Hot off the press, and hot on the heels of the last IPD Update I wrote, the IPD team have done it again, this time, for Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1. Firstly, in time honoured tradition, what is an IPD?
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”
If you want to find out which guides are already available, and how to get hold of them, refer to my previous post.
So, back to the DPM IPD guide…
“Considering a data protection strategy for your organization? This guide leads the reader through the process of planning a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 SP1 infrastructure. Work through the infrastructure design process in a logical, sequential order. This IPD guide enables the reader to quickly identify what types of data will be protected, what the recovery goals are, and the protection strategy to achieve those goals. Other benefits of using this guide include best practice design guidance from the product group and an optimized infrastructure to best meet the business requirements”
There’s one subtle difference about this guide, when compared with the other IPD guides that are referenced in previous posts, and that’s because this one isn’t published yet. Well, not publicly anyway – it’s available on the Microsoft Connect website, over at http://connect.microsoft.com. Hit that link, and search, or, more specifically, hit this link: https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=14 to be taken to the IPD beta homepage, where you can sign up, and download the IPD Beta Guide for DPM 2007 SP1. You’ll see the link to download the guide right in front of you when you hit the IPD homepage.
As a follow up to my post back on the 10th December , where I discussed the beta of the Infrastructure