Microsoft Assessment and Panning Toolkit 4.0
According to the MAP Team Blog, MAP 4.0 moved out of Beta yesterday :)
Download MAP 4.0
What’s New with v4.0?
Version 4.0 of this toolkit has the following new features:
• Windows 7 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
• Windows Server 2008 R2 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
• Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V R2 Server Consolidation
• Integration with the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Calculator
• Inventory of VMware Server Hosts and Guests
• User Interface and Proposal Customization for Partner co-branding
• Enhanced Usability and Improved Inventory Performance
• Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V Server Consolidation
• Windows Vista Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
• Windows Server 2008 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
• 2007 Microsoft Office Readiness Assessment
• SQL Server Instance Discovery
• Desktop Security Assessment for Anti-virus and Anti-malware Programs Installation
• Forefront Client Security/NAP Readiness Assessment
• App-V Infrastructure Readiness Assessment
• Power Savings “Green IT” Calculator
More infromation on this excellent tool is available on TechNet.
Michael has been firing out a lot posts about the new features of MDT 2010 recently, and as this is a tool I do quite a lot with I figured it was time to start playing :)
I have a test server with the Beta 1 MDT 2010 already installed. I wanted to see if any issues are encountered if I just installed over the top.
The installation process didn’t notify me of any previous version, but it selected the installation directory of the existing MDT. I let it install to the same location, and it completed without any errors.
The new and improved workbench.
I like the new shiny icons, but more importantly I like how I can organise things in folders :)
My existing MDT items were all still available, with the exception of the deployment share. Selecting to open an existing share and selecting the upgrade check box appears to have brought everything up to date.
Property page has been updated
One of my minor annoyances for a long time has been resolved. You can now tab through the fields, though you have to tab through both sides *grrr*.
From a PowerShell perspective a quick look reveals that we have one snapin to play with: microsoft.bdd.PSsnapin.
The PowerShell Snapin for MDT 2010
16 cmdlets are provided by the MDT snapin
I haven’t played with these yet, but they look to be promising.
The Summer Scripting Games finished last Friday. There’s always lots of PowerShell goodness to get you thinking! Richard has been detailing his solutions, and the complete list is available on the Scripting Guy blog.
Microsoft also held a Virtual Conference last week and the video’s are available here.
MDT 2010 Beta 2 has just been released and promises to hold a lot of great improvements. Michael, has shot out a whole bunch of posts in short time detailing some of the new features here.
Lots of great stuff to watch and play with! :-)