The TS2 team routinely is asked to provide architectural guidance for Microsoft solutions, and although we do know a lot about Microsoft technologies, we are not in roles that allow us to size servers, plan a deployment, or provide architectural guidance to customers. That said we are happy to provide more general guidance. We also broker information routinely as well.
Just last week I had a partner reach out for rather basic Remote Desktop Services (RDS) implementation advice. One of the first things I di to assist the partner was to point them to TechNet articles related to RDS deployment. Then I remembered an old standby…. The infrastructure Planning and Design Guides , or IPDs for short.
IPDs help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.
The following guides are available in the IPD series:
Active Directory Certificate Services
Active Directory Domain Services
Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services
Forefront Identity Manager
Forefront Unified Access Gateway
Internet Information Services
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
Remote Desktop Services
Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services
System Center 2012 - Service Manager
System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager
·ystem Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 and Forefront Endpoint Protection
System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 with SP1
System Center Operations Manager 2007
·ystem Center Service Manager 2010
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
Windows Deployment Services
Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios
Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V)
Windows User State Virtualization
You may notice that some of the content is a little dated. that is true. Not all of our current technologies have IPDs, but many are current and many of the solutions are configured in a similar way. Concepts remain the same, etc.
You can download the complete body of IPDs here.
Keep them in mind when you need some guidance as they are quite thorough.
Below I have pasted an image from the System Center Virtual Machine Manger 2012 IPD:
Do you know if Microsoft will do a IPD for Windows 2012 Active Directory role ?
Will Microsoft update the IPD's any time soon ?