Microsoft Accessment and Planning ToolKit

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Microsoft Accessment and Planning ToolKit

General Information

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a FREE utility created by Microsoft to help system administrators plan and migrate legacy systems to newer Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008R2, and Server 2012 Operating Systems as well as Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 and Internet Explorer.  There is no agent to install, and the software connects to target computers via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to collect software and hardware information.  Readiness and Proposal reports can be generated afterward.

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Because the MAP Toolkit is agent-less, it needs a way of connecting to target computers to do software and hardware inventory.  The following requirements must be met for MAP to perform a successful inventory:

1. Client computers must be on the LSU Domain

2. Client computers must be in the correct Organizational Unit (OU)

3. Local Windows Firewall on client computers must have an exception for WMI

4. Client computers must have a user in the Local Administrators Group for MAP to authenticate against.

Items 1 and 2 should have already been accomplished when the Windows system was deployed to the user.  Items 3 and 4 can be accomplished using Group Policy.

Download and Installation Information

The MAP Toolkit can be downloaded from the link below, and the installation is very straight forward.  However, .NET Framework 3.5 is required, but is not included by default in Windows 8 or Server 2012.

Performing an Assessment with the MAP Toolkit

1. When MAP first starts up, it will ask you to Create a Database

Type in the Name of the database and click OK.  You may also want to create a new database for each scan.

Name of the Database pointed out on the message box.

2. In the Overview Section, click Perform an Inventory.

Overview and Perform an inventory.

3. In the Inventory and Assessment Wizard, select the information you want to collect, and click Next

(In this example, we are just collecting information on Windows computers.)

Inventory Scenarios, selecting Windows computers.

4. In the Discovery Method Section:

a. Select the Discovery Method you would like to use.

b. Click Next.  

(In this example, select Use Active Directory Domain Servers(AD DS) and Scan an IP Address range.)

Discovery Methods window

5. In the Active Directory Credentials Section:

a. Enter for the Domain.

b. Enter what you request for the Domain Account.

c. Enter the password for that account. 

d. Click Next.

Active Directory Credentials window

6. In the Active Directory Options Section:

a. Click on Find computers in the specified domains, containers, and organizational units.

b. Expand, expand Departments and Organizations.

c. Find and expand your department's OU and select the specific OU that you want to scan. 

d. Click Next

** DO NOT Leave the Default  **  (Default = "Find all computers in all domains, containers, and organizational units")

Inventory and Assessment Wizard options

7. Since we selected to also do an Scan IP address range in the Discovery Methods Section:

a. Enter the Starting IP Address Ranges and the Ending IP Address Ranges.

b. Click Next.

(In this example, we will scan the to ranges.  Your IP address range will be different.)

Scan an IP Address Range window

8. In the All Computers Credentials Section, click the Create... button.

Create All Computers Credentials window and options

9. In the Account Entry window:

a. Type in the Account Name that has administrative access to the client computers.

b. Type in the Password.

c. Confirm the password. 

d. Click Save

(If you have other credentials, click the Save and New button.)

Enter Account Credentials: Account Name, Password, Verify Password, Click Save.

10. Click Next to continue.

Inventory and Assessment Wizard

11. Since we only have one credential to use to connect to the target computers, click Next.

Inventory and Assessment Wizard. Click Next.

12. In the Summary Section, check to make sure everything is correct. Click Finish to begin the assessment.

Inventory and Assessment Wizard.

13. A Status window appears.  Please allow about 30 minutes to an hour for the assessment to complete.  It may take longer depending on the scope of the assessment and the network speed.

Status Window. Discovery, Collection Status, Duplicate Removals and Assessment.


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