I’ve just received notification that the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Service Manager 2010 has just been published, and anyone who’s weighing up a deployment, or simply wants to know more about it, should find this free guide very useful. As a quick refresher, here’s what an IPD guide actually is:
Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides streamline the planning process by:
So, in a nutshell, they’re deigned to help you plan the deployment of a technology, in this case, Service Manager 2010, but there are loads of them already published over at http://microsoft.com/ipd so chances are, if you’re weighing up certain Microsoft technologies, there should be a guide to help.
This Service Manager 2010 IPD is currently in beta, so based on feedback, some bits are subject to change, however even in it’s current state, it’ll take the IT architect through an easy-to-follow process for successfully designing the servers and components for a System Center Service Manager implementation, resulting in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system. For me, that’s the key element. I’m currently planning (I use the term loosely) a rollout of SCSM for my lab, but I’m not quite sure of the best sizing for my small environment, and although the answer is on TechNet, somewhere in the vast library, sometimes it’s tricky to find the definitive sizing guide for my environment. Hopefully this will help!
The guide covers these key steps in the System Center Service Manager infrastructure design process:
The IPD Guide for System Center Service Manager 2010 can help you reduce planning time and costs, and ensure a successful rollout of System Center Service Manager - helping your organization to more quickly benefit from this platform for automating and adapting IT Service Management best practices such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
Interested? Follow these steps!
Join the IPD Guide Beta Program
Subscribe to the IPD beta program and we will notify you when new beta guides become available for your review and feedback. These are open beta downloads. If you are not already a member of the IPD Beta Program and would like to join, follow these steps:
If you’re already a member of the IPD Guide Beta Program, just grab the download from here.