Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1 Now Available

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is an agent-less 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 you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite, a data centre infrastructure assessment survey, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.

Download the beta materials now:

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1 (Live ID required)

What are the benefits?

Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory: Know what’s in your IT environment. The MAP Toolkit provides a network inventory of IT assets remotely without the use of agents, identifying heterogeneous server environments consisting of Windows Server and Linux operating systems, including those running in a virtual environment. MAP 5.0 also automates the discovery of Linux powered LAMP stacks.

Software Usage Tracking: Right-size your IT with the MAP Toolkit 5.0. MAP 5.0’s new usage tracking feature provides consistent software usage reports for Microsoft servers, including Windows Server, SharePoint, and System Centre Configuration Manager. Run updated reports whenever you need to accurately assess the current software usage and client access history in your environment. This will reduce your time and administrative costs for managing software and Server and Client Access License (CAL) licensing assets, and ensures that you pay only for the licenses you use.

Microsoft Office 2010 Readiness Assessment: Streamline your migration to Office 2010 with MAP 5.0’s hardware compatibility proposal document. The actionable recommendations and assessments presented shorten the time it takes to plan your Office 2010 migration.

Data Centre Infrastructure Assessment Survey: Use this survey in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 to assess the components needed to design the storage and networking infrastructure for the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Centre.

Call to Action

  • Join the beta review program for MAP Toolkit 5.0 - join the beta, and influence the development of the toolkit.
  • Download the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1. We’d like your feedback too. Visit Microsoft Connect to download the beta materials.
  • Tell us what you think! Send your feedback and questions to the MAP development team.

Related Resources

MAP Toolkit TechNet Library page

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