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Even more Infrastructure and Planning Design Guides added!

Even more Infrastructure and Planning Design Guides added!

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

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”

IPD consists of the following downloadable packages:

  • New! Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5
  • New! Windows Server 2008 File Services
  • New! Windows Server 2008 Print Services
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
  • Internet Information Services 7.0
  • Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
  • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
  • Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

I’ve taken an exert from the App-V 4.5 guide, that explains the decision flow around deployment:


Get the full list of IPD’s here or download them all in a one-shot here.

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