For those of you who have been baffled by my title acronyms, WDS is Windows Deployment Services, which is a role of Windows Server, that enables network based deployment scenrios, and acts as a platform for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and System Center Configuration Manager.  SCOM on the other hand, is System Center Operations Manager, which is focused on monitoring a number of different aspects of an infrastructure, such as hardware, software, storage, and applications to name but a few.

These IPD guides, (of which I’ve blogged about previously) now include the features and functionalities of Windows Server 2008 R2 around WDS, and also, in a separate guide, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.  The guides outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these deployment and operations products.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows® Deployment Services guides the reader through the process of designing a Windows Deployment Services infrastructure in a logical, sequential order. Following the six steps in this guide will result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to enable rapid deployment of Windows operating systems, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. The guide takes the reader step-by-step through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification and design of the required management groups is presented in simple, easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to design and optimize management infrastructure.

Download the IPD Guides for Windows Deployment Services and System Center Operations Manager at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/ee382254.aspx.

Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

  • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
  • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
  • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

Useful reading I’d say!