Sunday, December 9, 2007

Announcing The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta)

I recently attended DevConnections 2007 in Las Vegas, and on one of the sessions, a new SharePoint Tool was presented: The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool.

The tool is now released in its first beta version, and it can be downloaded here.

The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool is both a pre-sales/pre-deployment, and planning tool, and can be used for helping out companies in several scenarios. Here are some examples:

  • I don’t know if I need 10 Servers or 1 server to meet the needs of my large law firm of 1000 users.
  • Should I buy 10 Server CALs or 5? I know I need something to get started, but not sure where to start.
  • I’m confused by the capacity planning documentation; I wish I just had a tool I could put in a few inputs to get me started.
  • I don’t want to have to hire a consultant to tell me I can handle my small 200 person deployment with a single server, but I can’t figure it out on my own based on available product documentation.
  • I’ve used the HP capacity planning tool and I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do, but I would like a more platform agnostic view.
  • My deployment is blocked until I can figure out what kind of topology I should be running to get basic high availability
This tool uses the System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) as an engine to provide for data collection, visualization, simulation and report writing.


kevin said...

hi Frank,
i saw your post here:

about creating a new moss template and assign the same ID so that you can easily upgrade custom template to moss template. I tried this but didn't work. could you give me more details?

it would be great if you post a topic on this issue? thanks.

Bradley said...

I am attempting a SharePoint 2007 installation and am doing some preliminary testing using the SharePoint Capacity Planner, which when installing, requires the System Center Capacity Planner 2007 v2.0, before it will continue to install. I have found the SCCP 2007 is no longer available on the MS site and was wondering if you could please email me a copy. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Bradley Weller