A: Microsoft has released version 7 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), which has full support for planning for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Additionally, after reading the features, I see it shows Linux is also supported, allowing discovery and planning for your Linux workloads. Other key new features include the following:

  • Understand your readiness to deploy Windows Server 2012 in your environment.
  • Determine Windows 8 readiness.
  • Investigate how Windows Server and System Center can manage your heterogeneous environment through VMware migration and Linux server virtualization assessments.
  • Size your desktop virtualization needs for both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and session-based virtualization using Remote Desktop Services.
  • Ready your information platform for the cloud with the SQL Server 2012 discovery and migration assessment.
  • Evaluate your licensing needs with usage tracking for Lync 2010, active users and devices, SQL Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012.

MAP 7.0 can be downloaded from the Microsoft download site, with the main documentation available at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit website