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What features does MAP have that I cannot do in SMS 2003? RRS feed

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  • Hi Baldwin,

    We are moving to Office 2007 and have SMS 2003?

    I was wondering if using MAP will provide us with more information than SMS, or more organized information than SMS.

    Thanks,

    Matt
    Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:36 PM

Answers

  • Matt,

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP) is meant to be used to ease pains around desktop and server migration as well as virtualization. We encourage users to use MAP for one-time migration and NOT as an on-going management tool.

    That being said, let me explain some of the key high-level feature differences here.

    MAP
    * Agent-less remote inventory
    * Designed for one-time migration and deployment of OS and virtualization
    * Out-of-the-box pre-defined Excel and Word reports for Windows Vista Readiness, Windows server 2008 Readiness, Virtualization Candidacy, as well as Office 2007 hardware assessments

    SMS
    * Agent-based inventory
    * Designed for on-going management and operations
    * Reporting is possible but will require customization efforts

    Hope this is helpful!

    Baldwin Ng
    Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0
    http://www.microsoft.com/MAP
    BNg
    Thursday, February 28, 2008 8:45 PM

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  • Matt,

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP) is meant to be used to ease pains around desktop and server migration as well as virtualization. We encourage users to use MAP for one-time migration and NOT as an on-going management tool.

    That being said, let me explain some of the key high-level feature differences here.

    MAP
    * Agent-less remote inventory
    * Designed for one-time migration and deployment of OS and virtualization
    * Out-of-the-box pre-defined Excel and Word reports for Windows Vista Readiness, Windows server 2008 Readiness, Virtualization Candidacy, as well as Office 2007 hardware assessments

    SMS
    * Agent-based inventory
    * Designed for on-going management and operations
    * Reporting is possible but will require customization efforts

    Hope this is helpful!

    Baldwin Ng
    Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0
    http://www.microsoft.com/MAP
    BNg
    Thursday, February 28, 2008 8:45 PM
  • Thanks for the response Baldwin - that helps.

    Matt
    Friday, February 29, 2008 9:47 PM