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 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:

Hyper-V Host

Legacy Server Discovery

Inventory Scan in action

Exchange Server

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.