A few months back I posted about our new Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator and this month we're hosting a live webcast on how to leverage it in your Windows Server 2008 migration.  This is one of those tools that really applies to many difference aspects of your infrastructure so while it's not specific to what I usually blog about here I think you'll find it informative.  Details and a registration link are below:

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Language(s): English.

Product(s): Windows Server 2008.

Audience(s): Technology Decision Maker.

Duration: 60 Minutes

Start Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Event Overview

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP) is a tool that helps make it easy for you to assess your current IT infrastructure to migrate to Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Microsoft virtualization technologies. The tool performs three key functions: hardware inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness assessment reporting that include upgrade candidates, specific hardware upgrade requirements and migration guidance. MAP is an agentless tool that finds computers on a network and performs a detailed inventory of those computers. Using the inventory data, MAP assesses and reports whether the computers (desktops or servers) can be migrated to Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. This includes assessment of hardware compatibility, device driver availability, and recommendations for hardware upgrades that may be required. The tool also includes features for gathering performance metrics from the computers you are considering for consolidation using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 (future version will support Hyper-V). Using the performance metrics and a model virtual server host computer, you can generate reports that recommend placement of the physical servers in a virtual server environment.

Presenter: Baldwin Ng, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Baldwin Ng is the senior product manager for the Microsoft Solution Accelerators Core Engineering team. He works with Microsoft customers, partners, and product teams, including Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, SoftGrid, and others, to build world-class solution accelerators for IT professionals and consultants. His current projects include Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.1, Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0, Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators, and other incubation projects. Baldwin frequently speaks at technology events, including Tech·Ed, IT Forum, Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft MVP Summit, SMB Nation, TechReady, and other technical conferences. Baldwin has more than 15 years of product management and development experience in the high-tech industry. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated from the University of Rochester with master's and bachelor's of science degrees in engineering.
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J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer