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May 28 2013   12:48PM GMT

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.5 Beta

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

I use MAP to help clients prepare for the cloud. MAP collects all system data and performance that is relevant to a VMware or Microsoft virtualization project.  Allowing you to choose the right hardware and amount of resourced to convert your physical machines into virtual.

The beta review program now open and you can download MAP 8.5 Beta here

Accelerate your VMware or Windows Server 2012 migration with Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included in MAP 8.5 are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, or VMware Virtual machines readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Windows Server, Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange.

Key features and benefits of MAP 8.5 Beta help you:

  • Newly designed user interface makes it easier to find and use the right MAP scenario for the task at hand.
  • Usage tracking scenarios for Lync, SharePoint and Exchange have been updated to include the latest versions.
  • Advances in virtual machine discovery offer improved VM inventory results.
  • New Windows Volume Licensing scenario helps identify the licensing status of your desktop computers.

What are you thoughts, how do you prepare for the cloud?

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