Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit (MAP 8)


I feel MAP Toolkit is a great product but is often a black sheep. Why do I say that? Simple, It’s because MAP did not get the lime light it is supposed to get!

Determine your Windows Server 2012 readiness

MAP 8.0 assesses the readiness of your IT infrastructure for a Windows Server 2012 deployment. This feature includes detailed and actionable recommendations indicating which machines meet Windows Server 2012 system requirements and which may need hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in your planning efforts.

Determine your Windows 8 readiness

MAP 8.0 assesses the readiness of your IT environment for a 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 may need hardware upgrades. 

Key benefits include:

· Assessment report and summary proposal to help you understand the scope and benefits of a Windows 8 deployment

· Inventory of desktop computers, deployed operating systems, and applications

Assess your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365

MAP 8.0 assesses readiness for Office 2013 and Office 365 and provides an in-depth assessment of client desktops for upgrading or migration. This feature also offers support for Office 365 features such as web apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, or full Office 365 client support.

Migrate to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

MAP 8.0 performs a comprehensive assessment of Windows Server and Linux machines to determine feasibility of a migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines. MAP then provides suggested changes to prepare targeted machines for migration. This feature helps you reduce the operating costs of hosting on-premise servers, as well as estimating the required size and monthly network and storage usage required to migrate on-premise Windows and Linux servers to Windows Azure Virtual Machines using actual data from the targeted environment.

Here’s my take on MAP. MAP is an awesome tool if you want to do the following:

  1. Agentless Inventory
    • Provides you a free way to assess your environment to let you know how many PC/Servers running which Operating System, what application(s) is installed and what kinda hardware you got there!
  2. Windows Server & other workloads Sizing Tool
    • How many times do you look for a Hyper-V sizing tool and when you tried it, it doesn’t do justice to your sizing?
    • MAP provides you detail sizing after analyzing your environment and frankly it’s the best Sizing Tool ever!
  3. Microsoft Product(s) Readiness
    • Windows 8
      Windows 7
      Windows Vista
      Windows XP Professional
      Office 2010 and previous versions
      Windows Server 2012
      Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
      Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 R2
      Windows 2000 Professional or Windows 2000 Server
      Windows Internet Explorer 9 and previous versions
      VMware vSphere
      VMware vCenter
      VMware ESX
      VMware ESXi
      VMware Server
      Selected Linux distributions
      LAMP application stack discovery
      SQL Server
      System Center Configuration Manager
      Forefront Endpoint Protection

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