From the ASSESS phase, to the subsequent phases (PLAN, SECURE, DEPLOY, and OPERATE), the microsoft
Assessment and Planning Team has been developing several accelerators
to assist customers in every stage of their virtualization
IT lifecycle including:
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP)
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) solution
Accelerator is an integrated tool that makes it easier for IT professionals and consultants to conduct network-wide readiness assessments for migration to microsoft
technologies from servers, to desktops and applications. With the help of its agent-less inventory, performance data gathering, and auto-generated proposal and report generation capabilities, microsoft
customers and partners can now more quickly and efficiently determine the right candidates for Windows server
2008, Windows server 2008
Vista and more. This tool is the expanded version of the Windows
Vista Hardware Assessment tool.
Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD)
You can Download the MAP tool at this link
Assessment and Planning tool provides secure, agent-less and network-wide inventory for up to 100,000 computers. It collects and organizes system resource and device information from a single networked computer. Assessment tools often require users to first deploy software agents on all computers to be inventoried but this tool does not.
MAP is capable of discovering and assessing computers and devices on a network that supports Windows
Management Instrumentation (WMI) and the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and those that run on the following operating systems: Windows
XP Professional Windows server
2003 or Windows server
2003 R2 Windows
2000 Professional or Windows
To use the MAP tool to determine if your physical servers can be consolidated using Windows server virtualization
technologies, you need to follow the procedures below:
- Capture performance metrics of your selected target of physical servers across your network (if you do not have a list of servers, you may use the Windows server 2008 hardware assessment of this tool to create a server network inventory first).
- Prepare a server consolidation recommendation report using MAP’s virtualization placement routine.
- View the reports and proposals.
- Go back to STEP 2 and reiterate if you want to change the physical host model in which the workloads will be virtualized.
Windows server 2008 Security Guide
The Infrastructure Planning and Design guides describe the architectural considerations and streamline the design processes for planning and implementing microsoft
infrastructure technologies. Each guide addresses a unique infrastructure technology or scenario including server
virtualization, application virtualization, terminal services implementation and more.
Each guide leads the reader through critical infrastructure design decisions, in the appropriate order, evaluating the available options for each decision against its impact on critical characteristics of the infrastructure. The IPD Series highlights when service and infrastructure goals should be validated with the organization and provides additional questions that should be asked of service stakeholders and decision makers.
IPD consists of the following downloadable packages:
For more information, download the IPD guides at this URL
The Windows server 2008
Security Guide provides IT professionals with best practices and automated tools to help strengthen the security of servers running Windows server
2008. The guide also provides prescriptive guidance for hardening Terminal Services on servers running Windows server
2008. Based on extensive experience from customers, government agencies, and microsoft
Corp. security experts, this guide describes how customers can choose from two pre-configured security baselines. Customers can easily tailor the configuration they choose, modifying any security setting to accommodate the unique needs of their organization.
The Windows server 2008
Security Guide is designed to further enhance the security of the servers in your organization by taking full advantage of the new and improved security technologies and features in Windows server
2008. Use the guidance to deploy your security baseline quickly and reliably, harden your server
workloads, and evaluate security setting recommendations to meet the requirements of your environment. Download Windows Server 2008 Security Guide at this link
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