The Microsoft Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are a series of documents that used to be known as the Windows Server System Reference Architecture.   The IPD guides help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, each guide addresses a specific infrastructure technology or scenario. All IPD guides share a common structure:

1. Definition of the technical decision flow through the planning process.
2. Listing of decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
3. Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
4. Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

In the latest release of the IPD guides, many technology stacks have been updated for Windows Server 2008 R2.

New! Dynamic Data Center

Active Directory Domain Services – guide version 2.0 updated for Windows Server 2008 R2
File Services – guide version 2.0 includes Windows Server 2008 R2
Print Services – guide version 2.0 includes Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Deployment Services – guide version 2.0 updated for Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1) – guide version 2.0 updated for Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services – in Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Services becomes Remote Desktop Services

System Center Operations Manager 2007 – guide version 2.0 updated for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – guide version 2.0 updated for SCVMM 2008 R2
Internet Information Services – guide version 2.0 includes IIS 7.5
Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services – guide version 1.4
SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services – guide version 1.1
Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology – guide version 2.0
DirectAccess – guide version 1.2
Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios – guide version 1.1

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
Forefront Unified Access Gateway
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6
SQL Server 2008
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 with R2
System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 with SP1
Terminal Services

Download them from here.

Posted by markparris

Microsoft MVP - Enterprise mobility.

One Comment

  1. we are missing a lot by not including a design document for Exchange.

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