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November 2010

SharePoint planning tools abound -- just not from Microsoft

Microsoft no longer offers the free System Center Capacity Planner for SharePoint Server, but third-party vendors are stepping up with both free and paid-for planning and analysis tools to help administrators build and manage SharePoint 2010 environments. Administrators relied on automation tools such as System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP), particularly for large SharePoint farms, because proper infrastructure planning is one of four factors that drive successful SharePoint deployments. The others are SharePoint governance, change management and user experience, according to Simeon Cathey, general manager for Neudesic LLC, a systems integration company and Microsoft Gold partner. Microsoft discontinued the SCCP for SharePoint 2007 in February without explanation and said it would not offer the tool for SharePoint 2010. Instead, Microsoft referred customers to its SharePoint Products tech center for planning resources. SharePoint capacity planning: Who's got what But there are a few freebie SharePoint tools on the Web for ...

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