Released: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Exchange Server 2010 with Service Pack 1
Published Jan 04 2011 05:43 PM 5,609 Views

NOTE: The Exchange IPD Guide was updated to version 1.1 on July 11, 2011.  The updates include content bug fixes, and updates related to the Exchange virtualization support changes.  The download links are the same as Exchange IPD 1.0, so simply re-download the file to obtain the updated version.

The Solution Accelerators team has released a new guide for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with Service Pack 1.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with Service Pack 1takes the IT architect through a step-by-step process for successfully designing an Exchange Server 2010 infrastructure. Exchange Server 2010 supports a variety of infrastructure topologies that enable IT departments to deploy the messaging architecture that best suits their business needs. This guide will help organizations make informed decisions about the design of fault tolerance and scalability so that their overall requirements are met.

The guide covers these key steps in the Exchange Server 2010 infrastructure design process:

  • Defining the project scope by identifying your individual business and IT requirements for a messaging infrastructure.
  • Mapping features and functionality based on the defined scope to develop the appropriate Exchange Server 2010 design.
  • Designing the infrastructure and role requirements for the proposed Exchange Server 2010 architecture.
  • Determining the sizing, fault tolerance, and physical placement of Exchange Server 2010 roles.

The IPD Guide for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with Service Pack 1 can help you reduce planning time and costs, and ensure a successful rollout of Exchange Server 2010 - helping your organization to more quickly benefit from this flexible and reliable messaging platform.

Figure 1Exchange Server 2010 infrastructure decision flow

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Planning the next generation of technical infrastructure for corporations can be a complex and daunting task. The success of any infrastructure is measured in how well the design choices match business objectives. Although plenty of product documentation is available, it can be difficult to find guidance on how to appropriately plan the core infrastructure for an organization. The Infrastructure Planning and Design series is designed to present the technical decision maker with the most concise planning guidance for Microsoft technologies. It also provides a means to validate design decisions to ensure that the selected solution meets the requirements of both business and IT stakeholders.

The IPD documents are designed to be used by the following IT personnel:

  • Infrastructure architects and planners who have a firm operational grasp of the technology
  • Partners and consultants who design infrastructure solutions
  • Business managers who want to understand how the decisions being made about technology both support and affect the business

Check out all the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! For additional information, including our most recent guides, visit the IPD page on TechNet —

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