Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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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