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Microsoft Announces Assessment and Planning Toolkit 7.0 Beta Program

Microsoft has announced the new Beta release of its capacity planning tool Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 7.0 Beta.  If you'd like to participate, the Beta program is open and runs through July 5th.  Click here to join.

And click here to download the Beta materials on Microsoft Connect.  

Key features and benefits include:

Determine Windows 8 readiness

MAP 7.0 Beta assesses the readiness of your IT environment for your Windows 8 deployment. This feature evaluates your existing hardware against the recommended system requirements for Windows 8. It provides recommendations detailing which machines meet the requirements and which machines may require hardware upgrades.

Key benefits include:

  • Assessment report and summary proposal to help you to understand the scope and benefits of a Windows 8 deployment.
  • Inventory of desktop computers, deployed operating systems, and applications.

Assess Windows Server 2012 Beta readiness

MAP 7.0 Beta assesses the readiness of your IT infrastructure for a Windows Server 2012 Beta deployment. This feature includes detailed and actionable recommendations indicating the machines that meet Windows Server 2012 Beta system requirements and which may require hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in your planning efforts.

Virtualize your Linux servers on Hyper-V

MAP 7.0 Beta extends its server virtualization scenario to include Linux operating systems. Now, MAP enables you to gather performance data for Linux-based physical and virtual machines and use that information to perform virtualization and private cloud planning analysis for both Windows and Linux-based machines within the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track scenario.

Key features allow you to:

  • Incorporate non-Windows machines into your virtualization planning.
  • View consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures, including computing power, network, and storage architectures.
  • Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of P2V migration to Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.
  • Review recommended guidance and next steps using Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.

Migrate your VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V

MAP 7.0 Beta performs a comprehensive inventory of VMware vCenter and VMware vSphere and recommends which virtual machines are ready to migrate to Hyper-V. Use MAP along with the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) for an end-to-end migration solution. Key features include:

  • Support for virtual machine migration requirements for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
  • A list of underutilized servers that can be virtualized using Hyper-V.
  • A VMware Discovery Report that identifies already-virtualized servers running under VMware that can be managed with VMM or migrated to Hyper-V.
  • A Microsoft Workload Discovery that identifies SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Exchange Server workloads deployed on VMware guests along with recommendations for migration to Hyper-V.

Size your server environment for desktop virtualization

MAP 7.0 Beta extends its desktop migration and virtualization capacity-planning capabilities with a new feature that supports desktop virtualization. With this, you can create a set of desktop workload models based upon performance data gathered from your environment and perform host capacity sizing for both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and session-based virtualization. Additionally, your desktop machines and devices are assessed for their ability to run Windows Thin PC. This feature helps customers and partners target candidate user populations for desktop virtualization, migrate to Windows Thin PC, and plan for the server capacity required to host and run session-based virtualization and VDI-based environments.

Simplify migration to SQL Server 2012

MAP 7.0 Beta simplifies your SQL Server inventory efforts. The latest version of the toolkit supports SQL Server 2012, with an updated SQL Server summary proposal, an overview of the benefits of SQL Server 2012, and a list of SQL Server editions discovered. This feature also includes a comprehensive report on the SQL Server licensing within your environment, reflecting the new SQL Server 2012 Licensing Models.

Assess your software usage and evaluate your licensing needs for Lync

The Software Usage Tracking feature in MAP 7.0 Beta is broadened to include Lync 2010. For Lync 2010, MAP provides a server inventory and software usage by device and user for Lync Standard features. MAP's updated Software Usage Tracking feature provides consistent software usage reports for key Microsoft products including Windows Server, SQL Server, System Center, Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP), and now Lync.

Enhance active devices scenarios

In response to the prevalence of user-based Enterprise Agreements, this MAP 7.0 Beta feature extends the existing active devices scenario by providing the ability to count users. Within an Active Directory environment, customers and partners can access both user and device counts in order to evaluate and manage their licensing requirements.

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:12 AM by David Marshall
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