A. MAP is designed to assess an organization's readiness for the latest Microsoft OSs and virtualization technologies.

The MAP February 2008 release is available at "Microsoft Assessment and Planning," and consists of four components.

  • Server Migration Reports and Proposals (Windows Server 2008)
  • Server Consolidation Reports and Proposals (Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V)
  • Application Virtualization Assessment Reports (Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5)
  • Windows Vista SP1 and Microsoft Office 2007 Hardware Assessment Reports and Proposals
Through a mixture of technologies (mainly Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and remote registry), the agent-less inventory component facilitates the reports. The component captures key Windows 2000-and-later metrics, feeds the information into an analysis component, then reports on infrastructure readiness for Server 2008, Vista SP1, and virtualization.

Microsoft has a good MAP blog at "Microsoft Assessment and Planning Team Blog & Virtualization."