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This post is about my experience installing and using MAP V6.5; I would do this in parts to keep it more easier to consume for the readers.
Part 1 – Installing MAP Toolkit V6.5
Installing MAP Toolkit is very straight forward, all you need to know is it install sql server express to maintain the inventory and few bits to bear in mind highlighted below.
First things first Download the MAP Toolkit Version 6.5 if you haven’t already done so.
Run the Install file downloaded above and follow through the steps as below.
The first screen you see when running the executable is the welcome page and there is a little tick box at the bottom of the page allowing you to check for Automatically download and update device compatibililty and reference information. Tick if you want to and read the privacy statement (I really did not read it, but when you get a moment, contents of the privacy statement are outside the scope of this post) and click ‘Next’
Read the License Agreement and Accept the terms ( Contents of License agreement outside the scope of this post) and click ‘Next’
Browse and Select the installation path or leave it at the default location; You might need to change the path if installing on a production monitoring server to appropriate path.
On the Next Page you should see options to Download and Install or Install from previous downloaded installation files for SQL Server Express; This is where the MAP will store the inventory we capture when we start using MAP. Choose appropriate option and click ‘Next’.
Lets say you do not have the downloaded installation files for SQL Server Express, in which case you select Download and Install and click ‘Next’ as below:
The Next page is SQL Server Express License Agreement. Agree and Click ‘Next’
Next Page gives you an option to share your hardware, configuration and usage of the Tool with Microsoft; Read through carefully and Opt as per your preference and click ‘Next’
Next page summarizes the options you selected and is ready to install, Click ‘Install’ when you are ready.
Now this will download the SQL server Express, Install it to default location and Install MAP tool as shown in the next three snapshots.
Once MAP Toolkit is installed the last page provides you an option to open the MAP Toolkit, Opt and Click ‘Finish’ to Open MAP
When MAP Toolkit is opened for the first time you see a screen like the one below; which prompts you to create a new inventory database to store the inventory data you capture using MAP.
Specify a name ‘MAPInventory’ and a brief description and click OK.
There is also a button to Manage at the bottom (as highlighted in prev snapshot) of the Create database page which provides you an option to Import , Export, Edit and view the summary of the MAP inventory databases. This makes more sense when we are revisiting MAP later once this is setup. More on this in the next part of this post.
This is it, that is how long you take to install MAP. The next page shows you all the possible aspects of your infrastructure you can analyze and inventorize. More on this in the next part.
Hope you found it useful, and enjoy discovering great stuff about your infrastructure you never knew about.
Read more on the Microsoft Technet about MAP Toolkit
Read the What’s New from the MAP Toolkit version 6.5
Download MAP Toolkit Version 6.5