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Infrastructure and Planning Design Guides – New Updates

Infrastructure and Planning Design Guides – New Updates

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Yet again, I find myself blogging about these IPD guides!!

My last update on the IPD guides was towards the start of October, but a couple of new ones have just been added.  I always include a refresher of what they actually are, so here you go:

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:

  • Newest! Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services
  • Newest! Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 with R2
  • Fairly New! Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5
  • Fairly New! Windows Server 2008 File Services
  • Fairly 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 Virtualisation (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

I’ve taken an exert from the SCCM 2007 R2 IPD Guide, which highlights the decision flow around planning an SCCM 2007 R2 rollout:

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

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