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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides – More added!

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides – More added!

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I had an email drop into my inbox a few days back, detailing a couple of new additions to the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides that have been available for a while.  Before I introduce the new additions, it’s worth understanding what the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides are all about.

“The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario”

Basically, they are there to provide background information, design ideas, key decision areas etc, that are important prior to rolling out the technologies.

“Each guide leads the reader through critical infrastructure design decisions, in the appropriate order, evaluating the available options for each decision against its impact on critical characteristics of the infrastructure. The IPD Series highlights when service and infrastructure goals should be validated with the organization and provides additional questions that should be asked of service stakeholders and decision makers”

You can download the individual guides, or you can download them in one big lump.  Either way, you have the option of getting:

  • New! System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • New! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • New! Internet Information Services 7.0
  • New! Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
  • Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualisation
  • Selecting the Right Virtualisation Technology
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
  • Windows Server Virtualisation (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

I’ve taken an example diagram from the Internet Information Services IPD, and it shows the steps that the IPD will take you through to plan a deployment of IIS.


Each of these steps are well documented, and provide a good level of background information around the topic.

Best of all, the guides are all free, so download them here.

  • I blogged about the IPD guides back in June , and a number of new guides have just been added. 

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