The Planning and Design Series Approach
Published: February 25, 2008
This guide is one in a series of planning and design guides that clarify and streamline the planning and design process for Microsoft® infrastructure technologies.
Each guide in the series addresses a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. These guides include the following topics:
The guides in this series are intended to complement and augment the product documentation.
This guide is designed to provide a consistent structure for addressing the decisions/activities that are most critical to the successful implementation of the Windows Server® 2008 operating system Active Directory® directory service infrastructure.
Each decision/activity is subdivided into four elements:
The following table lists the full range of characteristics discussed in the evaluation sections. Only those characteristics relevant to a particular option or task are included in each section.
Table 1. Architectural Characteristics
Each of the design options is compared against the above characteristics and is subjectively rated in order to provide a relative weighting of the option against the characteristic. The options are not explicitly rated against each other as there are too many unknowns about the business drivers to accurately compare them.
The ratings are relative and take two forms:
Table 2. Impact on Characteristic
The characteristics are presented either as two-column or three-column tables. The two-column table is used when the characteristic is applicable to all options or when there are no options available—for example, when performing a task.
The three-column table is used to present an option, the description, and the effect—in that order—for the characteristic.
Who Should Use This Document
This document is written for use by IT specialists, generalists, consultants, value-added resellers (VARs), or anyone who needs to design an Active Directory implementation for Windows Server 2008.
This document can be used: