There are a number of universities and colleges managing wide-scale migrations to Windows Vista this summer - and they've probably already started to upgrade workstations. But if you are planning to do your upgrades later, then you might be interested in some of the software tools we've just started to release to help the process.

One of these, the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool helps you by simplifying:

  • Hardware Inventory
  • Compatibility Analysis
  • Business Reporting

You can quickly evaluate whether your existing hardware is ready for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and it provides guidance on appropriate hardware and device driver upgrades. The auto-generated assessment reports greatly simplify the desktop deployment planning process. With this new 2.0 version, the tool now supports inventory and readiness assessment of networks with up to 25,000 computers per domain or work group, up from 5,000 when it was first released.  The tool will analyse any network station running Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows Server 2003 or 2000.

You can find out more, and download the tool at:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/wvha