Don’t forget the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides (IPDs)


The TS2 team routinely is asked to provide architectural guidance for Microsoft solutions, and although we do know a lot about Microsoft technologies, we are not in roles that allow us to size servers, plan a deployment, or provide architectural guidance to customers.  That said we are happy to provide more general guidance.  We also broker information routinely as well.  

Just last week I had a partner reach out for rather basic Remote Desktop Services (RDS) implementation advice.  One of the first things I di to assist the partner was to point them to TechNet articles related to RDS deployment. Then I remembered an old standby….   The infrastructure Planning and Design Guides , or IPDs for short.


What are Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides?

IPDs help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

The following guides are available in the IPD series:

Active Directory Certificate Services

Active Directory Domain Services


Dynamic Datacenter

Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

File Services

Forefront Identity Manager

Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Internet Information Services

Malware Response

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

Print Services

Remote Desktop Services

Selecting the Right NAP Architecture

Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

Series Introduction

SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

SharePoint Server

SQL Server

System Center 2012 - Service Manager

System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

·ystem Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 and Forefront Endpoint Protection

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 with SP1

System Center Operations Manager 2007

·ystem Center Service Manager 2010

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Terminal Services

Windows Deployment Services

Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios

Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V)

Windows User State Virtualization

You may notice that some of the content is a little dated.  that is true.  Not all of our current technologies have IPDs, but many are current and many of the solutions are configured in a similar way.  Concepts remain the same, etc.

You can download the complete body of IPDs here.


Keep them in mind when you need some guidance as they are quite thorough.


Below I have pasted an image from the System Center Virtual Machine Manger 2012 IPD:










Comments (2)

  1. Tom3 says:


    Do you know if Microsoft will do a IPD for Windows 2012 Active Directory role ?

    thank you

  2. Alfaz Khan says:

    Will Microsoft update the IPD’s any time soon ?

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