Hey Checkyourlogs Fans,
I wanted to write to you today because sometimes the good old tools are just what the doctor ordered. I have used the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit before, but I haven’t tried it out in a few years. I have to say that the latest version from November 2018 188.8.131.52 is pretty awesome.
It is quite literally a Next,Next,Finish install.
Just download it onto a Management Server, have your Domain Admin rights ready, and scan the network.
I needed some information for this client on 4 projects:
Windows 2003/2008 EOL
Exchange 2010 Migration to Office 365
SQL Server 2008 R2 Migration
Hyper-V Consolidation and Storage Spaces Direct
The tool quickly gave me the information I needed and some great reports to kick-off our project meetings.
Here are some samples:
Legacy Server Discovery
Inventory Scan in action
I was able to quickly take the Excel Spreadsheets and in less than 2 hours has a pretty good handle on the project info.
Normally, I would wait weeks or months to get this type of information and as you can see the good old Microsoft MAP tool is still very relevant today.