All, just wanted to call out this resource building on my pervious blog entry about MAP Windows 2008 Solution Accelerators
Use proven guidance and automated tools in these Solution Accelerators to assess your hardware and deploy and securely operate Windows Server 2008.
Assess your existing environment with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool
Inventory your existing environment and automatically generate detailed reports of hardware and device compatibility—without deploying software agents. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool also provides recommendations for server and application virtualization candidates using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2, and Microsoft Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid).
Secure your Windows Server infrastructure
Windows Server 2008 is engineered from the ground up with security in mind, delivering an array of new and improved security technologies and features that provide a solid foundation for running and building your business. The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide can help you quickly configure, deploy, and manage the security settings in Windows Server 2008 across your organization.
Identify Server and Application Virtualization candidates
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are currently available to support architectural planning for Microsoft’s virtualization technologies. IPD in conjunction with Microsoft Assessment and Planning identifies systems that can be consolidated with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Virtual Server 2005 R2, as well as application virtualization candidates that can be virtualized with Microsoft Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid).
Deploy and Manage resources quickly and reliably
Microsoft Deployment technologies can minimize or eliminate the interaction time required to install server operating systems. Interaction at the targeted computer can be minimized with the Lite Touch Installation (LTI) method, or it can be completely automated using the Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) method. Used together with the other Windows Server 2008 Suite Solution Accelerators, you can eliminate guesswork and accelerate migration projects—reducing deployment times, improving reliability, improving security, and cutting costs for your organization.
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