Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 Beta – Download MAP 6.0 Beta

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:11 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:11

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 Beta is here. i know, exciting times! You can now download MAP 6.0 Beta, but you need to sign-up on Microsoft Connect first. Just read through Microsoft’s nonsense about public and private clouds and start testing.



Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0 Beta—includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public and private cloud platforms. With MAP 6.0 Beta, you now have the ability to identify workloads and estimate the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Also new to MAP 6.0 Beta is the Office 365 client assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle schema discovery and reporting. Expanded assessment and discovery capabilities from MAP help you streamline planning for your next migration project. Plan what’s next with MAP.


New Features and Benefits from MAP 6.0 Beta Release


Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure Platform.

Are you considering a move to the public cloud for your portfolio of applications? The application evaluation process for migration to the public cloud involves many tools and considerations. The MAP 6.0 Beta Windows Azure migration portfolio analysis makes the process easier by providing the ability to quantify and label applications and services in your organization’s IT environment for Windows Azure migration consideration.



The Windows Azure migration portfolio analysis helps you:

  • · Catalog all of the applications in your environment
  • · Estimate the needed capacity to run your applications on the Windows Azure platform
  • · Evaluate applications based on migration difficulty
  • · Stack rank applications in terms of migration suitability
  • · Obtain a TCO-ROI analysis for the application


Accelerate planning to private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding.

Planning your private cloud just got easier. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding, a new assessment available with MAP 6.0 Beta, provides consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Hyper-V Fast Track infrastructures including computing power, network and storage architectures. Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of P2V migration to Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Each assessment also provides guidance on next steps forward using Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track.


Identify migration opportunities with heterogeneous server environment inventory.

MAP has expanded its heterogeneous server environment inventory to include VMware Server, vSphere and VMware vCenter. Inventory and reporting on the number of servers and guests deployed and managed by VMware infrastructure helps you identify migration opportunities and accelerates the migration planning process. Because SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange run better on Hyper-V, MAP 6.0 Beta has the added capability of identifying Microsoft workloads deployed on VMware guests.


Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness.

If you are considering a move to the cloud with Microsoft’s award-winning business productivity solutions, MAP 6.0 Beta can help make your planning process easier and faster. MAP 6.0 Beta includes an Office 365 client assessment which evaluates the compatibility of Office suites deployed in your environment with Office 365, via a hardware and software readiness assessment. This assessment helps you quickly determine which client machines in your environment are ready to use Office 365. The tool obtains machine level detail about why a given machine is not capable of using Office 365, and identifies whether the Office suites currently being used in your environment are compatible with Office 365.


Determine readiness for migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9.

Simplify your organization’s migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9 with MAP 6.0 Beta. The MAP Internet Explorer migration assessment—now updated for Internet Explorer 9 migration—inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal for easier migration to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9.


Discover heterogeneous database instances for migration to SQL Server.

MAP 5.5 brought you heterogeneous database inventory and reporting capability to help you accelerate migration to SQL Server from MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase instances. MAP 6.0 Beta adds to this capability with Oracle schema discovery, and reporting on the size and use of each schema. Reporting also provides an estimate of the complexity of migration and suggests candidates for migration to SQL Server. Use this information to determine total cost of ownership for maintaining Oracle and the potential ROI from switching to SQL Server.

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Windows 8 Systems Due in 2012 – Fresh Demo Next Week

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 10:04 Written by Mire_B Monday, 23 May 2011 10:04

Are you ready? Well, get ready, because Microsoft has started confirming officially what the rest of the world already knew. Windows 8 is due in 2012. And it won’t be just Windows 8 that get’s launched next year, but also Windows 8 systems.


Here’s what Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO had to say during the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan: “We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows. Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We’ve done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We’ve added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”


Windows boss Steven Sinofsky will make an appearance at the D9 conference next week where he’s scheduled to do a brand new demonnstration of Windows 8.

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Yes, Windows 8 Kinect Is Coming

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2011 12:55 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 15 May 2011 12:55

As if there was ever even the slightest doubt! But yes, sources close to the Windows team have confirmed that Kinect is coming o Windows 8. Not a lot of details are available, especially since it’s not a team within the Windows division that’s tasked with porting Kinect to Windows from Xbox 360, but a group inside the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) division.


From what I’m hearing they’re called the Kinect for Windows group, yes, I know, a moniker as mind-blowing as all Microsoft labels are! In addition to Kinnect for Windows 8 there will also be Kinect NUI controls for Windows, although I’m having a hard time find out just what that means. NUI by the way stands for natural user interface.


Kinect for Windows 8 is really a sum of resources. There are tools, a SDK (of course!), system librariees and even Kinect APIs. Now doesn’t that sound great?

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