MAP 6.5 Beta Now Available!


As you all know nothing stays still in the IT Industry.  Earlier this year we released the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 to help you with your Private and Public Cloud planning.  Now we have a beta available of the next release of MAP, version 6.5.  Here are some details of what’s in this update.

Simplify your cloud migration planning with MAP 6.5 beta

The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities help users to securely assess heterogeneous IT environments while enabling the evaluation of workloads for migration to Microsoft’s private and public cloud platforms. Consolidate existing server workloads using the updated Hyper-V® Cloud Fast Track capacity planning feature. The revamped Azure Migration feature in MAP 6.5 provides more in-depth analysis of the suitability of migrating on-premises applications to the Windows Azure™ platform. Other significant new features in MAP 6.5 include the discovery of active Windows® devices, Software Usage Tracking for Forefront® Endpoint Protection (FEP), and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server®.

Key features and benefits of MAP 6.5 Beta help you:

  • Analyse your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure platform.
  • Accelerate private and public cloud planning with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track On boarding.
  • Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory.
  • NEW!  Assess your usage of Microsoft software with the Software Usage Tracking feature.
  • Discover Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers for migration to SQL Server.

There has also been some changes to the user interface of MAP itself as you can see from the screenshot below.  As you click on each scenario MAP now tells you the steps you need to take to complete that particular scenario.  Looks much cleaner and easier to assess each area.


To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5, visit Microsoft Connect:


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Comments (6)

  1. Cojones Machos says:

    My Private Cloud is the miasma of unwashed socks and underarm BO which follows me around

  2. Pinchacool says:

    Cojones – I too am smelly with a beard like a badger's pubic region. We should get together and make sweet love.  SUDO TAKE-ME-YOU-HAIRY-BEAST-1.2_71.rpm

  3. Cojones Machos says:

    By the way – I am smelly and friendless, like all Linux nerds

  4. zigzigzag says:

    Hey you lot,where is Oscar,the so called

    Linux erudite,he may lost somewhere in the

    clouds,which "clouds" good question.

    May be he is trying to let know something to


    Joly good show.

  5. Pinchacool says:

    Hey Jeffadude,what sort of ideas are you giving

    to that geek above,yes the cloud,which one got you


    If you are meaning iCloud,too late dude,Mac and the

    Security Software are already dealing with it dude.

    My Cloud of course,Opensource,free,secure,safe.

  6. Cojones Machos says:

    Jeffadude man, why you want me

    to migrate to the "clouds" man,if

    I am happy with feet on the ground man(he,he,he)

    I like it better when you talk "vulnerabilities"man.

    Open Source took me to the clouds man.

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