Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V.

MAP helps make the following IT planning projects faster and easier:

  • Migration to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Office 2010
  • Migration to Windows 7 compatible versions of Internet Explorer
  • Migration to cloud-based services
  • Server virtualization with Hyper-V
  • SQL Server consolidation and migration to SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Assessment of current software usage and client access history for simplified software asset management
  • PC security assessment and migration to Microsoft Forefront Client Security

You can use MAP to inventory the following technologies:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Office 2010 and previous versions
  • Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows 2000 Professional or Windows 2000 Server
  • VMware ESX
  • VMware ESXi
  • VMware Server
  • Linux variants
  • LAMP application stack discovery
  • SQL Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • Sybase

Download MAP 5.5 HERE

Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft has released rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010:

This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 customers.

For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB2407113.

The is only one fix:

You cannot uninstall Exchange Server 2010 RTM after you install Update Rollup 2, Update Rollup 3, or Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010

Download the rollup here

Note to Forefront users:

If you don’t disable Forefront before installing a rollup or service pack, and enable afterwards, you run the risk of Exchange related services not starting. You can disable Forefront by going to a command prompt and navigating to the Forefront directory and running FSCUtility /disable. To enable Forefront after installation of a UR or SP, run FSCUtility /enable.

Favo links for Microsoft Lync

The Lync Server Open Interoperability Program is now available

Other useful Links:

Hardware Requirements. Link

Bandwidth Table. Link

Lync New features – server side. Link

Lync New features – Client Side. Link

Port Requirements. Link

Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster. Link

Architecture – Server Roles. Link

Architecture – Topologies. Link