If you ever had to create Microsoft license report you know how hard and time-consuming task this can be. What if I will tell you that this task can be done in several minutes and can be even fun?
First of all, I have to admit that there is software which can do it on the market, but you have to know that it is not free. The software I used is totally free and it really works. It is called Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and it is designed to help you with quicker desktop and server migration from one version to another.
Wait for what? Upgrade?
Yes, its primary focus is on upgrade, but we are smart and we know that before you do any upgrade you know you must have an overview of your whole infrastructure. Let me show how to quickly make license report of your whole environment.
- First of all, you need to prepare one workstation or server.
- Then please read minimum requirementsfor running MAP and you might want to read MAP FAQ.
- Later on download software from this site.
- Install it on workstation/server
MAP installation is pretty much straightforward like most of the software which runs on Windows and I will not cover it here.
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit usage
- After MAP is installed we shall start it simply by clicking the icon in start menu.
- Wait for the program to start.
- At the beginning, we need to create a database to store data.
- After database creation, we see an overview of possible scenarios: Windows Azure VM Readiness, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, and many others.
- If you want to create the inventory of your environment click Server and Click Collect inventory data.
- In Inventory Scenarios select Windows Computers. If you want, you can select as well Linux/UNIX computers and many others scenarios.
- You have the possibility to provide several methods to use to discover computers.
- Use Active Directory
- Domain Services
- Use Windows networking protocols
- Use System Center Configuration Manager
- Scan an IP address range
- Manually enter computer names and credentials
- Import computer names from a file
- Provide credentials to connect to Active Directory forest and discover computer joined to the domain.
- Select domains where you want to do discovery.
- Provide credentials that will be used to connect to machines queried from Active Directory.
- You can specify credentials order for each selected collector technology.
- Here you see Summary of all settings.
- After a while, you will find how many computers are inventoried.<br
- If you will go through each of tabs you will find various Scenarios. For example - Cloud scenario.
- Desktop scenario.
- Server scenario.
- Desktop virtualization.
- Database report.
- Server Virtualization report.
- Usage tracking.
Other than that you can generate Excel reports for further analysis. I hope you will find this tool useful as I did.