Microsoft yanks down its capacity planning tool for Exchange 2007, other servers

A blog entry that tries to figure out why Microsoft decided to discontinued System Center Capacity Planner.

For those that didn’t know, System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) is a capacity planning tool that Microsoft created to help organizations planning on deploying certain Microsoft server products. Based on the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) capacity planning principles, the tool's primary goal is to help IT professionals deploy infrastructure (hardware/software) by guiding them through the capacity planning phase, prior to deployment. By using it, IT professionals can better design system architecture able to meet their service level goals for Exchange Server 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

As you might expect, to do this, information is inputted into Capacity Planner which then allows it to construct capacity models that describe the recommended hardware and software architecture for a solution.

In other words, Capacity Planner is a very handy-dandy tool when delving into the dark arts that is called capacity planning. However, for reasons unknown to this blogger, Microsoft out of the blue decided last month to discontinue Capacity Planner. Normally, “discontinuing” something would not be worthy of comment. Sadly however, Microsoft not only made the discontinuance effective immediate, but they also yanked the SCCP downloads from their site. As they stated here:

“Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) is formally being discontinued, effective immediately, as it no longer supports the current versions of Microsoft applications it was designed for. The most recent version, SCCP 2007, is no longer available. No new versions of this standalone capacity planning tool, as well as any new or updated application capacity planning models, will be developed.”

Wow… talk about a drastic measure to take around discontinuing something that is still very useful for past products. Heck, I wish Microsoft would take this drastic of an action with other products like IE 6 and Windows XP that are security risks to everyone. Never the less, Capacity Planner is gone and a good tool has gone down the drain for no real apparent reason. Did the one developer working on the tool quit, get laid off, or worse did Microsoft release some alpha replacement that we have yet to see. While I love mysteries, this one just seems odd… and I have failed to reach any plausible conclusions.

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