionality will include:

  1. SQL Server migration assessment - advanced features including instances inventory and SKU/version identification
  2. Microsoft Online Services survey-assessments for onboarding/migration
  3. Green IT/Power Management calculations
  4. Server virtualization assessments including Host/Guest relationship inventory of existing physical/virtual environments

Follow this link to join the beta MAP Toolkit 3.2 Beta Program today.  They plan to release the beta downloads in October 2008.

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