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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

8:43 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Now that Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 are released to manufacturing you could need some help to deploy those operating systems.Get a head start with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0. Over 690,000 Microsoft customers and partners including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Continental Airlines, and Banque de Luxembourg have already downloaded and used this toolkit to date.

Introducing Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This agentless and scalable toolkit has the ability to discover all computers within Active Directory and workgroup environments. It performs key functions that include hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis, and generation of actionable, environment-specific IT proposals for migration to most major Microsoft technologies.

What’s New with v4.0?

Version 4.0 of this toolkit has the following new features:

  • Windows 7 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V R2 Server Consolidation
  • Integration with the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Calculator
  • Inventory of VMware Server Hosts and Guests
  • User Interface and Proposal Customization for Partner co-branding
  • Enhanced Usability and Improved Inventory Performance

Additional Features

In addition, most of the features from version 3.2 have also been carried over to version 4.0:

  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V Server Consolidation
  • Windows Vista Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • 2007 Microsoft Office Readiness Assessment
  • SQL Server Instance Discovery
  • Desktop Security Assessment for Anti-virus and Anti-malware Programs Installation
  • Forefront Client Security/NAP Readiness Assessment
  • App-V Infrastructure Readiness Assessment
  • Power Savings “Green IT” Proposal

Next Steps–How can I get Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0?

Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

Learn more about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit on TechNet

Get the latest news from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Team Blog

Virtual Machine Manager 2008: Cost Center

10:21 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

One of the nice things in Virtual Machine Manager is the Cost Center feature.  Although this seems like “just another field in the database”, it can come in handy when you need to prove to your management which business unit is using what resources.  Or, if the servers are used for certain projects, you can prove which project is using what.  This can be handy when you need more hardware and the management asks a prove if you are using everything you’ve got 😉

In my example, I’ve added some cost centers to some servers.  You do this by double-clicking on the virtual server or by opening the properties of it.

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As you can see, I’ve added the Cost Center MSS to this server (which is actually the business unit I’m working for ;-))

Now the fun starts when you have Operations Manager in place and you have imported the Virtual Machine Manager Management Pack into OpsMgr.  Now you get cool reporting.

In Virtual Machine Manager, I go to reporting and I have one interesting report called Virtual Machine Allocation

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Ok, I hid the names of the cost centers but the important thing is that you can see that for each cost center I can see the # of VM’s, # of VM’s deployed, # in the library, # of processors, total allocated memory, number of disks, max disk space allocated and the number of nics.

Now the management has a great overview of who’s using all the hardware resources within the company.

Cheers,

Mike