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Assessment tools for Office 2010


Applies to: Office 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-08-05

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Several tools are available to help you complete the assessment step in a planning process. This article lists and describes those tools.

Assessment tools

Area Tool Description Resources

Project assessment / business case

Microsoft Rapid Economic Justification guide

The Microsoft Rapid Economic Justification guide walks you step-by-step through the project assessment process in two to four weeks — from fiscal analysis to boardroom presentation. It includes tools, templates, and how-to information to help you make a compelling business case for an IT project.

Microsoft Rapid Economic Justification guide (

Hardware inventory / compatibility

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments without requiring the installation of agent software on any computers or devices.

The MAP Toolkit performs a detailed analysis of hardware and device compatibility for migration to the Microsoft Office 2010, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and more. The hardware assessment examines the installed hardware and determines whether migration is recommended. If it is not recommended, the reports tell you why it is not.

In addition, MAP has expanded its capabilities into assessment areas of Hyper-V server virtualization, desktop security, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 migration.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Microsoft Office 2010 (

Software inventory

Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer (MSIA)

With the Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer (MSIA), you can generate an inventory of core Microsoft products installed on a local computer, or throughout a network. 

The MSIA is built specifically to be a starting point to work with Microsoft Software Asset Management. To that end, MSIA works with networks that have 250 computers or fewer, and locates only Microsoft software.

Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer (

Microsoft Software Asset Management (

Office add-ins

Office Environment Assessment Tool

The Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) is designed to help an organization determine the types of add-ins and the extent to which add-ins for Microsoft Office applications are used on users’ computers. OEAT collects and reports add-in information about Microsoft Office 97 and later versions.

Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) user's guide for Office 2010

Office add-ins

Microsoft Office Code Compatibility Inspector

The Microsoft Office Code Compatibility Inspector is designed to help an enterprise or small business update Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and Visual Studio Tools for Office code so that it is compatible with Office 2010. The Inspector does not correct code; it inspects code. It then comments specific lines of code that reference items in the object model that have changed in some way or have been deprecated.

Microsoft Office Code Compatibility Inspector user's guide

User settings

User State Migration Tool

You can use Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 to migrate user files and settings during large deployments of Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. USMT captures desktop and application settings, user accounts and users' files, and then migrates them to a new Windows installation.

One component of the USMT is ScanState. ScanState scans the source computer, collects the files and settings and creates a store. ScanState does not modify the source computer. By default, ScanState compresses the files and stores them as an image file (USMT4.mig).

User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide (

File / document management

Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM)

The Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) checks for, and reports on, file properties to help you analyze an environment and determine any issues that you might experience when you convert from Office 97-Office 2003 file formats to the file formats for the 2007 Office system and Microsoft Office 2010 systems.

OMPM for Office 2010 supports two new types of scanning: macro scanning and x64 migration scanning. The macro scanner optionally scans any macros it encounters for migration concerns, reports any issues it finds in the database, and optionally inserts comments into the macros identifying the issue with links to possible resolutions. The x64 migration scanner scans macros, ActiveX controls, and other COM objects (such as add-ins) in Office files for incompatibilities (for example, declaring 4-byte pointers instead of 8-byte pointers).

Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) for Office 2010


Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 4.0

Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) 4.0 consists of more than 200 questions that cover infrastructure, applications, operations, and people. The questions, associated answers, and recommendations are derived from generally accepted best practices, standards such as ISO 17799 and NIST-800.x, and recommendations and prescriptive guidance from the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group and other external security sources.

Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (


System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can assess, deploy, and update servers, client computers, and devices — across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments.

Client status reporting in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 provides up-to-date information about the manageability of client computers in a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy. A site administrator can use this information to identify individual client problems and to maintain a more accurate site database. The information can also help increase software distribution success rates.

System Center Configuration Manager TechCenter (


Microsoft Volume Licensing

Microsoft Volume Licensing provides many online reporting services and tools that you can use to track and manage your existing Microsoft software assets.

Manage Your Volume Licenses (


Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)

The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is the UI console to author and manage domain-based Group Policy objects (GPOs). The GPMC displays linking, permissions, and security filtering information relevant to a GPO. It also generates settings reports on a GPO in either HTML or XML format.

Group Policy Management Console Technical Reference ( 


View XML content from Office Customization Tool (OCT) customization files 

See View XML content from Office Customization Tool customization files ( for a sample Microsoft Visual Basic script that administrators can use to view the settings that are stored in OCT .msp files.

View XML content from Office Customization Tool customization files


Microsoft Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS)

Microsoft Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS) offers customers 1 to 15 days of deployment planning services, based on how much Microsoft Software Assurance they purchase on Office software. Customers work with consultants to develop a high-level desktop deployment plan for their environments and to assess the overall cost of upgrading to the latest versions of Windows and Office.

Desktop Deployment Planning Services (

Software Assurance for Volume Licensing(