When I became awarded as a Microsoft MVP 1998 the first time, the only operation system was DOS and NT. Only NT was designed for Enterprise. This time nobody really recognized ITIL or any other service delivery concepts so far.
Over the years experiences on several enterprise projects, I learned how important it is to design IT infrastructures based on references and also cut costs for operation, service and delivery by providing frameworks.
In 1999 I attended the Microsoft Beta Team as a yearly again and again awarded Microsoft MVP the first time. Starting with the Windows 2000 Beta, Microsoft developed the first Microsoft Solution Architecture and Microsoft Operation Framework, to provide best practises on technology architecture that has been tested and proven in a partnered lab environment to provide exceptional planning and implementation guidance that addresses fundamental Windows Server infrastructure issues such as availability, security, scalability, and manageability of the platform.
Based on the next major platform updates Microsoft changed this references and provided new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides (IPD).
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series provides guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products. The series is a collection of documents that leads the reader through a sequence of core decision points to design an infrastructure for Microsoft products. It also provides a means to validate design decisions with the business to ensure that the solution meets the requirements for both business and infrastructure stakeholders.
Architecture Blueprints provide a common understanding of overriding principles prior to leveraging guidance on specific IT services.
The Implementation Guides provide fully integrated sets of service-specific guidance for each of the services covered as part of WSSRA. Each implementation guide package contains an introduction document, a service blueprint, a planning guide, a build guide, and an operations guide.
The Deployment Toolkit provides all of the low-level scripts, plans, and configuration settings used to build the environment in which WSSRA was established and tested.
In the future you will read about this Reference Architectures, Implementation and Operation Guides from practical experiences in real world enterprise projects covering all the relevant Microsoft technologies. You will read about Service-Oriented Architecture and why future management of IT infrastructures will be task-oriented and based on services and not servers or their components and roles.