Use Planning Services to:

  • Help ensure efficient deployments through collaborative planning built on best practices

  • Extend your IT staff with expert advice from on-site deployment planning specialists

With Planning Services, you get in-depth planning assistance from qualified partners or Microsoft Services to help you plan your deployment, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.


Software Assurance Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 204 KB)

Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS)

DDPS helps you ensure the successful deployment of Microsoft Office, Office 365, or Windows, providing analysis, planning, and technical guidance; reducing ambiguity; and helping you get the most out of your investment. Evaluate Office 365 with a hands-on pilot that shows you the core Office 365 service features within your own environment, addressing considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment.

May be used for:

  • Office 365 FastTrack Pilot

  • Office 2013 and Windows 8 Deployment Planning

  • Windows 8 Proof of Concept

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These Planning Services days can be used for any engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to complete the engagement onsite.

Desktop Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 175 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS)

DTDPS provides rigorous analysis and a process-focused approach to develop a Visual Studio Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Test Tools deployment plan. Resulting plans can help you get started with Team Foundation Server, migrate off of Visual SourceSafe, or implement a new test management solution.

May be used for:

  • Team Foundation Server 2012 deployment planning

  • Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2012 migration planning

  • Visual Studio Test Professional 2012 deployment planning

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These days can be used for any Planning Services engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to arrange and complete the engagement onsite.

Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 184 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

Lync and Exchange Deployment Planning Services (L&EDPS)

L&EDPS can help your organization evaluate and plan your Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Lync implementation whether it's on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. Evaluate Lync Online and Exchange Online through the Office 365 pilot that shows you the core Office 365 service features within your own environment, addressing considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment.

With a variety of engagement options, your L&EDPS can include activities to help you better understand how to implement a solution that meets your organization’s needs.

May be used for:

  • Office 365 FastTrack Pilot (use to evaluate Lync Online and Exchange Online)

  • Lync Deployment and Upgrade Planning

  • Exchange Deployment and Upgrade Planning

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These days can be used for any Planning Services engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to arrange and complete the engagement onsite

Lync and Exchange Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 176 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)

PVDPS provides the fundamental analysis, business case, process, and technical procedures that you need to optimize your datacenter. This offering helps you take advantage of infrastructure solutions based on Windows Server, Systems Center and Hyper-V and can help you reduce datacenter costs, increase business agility, and provide improved control over your physical, virtual, and hybrid infrastructure.

May be used for:

  • Upgrading to Windows Server 2012

  • Migrating to Windows Server Hyper-V from VMware

  • Accelerating Virtualization and Management Deployment

  • Implementing Unified Device Management

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These days can be used for any Planning Services engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to arrange and complete the engagement onsite.

Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 255 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

Public Cloud, Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services (AZDPS)

AZDPS helps you understand what Window Azure can do for your business and identify projects best suited for this public cloud offering. With a variety of engagement options, AZDPS helps you assess web and line-of-business applications and extend your on-premises applications to the public cloud to help reduce IT complexity and costs.

May be used for:

  • Activating Windows Azure Storage

  • Implementing Develop & Test Scenarios with Windows Azure Virtual Machines

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These days can be used for any Planning Services engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to arrange and complete the engagement onsite.

Public Cloud, Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 237 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS)

SDPS helps you develop customized deployment plans for your specific environment and assess the overall impact of implementing a SharePoint or SharePoint Online solution. Evaluate SharePoint Online through the Office 365 pilot that shows you the core Office 365 service features within your own environment, addressing considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment.

May be used for:

  • Office 365 FastTrack Pilot (use to evaluate SharePoint Online)

  • SharePoint 2013 Deployment Planning

  • SharePoint 2013 Social, Search, and Web Content Management Proof of Concepts

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These days can be used for any Planning Services engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to arrange and complete the engagement onsite.

SharePoint Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 273 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

SQL Server Deployment Planning Services (SSDPS)

SSDPS provides in-depth assessment and planning for deploying, upgrading, or migrating to SQL Server. Three separate engagements of varying lengths can help you review architectural considerations and create a detailed deployment plan. SSDPS helps you take advantage of higher availability, scalability, security, management, reporting, and data analysis, or gain access to accurate, up-to-date information for better, more relevant decision making.

May be used for:

  • SQL Server upgrade planning

  • SQL Server Business Intelligence solution deployment planning

  • Planning a migration to SQL Server from Oracle

  • Planning a Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementation

How it works

You get a set number of Planning Services days, depending on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. These days can be used for any Planning Services engagement, ranging from 1 to 15 days in length. You select the engagement, along with a qualified partner or Microsoft Services, to arrange and complete the engagement onsite.

SQL Server Deployment Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 236 KB)

Implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Datasheet (PDF, 278 KB)

Planning Services FAQs

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