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Announcing the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool – Solution Accelerator

Posted by Christian Dam on February 5, 2008

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The Microsoft Solution Accelerator Communications and Collaborations group is pleased to announce the availability of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool for download on TechNet.

Are you planning a SharePoint installation for a customer? Chances are, you have a lot of questions.

  • What is the necessary hardware investment?
  • What kind of topology is needed to meet organizational requirements for availability and performance?
  • How will additional users from a recent merger affect deployment?

When planning a new SharePoint deployment, you will need a way to quickly characterize the general topology and minimum hardware requirements to support expected usage loads with adequate performance. You will need a way to explore plausible scenarios and get pointed in the right direction. The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool gives you a quick way to draft topology and equipment sizing for your particular scenario and usage profile.

This solution reduces “SharePoint sizing” estimation efforts from a matter of days to a matter of hours.

Description of the Tool

Imagine a tool that you could use to input a few key facts about users, user needs, business requirements, and organizational resources in order to:

  • Build a topology model based on this input
  • Run simulations that show the impact of this topology
  • Generate a summary report that will help you evaluate alternatives

The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool consists of System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) models for:

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS)
  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS)

The tool can be used for planning and feasibility studies of a deployment project to give you a rough estimate of hardware requirements. The tool can generate estimated performance metrics based on a simulation and provide useful Visio schematics of the proposed deployment to be included in documents and proposals.

You can obtain the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool on Microsoft Download. For a short introduction to the tool and its usage, please go to this TechNet overview page:

Note: This Solution Accelerator needs SCCP 2007 to be installed first.


SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool on Microsoft Download Center:

System Center Capacity Planner:

The Capacity Planning Tool Group


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