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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 Beta

Do you know where SQL Server is installed - everywhere it is installed?  Do you really know where SQL Server is installed?  Are you looking for a tool that will help you discover any rogue instances so you can better manage these instances? 

The Beta 2 for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now open. Join the beta review program and help influence the development of the toolkit. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 at Microsoft Connect.

The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless 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 and SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment for consolidation, Windows 2000 Server migration recommendations, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.

Is your organization spending valuable resources planning its IT infrastructure? Participate in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2. Take an early look at this release, and provide timely feedback to help ensure that the MAP development team builds the tool to best meets your needs.

Next steps:

· Join the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2. Then tell the MAP team what you think!

· Send your comments to the MAP dev team.

· It's Free! Download MAP 4.0 for planning Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Hyper-V deployments.

· Visit the MAP Team blog for more news on the MAP Toolkit and other IT planning Solution Accelerators from Microsoft.

The Beta 2 will run through mid-June. That means now is the time to join the beta program, preview this toolkit, and provide the MAP team with your feedback.

What's new with MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 (What’s in it for you and SQL Server)?

Software usage tracking for Exchange Server and SQL Server

Right-size your IT environment with MAP Toolkit 5.0 and simplify software license management and compliance processes. MAP 5.0’s new usage tracking feature provides consistent software usage reports for key Microsoft server products: Windows Server, SharePoint Server, System Center Configuration Manager, Exchange Server, and SQL Server. Run updated reports whenever you need to accurately assess current software usage and client access history in your environment. This reduces time and administrative costs for managing your server and client access licenses (CALs) and helps you to streamline the management of your software assets.

SQL Server discovery and assessment for consolidation

MAP 5.0’s new database discovery feature gives you the information you need to optimize your database resources and investments. MAP helps you simplify database administration and provides wide-ranging details of databases and server instances—information you can leverage for consolidation. Use the MAP Toolkit’s proposals to better utilize hardware and database resources, reduce administrative costs and streamline your software licensing needs— all essentials for cost effective IT planning and operations.

Windows 2000 Server migration assessment

As support for Windows 2000 Server ends soon, MAP 5.0’s Migration Assessment feature helps you prepare for migration to Windows Server 2008 R2 by assessing the Windows 2000 Server environment and legacy workloads in the form of proposals and reports. The MAP Toolkit’s actionable recommendations help you to understand the potential business impact of maintaining legacy workloads and the benefits of migrating to the robust Windows Server 2008 R2 environment. With migration to Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll be able to utilize the increased IT flexibility and efficiency from such technologies as Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services, as well as tap into power-savings features to decrease TCO.

Published Monday, May 24, 2010 11:19 PM by Lara Rubbelke

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