We're pleased to announce the beta release of System Center Capacity Planner 2007!

SCCP 2007 provides sizing, architectural guidance and best practices for customers to plan their deployments of Operations Manager 2007 and Exchange 2007. Essentially, it can predict how much hardware you'll need for a deployment, and how that hardware will behave once one of those two applications is installed. This is a follow-on release to SCCP 2006, which provided similar guidance for MOM 2005 and Exchange 2003.

Note that the performance models of Operations Manager and Exchange in the Beta are not final, so this version should not be used for planning production deployments. What we're looking for is feedback on whether the new models and features will meet your needs for planning and modifying deployments of Operations Manager and Exchange. The beta is available now for download from Microsoft Connect -- once you've logged in, look for it on the available connections page, or just go directly to the program details.

Please get it, try it, and send us your feedback via the beta newsgroups.

And if you're at the Microsoft Management Summit this week, we will be presenting two sessions on SCCP 2007 and multiple hands-on labs -- please stop by if you're around!