I just fired up the capacity planning tool that’s all the rage these days.
I found it easy to use and quickly modeled a client environment I worked on this past summer.
With some trepidation, I pressed the final OK button and it recommended something that is pretty similar to what we gave our client (we actually threw in a second application server for future excel use). I take that to be a good sign and increases my confidence in the tool.
It seems pretty powerful stuff a much better starting point than a blank page.
I like that lets you get into some good detail about the environment. How many users, how you project they will use the system (publishing, collaboration, etc), branch office and connectivity / network capacity between them and the mama server. Good stuff.
It asks broad based questions and then lets you tweak the details for a pretty granular model of your environment.
I hesitated downloading it because I have so many other things to look at it, read and try to digest. I’m glad I did.
It’s an easy two-step process. Download system center capacity planner and then download the SharePoint models. It runs nicely on Windows XP.
Based on my quick impression, I don’t see how it might account for:
- Search: Total documents, maybe types of documents, languages.
- Excel server: how much, if at all?
- Forms server: how much, if at all?
- BDC: how much, if at all.
Those may be modeled and I just didn’t see them in the 10 minute review.
I will definitely use it at my next client.
If I were not a consultant and instead working for a real company :), I’d model my current environment and see how the tool’s recommended model matches up against reality. That would be pretty neat. It could lead to some good infrastructure discussion.