Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit - Extract Report (3/4)

As mentioned in the first post, this KB series is about Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. There are 4 main steps :
Once inventory data collected, we can generate reports. From the inventory data collected earlier, we can use options in the toolkit to generate the report.

For this example, we re going to discover Windows 10 Readiness

This KB is about how to generate report from collected inventory data.



  1. At Overview page, select the targeted scenario category. In this example, it is Desktop.


  2. At this page, select specific scenario that we after. In this example, it is Windows 10 Readiness.

     
  3.  It is possible to customize assessment properties. The properties will set the threshold of the assessment, such as, threshold for minimum CPU speed, acceptable free disk, as well as minimum assigned RAM. To do so, select Customize assessment properties option.


  4. You can use default settings by Microsoft, or use custom settings. Once done, select Run Assessment


     
  5.  Assessing….


  6.  Assessment completed, select Close.


  7.  Next, select Generate Windows 10 Readiness Report option


  8.  Report generated. Select Close


  9. The report (by default) saved in Documents\MAP\MAPToolkitDB folder. You can navigate there, or go to View | Saved Reports
    Note : if you launch MAP Toolkit by impersonating other account with Local Administrator Right, the report saved in that account’s Document’s folder.
     


  10. Open the report



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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit - Collect Inventory Data (2/4)


As mentioned in previous post, this KB series is about Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. There are 4 main steps :
  1. Install MAP Toolkit and its basic configuration
  2. Collect inventory Data 
  3. Extract Report
  4. Extract Advanced Report

Before we could generate a report, we need to collect inventory data. There are a few options, such as Windows computers, Linux computers, computers on VMware, Active Devices and users, etc.

For this example, we re going to discover Windows Computers within a specific IP ranges.

This KB is about how to collect inventory data.


  1. At Overviews section, select Perform an inventory

  2. For this testing, let’s select Microsoft computers, and select Next

  3. For this testing, we will discover devices via IP range. Select scan an IP address range, and select Next

  4. Specify range if IPs, and select Next

  5. To discover and connect to the machines, we need to provide user account(s) that have permission to do so. Select Create…

  6. Supply the credential, and select Save

  7. Select Next

  8. Select Next

  9. View the summary. If they are all good, select Finish

  10. Discovering… you can close the window if you want to.

  11. Discovery process completed. Select Close.



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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit - Install MAP Toolkit and its basic configuration (1/4)

As mentioned in previous post, this KB series is about Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. There are 4 main steps :
  1. Install MAP Toolkit and its basic configuration
  2. Collect inventory Data 
  3. Extract Report
  4. Extract Advanced Report


This KB is about how to install MAP Toolkit and its basic configuration




  1. Launch the installer with Administrator privilege



  2. Select Next on the welcome screen
  3. Accept the agreement and select Next
  4. Configure installation path, and select Next
  5. Ready to install. Select Install
  6. Installing…
  7. Select Finish
  8. Launch the app
  9. MAP launched. DB needs to be set up prior to use the toolkit
  10. Connection to inventory database needs to be created. Give it a name, and select OK.
    Note that by default, the data source name is LocalDB (MAPToolkit)
  11. Overview page of MAP. Step completed.
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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit - Overview

Microsoft created a  toolkit called Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit that helps IT to discover current infrastructure for variety of migration projects. 

This tool kit covers below scenarios :
  • Windows computers
  • Linux/UNIX computers
  • VMware computers
  • Active Directory and Users
  • Exchange Servers
  • Endpoint Protection Server
  • Lync Server
  • Softwre ID (SWID) tags
  • SQL Server
  • SQL Server with Database Details
  • Microsoft Azure Platform Migration
  • Oracle
  • Windows Volume Licensing
  • Client Access Tracking for Windows Server 2012 or Later
  • Client Access Tracking for SQL Server 2012 or later
  • Client Access Tracking for Configuration Manager
  • Client Access Tracking for SharePoint Server 2016
  • Client Access Tracking for Remote Desktop Services


… and IT Admins can use below methods to discover the machines.
  • Use Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS)
  • Use Windows networking protocols
  • Use System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • Scan an IP Address range
  • Manually enter comptuer names and credentials
  • Import computer names from a file


This KB series will describe how to (you may click at the links to go to the pages):
  1. Install MAP Toolkit and its basic configuration
  2. Collect inventory Data
  3. Extract Report
  4. Extract Advanced Report

This toolkit can be downloaded here : https://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/download/details.aspx?id=7826


Note that for this testing, I am using Windows 10 + MS Excel 2016 + SQL Server Native Client 11 ( I will explain where to download this at series 4).

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