Microsoft has become much better offering documentation beyond just marketing materials about their products and systems. 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.
The guides available include:
- Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services
- Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 with R2
- Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5
- Windows Server 2008 File Services
- Windows Server 2008 Print Services
- Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
- Internet Information Services 7.0
- Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
- Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
- System Center Operations Manager 2007
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
- Windows Deployment Services
- Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
- Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
- Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)
As you see, there is a lot of information here to absorb and make use of in your environment. I’m going to be checking out the Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 implementation guide. It’s gonna be an interesting ride but at least Microsoft is offering some free support assistance in the planning and design phase.
Try some of these guides out. Share with us your thoughts and how effective the guides were in helping your organization meet operational demands.