In the short Windows Vista timeframe so far, one of the ways Microsoft has helped ease the appraisal and architecting processes for migration to the new operating system was the creation of the Solutions Accelerators program, of which I have blogged, and written extensively.
One of the most important components in the Solutions Accelerators program has been the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool. Windows Vista Hardware Assessment (WVHA), is an agentless method of querying and inventorying your enterprises' database with a view to gleaning a greater understanding of what exactly your company possesses in hardware for Windows Vista readiness.
What we found, in our testing and utilization of the tool was that WVHA enabled us to accomplish in mere minutes what had taken us an appreciable number of time to accomplish manually: the tool is almost unbelievably fast, and the results are incredibly detailed, making poring over them easy.
Version 2+ of the tool introduced the ability of an admin to inventory organizational units within the whole enterprise among other improvements.
Today, Microsoft steps up to the plate again, and hits another home run, with the introduction of Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator.
What is MAP? MAP is the logical evolution of WVHA, extending the assessment capabilities of that previous tool to entirely new realms. MAP will provide assessment and planning data for the following targets: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Virtualization, Terminal Services, SoftGrid, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Vista, and 2007 Microsoft Office.
Very seldom have I been hit with a realization of the obviousness of an idea. This is one of them.