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(2012-12-30) Sizing Guidelines And/Or Capacity Planning For Windows Servers Hosting Active Directory

Posted by Jorge on 2012-12-30


In the past with Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft released the "Active Directory Sizer". With this tool you were able to estimate the hardware required for deploying Active Directory in your organization. The estimate provided was based on your organization’s usage profile, domain and site topology. Since then Microsoft has not released anything else similar that allowed you to estimate the required hardware for the OSes that were released. As a replacement all kinds of other guides (IPD, WSSRA, Branch Office, etc) needed to be used to get the job done.

For the currently available and supported OSes (Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012), Microsoft has released a document that helps you plan for the capacity of Domain Controllers (DCs) and Global Catalogs (GCs). In other words, that document contains sizing guidelines for DCs/GCs. YEAH!

Get it here: Capacity Planning for Active Directory Domain Services

UPDATE: new blog post about this: (2013-05-08) Sizing Guidelines And/Or Capacity Planning For Windows Servers Hosting Active Directory

Cheers,
Jorge
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3 Responses to “(2012-12-30) Sizing Guidelines And/Or Capacity Planning For Windows Servers Hosting Active Directory”

  1. Rafal said

    Link is gone😦

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