SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool 1.0 Released

The Solution Accelerator Communications and Collaborations group is pleased to announce the availability of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool available for download on TechNet.

Are you planning a SharePoint installation for a customer? Chances are, you have a lot of questions.

  • What is the necessary hardware investment?
  • What kind of topology is needed to meet organizational requirements for availability and performance?
  • How will additional users from a recent merger affect deployment?

When planning a new SharePoint deployment, you will need a way to quickly characterize the general topology and minimum hardware requirements to support expected usage loads with adequate performance. You will need a way to explore plausible scenarios and get pointed in the right direction. The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool gives you a quick way to draft topology and equipment sizing for your particular scenario and usage profile.

This solution reduces “SharePoint sizing” estimation efforts from a matter of days to a matter of hours.

Description of the Tool

Imagine a tool that you could use to:

• Input a few key facts about users, user needs, business requirements, and organizational resources

• Build a topology model based on this input

• Run simulations that show the impact of this topology

• Generate a summary report that will help you evaluate alternatives

The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool comprises models of both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) that allow you to explore the necessary infrastructure for either deployment based on usage requirements. This tool uses the System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) as an engine to provide for data collection, visualization, simulation, and report writing. The tool can be used in pre-sales and feasibility studies of a deployment project to give you a rough estimate of hardware requirements.

The tool is able to consider variations in usage, size of installation, networking technology, scale, and availability.

The tool can generate estimated performance metrics based on a simulation and provide useful Visio schematics of the proposed deployment to be included in documents and proposals.

Customers can obtain the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool on Microsoft Download. For a short introduction to the tool and its usage, please go to this TechNet overview page:

The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool requires System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) installed in order to work. Please see below for directions on how to obtain SCCP.


   Additional Resources

SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool on TechNet


System Center Capacity Planner


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