In Pictures: 11 (free!) Microsoft tools to make life easier

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Assessing IT infrastructure is an important first step for many corporate technology projects and The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit can help. It conducts inventory, assesses configurations and fashions reports with the idea of making migrations to new platforms simpler. It can aid in planning for Hyper-V server capacity by gathering data about server use and by assessing whether current physical servers are good prospects for being virtualized. It also plots return on investment for virtualization projects.

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