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    WSSRA Virtual Environments for Development and Test

    This set of Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) documents can help large organizations and enterprises create environments for development and testing that emulate their own production environments.
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        WSSRA Virtual Environments for Development and Test (WSSRA-VE) is an extension of the WSSRA Implementation Guides. It describes the architectural blueprint, planning considerations, deployment practices, and operational considerations to create and support virtualized instantiation of the Windows Server System Reference Architecture. It leverages the power of Virtual Server 2005 and automated deployment and configuration tools to minimize the physical infrastructure and logistical overhead necessary to deploy emulations of various data center services.

        Like WSSRA itself, the WSSRA-VE is intended to aid users in their own effort to model their operational environment and condense it to a scale that can be representative of the infrastructure integration challenges facing developers and testers of distributed, message-based applications and IT services, and still be inexpensive and relatively economical to build and use throughout a large-scale IT organization.

        The WSSRA-VE design has been rigorously tested and proven in a lab environment to provide exceptional planning and implementation guidance that addresses fundamental infrastructure issues such as lab availability, lab-to-production network security, and management of many virtualized environments simultaneously.

        WSSRA-VE consists of a single downloadable package. Within the package are:

        • A fully integrated set of guidance, including an introduction document, an architectural blueprint, a planning guide, a build guide, and an operations guide.
        • A WSSRA-VE Deployment Kit that provides most of the configuration files and supporting documents used to build instances of these virtualized environments. The WSSRA-VE Deployment Kit contains the following:
          • Useful Command files, Windows Script Host and Visual Basic scripts for automating tedious tasks
          • ISA 2004 firewall rules used to produce a software-based firewall similar to specification hardware firewalls used in the original WSSRA
          • Security policies and GPO backup files to set up a WSSRA-compliant domain schema
          • Build Verification Test cases
          • Virtual Machine settings files for each virtual system in a WSSRA-VE instance
          • For detailed information on automated deployment and configuration, Automated Deployment Toolkit (ADT) Manifest files used to build the environments in the lab and guidance on how to read these files
          • Various WinPE extensions to aid in the deployment and configuration of many IT services

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      TabletPC, Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Professional Edition , Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Service Pack 2, Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows XP Home Edition , Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2

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