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Keeping Track of Your IT Environment

The MAP Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right technologies for your IT needs 

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a FREE, agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments.

The new usage-tracking feature in the MAP Toolkit 6.5 provides consistent software usage reports for Microsoft servers, including Windows Server, SharePoint Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and System Center Configuration Manager. The server inventory and software usage tracking reports enable you to track licenses and significantly simplify the “true-up” process for software asset management. The Usage Tracker reports provide detailed information that you can use to analyze usage trends and plan future growth and acquisition of the necessary licenses. You can also use the report’s data and analysis to help determine your server license and client access license (CAL) needs for server products, and simplify the inventory process for CAL reporting.

Key Benefits:

  • Provides a fast, scalable, and agentless inventory with low overhead

  • Integrated Automated Toolkit for migration planning from desktops to servers

  • Multi-Product Planning and Assessment Tool & Technology migration and readiness assessment and proposal generation

  • Readiness reports and proposals for the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Server Consolidation & virtualization assessment to help you identify underused resources and determine server virtualization candidates

  • SQL Server inventory and database discovery for consolidation

  • Reduces time and administrative costs for managing software, server, and CAL licensing assets

Capabilities:

MAP provides secure, agentless, and network-wide inventory that scales from small and medium sized business to large enterprises.

Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory:
Know what’s in your IT environment. The MAP Toolkit provides a network inventory of IT assets remotely and without the use of agents. It identifies heterogeneous server environments that consist of Windows Server and Linux operating systems, including those running in a virtual environment. MAP 6.5 also automates the discovery of Linux-powered LAMP stacks.

Software Usage Tracking:
MAP 6.5’s new usage tracking feature provides consistent software usage reports for key Microsoft server products: Windows Server, SharePoint Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server, and System Center Configuration Manager.  Run updated reports whenever you need to accurately assess current software usage and client access history in your environment. This reduces time and administrative costs for managing your server and client access licenses (CALs) and helps you to streamline the management of your software assets.

Readiness Reporting: 
The MAP Toolkit identifies the currently installed operating systems in your IT environment. It provides detailed analysis of hardware and device compatibility and recommendations for migration to major Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Office 2010.  MAP also discovers SQL server databases and instances for consolidation scenarios.

Server Consolidation Reports:
The MAP Toolkit provides a detailed inventory of the servers on your network and the potential efficiency gained by consolidating them into fewer physical servers using Hyper-V.

You can use the Performance Metrics Wizard to gather information about the CPU, memory, disk, and network use of computers for a specified duration.

Reporting Limitations:

The Software Usage reports should be used as a baseline for CAL usage analysis rather than as an authoritative summary of software usage. Due to the wide variety of ways that software can be deployed and inventoried in your environment, the Software Usage Tracker cannot always produce accurate counts of server software and access to that software. These reports are for informational purposes only and should not be used as the sole source of information for determining software license usage compliance.

Pricing and Licensing

The MAP Toolkit is a FREE download from Microsoft. To download the current version and learn more about MAP:
Visit the MAP Toolkit site

Installation Questions

For questions about how to install the MAP Toolkit, including details about hardware and software prerequisites:
Read the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit release notes

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions about the MAP Toolkit:
Read the MAP Toolkit FAQ

Product Support

Support for the MAP Toolkit is provided through Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS). Premier customers should contact Premier Support for assistance. For support offerings and regional contact information:
Visit the Solution Accelerators Support site

Send feedback or suggestions for improving the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to mapfdbk@microsoft.com.

License Management Series - Guidance for MAP Toolkit 6.5 Software Usage Tracker

The Licensing Management Series of in-depth "how-to" guides can assist you in interpreting the MAP Toolkit 6.5 Software Usage Tracker reports. These white papers provide background about CALs and specific directions to help generate reports that you can use for software asset management purposes. This information is especially valuable for comparing with your purchased CALs; it is also useful for licensing "True-up" and licensing agreement renewal discussions.

Download the guide for Assessing Windows Server Licensing

Please visit the SAM Briefs page for additional License Management Series guides.