For those of you not familiar with the IPD Guides, they aim to provide a couple of key benefits:

  • Help to define the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • List the decisions to be made and the commonly available options to be considered.
  • Relate the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
  • Frame decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape

The IPD Guides are growing fast, and as always, you can find all the IPD Guides here.

With the release of these updated guides, the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series of guides further assists organisations in selecting the right virtualisation technologies for their business needs.

To select an appropriate virtualisation technology, organisations can look to the updated IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualisation Technology. This guide walks the reader through the technology selection process for each workload - and is now updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

If the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualisation Technology points the organisation to Remote Desktop Services as a best fit for their business needs, the guide then directs the user to the updated IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, which then outlines key infrastructure planning and design guidance for a successful implementation of Remote Desktop Services. The IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services leads the reader through the nine-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the RD Session Host farms is presented in a simple, easy-to-follow process, helping the reader to design and plan centralised virtual datacenters.

Used together, these updated guides provide comprehensive planning and design guidance for implementing a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure. The IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualisation Technology also teams with other virtualisation guides in the IPD Series - to provide end-to-end planning and design guidance for a variety of virtualization technologies.

For users of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Remote Desktop Services guide is a complete replacement for the Terminal Services guide. The Remote Desktop Services guide reflects the new capabilities introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the rebranding of Terminal Services.  The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services remains available on the IPD Web site.