The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP) is a tool that helps make it easy for you to assess your current IT infrastructure to migrate to Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Microsoft virtualization technologies. The tool performs three key functions: hardware inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness assessment reporting that include upgrade candidates, specific hardware upgrade requirements and migration guidance. MAP is an agentless tool that finds computers on a network and performs a detailed inventory of those computers. Using the inventory data, MAP assesses and reports whether the computers (desktops or servers) can be migrated to Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. This includes assessment of hardware compatibility, device driver availability, and recommendations for hardware upgrades that may be required. The tool also includes features for gathering performance metrics from the computers you are considering for consolidation using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 (future version will support Hyper-V). Using the performance metrics and a model virtual server host computer, you can generate reports that recommend placement of the physical servers in a virtual server environment.
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