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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for SQL Server

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide Series provides concise planning guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products, helping to streamline and clarify design processes for unique infrastructure technologies and scenarios.

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Plan your SQL Server infrastructure with IPD guidance

Confidently plan a SQL Server infrastructure with the IPD Guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. This guide addresses fundamental tasks to help you identify which SQL Server roles will be needed, determine the infrastructure's components, server placement, and the fault tolerance configuration to meet necessary requirements. Get the most out of SQL Server features, like policy-based management and best practice design alerts, when you use this guide for planning your SQL infrastructure.

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IPD Guide for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2
The tasks addressed in this guide help technical decision makers identify the appropriate SQL Server roles needed as well as determine the infrastructure components, server placement, and fault-tolerance configuration necessary to meet planning requirements. By using this guidance, organizations can make efficient planning and optimal design decisions for their SQL Server infrastructures.

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008

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