Posts Tagged ‘Assessement’

Determine Windows Server 2012 readiness : MAP Toolkit v7.0 Beta now available. Find out about more new features

May 24, 2012 1 comment

Key Features for a detailed insight to address an upgrade, migration, virtualization :

  • Understand your readiness to deploy Windows in your environment with Windows readiness assessments
  • Determine Windows Server 2012 Beta readiness
  • Investigate how Windows Server and System Center can manage your heterogeneous environment through VMware migration and Linux server virtualization assessments
  • Size your desktop virtualization needs for both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and session-based virtualization using Remote Desktop Services
  • Ready your information platform for the cloud with the SQL Server 2012 discovery and migration assessment
  • Evaluate your licensing needs with usage tracking for Lync 2010,  active users and devices, SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Beta

You can use the MAP Toolkit to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Desktop and server migration to a Windows Operating System such as Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 and Windows Thin PC.
  • Assess and identify computers running Windows Server operating systems in your environment.
  • Assess and identify computers running virtual technologies in your environment.
  • Discover and report on computers running Microsoft, VMware, HP-UX and Linux platforms, including the Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) application stacks in your environment.
  • Assess and identify computers that have outdated or no security-based software (antispyware, antivirus, and firewall products) in your environment.
  • Discover and report on computers that are virtual machine candidates.
  • Assess and inventory Microsoft SQL Server® instances, databases, and components in your environment.
  • Discover MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase databases in your environment and assess the ability to migrate to Microsoft SQL Server.

 Installation Prerequisites

  • Dual-core 1.5GHz processor,  2 GB RAM (Itanium processors are not supported)

Operating system. Any of the following:

  • Windows Server 2012, W2008R2 SP2, W2008 SP2 (x86 or x64 versions)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 or x64 versions)
  • Windows Vista SP2 (x86 or x64 versions)

Software pre-req


  • Do no install on a domain controller.
  • Close all open applications before running the setup wizard.
  • If your firewall doesn’t accept listing a service like WMI or Remote Administration, you will also need to open ports 135 and 1024-65535. The reason for this has to do with the way RPC works. WMI uses DCOM to communicate with remote machines, and DCOM uses RPC extensively
  • If the computer is in a workgroup, you must manually change the “Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts” policy setting from Guest only to Classic on the local computer
  • To connect remotely and perform the WMI inventory, you will need to provide accounts that are members of the local Administrators group on the computer being inventoried

Collectors by Inventory Scenario:

  • Windows computers – WMI
  • Linux/UNIX computers – SSH
  • VMware computers – VMware
  • Active Devices and Users – Active Directory, WMI
  • Exchange Server – Active Directory, WMI
  • Forefront Endpoint Protection Server – PowerShell, WMI
  • Lync Server – PowerShell, SQL Native, SQL Windows, WMI
  • SQL Server Inventory – WMI
  • SQL Server with Database Details – SQL Native, SQL Windows, WMI
  • Windows Azure Platform Migration – Oracle, SQL Native, SQL Windows, SSH, WMI
  • MySQL, Oracle and Sybase – Oracle, SSH, WMI

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit new version now available‏

January 18, 2011 1 comment

The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with more assessments and reporting for simplified IT infrastructure planning.

Download the MAP Toolkit 5.5:

Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better—with assessment for easier migration to theWindows Azure platform,heterogeneous database discovery for SQL Server migration projects, Windows Internet Explorer migration assessment, and much more—MAP 5.5 includes new features to help you streamline planning for your next migration project.

Desktop migration projects are easier with the hardware assessment for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer. The MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer migration assessment inventories and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons—and delivers the findings in a convenient migration assessment report and proposal.

Enhanced server consolidation features help users save time and effort when creating virtualization assessments and proposals. Enhancements include updated hardware libraries with the latest CPU models, data collection and store every five minutes, customized server selection, and greater scalability and reliability requiring less effort and oversight of the data collection process.MAP also helps accelerate SQL Server migration projects with heterogeneous database discovery for MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase instances