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…


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…


Forefront Identity Manager & Active Directory Certificate Services Guidance (Beta) Now Available!

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) team is working on two new guides: Microsoft Forefront™ Identity Manager 2010 and Active Directory® Certificate Services.    The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 provides actionable guidance for designing a FIM 2010 infrastructure. Follow this guide’s step-by-step process to determine…


Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for the Dynamic Data Center Now Available!

The Solution Accelerator team has released a new guide: Dynamic Data Center. The design process in the free Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for the Dynamic Data Center allows your organization to strategically plan a Dynamic Data Center infrastructure that is designed for ease of manageability. Key benefits of the guide include: The infrastructure is…


Updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization!

The Solution Accelerators team has released two updated guides to further assist organizations in selecting the right virtualization technologies for their business needs: •             Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology •             Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services To select an appropriate virtualization technology,…


RTM News – Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for DirectAccess Now Available!

With the new DirectAccess feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 you’ll now have the ability to allow remote users to seamlessly access enterprise shares, websites, and applications without the need to connect to virtual private network (VPN) systems.  DirectAccess also gives IT managers the ability to update remote PCs anytime they are…


7 Deployment Tools for Windows 7

  Today, Windows 7 is released to cities around the world. Are you thinking about migrating your PCs to Windows 7 for your organizations?  To help you with deploying Windows 7 successfully and quickly, Microsoft has been developing lots of great tools and best practice (available on Here’s a list of my 7 favorite deployment…


Win Zune HDs Now – Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Case Study Contest

  Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team is currently looking for deployment stories around the use of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Series.  Winners chosen by the IPD Team will each receive a Zune HD music player. Infrastructure Planning and Design Series gives you architectural guidance for deploying Microsoft infrastructure products such as Windows Server 2008…


Don’t Compromise Your IT! Modernize It!

  Here’s my latest blog post on the “Because It’s Everybody’s Business” site on  The article titled “Don’t Compromise Your IT! Modernize It!” lays out a few key challenges and solutions to help you save IT costs while maintaining agility and operational efficiency.  Check it out! Baldwin


[NEWS!] Two New Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for System Center Operations Manager and Windows Deployment Services

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Team from Microsoft Solution Accelerators recently released two new IPD guides to help customers with deployment planning for these Microsoft products: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Windows Deployment Services (WDS) as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 You will find these 2 IPD guides key to shortening your planning…