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New Version of Microsoft Assessment Tool Out

The latest beta of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is out now, and includes a new "green" feature.

The toolkit, which Microsoft says will be available after 3 p.m. PT today, is version 3.2. It includes a "Power Assessment" feature, Microsoft says, which looks at your environment and advises on ways to save energy.

MAP, which is free, is essentially an infrastructure inventory tool that is expanding into other areas. Of interest to virtualization admins, it recommends good candidates for server consolidation with Virtual Server and Hyper-V. According to a blog posting, it can now give advice on good candidates for App-V, Microsoft's application virtualization product formerly known as SoftGrid.

Microsoft is better than any vendor out there (open source excluded, of course) at providing good, free tools. If you're using MAP, I'd like to hear about your experiences.

Posted by Keith Ward on 10/16/2008 at 12:48 PM


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