Microsoft Assessment and Planning: Server Virtualization Candidacy Reporting - Part - 1

This is the first installment of a series of how-to content to get you started with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool (MAP).  Today, we'll cover how users can use MAP to generate virtualization candidates for server virtualization (e.g. Virtual Server 2005 R2 or Hyper-V). It's quite simple actually.  All you need is to follow the 3-step process below and […]

This is the first installment of a series of how-to content to get you started with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool (MAP). 

Today, we'll cover how users can use MAP to generate virtualization candidates for server virtualization (e.g. Virtual Server 2005 R2 or Hyper-V).

It's quite simple actually.  All you need is to follow the 3-step process below and you're good to go!

  • #1 Server Inventory - collect information regarding all existing servers across your network
  • #2 PerfMon Capture - capture performance counters including CPU, Disk and Network Utilization of each server that you want to consider virtualizing (note: we recommend you run this for at least a few days if not a few weeks so you can capture all the "peaks and valleys" of utilization)
  • #3 Virtualization Candidates Reporting - generate a report with virtualization candidacy recommendations

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