Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Release for Beta

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this latest version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Security Assessment Proposal, Forefront/NAP migration, Microsoft Online Services, as well as providing a Power Savings assessment to help your customers “go green.”

In summary, MAP 3.2 assessment areas now include:

· SQL Server 2008 Migration Proposals and Reports (NEW!)

· Security Assessment Proposal (NEW!)

· Forefront/NAP Readiness Proposals (NEW!)

· Microsoft Online Services Migration Surveys, Proposals, and Reports (NEW!)

· Power Savings Proposals (NEW!)

· Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Migration Proposals and Reports (NEW!)

· Server Migration Reports and Proposals (Windows Server 2008 and “virtualized guests by hosts” reporting) (NEW!)

· Server Consolidation Reports and Proposals (Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V)

· Desktop Security Assessment to determine if desktops have anti-virus and anti-malware programs installed and up-to-date, or if the Windows Firewall is turned on

· Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 Hardware Assessment Reports and Proposals

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit performs key functions that include hardware and device inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness reporting.

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MAP utilizes an enterprise-scale, agent-less architecture that enables users to inventory their servers, desktops, applications, and network devices without installing any software agents on each machine being assessed. This tool has the ability to discover all computers within Active Directory, and most importantly, non-IT managed machines such as workgroup members

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