Microsoft Assessment and Deployment Solution for Midsize Businesses
© 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Release Date: July 2006
The Microsoft Assessment and
Deployment Solution for Midsize Businesses provides tools and prescriptive
guidance for each phase of a customer's IT lifecycle. The solution guides the assessment of an existing
technology environment and generates a draft proposal for migrating to a
Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based infrastructure platform. The solution also
provides guidance and automation to assist with the planning, deployment and
migration processes for an infrastructure migration and deployment project.
Installation and use of the solution requires separately purchased licenses for Microsoft
Office Professional Edition 2003 and Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003.
Table of Contents
Hardware and Software Requirements
This document provides prerequisite information
you need to install and start using the Microsoft Assessment and Deployment Solution.
should use this document to help install the solution and to understand late breaking
and known issues in this release of the solution. It is not a complete
documentation set for the solution.
After you have installed the Solution, additional guidance
is available by selecting "Assessment and Deployment Solution" on the
Start menu and then clicking "Solution Guidance." The following guidance is available from online help:
- An overview of the solution, tools,
requirements, and prerequisites is provided from the "Solution Overview"
- Detailed design recommendations and
considerations for service migration and deployment are provided from the
"Designing the Infrastructure Services" link.
- Comprehensive guidance for using the solution is provided from the "Using the Assessment and Deployment
- A client configuration and operations
reference guide is provided from the "Managing the Infrastructure Servers
and Client Computers" link.
If the solution has been installed for use in an
environment that is not configured with the default input language set to
"English (United States) - US" then you need to consider the following
- The text and user interfaces for the solution
and solution documents are provided in US English only.
The deployment planning and deployment components
can only be used to deploy Windows Server 2003 servers that are configured
with the "English (United States)" regional settings and the default
language set to "English (United States) - US." Keep in mind the following
- You can use these components to deploy
three servers into an environment where the existing domain controllers
are configured with "English (United States)" as the default language.
deployment has completed, the locale and input language of the servers can
Before you can install the Assessment and
Deployment Solution, you must successfully install a number of software products
and updates. Review the following software requirements for more information.
Operating System Requirements
The solution can be installed on computers
running Microsoft Windows XP Professional (with Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows Server
2003 (with Service Pack 1 or higher), or Windows Server 2003 Release 2. Before installing
the solution, you should download and install all Microsoft updates for the computer on
which the solution will be installed. In particular, Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 1.1 Service Pack 1 or higher is required. To update your computer, go to
the Microsoft Web site at http://update.microsoft.com
Microsoft Office 2003 Requirements
Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition (with Service Pack 2
or higher) is required for solution installation. The solution uses
Microsoft Office Word 2003 and also .NET Programmability Support, which is
provided only with Office 2003 Professional Edition. To download updates for
Office 2003, go to the Microsoft Web site at
Before installing the solution, you must manually
install the .NET Programmability Support feature for Word by following these
- Open Control Panel, and double click Add/Remove
- In the list of currently installed
programs, click Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 (or
its equivalent), and then click Change.
- Click Add or Remove Features, and click
- On the "Custom Setup" page, select
the Choose advanced customization of applications check box, and
- Under Microsoft Office, expand Microsoft
Office Word, select .NET Programmability Support, click
Run from my computer, and click Update. (You might be prompted to
insert the installation CD after clicking Update.)
- Launch Word from the Start menu. Answer any
prompts, and then close Word.
Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Requirements
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003 (with Service Pack 2
or higher) is required for
solution installation. To download updates for
Visio 2003, go to the Microsoft Web site at http://officeupdate.microsoft.com.
You should verify that the .NET
Programmability Support feature is installed for Visio by using the following steps:
- Open Control Panel, and double click Add/Remove Programs.
- In the list of currently installed programs,
Visio Professional 2003 (or its equivalent), and click Change.
Add or Remove Features, and click Next.
- Under Microsoft Office, expand Microsoft Office Visio, select
Programmability Support, click Run from my computer, and click
Update. (You might be prompted to insert the installation CD after clicking
- Launch Visio from the Start menu. Answer any prompts, and then
Computer with a 1.6-GHz or
faster Pentium-compatible processor
Recommended: 512 MB
Minimum: 256 MB
10/100 Mbps network adapter
6 GB of available hard-disk
High-density floppy disk drive
A high-speed Internet connection is required on the
local computer during solution installation, to download the Microsoft Data
Engine (MSDE). If you don't want the solution to automatically download and install MSDE, use
the following instructions to manually install it:
- Download MSDE from the Microsoft Web site at:
- Double click on the installation file "SQL2000.MSDE-KB884525-SP4-x86-ENU.EXE" and extract MSDE
to the directory, "c:\sql2ksp4"
- Open a cmd prompt and enter the following installation command (entering
a unique and complex SA Password in the SAPWD parameter is recommended):
INSTANCENAME="MMSSD" SAPWD="Password!1" DISABLENETWORKPROTOCOLS=1
/l*v c:\mmssdsqlsetup.log /qr
The self-extracting executable file, WSSADS.exe, starts the installation
process. The process consists of three parts: the ADS Setup, the MSDE setup, and
the MSI setup. When the self-extracting executable file is launched, the
AdsSetupWizard log is created to track the overall installation of both the MSDE
and MSI setups. The AdsSetupWizard log is the master installation log. Both the
MSDE and MSI setups create their own installation logs which can then be used to
further identify any setup failures or errors that may occur during the
If a problem is encountered during solution installation, refer to the
installation log files. The log files are located in the path, specified in the
%TEMP% environment variable on the local computer. To troubleshoot installation
problems, start with the AdsSetupWizard log to get an overview of where in the
installation process the issue occurred, and then use the AdsSqlSetupMmssd and
AdsMsiInstall logs to further identify installation failure issues. Additional
information may also be obtained by examining the application and system event logs.
The log files are provided as follows:
If you have customer databases created by the Assessment and
Deployment Solution Version 2.0 then they need to be upgraded before they can
be used with this version of the solution. Customer databases created
using a beta version of the solution cannot be upgraded for use with
this version of the Assessment and Deployment Solution.
Note: If you have run the Deployment Planning Wizard on a version 2.0
customer database, and subsequently upgraded the solution and customer database to
version 2.1 then you must rerun the Deployment Planning Wizard after
upgrading to version 2.1. You must also recreate the installation
floppies using the files generated using the version 2.1 Deployment
Planning Wizard, before running the Deployment Wizard.
To upgrade a version 2.0
customer database, use the following steps:
- Install the Assessment and Deployment
Solution Version 2.1 using the steps provided below.
- Open the Inventory Wizard, on the "Inventory Database" page of
the wizard, record the names of the customer databases that need to
- Open a command prompt.
- Change directory to the solution BIN directory.
For Example: cd\program files\assessment and deployment solution\bin
- Run the "upgradecustomerdatabase.cmd" script and provide the
database name as an argument
For Example: upgradecustomerdatabase.cmd databasename
If the database upgrade fails, you can restore the version 2.0
customer database from a command prompt. Run the "restorecustomerdatabase.cmd" script and provide the file path and database name as arguments.
For Example: Restorecustomerdatabase.cmd \dbupgradebackup\dbname_upgrade-1231.bkp
- On the computer where the solution will be
installed, log on with an account that has local Administrator privileges.
Copy WSSADS.exe to the machine where it will
be installed. The solution setup cannot be run from a network share.
Double click WSSADS.exe. The WinZip
Self-Extractor starts. Click Setup. The files are extracted and the setup wizard
On the "Setup Wizard" page click Next.
On the "Downloading Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Desktop Engine" page, click Next
to download MSDE.
On the "License Agreement" page,
review and accept the license agreement. Click Next.
On the "Location to Save Files"
page, accept or
change the default location for extracting the MSDE files, and click Next.
On the "Install Shield Wizard Complete" page click Finish.
On the "Installing SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine
(MSDE)" page, click Next to begin
On the "Install the Assessment and
Deployment Solution" page, click Next.
On the "Welcome to the Assessment and
Deployment Solution Setup Wizard" page, click Next.
Note If the "Prerequisite Check
Failed" page appears, the required software might not be installed.
You must install all required software before the solution installation can continue.
On the "License Agreement Information" page,
review and accept the license agreement,
and click Next.
On the "Installation Folder" page,
accept or change the default installation folder, and click Next.
On the "Ready to Install" page, click Install to begin the installation process.
On the "Setup Completed" page click
On the "Setup
Wizard Completed" page click Finish.
Note: If the solution was installed from a
mapped drive or network share then you need to rerun the solution setup wizard (WSSADS.EXE)
to uninstall the solution. Uninstalling the solution from the "Add or Remove
Programs" Control Panel will not work.
- If open, exit out of any of the Solution
Wizards, the Solution Console, Microsoft Word 2003, and Visio 2003.
- Open the Control Panel, and click Add or Remove Programs.
- In the list of currently installed programs,
click Assessment and Deployment Solution.
- Click the Remove button.
- Click Yes, to confirm that you
want to remove the solution components.
- You can then use Add or Remove Programs to
uninstall the MMSSD instance of MSDE.
Note: Uninstalling the solution
does not remove customized templates, downloaded files, and customer data.
The default installation folders are provided below:
%My Documents%\Assessment and Deployment Solution
%Program Files%\Assessment and Deployment Solution
- An inventory database is compatible only with
the version of the solution that created it. If you have an inventory
database created by a beta version of the solution, it cannot be used with
the released version of the solution. Version 2.0 databases can be upgraded
using the instructions provided in the Installation Notes section of this
- The Inventory, Proposal, or Deployment
Planning Wizards may generate the following error message while generating a
Visio network diagram, "The application encountered an error. Please refer
to the log file for more details." This occurs when some non-English locales
are configured on the local computer. To work around this issue open the
"Regional and Language Options" Control Panel. Click the Customize
button on the "Regional Options" tab and change the Decimal symbol
option to period.
Text in the user interfaces may not display
correctly on computers using display settings higher than 96 DPI or screen
resolutions less than 1024 by 768 pixels.
If you get an "XML markup cannot be inserted
in the specified location" error while executing any of the wizards, verify
that you have installed Service Pack 2 for Word 2003 and Visio 2003. If you
have Service Pack 2 installed, open Windows Explorer, and delete the files
from the temp folder of your user profile; for example: C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\LocalSettings\Temp\
- Before using the solution, you need to open
and close Word 2003 and Visio 2003 at least once. The first time you run these
programs after initial installation, some information specific to the user
profile is configured.
The user who installs and runs the solution must be logged on
with local administrator privileges on the local
If you cancel the Inventory, Proposal, or
Planning wizards while they are processing (on the wizard pages with
progress indicators) then you will need to rerun the wizard and let it
finish successfully before moving to the next step in the process.
If you cancel the Inventory Wizard while it is
processing (Network Analysis page) then it will take 5-10 minutes to close
out active threads before the wizard can exit. The wizard user interface
will close immediately, however you still need to wait before trying to
rerun another wizard.
When IP address ranges overlap on a network (This would be when the network is
not correctly subnetted) the Visio diagram generated by the Inventory,
Proposal, and Deployment Planning Wizards
will show all of the networked devices (where the address ranges overlap) in
one of the subnets.
Before running the Proposal or Deployment
Planning Wizards, you should close any documents that have been created by
the solution. For example, if you run the Proposal Wizard to update a
previously generated Project Proposal then you should close the previously
generated Project Proposal before running the Proposal Wizard.
The Inventory Wizard is used to perform a network
inventory and generate a Visio diagram representing the inventoried environment.
- The network inventory tool is designed for
networks of 1000 or fewer devices. Specifically, the Active Directory
inventory method will only display results for the first 1,000 of each of
the objects of the type printer or computer. Computer objects that have not been used for at least 90 days are filtered out as
A period of 2 hours or less may be required to
inventory an environment with a large number of computers and subnets.
The Visio network diagram generated by the
Inventory Wizard displays a limited summary of the environment. The full
details from inventory are shown in the Proposal document generated
using the Proposal Wizard. Note the following Visio diagram limitations:
The Visio can only display up to 5 subnets.
The Visio can only display up to 48 device,
printer, and computer icons.
The Inventory Wizard uses Windows Management
Instrumentation (WMI) to obtain the IP address of computers identified
during the inventory process. Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based
computers cannot be successfully queried using WMI. As a result, the network
diagram created by the Inventory Wizard will not display the IP address of
Windows NT 4.0 computers.
The Proposal Wizard is used to generate an
infrastructure migration or deployment project proposal using the data gathered
during inventory and through decisions made in the Proposal Wizard.
- You must close the Visio network diagram
created by the Inventory Wizard before running the Proposal Wizard.
Otherwise, you won’t be able to complete the Proposal Wizard successfully.
- Version 2.1 enables you to choose either a two server topology (with a networking and a messaging server) or a three server topology (with a networking, a messaging and a management server).
The Deployment Planning Wizard is used to generate
an Infrastructure Implementation Plan (deployment and migration plan) for implementing the
proposed infrastructure project.
Server names entered in the Deployment Planning Wizard cannot begin with
The Deployment Wizard is used to deploy the
- To successfully complete an automated
deployment, you must download all of the required software and manually extract it to
the appropriate binaries folder. For more information, see the "Software
Downloads" appendix of the "Solution Guidance."
- During deployment of the infrastructure
servers, only one network interface card (NIC) can be connected to the
network. If there are multiple NICs in the network, you must unplug all but
- If the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)
2005 Workgroup Edition installation is not successful during deployment of
the infrastructure servers, you must manually uninstall the MOMWGEDB
instance of MSDE from the management server. After you have uninstalled this
MSDE instance, you can restart the deployment process.
Midsize Business IT Center:
Microsoft Solutions for Small & Medium Business Program:
Support for the Assessment and Deployment Solution
is provided through a managed newsgroup. To access the Assessment and Deployment
Solution newsgroup via a Web browser or obtain steps for configuring an NNTP
client, refer to
Newsgroup Name: Microsoft.private.directaccess.assessdeploymentsol
To send feedback or suggestions for the improvement of the Assessment and Deployment Solution, send an e-mail to
Please use the newsgroup for all support requests.
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