Infrastructure Planning and Design TS & AD Guides

Hi All,

The Infrastructure Planning and Design guides (beta documentation) are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. This series aims to clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, each addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. All 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 exposing and focusing on infrastructure design options.

Infrastructure Planning and Design: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services

This guide leads the reader step by step through the process of planning a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services infrastructure. The guide addresses the fundamental decisions and tasks involved in:

· Deciding what applications are to be delivered by Terminal Services, and whether or not Terminal Services is the right approach to use.

· Determining the resources needed to employ Terminal Services to serve the selected applications.

· Designing the components, layout, security, and connectivity of the Terminal Services infrastructure.

Infrastructure Planning and Design: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

Active Directory® controls the core security of the Microsoft Windows® network environment. The directory service is responsible for authenticating user and computer accounts within the Active Directory infrastructure. In addition, the directory service provides a mechanism for centralized, delegated administration of resources within the forest.

To develop and implement a successful design of Active Directory, numerous questions must be answered and many decisions and strategies must be determined. Considerations for performance, security, manageability, scalability, and many other criteria must be addressed if the design is to be successful.

The purpose of this guide is to assist designers in the decision-making process by providing a clear and concise path for designing the Active Directory infrastructure, given the relative context. This guide relies on best practices and real-world experience to offer considerations and alternatives at each point in the design.

Infrastructure Planning & Design Beta Releases

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta Release for Windows Deployment Services is available as an open beta download.

To join the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta program, click here. If you can’t use this link, go to, click on “Invitations” and enter invitation ID

If you are already in the Beta, click here to download the latest Beta guide.

If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you might be required to do so before you continue to the Beta page.

Checkout the Interview with Robin Maher (program manager for Infrastructure Planning and Design) on these guides.