Accelerate adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms with MAP 6.0 Beta

We are pleased to announce the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0— is now available for beta download. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 6.0 Beta at Microsoft Connect. Join the MAP Beta. Members, bookmark this link to get the latest project details. Planning your journey to the cloud just…

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Windows Azure Platform Readiness Assessment using MAP Toolkit 5.5

 We launched MAP 5.5 couple of weeks ago.  In the last blog, we explored on the Internet Explorer discovery scenario within the context of Windows7 deployment. In MAP 5.5, we extended the scope of MAP toolkit beyond the traditional server and desktop hardware readiness assessment and toward cloud deployment planning.  With MAP 5.5, now customers…

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Simplify Windows 7 & Windows Internet Explorer deployment planning with MAP 5.5 toolkit

Last week,  in his blog “Identifying Browsers and Plugins That Might Represent a Risk”  Gartner’s Neil MacDonald  stressed on the significance of   MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer discovery scenario. With the proliferation of web browsers, and plugins such as toolbars, browser helper objects,  Active -x controls , it is really important for an enterprise IT to…

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Migration planning made easier with MAP Toolkit 5.5

We are pleased to announce the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit-version 5.5- is now available for download. Download MAP 5.5 Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better-with assessment for easier…

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows User State Virtualization – Now Available!

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) team has released a new guide: Windows User State Virtualization (USV).  The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Windows User State Virtualization (USV) helps IT get started with planning a Windows USV solution. It can be difficult for IT to find the right balance between centralized management of business-critical…

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License Compliance using Software Usage Tracking feature of MAP 5.0

 The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit has a new Software usage tracking capability so that partners can help customers evaluate their Server and CAL licensing needs. This new Software usage tracking feature is a positive step forward to support our customers.   With MAP 5.0 toolkit, customers should be able to understand the value of…

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SQL Server Discovery Screencast

In the previous blog, Joyce discussed the MAP 5.0 features, specifically SQL server instances and databases discovery.    Continuing the discussion, I would like to share with you the sample proposals and worksheets that the MAP 5.0 toolkit provides as part of the discovery process.   These worksheets provide an overview of all the SQL Server database…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 now available!

We’re happy to announce that the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now available. The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides…

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Use the MAP 5.0 Beta Toolkit to track software usage & licensing for Exchange Servers

One of the newest features in development for the MAP Toolkit is the ability to track usage data for Microsoft products.  With the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta, you can intelligently track usage to determine your licensing needs for Exchange Server 2003 and 2007.   MAP is an agent-less tool that allows you to inventory your environment…

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LINUX and LAMP Stack Inventory Assessment with MAP 5.0 Beta Toolkit

MAP 5.0 Beta 2 is currently available, and the beta program is under way. Traditionally, MAP performs inventory and assessment of IT environments running Microsoft platforms, and virtualization platforms including VMware technologies. With MAP 5.0, the Solution Accelerator Team has extended the heterogeneous environment discovery though the inventory and assessment of various flavors of Linux…

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