The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the beta release of this updated version of the toolkit. Use the MAP Toolkit 5.0 to plan your right-sized infrastructure, accelerate IT planning, and assess multiple products and scenarios from a single tool—helping you and your organization save valuable time and money.

To download the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1, visit Microsoft Connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/site297.

MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite, a data center infrastructure assessment survey, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.

Participate in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1. Take an early look at this release, and provide timely feedback to help ensure that our development team best meets your needs.

Tell us what you think!

Please send us your constructive feedback. We value your input; this is the perfect opportunity to be heard. Send your comments to the development team: MAPfdbk@microsoft.com.

Availability

This program is now open. The beta 1 review period will run through mid-April, 2010. The release of this tool is scheduled for July, 2010.

To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0, visit Microsoft Connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=1668&InvitationID=M32B-GBGR-HHFG&SiteID=297.

Learn more

· Visit the MAP home page: http://www.microsoft.com/map

· Please send constructive feedback to the MAP team: MAPfdbk@microsoft.com

· Get the latest news straight from the MAP team: http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog

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