Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), the evolved version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool. MAP is an inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can simplify your migration to the following: Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2, SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (formerly SoftGrid), Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Online Services, Forefront/NAP.
MAP is agentless, so you don't have to install software agents on all your computers before using it. You can use it in small, medium, or large environments.
MAP's hardware assessment looks at the installed hardware and determines if migration is recommended. If it isn't recommended, the reports tell you why not.
MAP's device assessment looks at the devices installed on a computer and reports availability of drivers for those devices. Device assessment is provided for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista migration scenarios.
If you're interested in server consolidation and virtualization through technologies such as Hyper-V or Virtual Server 2005 R2, MAP helps to gather performance metrics and generate server consolidation recommendations that identify the candidates for server virtualization and how the physical servers might be placed in a virtualized environment.
MAP generates reports containing both summary and detailed assessment results in both Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word documents. Reports are generated for the following: