Welcome to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Team Blog!

Hi Everybody,

I'm Baldwin Ng, Sr. Product Manager from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team, who's responsible for developing automated tools such as Windows Vista Hardware Assessment, Assessment and Deployment Solution.  Our latest project is Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (aka Microsoft Assessment and Planning or MAP).

In a nutshell, Microsoft Assessment and Planning is an agent-less scalable inventory and assessment tool that can help you discover client machines and servers on your network and assess their readiness to migrate to Microsoft products such as Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office, Windows Server 2008 as well as a series of hot Virtualization technologies such as Virtual Server 2005 R2, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid), Terminal Services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and more.

Imagine getting a series of technology proposals that are SPECIFIC TO YOUR environment in just a few hours!  Wait, there's more - MAP is a free tool tested by Microsoft customers and partners worldwide and supported by Microsoft product support teams.

This Microsoft Assessment and Planning Team Blog will offer you deep insights into the current and upcoming features of MAP and other related projects.  Visit us often, starting tomorrow, and get exclusive content such as:

  1. Feature deep dives of MAP
  2. Case studies and success stories of MAP
  3. Team member interviews

MAP is a member of the Virtualization Solution Accelerators Suite that is designed to accelerate the migration and deployment of Microsoft Virtualization technologies.  These accelerators include:

  1. Microsoft Assessment and Planning (tool) 
  2. Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides
  3. Windows Server 2008 Security Guide
  4. Microsoft Deployment (tool)
  5. Coming Soon - Offline Virtual Machine Servicing (tool)

Our team develops a series of Virtualization, Server, Collaboration, Client and Security Solution Accelerators.  Please visit our home page and get these free downloadable resources today:  http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators












Figure 1. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool Graphical User Interface


Figure 2. Sample Proposal on Windows Server 2008 Hardware Assessment (generated by Microsoft Assessment and Planning)