I will keep harping on about this tool as the more I use it in projects and work activities the more I think its brilliant! I have been chatting to Baldwin over in the MS MAP team. This tool is just one of these essential little gadgets that just get you from A-Z quickly and cuts a lot of that red tape!

Also to let yo know that the team have a blog http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/ I will add a link down on my links section soon!

Check the tool out below and have a read of the following also!

http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/01/26/announcing-microsoft-assessment-and-planning-beta-refresh.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/archive/2008/01/22/test.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/archive/2008/01/22/microsoft-announcing-virtualization-solution-accelerators-for-upcoming-windows-server-2008-launch.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/archive/2008/01/26/microsoft-assessment-and-planning-deep-dive-series-part-1-agent-less-discovery.aspx

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Getting Ready for Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization!

BETA UPDATEMicrosoft Assessment and Planning (MAP 3.0)

The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Core Engineering team is pleased to announce the release of the MAP Beta Refresh. It is now ready for your test drive. Please download the tool today and give us your valuable feedback.  MAP is target to RTM on February 27, 2008.
To encourage real-time feedback with our development team, we will set up a few weekly Live Meeting conference calls, please email us at MAPSBETA@microsoft.com to sign up.
Please read on if you want to learn more about this tool (original announcement attached).
Thank you!
MAP Team

 

=========== ORIGINAL MAP BETA ANNOUNCEMENT ============

Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0 Beta Program
Are your customers’ existing servers and desktops capable of running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista?

Do your customers and partners wish to quickly determine if their infrastructure is ready for Microsoft's virtualization technologies such as Virtual Server 2005 R2, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and Microsoft Application Virtualization (SoftGrid)? Look no further.

The new Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Solution Accelerator will help your customers and partners solve many of their assessment and planning problems through automated multi-technology network-wide inventory and assessment. MAP is one of the members of the Virtualization Solution Accelerators suite.

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The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (or MAP) is the expanded version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment (WVHA) released in February 2007. In this new version, MAP is expanding into new areas of server-side assessments, virtualization recommendations while retaining the WVHA functionalities.

In addition, the graphical user interface is brand new as well to accommodate more features and functionalities for this release and future ones.

Key Assessment Proposals and Reports
WVHA is known for its powerful assessments and report-generation capabilities and MAP is no different. Here's a short list of documents that MAP can generate for a specific network environment:

  • Server Migration Reports and Proposals (Windows Server 2008)
  • Server Consolidation Reports and Proposals (Windows Server Virtualization)
  • Application Virtualization Infrastructure Assessment Reports (Microsoft Application Virtualization, formerly SoftGrid)
  • Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office Hardware Assessment Reports and Proposals
  • Server Roles and Non-Windows Machines Inventory and more

In addition, this tool can generate desktop readiness reports in N. American English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.


Microsoft Assessment and Planning is based on agent-less infrastructure scanning technology developed by the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team. It makes it easier for users to set up the network-wide inventory remotely and securely without installing any software agents on each machine being inventoried. Zero foot print and agentless.

First, by connecting a computer with the MAP application, the user with the correct network and local PC credentials can then inventory and assess the readiness of the servers, clients, devices and applications for various migration and virtualization scenarios. Since no agents are used, set-up of MAP is very easy.
Upon successful inventory and/or performance gathering, MAP will generate the user-specified assessment reports and proposals in the form of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word documents. The proposals are typically targeted for Business Decision Makers and Technical Decision Makers in an organization; while the detailed reports are tailored for IT implementers including desktop and infrastructure administrators and IT consultants.

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Underlying Technologies
MAP leverages Microsoft technologies including:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Win32 Networking Protocols
  • Internet Protocol (IP) Range Scanning
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)


Please also visit other beta programs from our team here. We love to hear your feedback: