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Infrastructure Planning and Design

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.
  • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.


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    IPD -

    Active Directory Certificate

    Active Directory Domain


    Exchange Online - Evaluating



    Forefront Identity

    Forefront Unified Access

    Internet Information

    IPD Series


    Microsoft Application Virtualization


    Remote Desktop

    Selecting the Right NAP

    Selecting the Right Virtualization

    SharePoint Online - Evaluating



    System Center 2012 - Operations

    System Center 2012 - Service

    System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine

    System Center Configuration Manager

    System Center Data Protection Manager

    System Center Operations Manager

    System Center Service Manager

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager


    Windows Deployment

    Windows Server

    Windows User State

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    1.9 MB

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      Infrastructure Planning and Design guides share a common structure, including:
      • Definition of the technical decision flow through the planning process.

      • Listing of 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.

      These guides complement product documentation by focusing on infrastructure design options.

      Each guide leads the reader through critical infrastructure design decisions, in the appropriate order, evaluating the available options for each decision against its impact on critical characteristics of the infrastructure. The IPD Series highlights when service and infrastructure goals should be validated with the organization and provides additional questions that should be asked of service stakeholders and decision makers.

      IPD consists of the following downloadable packages:
      • New! System Center 2012 - Operations Manager

      • Active Directory Certificate Services

      • Active Directory Domain Services

      • DirectAccess

      • Dynamic Datacenter

      • Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

      • File Services

      • Forefront Identity Manager 2010

      • Forefront Unified Access Gateway

      • Internet Information Services

      • IPD Series Introduction

      • Malware Response

      • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

      • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)

      • Print Services

      • Remote Desktop Services

      • Selecting the Right NAP Architecture

      • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

      • SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

      • SharePoint Server 2010

      • SQL Server

      • System Center 2012 - Service Manager

      • System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

      • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 and Forefront Endpoint Protection

      • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 with SP1

      • System Center Operations Manager 2007

      • System Center Service Manager

      • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

      • Terminal Services

      • Windows Deployment Services

      • Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios

      • Windows Server Virtualization

      • Windows User State Virtualization

      The guides are available as individual downloads or as a single all-in-one package.

      For more information about Infrastructure Planning and Design, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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