Yea, I know this really isn't SMS/MOM/System Center specific but it's pretty cool no matter what Microsoft technology you're planning on rolling out.
So as you plan your migration to any of Microsoft’s latest OS and Office solutions, how great would it be to get a quick and accurate assessment of how best to use our technology with the hardware and software you have today? Want to know whether your current hardware is ready for Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista? Need server consolidation and workload placement recommendations for Hyper-V or Virtual Server 2005 R2? How about an application virtualization candidate recommendation report for Microsoft Application Virtualization? With the new Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP) tool you can do that and more, all from a single box on your network - no client agent required. If you’re interested in learning more, I included the official intro and a link below:
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP) is the expanded version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment solution accelerator (WVHA). This new version of the network-wide assessment tool gives you not only the original capability of hardware inventory and assessment for desktops, but also expanded features including server migration recommendation with Windows Server 2008, virtualization workload placements for server consolidation with Hyper-V or Virtual Server 2005 R2, and application virtualization recommendations with Microsoft Application Virtualization.
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool is based on agent-less infrastructure scanning technology that makes it easier to set up the inventory without the requirement of installing any software agents on each machine being inventoried. In addition, this tool can generate localized desktop readiness reports in North American English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.
To continue reading and to download the tool, visit http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx.
J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer